Tear Gas Arrow

The Tear Gas Arrow is a non-lethal trick used by most archers. Tear gas is a real world weapon that is commonly used by many police in crowd control and self defense situations. It is very debilitating and often painful but it has no lasting effects. The arrow can release a cloud of gas in flight, on impact, or after a preset time.

Green Arrow first used tear gas in a trick sight attachment for his bow. The arrow came later and now it is standard issue for nearly every archer.


  • Type: Non-Lethal Arrow
  • Frequency: Common
  • Effects: An arrow with a payload of tear gas.
  • Variations: Choke Arrow, Stink Arrow, Puker Arrow, Mace Arrow, Skunk arrow
  • First Appearance: Adventure Comics #133 (1948)

Reality Check

Tear gas, also called Lacrimator, is any of a group of substances that irritates the mucous membranes of the eyes, causing a stinging sensation and tears. It may also irritate the upper respiratory tract, causing coughing, choking, and general debility. Tear gas was first used in World War I in chemical warfare, but since its effects are short-lasting and rarely disabling, it came into use by law-enforcement agencies as a means of dispersing mobs, disabling rioters, and flushing out armed suspects without the use of deadly force.



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