Bolts

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This article is about the item used as ammunition. For the category of Magic spells, see Bolt spells.
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Bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows. Most types of bolts are made using a combination of the Smithing and Fletching skills, the initial bolts being made with Smithing, and feathers being added with Fletching. Certain special bolts can only be obtained through other methods, such as monster drops or specialist shops.

Bolts may be used with crossbows that are lower level than themselves, but their damage will be capped at the crossbow's level.[1] For example, if one were to use level 80 royal bolts with the level 50 rune crossbow, the bolts would perform as level 50 runite bolts.

Different types of bolts can be stored in a bolt pouch to conserve space. Bolts sometimes survive shots, so you can pick up your fired bolts.

Types of bolts[edit | edit source]

Non-enchanted bolts[edit | edit source]

Level Bolt type Cost Damage
1 Bronze bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze bolts Bronze 26 48
5 Fragment bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fragment bolts Fragment N/A 48
10 Iron bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron bolts Iron 82 96
Opal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Opal bolts Opal 31
20 Steel bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel bolts Steel 54 192
Pearl bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pearl bolts Pearl 66
25 Black bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black bolts Black 104 240
Jade bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Jade bolts Jade N/A
30 Mithril bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril bolts Mithril 69 288
Topaz bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Topaz bolts Topaz 92
40 Adamant bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant bolts Adamant 148 384
Sapphire bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sapphire bolts Sapphire 58
50 Runite bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runite bolts Runite 148 480
Emerald bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Emerald bolts Emerald 85
Ruby bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby bolts Ruby 109
Broad-tipped bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Broad-tipped bolts Broad-tipped 60
60 Diamond bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Diamond bolts Diamond 234 576
Dragon bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bolts Dragonstone 370
70 Bolt rack.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bolt rack Bolt rack 141 672
Onyx bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx bolts Onyx 7,804
80 Bakriminel bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bakriminel bolts Bakriminel 989 720
Royal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal bolts Royal 89 768
85 Wyvern spines.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern spines Wyvern spines 211 816
90 Ascension bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension bolts Ascension 78 864
Ascendri bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascendri bolts Ascendri 9,635 902
92 Blight bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blight bolts Blight 796 883

Gem-tipped and enchanted bolts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Enchanted bolts

Smithable metal bolts can be enhanced by adding gem bolt tips. These have a higher Damage stat, and a correspondingly raised minimum crossbow level needed to fire them with uncapped damage. They can be further improved by enchantment, which raises both the damage and level requirement even further.

These effects can be triggered with auto attacks and abilities, with abilities consuming one bolt per activation. The chance of the special effect occurring is increased by 2% additively [source needed] upon the completion of the elite Seers' Village achievements, as well as by the Ranged cape perk, which increases your chance by 20% multiplicatively [source needed].

Level Bolt type Cost Damage Enchantment
20 Opal bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Opal bolts (e) Opal (e) 31 192 Lucky lightning: +10% damage.
30 Pearl bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Pearl bolts (e) Pearl (e) 49 288 Sea curse: +15% more damage to enemies that are weak to water. Performs 15% less damage on enemies that are weak to fire. Stops enemies from running in PvP.
35 Jade bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Jade bolts (e) Jade (e) N/A 336 Earth's fury: Stun your opponent for 4.8 seconds. Only Binds in PvP.
40 Topaz bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Topaz bolts (e) Topaz (e) 65 384 Down to earth: Reduce your opponents magic level by 2 and damage by 1%. Caps at 10 levels and 5% damage.
50 Sapphire bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Sapphire bolts (e) Sapphire (e) 87 480 Clear mind: Steal 5% of your maximum prayer points from your opponent.
60 Emerald bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Emerald bolts (e) Emerald (e) 171 576 Magical poison: Poison your enemy for 4% of your weapon damage.
Ruby bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby bolts (e) Ruby (e) 114 Blood forfeit: Deal damage worth 20% of your enemy’s life points, while also dealing 10% of your own life points to yourself. Damage dealt to players caps at 3,000.
70 Diamond bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Diamond bolts (e) Diamond (e) 319 672 Armour piercing: Hit with 100% accuracy and deal up to 15% more damage.
Dragon bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bolts (e) Dragon (e) 316 Dragon's breath: Hit your opponent a second time for 25% of your current attack as dragonfire. Dragons and those under dragonfire protection are immune.
80 Onyx bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx bolts (e) Onyx (e) 8,018 768 Life leech: Heal up to 25% of damage potential (capping at 2.5k) and dealing 25% more damage.
90 Ascendri bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascendri bolts (e) Ascendri (e) 9,788 902 Deathmark: Instantly provide 10% adrenaline and an additional 1% adrenaline from basic abilities for 15 seconds.

