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This article is about the ranged weapon. For the emote, see Bow (emote).

Bows are weapons used in ranged combat that require a certain Ranged level to wield. They require ammunition in the form of arrows. Bows can be created by members through the Fletching skill and come in two varieties: shieldbows and shortbows. Composite bows can not be fletched, and are instead a possible reward from Treasure Trails. Bows are distinct from crossbows, in that all bows are two-handed weapons, but not all crossbows are.

ShortbowsEdit

Main article: Shortbow (bow type)

Shortbows fire at a faster rate than shieldbows and hit harder, but restrict the access of most defensive abilities and have a smaller attack range.

Ranged
Item
Ranged-icon
Level
Mainhand Info Off-hand Info Attributes Critical bonusesPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
ShortbowShortbow1 Arrow 43 150 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 5 18
Oak shortbowOak shortbow10 Arrow 87 202 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 25 29
Willow shortbowWillow shortbow20 Arrow 175 316 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 25 55
Maple shortbowMaple shortbow30 Arrow 263 454 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 100 118
Yew shortbowYew shortbow40 Arrow 351 628 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 100 217
Magic shortbowMagic shortbow50 Arrow 438 850 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 672
Elder shortbowElder shortbow60 Arrow 526 1132 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,341
Crystal bowCrystal bow70 Arrow 1286 1486 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 10000 87,047 + 180,000 - 900,000gp
Zaryte bowZaryte bow80 Arrow 1470 1924 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 10000 82,159,896

ShieldbowsEdit

Main article: Shieldbow (bow type)

Effectively, a shieldbow is similar to a one-handed crossbow wielded alongside a shield, although it fires a bit slower, and hits harder. Its damage is slightly lower than a shortbow's. They have the unique aspect of being both a two-handed weapon and a shield at the same time.

Ranged
Item
Ranged-icon
Level
Mainhand Info Off-hand Info Attributes Critical bonusesPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
ShieldbowShieldbow1 Arrow 26 150 N/A - - 30 75 0 - - -Coins 5 20
Oak shieldbowOak shieldbow10 Arrow 53 202 N/A - - 40 150 0 - - -Coins 25 46
Willow shieldbowWillow shieldbow20 Arrow 106 316 N/A - - 63 300 0 - - -Coins 25 93
Maple shieldbowMaple shieldbow30 Arrow 159 454 N/A - - 90 450 0 - - -Coins 100 188
Yew shieldbowYew shieldbow40 Arrow 212 628 N/A - - 125 600 0 - - -Coins 250 443
Maple shieldbow (sighted)Maple shieldbow (sighted)45 Arrow 238 732 N/A - - 146 675 0 - - -Coins 100 188 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Magic shieldbowMagic shieldbow50 Arrow 265 850 N/A - - 170 750 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,190
Magic shieldbow (sighted)Magic shieldbow (sighted)55 Arrow 291 983 N/A - - 196 825 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,190 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Elder shieldbowElder shieldbow60 Arrow 318 1132 N/A - - 226 900 0 - - -Coins 1000 2,321
Elder shieldbow (sighted)Elder shieldbow (sighted)65 Arrow 344 1299 N/A - - 259 975 0 - - -Coins 1000 2,321 + 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Dark bowDark bow70 Arrow 892 1486 N/A - - 297 1050 0 - - -Coins 10000 83,120


Composite bowsEdit

Main article: Composite bow

Composite bows are identical to shieldbows (except for the composite ogre bow), but they have a longer attack range. Only the ogre composite bow can be fletched, other composite bows must be obtained via Treasure Trails.

Ranged
Item
Ranged-icon
Level
Mainhand Info Off-hand Info Attributes Critical bonusesPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Willow composite bowWillow composite bow20 Arrow 106 316 N/A - - 63 300 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,729
Comp ogre bowComp ogre bow30 Arrow 382 454 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 531
Yew composite bowYew composite bow40 Arrow 212 628 N/A - - 125 600 0 - - -Coins 250 632
Magic composite bowMagic composite bow50 Arrow 265 850 N/A - - 170 750 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,138

Bow vs crossbow or thrown weaponsEdit

Many rangers choose the bow style of range weapon for its higher damage in comparison to crossbows and throwing weapons, and to fight monsters that are weak to arrows. Most bows sacrifice speed in comparison to their crossbow and thrown equivalents. The main disadvantage for bows is the fact they are two handed weapons whereas most crossbows and throwing weapons are only one handed, giving the flexibility to use them with any suitable off-hand weapon or shield.

TriviaEdit

  • The elves taught humans how to make and use bows sometime near the God Wars.[source needed]
  • When Runescape 2 was released, bows had no visible bowstrings. Jagex fixed this together with the RuneScape HD update.
  • Bows were formerly held in the player's right hand, implying that they were left-handed archers. This has been changed since the Evolution of Combat update.

See alsoEdit

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