Strategies for Ironman Mode

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This article is a strategy guide for Ironman Mode.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Ranged is one of the 3 combat styles.

Armour[edit | edit source]

Tier Requirements Equipment Obtaining Type
1 - Leather body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Leather body Soft leather armour Lowe's Archery Emporium Tank
N/A - Amulet of accuracy.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of accuracy Amulet of accuracy Imp Catcher Amulet
10 10 Defence Hard leather body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hard leather body Hard leather armour Lowe's Archery Emporium Tank
20 20 Defence Studded body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Studded body Studded leather armour Lowe's Archery Emporium Tank
30 30 Defence Carapace torso.png: RS3 Inventory image of Carapace torso Carapace armour Lowe's Archery Emporium Tank
40 40 Defence Green dragonhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Green dragonhide body Green dragonhide armour Lowe's Archery Emporium Tank
50 50 Defence Blue dragonhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide body Blue dragonhide armour Valaine's Shop of Champions + Oziach's Armour Tank
50 50 Defence Spined body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spined body Spined armour Dagannoth drops from Waterbirth Island (lighthouse does not work) Power
65 65 Defence Superior spined body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior spined body Superior spined armour set 1000 deathmatch points or Wilderness shared loot table + spined armour Power, degrade to dust
70 70 Defence Armadyl chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chestplate Armadyl armour Kree'arra Power, augmentable
75 75 Defence 93 Crafting Dinosaurhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dinosaurhide body Dinosaurhide armour Big Game Hunter Tank, augmentable
80 80 Defence Anima core body of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core body of Zamorak Anima Core of Zamorak Twin Furies Power, augmentable
80 80 Defence 80 Constitution Pernix body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix body Pernix armour Nex Power, augmentable
82 82 Defence 40 Ranged Elite Robin Hood tunic.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite Robin Hood tunic Elite Robin Hood armour Treasure Trails: Robin Hood equipment + Golden thread Power, augmentable
85 85 Defence 90 Crafting Superior Death Lotus chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Death Lotus chestplate Death Lotus equipment Player-owned Ports Tank, augmentable
88 88 Defence Superior Morrigan's leather body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Morrigan's leather body Superior Morrigan's equipment Wilderness slayer revenant task drop/Wilderness shared loot table + revenant/Chaos Elemental drop Power, augmentable, degrade to dust
90 90 Defence 93 Crafting Sirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic hauberk Sirenic armour Various drops, see Sirenic scales Power, augmentable, degrade to dust
92 (95 damage) 92 Defence Elite sirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite sirenic hauberk Elite sirenic armour Above + Seiryu the Azure Serpent Power, augmentable, degrade to dust (outside Elite Dungeons)

Note that void knight equipment performs worse than augmented Armadyl armour.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

This section lists primary weapons. Weapons used for their special effects are listed in #Other equipment.

