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This article is about the item used as ammunition. For the category of Magic spells, see Bolt spells.
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Bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows. Most types of bolts are made using a combination of the Smithing and Fletching skills, the initial bolts being made with Smithing, and feathers being added with Fletching. Certain special bolts can only be obtained through other methods, such as monster drops or specialist shops.

Bolts may be used with crossbows that are lower level than themselves, but their damage will be capped at the crossbow's level.[1] For example, if one were to use level 80 royal bolts with the level 50 rune crossbow, the bolts would perform as level 50 runite bolts.

Different types of bolts can be stored in a bolt pouch to conserve space. Bolts sometimes survive shots, so you can pick up your fired bolts.

Types of boltsEdit

Non-enchanted boltsEdit

Level Bolt type Cost Damage
1 Bronze bolts 5 Bronze 25 48
10 Iron bolts 5 Iron 25 96
Opal bolts 5 Opal 20
20 Steel bolts 5 Steel 99 192
Pearl bolts 5 Pearl 47
25 Black bolts 5 Black 140 240
Jade bolts 5 Jade N/A
30 Mithril bolts 5 Mithril 138 288
Topaz bolts 5 Topaz 94
40 Adamant bolts 5 Adamant 206 384
Sapphire bolts 5 Sapphire 89
50 Runite bolts 5 Runite 642 480
Emerald bolts 5 Emerald 211
Ruby bolts 5 Ruby 252
Broad-tipped bolts 5 Broad-tipped 93
60 Diamond bolts 5 Diamond 411 576
Dragon bolts 5 Dragonstone 834
70 Bolt rack 5 Bolt rack 156 672
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx 7,805
80 Royal bolts 5 Royal 57 768
90 Ascension bolts 4 Ascension 176 864
Ascendri bolts 4 Ascendri 9,564 902

Gem-tipped and enchanted boltsEdit

Smithable metal bolts can be enhanced by adding gem bolt tips. These have a higher Damage stat, and a correspondingly raised mimimum crossbow level needed to fire them with uncapped damage. They can be further improved by enchantment, which raises both the damage and level requirement even further.

Each type of enchanted bolt has a unique effect that triggers randomly with auto-attacks. These are described in the table below.

Level Bolt type Cost Damage Enchantment
20 Opal bolts (e) 5 Opal bolts (e) 19 192 Lucky lightning: Deals extra damage
30 Pearl bolts (e) 5 Pearl bolts (e) 39 288 Sea curse: Chance of striking the target with a mighty bolt of water, dealing extra damage
35 Jade bolts (e) 5 Jade bolts (e) N/A 336 Earth's fury: Chance of knocking the target to the ground
40 Topaz bolts (e) 5 Topaz bolts (e) 53 384 Down to earth: Chance of lowering another player's Magic level
50 Sapphire bolts (e) 5 Sapphire bolts (e) 106 480 Clear mind: Chance of lowering the target's Prayer points and transferring them to the attacker
60 Emerald bolts (e) 5 Emerald bolts (e) 269 576 Magical poison: Chance of poisoning the opponent
Ruby bolts (e) 5 Ruby bolts (e) 215 Blood forfeit: Chance of dealing extra damage at the cost of the attacker's health
70 Diamond bolts (e) 5 Diamond bolts (e) 376 672 Armour piercing: Negates part of the target's Ranged defence, and raises the bolts' maximum hit
Dragon bolts (e) 5 Dragon bolts (e) 316 Dragon's breath: Chance of inflicting Dragonfire against the target
80 Onyx bolts (e) 5 Onyx bolts (e) 7,877 768 Life leech: Chance of doing extra damage and healing the attacker by 25% of the damage dealt
90 Ascendri bolts (e) 4 Ascendri bolts (e) 9,735 902 Deathmark: The player may gain a deathmark for 15 seconds; while marked, the player gains 1% extra adrenaline per hit on any target

Player-made boltsEdit

Ascension bolts detail

Store-bought boltsEdit

Broad-tipped bolts detail

Bolts obtained as dropsEdit

Royal bolts detail

Bane boltsEdit

Wallasalkibane bolt detail

Bane bolts are available after completion of the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest. They are made by casting Tune Bane Ore on Bane ore, smelting the ore, smithing the bars on the tempered anvil in Kethsi, and fletching them with Feathers. The Tune Bane Ore spell enhances the weapon to be more effective against a specific creature, depending on the item it is tuned with. There are four types of bane bolts:

Hand cannonEdit

The Hand cannon is also classed as a crossbow, and thus its shot are considered "bolts". However it fires at an average speed, but does more damage than a one-handed crossbow or dual-wielded crossbow. It can only fire Hand cannon shot, which can be obtained as a drop from the monsters at the Chaos Dwarf Battlefield. They can also be bought from the Grand Exchange.


  1. ^ Mod Michelle. "Patch Notes - Archive." July 9, 2013. RuneScape Forums.

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