Crossbow (weapon type)

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This article is about pistol crossbows. For the two-handed variant, see Two-handed crossbow.
Crossbow.png: Inventory image of CrossbowPhoenix crossbow.png: Inventory image of Phoenix crossbowBronze crossbow.png: Inventory image of Bronze crossbowBlurite crossbow.png: Inventory image of Blurite crossbowIron crossbow.png: Inventory image of Iron crossbowDorgeshuun c'bow.png: Inventory image of Dorgeshuun c'bowSteel crossbow.png: Inventory image of Steel crossbowBlack crossbow.png: Inventory image of Black crossbowMithril crossbow.png: Inventory image of Mithril crossbowAdamant crossbow.png: Inventory image of Adamant crossbowZanik's crossbow.png: Inventory image of Zanik's crossbowHunters' crossbow.png: Inventory image of Hunters' crossbowRune crossbow.png: Inventory image of Rune crossbowDemon slayer crossbow.png: Inventory image of Demon slayer crossbowKaril's pistol crossbow.png: Inventory image of Karil's pistol crossbowChaotic crossbow.png: Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbow.png: Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.png: Inventory image of Dragon crossbowAscension crossbow.png: Inventory image of Ascension crossbowBlightbound crossbow.png: 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 - - - 1,177
Bronze crossbow.png Bronze crossbow 1 Bolt - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,227
Coral crossbow.png Coral crossbow 1 Bolt - 160 - - - 0 0 0 - - - N/A
Iron crossbow.png Iron crossbow 10 Bolt - 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,441
Blurite crossbow.png Blurite crossbow 16 Bolt - 268 - - - 0 0 0 - - - N/A
Steel crossbow.png Steel crossbow 20 Bolt - 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 3,022
Black crossbow.png Black crossbow 25 Bolt - 502 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 475,353
Dorgeshuun crossbow.png Dorgeshuun crossbow 28 Bolt - 424 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,283
Mithril crossbow.png Mithril crossbow 30 Bolt - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 5,657
Adamant crossbow.png Adamant crossbow 40 Bolt - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 9,064
Zanik's crossbow.png Zanik's crossbow 48 Bolt - 801 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 9,064
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow 50 Bolt - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,847
Hunters' crossbow.png Hunters' crossbow 50 Bolt - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 4,844
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow 60 Bolt - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,147,608
Demon slayer crossbow.png Demon slayer crossbow 60 Bolt - 1040 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 107,045
Karil's pistol crossbow.png Karil's pistol crossbow 70 Bolt - 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 573,762
Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow 75 Bolt - 1694 - - - 0 0 1 - - - 3,067,193
Chaotic crossbow.png Chaotic crossbow 80 Bolt - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 200,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Ascension crossbow.png Ascension crossbow 90 Bolt - 2458 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 88,172,029
Blightbound crossbow.png Blightbound crossbow 92 Bolt - 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 820,529,416

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 - - - 818
Off-hand iron crossbow.png Off-hand iron crossbow 10 - - - Bolt - 202 0 0 0 - - - 445
Off-hand steel crossbow.png Off-hand steel crossbow 20 - - - Bolt - 316 0 0 0 - - - 2,194
Off-hand black crossbow.png Off-hand black crossbow 25 - - - Bolt - 502 0 0 0 - - - 286,831
Off-hand mithril crossbow.png Off-hand mithril crossbow 30 - - - Bolt - 454 0 0 0 - - - 3,171
Off-hand adamant crossbow.png Off-hand adamant crossbow 40 - - - Bolt - 628 0 0 0 - - - 5,549
Off-hand rune crossbow.png Off-hand rune crossbow 50 - - - Bolt - 850 0 0 0 - - - 7,775
Off-hand dragon crossbow.png Off-hand dragon crossbow 60 - - - Bolt - 1132 0 0 0 - - - 5,471,301
Off-hand demon slayer crossbow.png Off-hand demon slayer crossbow 60 - - - Bolt - 1040 0 0 0 - - - 60,152
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow.png Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow 70 - - - Bolt - 1486 0 0 0 - - - 521,113
Off-hand Armadyl crossbow.png Off-hand Armadyl crossbow 75 - - - Bolt - 1694 0 0 1 - - - 2,737,343
Off-hand chaotic crossbow.png Off-hand chaotic crossbow 80 - - - Bolt - 1924 0 0 0 - - - 100,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Off-hand Ascension crossbow.png Off-hand Ascension crossbow 90 - - - Bolt - 2458 0 0 0 - - - 88,343,031
Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png Off-hand Blightbound crossbow 92 - - - Bolt - 2577 0 0 0 - - - 836,457,432

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • 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.