Shieldbow (bow type)

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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 shieldbowYew shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew shieldbowMagic_shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic_shieldbowMaple shieldbow (sighted).png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple shieldbow (sighted)Magic 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)Dark bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark bowStrykebow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Strykebow
Slot 2-handed
Style Arrows
Speed
Average (3.6s)
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A shieldbow is a class of Ranged weapon that includes both a longbow and a shield-like attachment. Because of the attachment, these weapons provide defensive bonuses to armour and life points, as well as counting as a shield for enabling Defence abilities. However, it also allows two-handed Ranged abilities to be used.

Compared to shortbows, they have a lower damage value, but shieldbows generally have an extended attack range of 8 as well as their defensive properties. Effectively, a shieldbow is more similar to combining a one-handed crossbow with a shield, which has the same attack speed. While shieldbows have a damage bonus and enable two-handed abilities, it is less flexible as special shields cannot be swapped in (e.g. dragonfire shield). Note that the ammunition types differ also, and crossbow bolts can be enchanted while arrows cannot be.

This weapon class was introduced along with the Evolution of Combat, which converted most standard wooden longbows into shieldbows. Before they were simply stronger and slower versions of shortbows with a greater range. However, special longbows such as the crystal bow and zaryte bow were not converted into shieldbows, but instead to shortbows.

Stats[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
Shieldbow.png Shieldbow 1 Arrow 26 150 - - - 30 0 0 - - - 1,177
Oak shieldbow.png Oak shieldbow 10 Arrow 53 202 - - - 40 0 0 - - - 638
Willow shieldbow.png Willow shieldbow 20 Arrow 106 316 - - - 63 0 0 - - - 538
Maple shieldbow.png Maple shieldbow 30 Arrow 159 454 - - - 90 0 0 - - - 623
Yew shieldbow.png Yew shieldbow 40 Arrow 212 628 - - - 125 0 0 - - - 846
Maple shieldbow (sighted).png Maple shieldbow (sighted) 45 Arrow 238 732 - - - 146 0 0 - - - 623 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Magic shieldbow.png Magic shieldbow 50 Arrow 265 850 - - - 170 0 0 - - - 1,088
Magic shieldbow (sighted).png Magic shieldbow (sighted) 55 Arrow 291 983 - - - 196 0 0 - - - 1,088 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Elder shieldbow.png Elder shieldbow 60 Arrow 318 1132 - - - 226 0 0 - - - 2,421
Elder shieldbow (sighted).png Elder shieldbow (sighted) 65 Arrow 344 1299 - - - 259 0 0 - - - 2,421 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Dark bow.png Dark bow 70 Arrow 371 1486 - - - 297 0 0 - - - 290,054
Strykebow.png Strykebow 85 Arrow 450 2178 - - - 435 560 0 - - - 11,981,859 + 290,054 for each 20% charge

Dungeoneering shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Shieldbows are available in Daemonheim (called longbows) alongside shortbows for use in training the Dungeoneering skill.

Table of longbows
TierItemLevels to use
1Tangle gum longbow.png Tangle gum longbow1 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
2Seeping elm longbow.png Seeping elm longbow10 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
3Blood spindle longbow.png Blood spindle longbow20 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
4Utuku longbow.png Utuku longbow30 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
5Spinebeam longbow.png Spinebeam longbow40 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
6Bovistrangler longbow.png Bovistrangler longbow50 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
7Thigat longbow.png Thigat longbow60 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
8Corpsethorn longbow.png Corpsethorn longbow70 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
9Entgallow longbow.png Entgallow longbow80 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
10Grave creeper longbow.png Grave creeper longbow90 Ranged-icon.png Ranged
11Sagittarian longbow.png Sagittarian longbow99 Ranged-icon.png Ranged

God bows[edit | edit source]

Obtained as a reward from completing an elite treasure trail, or as reward from the Giant Oyster.

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Item
Ranged
Level
Defence
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
Guthix bow.png Guthix bow 55 55 Arrow 291.5 983 - - - 196.6 0 2 - - - 1,053,044
Saradomin bow.png Saradomin bow 55 55 Arrow 291.5 983 - - - 196.6 0 2 - - - 1,103,521
Zamorak bow.png Zamorak bow 55 55 Arrow 291.5 983 - - - 196.6 0 2 - - - 1,112,609

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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* patch 31 July 2017 (Update):
    • Dungeoneering shieldbows now require the relevant Defence level to equip.
  • patch 27 July 2015 (Update):
    • Shieldbows now correctly provide PvM damage reduction.
  • patch 2 March 2015 (Update):
    • Shieldbows now scale defensive abilities correctly.
    • The dark bow now has a 70 Defence requirement.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • Several "longbow" references have been updated to "shieldbow".
  • patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
    • Longbows no longer clip through the player's body as they are being strung.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Tweaked various inventory graphics for noted longbows.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Concept art of a shieldbow.
  • Shieldbows and defenders are the only types of equipment that count as more than one kind of equipment type.
  • Dungeoneering shieldbows are referred to as longbows, as their names were unchanged with the Evolution of Combat.
  • Since the Evolution of Combat, shieldbows are incorrectly held like two-handed crossbows on some characters when in combat stance while not actively shooting.