Crossbow (weapon type)

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This article is about pistol crossbows. For the two-handed variant, see Two-handed crossbow.
Crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of CrossbowPhoenix crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Phoenix crossbowBronze crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze crossbowBlurite crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blurite crossbowIron crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron crossbowDorgeshuun c'bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dorgeshuun c'bowSteel crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel crossbowBlack crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black crossbowMithril crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril crossbowAdamant crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant crossbowZanik's crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zanik's crossbowHunters' crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hunters' crossbowRune crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune crossbowDemon slayer crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer crossbowKaril's pistol crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Karil's pistol crossbowChaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon crossbowAscension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowBlightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blightbound crossbow
Slot main hand (has off-hand variants)
Style Bolt
Speed
Fastest (2.4s)
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Crossbows (also known as Pistol crossbows) are weapons used in ranged combat that require a certain Ranged level to wield. Unlike bows, crossbows use bolts instead of arrows and come in main hand, off-hand, and two-handed varieties, with the former allowing access to dual-wielding and the ability to use a shield. Most crossbows have an attack range of 7 spaces. Higher level crossbows have greater accuracy, and while usually not directly influencing damage dealt, higher level crossbows can receive the full damage of higher level bolts. Off-hand crossbows have half the damage output of their normal counterparts, while the two-handed versions have a damage stat to compensate for the potential loss of attack or defence on the unequipped arm. Both dual-wielding and two-handing will do on average 150% the damage of a single main hand crossbow.

Metal crossbows can be created through the Fletching skill. The stocks must first be cut from logs; the limbs have to be made via the Smithing skill. The player then needs to add those two together and string it with a crossbow string, at which point the player can choose whether to make a normal crossbow, off-hand crossbow or 2h crossbow. Most limbs and stocks can be purchased at the crossbow stall in the dwarven city of Keldagrim.

In addition to combat, crossbows can also fire mithril grapples for Agility shortcuts.

A player stringing a crossbow.

Main hand[edit | edit source]

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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
Phoenix crossbow.png Phoenix crossbow 1 Bolt - 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - - N/A
Crossbow.png Crossbow 1 Bolt - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,161
Bronze crossbow.png Bronze crossbow 1 Bolt - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,545
Coral crossbow.png Coral crossbow 1 Bolt - 160 - - - 0 0 0 - - - N/A
Iron crossbow.png Iron crossbow 10 Bolt - 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,935
Blurite crossbow.png Blurite crossbow 16 Bolt - 268 - - - 0 0 0 - - - N/A
Steel crossbow.png Steel crossbow 20 Bolt - 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 3,334
Black crossbow.png Black crossbow 25 Bolt - 502 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 514,147
Dorgeshuun crossbow.png Dorgeshuun crossbow 28 Bolt - 424 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,467
Mithril crossbow.png Mithril crossbow 30 Bolt - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 5,909
Adamant crossbow.png Adamant crossbow 40 Bolt - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 10,367
Zanik's crossbow.png Zanik's crossbow 48 Bolt - 801 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 10,367
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow 50 Bolt - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,412
Hunters' crossbow.png Hunters' crossbow 50 Bolt - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 5,174
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow 60 Bolt - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 5,100,159
Demon slayer crossbow.png Demon slayer crossbow 60 Bolt - 1040 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 94,642
Karil's pistol crossbow.png Karil's pistol crossbow 70 Bolt - 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 915,278
Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow 75 Bolt - 1694 - - - 0 0 1 - - - 3,712,349
Chaotic crossbow.png Chaotic crossbow 80 Bolt - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token 200,000
Ascension crossbow.png Ascension crossbow 90 Bolt - 2458 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 89,203,522
Blightbound crossbow.png Blightbound crossbow 92 Bolt - 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 712,628,304

Off-hand[edit | edit source]

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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
Off-hand bronze crossbow.png Off-hand bronze crossbow 1 - - - Bolt - 150 0 0 0 - - - 868
Off-hand iron crossbow.png Off-hand iron crossbow 10 - - - Bolt - 202 0 0 0 - - - 483
Off-hand steel crossbow.png Off-hand steel crossbow 20 - - - Bolt - 316 0 0 0 - - - 2,271
Off-hand black crossbow.png Off-hand black crossbow 25 - - - Bolt - 502 0 0 0 - - - 462,500
Off-hand mithril crossbow.png Off-hand mithril crossbow 30 - - - Bolt - 454 0 0 0 - - - 3,424
Off-hand adamant crossbow.png Off-hand adamant crossbow 40 - - - Bolt - 628 0 0 0 - - - 6,144
Off-hand rune crossbow.png Off-hand rune crossbow 50 - - - Bolt - 850 0 0 0 - - - 7,500
Off-hand dragon crossbow.png Off-hand dragon crossbow 60 - - - Bolt - 1132 0 0 0 - - - 5,012,343
Off-hand demon slayer crossbow.png Off-hand demon slayer crossbow 60 - - - Bolt - 1040 0 0 0 - - - 36,506
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow.png Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow 70 - - - Bolt - 1486 0 0 0 - - - 435,825
Off-hand Armadyl crossbow.png Off-hand Armadyl crossbow 75 - - - Bolt - 1694 0 0 1 - - - 3,314,528
Off-hand chaotic crossbow.png Off-hand chaotic crossbow 80 - - - Bolt - 1924 0 0 0 - - - Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token 100,000
Off-hand Ascension crossbow.png Off-hand Ascension crossbow 90 - - - Bolt - 2458 0 0 0 - - - 89,397,686
Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png Off-hand Blightbound crossbow 92 - - - Bolt - 2577 0 0 0 - - - 698,757,332

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 1 February 2011 (Update):
    • The golden hammer can now be used to make this type of weapon.
  • patch 13 October 2009 (Update):
    • Modified crossbows have a string on their inventory image.
  • patch 19 May 2009 (Update):
    • Wearing a scarf and wielding a crossbow shouldn't cause any stretching issues.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to a conversation with the Bow and Arrow salesman in the Ranging Guild, crossbows are made only by the dwarves (although cave goblins and players can make crossbows too).
  • The difference in damage output and attack speed of pistol crossbows compared to two-handed crossbows relates to their real-life use, with two-handed crossbows having a higher draw-weight hence taking much more effort to pull back and reload.