Bow

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This article is about the ranged weapon. For the emote, see Bow (emote).

Bows are weapons used in ranged combat that require a certain Ranged level to wield. They require ammunition in the form of arrows. Bows can be created through the Fletching skill and come in two varieties: shieldbows and shortbows. Some bows, such as composite bows and the dark bow, cannot be fletched, and are instead a possible reward from Treasure Trails and monster drops. Bows are distinct from crossbows, in that all bows are two-handed weapons, but not all crossbows are.

Shortbows[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shortbow (bow type)
Chargebow.png: RS3 Inventory image of ChargebowShortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of ShortbowOak shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Oak shortbowWillow shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Willow shortbowMaple shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple shortbowYew shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew shortbowMagic shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic shortbowElder shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder shortbowCrystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal bowZaryte bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaryte bowAttuned crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bow
Slot 2-handed
Style Arrow
Speed
Fast (3.0s)
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Shortbows fire at a faster rate than shieldbows and hit harder, but restrict the access of most defensive abilities and have a smaller attack range.

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Item
Ranged
Level
Main-hand Off-hand Attributes Style bonus Price
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon.png Ranged-icon.png Magic-icon.png
Shortbow.png Shortbow 1 Arrow 43 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,109
Oak shortbow.png Oak shortbow 10 Arrow 87 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 756
Willow shortbow.png Willow shortbow 20 Arrow 175 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 759
Maple shortbow.png Maple shortbow 30 Arrow 263 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 962
Yew shortbow.png Yew shortbow 40 Arrow 351 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,177
Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow 50 Arrow 438 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,401
Elder shortbow.png Elder shortbow 60 Arrow 526 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 4,152
Crystal bow.png Crystal bow 70 Arrow 1286 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 12,318 + 200,000 - 1,000,000
Zaryte bow.png Zaryte bow 80 Arrow 1470 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 7,046,172
Hexhunter bow.png Hexhunter bow 80 Arrow 384 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 128,010,071
Attuned crystal bow.png Attuned crystal bow 80 Arrow 1470 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Coins 10000.png 200,000 - 1,000,000
Decimation.png Decimation 87 Arrow 1598 2287 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 44,654,222
Noxious longbow.png Noxious longbow 90 Arrow 1147 2458 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 133,889,754
Seren godbow.png Seren godbow 92 Arrow 2056 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 975,923,444

Shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shieldbow (bow type)
Shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of ShieldbowOak shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Oak shieldbowWillow shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Willow shieldbowMaple shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple shieldbowMaple shieldbow (sighted).png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple shieldbow (sighted)Yew shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew shieldbowMagic shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic shieldbowMagic shieldbow (sighted).png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic shieldbow (sighted)Elder shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder shieldbowElder shieldbow (sighted).png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder shieldbow (sighted)
Slot 2-handed
Style Arrows
Speed
Average (3.6s)
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Effectively, a shieldbow is similar to a one-handed crossbow wielded alongside a shield, although it fires a bit slower, its damage is the same. Its damage is about 33% lower than a shortbow's. They have the unique aspect of being both a two-handed weapon and a shield at the same time.

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Item
Ranged
Level
Main-hand Off-hand Attributes Style bonus Price
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon.png Ranged-icon.png Magic-icon.png
Shieldbow.png Shieldbow 1 Arrow 26 150 - - - 30 0 0 - - - 1,151
Oak shieldbow.png Oak shieldbow 10 Arrow 53 202 - - - 40 0 0 - - - 909
Willow shieldbow.png Willow shieldbow 20 Arrow 106 316 - - - 63 0 0 - - - 571
Maple shieldbow.png Maple shieldbow 30 Arrow 159 454 - - - 90 0 0 - - - 837
Yew shieldbow.png Yew shieldbow 40 Arrow 212 628 - - - 125 0 0 - - - 1,163
Maple shieldbow (sighted).png Maple shieldbow (sighted) 45 Arrow 238 732 - - - 146 0 0 - - - 837 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Magic shieldbow.png Magic shieldbow 50 Arrow 265 850 - - - 170 0 0 - - - 1,470
Magic shieldbow (sighted).png Magic shieldbow (sighted) 55 Arrow 291 983 - - - 196 0 0 - - - 1,470 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Elder shieldbow.png Elder shieldbow 60 Arrow 318 1132 - - - 226 0 0 - - - 3,975
Elder shieldbow (sighted).png Elder shieldbow (sighted) 65 Arrow 344 1299 - - - 259 0 0 - - - 3,975 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Dark bow.png Dark bow 70 Arrow 371 1486 - - - 297 0 0 - - - 72,306
Strykebow.png Strykebow 85 Arrow 450 2178 - - - 435 560 0 - - - 18,186,872 Wyrm scalp.png + 72,306 Dark bow.png

Composite bows[edit | edit source]

Main article: Composite bow

Composite bows are identical to shieldbows (except for the composite ogre bow), but they have a longer attack range. Only the ogre composite bow can be fletched, other composite bows must be obtained via Treasure Trails.

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Item
Ranged
Level
Main-hand Off-hand Attributes Style bonus Price
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon.png Ranged-icon.png Magic-icon.png
Willow composite bow.png Willow composite bow 20 Arrow 106 316 - - - 63 0 0 - - - 563,026
Comp ogre bow.png Comp ogre bow 30 Arrow 382 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 3,327
Yew composite bow.png Yew composite bow 40 Arrow 212 628 - - - 125 0 0 - - - 476,230
Magic composite bow.png Magic composite bow 50 Arrow 265 850 - - - 170 0 0 - - - 478,208

Bow vs crossbow or thrown weapons[edit | edit source]

Many rangers choose the bow style of range weapon for its higher damage in comparison to crossbows and throwing weapons, and to fight monsters that are weak to arrows. Most bows sacrifice speed in comparison to their crossbow and thrown equivalents. The main disadvantage for bows is the fact they are two handed weapons whereas most crossbows and throwing weapons are only one handed, giving the flexibility to use them with any suitable off-hand weapon or shield. To make up for this, however, bows are able to use two-handed combat abilities that cannot be used with one-handed ranged weapons. Shieldbows are also able to use shield abilities in addition to two-handed abilities, a unique aspect which no other weapon type in the game offers besides the respective combat style defenders.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When Runescape 2 was released, bows had no visible bowstrings. Jagex fixed this together with the RuneScape HD update.
  • Bows were formerly held in the player's right hand, implying that they were left-handed archers. This has been changed since the Evolution of Combat update.

See also[edit | edit source]