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 crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dorgeshuun crossbowSteel 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]

Ranged.png
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Phoenix crossbow.pngPhoenix crossbow1Bolt-110---------N/A
Crossbow.pngCrossbow1Bolt-150---------5,122
Bronze crossbow.pngBronze crossbow1Bolt-150---------3,520
Coral crossbow.pngCoral crossbow1Bolt-160---------N/A
Iron crossbow.pngIron crossbow10Bolt-202---------4,530
Blurite crossbow.pngBlurite crossbow16Bolt-268---------N/A
Steel crossbow.pngSteel crossbow20Bolt-316---------4,680
Black crossbow.pngBlack crossbow25Bolt-502---------1,062,018
Dorgeshuun crossbow.pngDorgeshuun crossbow28Bolt-424---------3,953
Mithril crossbow.pngMithril crossbow30Bolt-454---------9,053
Adamant crossbow.pngAdamant crossbow40Bolt-628---------14,747
Zanik's crossbow.pngZanik's crossbow48Bolt-801---------14,747
Rune crossbow.pngRune crossbow50Bolt-850---------8,986
Hunters' crossbow.pngHunters' crossbow50Bolt-850---------7,935
Dragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow60Bolt-1132---------12,536,865
Demon slayer crossbow.pngDemon slayer crossbow60Bolt-1040---------110,503
Karil's pistol crossbow.pngKaril's pistol crossbow70Bolt-1486---------761,116
Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbow75Bolt-1694-----1---8,277,314
Chaotic crossbow.pngChaotic crossbow80Bolt-1924---------Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token 200,000
Ascension crossbow.pngAscension crossbow90Bolt-2458---------215,893,805
Blightbound crossbow.pngBlightbound crossbow92Bolt-2577---------1,012,813,430

Off-hand[edit | edit source]

Ranged.png
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Off-hand bronze crossbow.pngOff-hand bronze crossbow1---Bolt-150------1,264
Off-hand iron crossbow.pngOff-hand iron crossbow10---Bolt-202------969
Off-hand steel crossbow.pngOff-hand steel crossbow20---Bolt-316------3,075
Off-hand black crossbow.pngOff-hand black crossbow25---Bolt-502------1,398,860
Off-hand mithril crossbow.pngOff-hand mithril crossbow30---Bolt-454------4,277
Off-hand adamant crossbow.pngOff-hand adamant crossbow40---Bolt-628------10,796
Off-hand rune crossbow.pngOff-hand rune crossbow50---Bolt-850------9,477
Off-hand dragon crossbow.pngOff-hand dragon crossbow60---Bolt-1132------12,529,205
Off-hand demon slayer crossbow.pngOff-hand demon slayer crossbow60---Bolt-1040------51,780
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow.pngKaril's off-hand pistol crossbow70---Bolt-1486------825,361
Off-hand Armadyl crossbow.pngOff-hand Armadyl crossbow75---Bolt-1694--1---6,110,534
Off-hand chaotic crossbow.pngOff-hand chaotic crossbow80---Bolt-1924------Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token 100,000
Off-hand ascension crossbow.pngOff-hand ascension crossbow90---Bolt-2458------216,880,086
Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.pngOff-hand Blightbound crossbow92---Bolt-2577------1,392,561,957

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • 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.