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-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Shieldbow.pngShieldbow1Arrow26.5150---30-----3,166
Oak shieldbow.pngOak shieldbow10Arrow53202---40.4-----2,012
Willow shieldbow.pngWillow shieldbow20Arrow106316---63.2-----1,109
Maple shieldbow.pngMaple shieldbow30Arrow159454---90.8-----915
Yew shieldbow.pngYew shieldbow40Arrow212628---125.6-----986
Maple shieldbow (sighted).pngMaple shieldbow (sighted)45Arrow238.5732---146.4-----915 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Magic shieldbow.pngMagic shieldbow50Arrow265850---170-----1,464
Magic shieldbow (sighted).pngMagic shieldbow (sighted)55Arrow291.5983---196.6-----1,464 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Elder shieldbow.pngElder shieldbow60Arrow3181132---226.4-----2,819
Elder shieldbow (sighted).pngElder shieldbow (sighted)65Arrow344.51299---259.8-----2,819 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Dark bow.pngDark bow70Arrow3711486---297.2-----819,746
Strykebow.pngStrykebow85Arrow450.52178---435.6560----12,340,690 + 819,746 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-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
StyleDmgAccStyleDmgAccDefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Guthix bow.pngGuthix bow5555Arrow291.5983---196.6-2---1,549,444
Saradomin bow.pngSaradomin bow5555Arrow291.5983---196.6-2---1,566,983
Zamorak bow.pngZamorak bow5555Arrow291.5983---196.6-2---1,653,495

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • 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.