Enchanted bakriminel bolts[edit | edit source]

Bakriminel bolts are fletched by players from Bloodwood logs. The unfinished bolts must be assembled with the tips while standing close to the tree that the logs were cut from, or the logs and unfinished bolts will disintegrate. These very high level bolts are especially damaging against mages in PvP with specific targeted attacks. They can be enhanced by adding gem bolt tips and can be further improved by enchanting them.

Level Bolt type Cost Damage Enchantment
99 Opal bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Opal bakriminel bolts (e) Opal (e) 1,054 912 Lucky lightning: +10% damage.
Pearl bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Pearl bakriminel bolts (e) Pearl (e) 607 Sea curse: +15% more damage to enemies that are weak to water. Performs 15% less damage on enemies that are weak to fire. Stops enemies from running in PvP.
Jade bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Jade bakriminel bolts (e) Jade (e) 670 Earth's fury: Stun your opponent for 4.8 seconds. Only Binds in PvP.
Red topaz bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Red topaz bakriminel bolts (e) Red topaz (e) 688 Down to earth: Reduce your opponents magic level by 2 and damage by 1%. Caps at 10 levels and 5% damage.
Sapphire bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Sapphire bakriminel bolts (e) Sapphire (e) 933 Clear mind: Steal 5% of your maximum prayer points from your opponent.
Emerald bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Emerald bakriminel bolts (e) Emerald (e) 1,378 Magical poison: Poison your enemy for 4% of your weapon damage.
Ruby bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby bakriminel bolts (e) Ruby (e) 1,593 Blood forfeit: Deal damage worth 20% of your enemy’s life points, while also dealing 10% of your own life points to yourself. Damage dealt to players caps at 3,000.
Diamond bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Diamond bakriminel bolts (e) Diamond (e) 1,577 Armour piercing: Hit with 100% accuracy and deal up to 15% more damage.
Dragonstone bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonstone bakriminel bolts (e) Dragonstone (e) 2,330 Dragon's breath: Hit your opponent a second time for 25% of your current attack as dragonfire. Dragons and those under dragonfire protection are immune.
Onyx bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx bakriminel bolts (e) Onyx (e) 9,353 Life leech: Heal up to 25% of damage potential (capping at 2.5k) and dealing 25% more damage.
Hydrix bakriminel bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Hydrix bakriminel bolts (e) Hydrix (e) 11,892 Deathmark: Instantly provide 10% adrenaline and an additional 1% adrenaline from basic abilities for 15 seconds.

Player-made bolts[edit | edit source]

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Store-bought bolts[edit | edit source]

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Bolts obtained as drops[edit | edit source]

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Bane bolts[edit | edit source]

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Bane bolts are available after completion of the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest. They are made by casting Tune Bane Ore on Bane ore, smelting the ore, smithing the bars on the tempered anvil in Kethsi, and fletching them with Feathers. The Tune Bane Ore spell enhances the weapon to be more effective against a specific creature, depending on the item it is tuned with. There are four types of bane bolts:

Hand cannon[edit | edit source]

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The Hand cannon is also classed as a crossbow, and thus its shot are considered "bolts". However it fires at an average speed, but does more damage than a one-handed crossbow or dual-wielded crossbow. It can only fire Hand cannon shot, which can be obtained as a drop from the monsters at the Chaos Dwarf Battlefield. They can also be bought from the Grand Exchange.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 7 May 2019 (Update):
    • The message "your ammunition will deal less damage than expected" will now only appear after 5 minutes or re-logging.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • An animation has been implemented for adding feathers to bolts and arrows.
  • patch 10 May 2012 (Update):
    • The check for a full inventory when tipping bolts has been corrected.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Michelle. "Patch Notes - Archive." July 9, 2013. RuneScape Forums.