Tier Requirements Equipment Obtaining Type
6 - Kayle's chargebow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kayle's chargebowKayle's chargebow The Blood Pact Chargebow (does not use ammunition, but can use special arrows)
10 5 Ranged Quickbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of QuickbowQuickbow Gudrik Chargebow
20 20 Ranged Willow shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Willow shortbowWillow shortbow Lowe's Archery Emporium Bow (fires arrows)
30 30 Ranged Maple shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple shortbowMaple shortbow Lowe's Archery Emporium Bow
40 40 Ranged Yew shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew shortbowYew shortbow Lowe's Archery Emporium Bow
50 50 Ranged Rune crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune crossbowRune crossbow & Off-hand rune crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand rune crossbowOff-hand rune crossbow Valaine's Shop of Champions Crossbows (fire bolts)
60 60 Ranged 59 Hunter Red salamander.png: RS3 Inventory image of Red salamanderRed salamander Hunter Salamander (fires tar)
70 70 Ranged 50 Agility Crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal bowCrystal bow Roving Elves Augmantable chargebow
70 70 Ranged 67 Hunter Black salamander.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black salamanderBlack salamander Hunter Augmentable salamander
70 70 Ranged Blisterwood stake.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blisterwood stakeBlisterwood stake & Off-hand blisterwood stake.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand blisterwood stakeOff-hand blisterwood stake Branches of Darkmeyer Thrown
75 75 Ranged 150 Quest.png Vanquish (ranged).png: RS3 Inventory image of Vanquish (ranged)Vanquish (ranged) May's Quest Caravan No ammunition
75 75 Ranged 61 Firemaking Hand cannon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannonHand cannon Chaos dwarf hand cannoneers Augmentable hand cannon. Can explode, if augmented will drain extra charge.
78 78 Ranged Sunspear (ranged).png: RS3 Inventory image of Sunspear (ranged)Sunspear (ranged) River of Blood Augmentable, no ammunition
80 80 Ranged 80 Dungeoneering Chaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbow & Off-hand chaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbow Dungeoneering tokens Augmentable crossbow
80 80 Ranged 90 Smithing Attuned crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bowAttuned crystal bow Attuned crystal weapon seed Augmentable chargebow
87 87 Ranged 85 Slayer Decimation.png: RS3 Inventory image of DecimationDecimation Wilderness slayer Augmentable chargebow with useful special attack
90 90 Ranged Noxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbow Araxxor Augmentable bow
90 90 Ranged 95 Slayer 94 Fletching Ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowAscension crossbow & Off-hand ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand ascension crossbow See below Augmentable crossbows
92 92 Ranged Seren godbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seren godbowSeren godbow Telos, the Warden Augmentable chargebow with useful special attack
92 92 Ranged Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blightbound crossbowBlightbound crossbow & Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Blightbound crossbowOff-hand Blightbound crossbow Solak Augmentable crossbows that sometimes save bolts
92 92 Ranged Eldritch crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eldritch crossbowEldritch crossbow The Ambassador Augmentable crossbow with useful special attack

2-handed versus dual wield[edit | edit source]

For ranged, dual wield will perform a little better than 2-handed equipment. This is because Needle Strike is a lot better than Dazing Shot. Greater Dazing Shot makes up some of the difference against high health enemies, but needle strike is still generally better.

However, because of Ruby bakriminel bolts (e), crossbows perform much better than regular bows at high level.

Ammuntion[edit | edit source]

Damage tier is the minimum of weapon and ammunition tier, meaning there is no penalty for equipping better arrows, as long as it matches the type of weapon used.

Tier Requirements Ammunition Obtaining
10 10 Ranged Iron arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron arrowIron arrows Lowe's Archery Emporium
20 20 Ranged Steel arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel arrowSteel arrows Lowe's Archery Emporium
30 30 Ranged Mithril arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril arrowMithril arrows Lowe's Archery Emporium
40 40 Ranged Adamant arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant arrowAdamant arrows Lowe's Archery Emporium
50 50 Ranged Runite bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runite boltsRunite bolts Crossbow Shop (Dwarven Mine), Hickton's Archery Emporium, Valaine's Shop of Champions
50 50 Ranged 55 Slayer 55 Fletching Smoking Kills Broad-tipped bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Broad-tipped boltsBroad-tipped bolts Unlock with 300 slayer points.
60 60 Ranged 39 Herblore Tarromin tar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tarromin tarTarromin tar Tar can be obtained from aberrant specters, cave slimes or Big chinchompa.
70 70 Ranged 44 Herblore Harralander tar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Harralander tarHarralander tar Tar can be obtained from aberrant specters, cave slimes or Big chinchompa.
75 75 Ranged Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf Hand cannon shot.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannon shotHand cannon shot Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer
80 80 Ranged 60 Summoning Royal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal boltsRoyal bolts Queen Black Dragon
90 90 Ranged Araxyte arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Araxyte arrowAraxyte arrow Araxxor
90 90 Ranged 90 Fletching Ascension bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension boltsAscension bolts Fletch from ascension shards
95 99 Ranged 95 Magic 93 Fletching 85 Woodcutting Gem-tipped Bakriminel bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bakriminel boltsBakriminel bolts Bloodwood tree, see bakriminel bolts page for relevant boosts

Bakriminel bolt types[edit | edit source]

There are 5 relevant types of bakriminel bolts. This calculator compares them:

Ascension Crossbow guide[edit | edit source]

After reaching 99 slayer players get access to the Sunken Pyramid, which they can fill with capsarii (5 souls are required to fill a room). With the correct setup and the equilibrium aura, enough damage can be reached such that every capsarius is killed in 1 hit in legacy mode. These are 3 common setups:

Sunspear setup[edit | edit source]

This setup uses the least charge and supplies and is easy to achieve, but has a theoretical cap of 1,000 kills per hour. The cap cannot be reached due to uneven spawn speeds inside the pyramid.

