Magic shortbow

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The magic shortbow is the second most powerful shortbow available to free players. The magic shortbow requires a Ranged level of 50 or higher to wield. The attack range of the magic shortbow is 7 spaces. It is one of the best bows for simple training that F2P players can wield, second only to the gravite chargebow, although the latter degrades over time.

A player can make a magic shortbow through the Fletching skill at level 80. First, the player must cut an unstrung magic shortbow from magic logs, granting 83.3 Fletching experience. Then, the player must string the unstrung magic shortbow with a bowstring, granting a further 83.2 experience.

This is the most frequently used bow by middle to high level rangers for training (especially in F2P) due to its damage and accuracy bonuses, along with its decent speed and use by many well-known player killers. The price and availability of magic shortbows also contributes to their popularity.

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Creation[edit | edit source]

Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow
Fletching-Hourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
83.5 XP-2 (1.2s) 1,364
Fletching Fletching level80
F2P icon.png Free-to-play
Magic shortbow (u).pngMagic shortbow (u)1511511
Total price1,028

Special attack[edit | edit source]

The magic shortbow's special attack, Snap-Shot

The magic shortbow has a special attack called Snap-Shot (not to be confused with the threshold ability Snap Shot). Activating the special immediately fires two shots with 30% reduced accuracy hitting for 56-200% ability damage each, or 112-400% total. It uses 55% adrenaline. This special attack is only usable on members servers.

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Store locations[edit | edit source]

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Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • The magic shortbow special attack is no longer accessible on free-to-play worlds.
  • patch 14 February 2012 (Update):
    • Stringing shortbows now gives 5XP instead of 1XP.
  • patch 11 January 2012 (Update):
    • The magic shortbow's special attack will no longer work if the player only has one arrow.
  • patch 18 October 2010 (Update):
    • Corrected the Make-X/Make-All text when creating shortbows.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When special attacks were first released on 14 June 2004, the special attack used less than 50% of special attack energy, allowing players to use two special attacks in a row. It was not changed to use 55% of special attack energy until the update Wilderness Capes, and Changes on 22 February 2005.
  • The magic shortbow used to be the fastest firing bow in RuneScape when used with the rapid setting. However, after the Evolution of Combat update, all shortbows now always fire at the same speed due to the modification of the combat styles system.