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.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow
Fletching-Hourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
83.5 XP-2 (1.2s) 1,224
Fletching Fletching level80
F2P icon.png Free-to-play
Magic shortbow (u).pngMagic shortbow (u)1512512
Total price868

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 55-200% ability damage each, or 110-400% total. It uses 55% adrenaline. This special attack is only usable on members servers.

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Abyssal demon (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Ancient mage (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Ancient ranger (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Ancient warrior (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Automaton (Heart of Gielinor)115 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Automaton champion118 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Black Knight (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Black Knight champion115 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Blood reaver (Heart of Gielinor)115 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Bloodveld (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Butcher demon118 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Champion of Infernus119 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Fallen champion119 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Hellhound (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Mighty Blood reaver118 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Nechryael (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Necromancer (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Seren archer108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Seren mage108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Seren warrior108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Shadow demon118 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Skeleton (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Skeleton (Uncharted Isles)93 Multicombat.png1–2 (noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
Skulls mercenary (Uncharted Isles)93 Multicombat.png1–2 (noted)UnknownP2P icon.png
Tormented soul (Uncharted Isles)93 Multicombat.png(noted)UnknownP2P icon.png
Wight108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Wight ranger108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Wolf (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png
Zamorakian sniper (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png17/128P2P icon.png

Store locations[edit | edit source]

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Valaine's Shop of Champions1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] of
Champions' Guild
1,600Coins 1000.png Coins1F2P icon.png

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.