Attuned crystal bow setup[edit | edit source]

This setup has a theoretical cap of 1,200 kills per hour and has higher requirements (access to ancient invention as well as Plague's End and 90 Smithing or a drop from Nex).

Decimation setup[edit | edit source]

This setup can reach the same theoretical cap of 1,200 kills per hour but does not need overloads. However, decimation requires Wilderness slayer.

Hexhunter setup[edit | edit source]

This setup is the highest theoretical kills per hour but requires an extremely rare drop. This setup does not always 1-hit, but the high damage of the hexhunter bow makes up for it.

Shared setup[edit | edit source]

Other equipment[edit | edit source]

Equipment Requirements Obtaining Effect
Ava's alerter.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's alerterAva's alerter - Do No Evil Once unlocked permanently collects ammunition. High ranged bonus.
Dark bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark bowDark bow 70 Ranged 70 Defence 90 Slayer Dark beasts Useful special attack, but deals less damage.
Fleeting boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fleeting bootsFleeting boots 80 Defence Raksha, the Shadow Colossus Allows the wearer to use rapid fire while moving.
Hexhunter bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hexhunter bowHexhunter bow 80 Ranged 99 Slayer Soulgazers, always use Seeker charms Augmentable bow with high damage against certain enemies.
Mechanised chinchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mechanised chinchompaMechanised chinchompas 75 Ranged 50 Invention Invention Deal damage in a 3 by 3 area.
Nightmare gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nightmare gauntletsNightmare gauntlets 85 Defence, Children of Mah Nightmares, 1/2000 on task Allows the wearer to use snipe while moving.
Ranged cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ranged capeRanged cape 99 Ranged Armour Salesman Makes bakriminel bolts more likely to activate.
Superior scrimshaw of cruelty.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior scrimshaw of crueltySuperior scrimshaw of cruelty 80 Ranged 92 Fletching Player-owned Ports Increases damage by 6.66% for 4 hours.
Swift gloves (black).png: RS3 Inventory image of Swift gloves (black)Swift gloves (black) See page Dominion tower Deals additional damage, lowers stats and binds but degrades quickly.
Wyvern crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern crossbowWyvern crossbow 85 Ranged 96 Slayer Wyverns, 1/2000 on task Augmentable crossbow, deals increasing damage over time against a single target.

Unlockable abilities[edit | edit source]

Ability Unlocking Level Type Effect
Corruption Shot Liberation of Mazcab drop 70 Ranged Additional basic Deals high damage over time, spreading to adjacent targets.
Death's Swiftness The World Wakes 85 Ranged Additional ultimate Adds 50% damage for 30 seconds as long as the user stays in a 5 by 5 area.
Demoralise/Rout Unspeakable horrors 58 Slayer Additional basic/threshold Knocks back target, but puts Binding Shot/Tight Bindings on cooldown which have a longer bind. Unlike binding shot, demoralise cannot be combined with Piercing Shot.
Greater Dazing Shot/Salt the Wound Shattered Worlds 60 Ranged (90 in ranged, melee or magic recommended) Replacement basic/additional threshold Adds a damage over time effect. Salt the Wound deals damage depending on how high this damage over time is.
Greater Ricochet Raksha, the Shadow Colossus 45 Ranged Replacement basic Adds damage, especially in conjunction with the Caroming.pngCaroming perk.
Shadow Tendrils The Dig Site 75 Ranged Additional threshold High damage threshold ability that also deals damage to the user.

Training the skill[edit | edit source]

Ideally, the skill is trained while collecting resources or training Slayer or Prayer. If that's not desired, see pay-to-play Ranged training.