Bows

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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.

Ranged.png
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Shortbow.pngShortbow1Arrow43150---------1,957
Oak shortbow.pngOak shortbow10Arrow87202---------1,388
Willow shortbow.pngWillow shortbow20Arrow175316---------995
Maple shortbow.pngMaple shortbow30Arrow263454---------1,156
Yew shortbow.pngYew shortbow40Arrow351628---------1,208
Magic shortbow.pngMagic shortbow50Arrow438850---------1,662
Elder shortbow.pngElder shortbow60Arrow5261132---------3,887
Crystal bow.pngCrystal bow70Arrow12861486---------60,852 + 200,000 - 1,000,000
Zaryte bow.pngZaryte bow80Arrow14701924-----2---7,674,445
Hexhunter bow.pngHexhunter bow80Arrow3841924---------509,445,308
Attuned crystal bow.pngAttuned crystal bow80Arrow14701924---------Coins 10000.png 200,000 - 1,000,000
Decimation.pngDecimation87Arrow15982287---------92,628,659
Noxious longbow.pngNoxious longbow90Arrow11472458---------126,104,003
Seren godbow.pngSeren godbow92Arrow20562577---------1,418,278,889

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.

Ranged.png
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Shieldbow.pngShieldbow1Arrow26150---30-----1,841
Oak shieldbow.pngOak shieldbow10Arrow53202---40-----1,145
Willow shieldbow.pngWillow shieldbow20Arrow106316---63-----957
Maple shieldbow.pngMaple shieldbow30Arrow159454---90-----1,366
Yew shieldbow.pngYew shieldbow40Arrow212628---125-----1,184
Maple shieldbow (sighted).pngMaple shieldbow (sighted)45Arrow238732---146-----1,366 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Magic shieldbow.pngMagic shieldbow50Arrow265850---170-----1,735
Magic shieldbow (sighted).pngMagic shieldbow (sighted)55Arrow291983---196-----1,735 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Elder shieldbow.pngElder shieldbow60Arrow3181132---226-----3,113
Elder shieldbow (sighted).pngElder shieldbow (sighted)65Arrow3441299---259-----3,113 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Dark bow.pngDark bow70Arrow3711486---297-----490,424
Strykebow.pngStrykebow85Arrow4502178---435560----10,876,332 Wyrm scalp.png + 490,424 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.

Ranged.png
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Willow composite bow.pngWillow composite bow20Arrow106316---63-----1,084,712
Comp ogre bow.pngComp ogre bow30Arrow382454---------6,021
Yew composite bow.pngYew composite bow40Arrow212628---125-----1,243,656
Magic composite bow.pngMagic composite bow50Arrow265850---170-----1,244,614

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. However, it also caused bows to be incorrectly held like two-handed crossbows when in combat stance (but not actively shooting).

See also[edit | edit source]