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This article is about pistol crossbows. For the two-handed variant, see Two-handed crossbow.
CrossbowPhoenix crossbowBronze crossbowBlurite crossbowIron crossbowDorgeshuun c'bowSteel crossbowBlack crossbowMith crossbowAdamant crossbowZanik's crossbowHunters' crossbowRune crossbowDemon slayer crossbowKaril's pistol crossbowChaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbowAscension crossbow
Slot? Main-hand (has off-hand variants)
Style? Bolt
Speed? AverageInterval: 3.6 secondsAttack speed average
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Crossbows (also known as Pistol crossbows) are weapons used in ranged combat that require a certain Ranged level to wield. Unlike bows, crossbows use bolts instead of arrows and come in mainhand, offhand, and two-handed varieties, with the former allowing access to dual-wielding and the ability to use a shield or god book. Most crossbows have an attack range of 7 spaces. Higher level crossbows have greater accuracy, and while usually not directly influencing damage dealt, higher level crossbows can receive the full damage of higher level bolts. Off-hand crossbows have half the damage output of their normal counterparts, while the two-handed versions have a damage stat to compensate for the potential loss of attack or defence on the unequipped arm. Both dual-wielding and two-handing will do on average 150% the damage of a single mainhand crossbow.

Non-members are recommended to stay with bows as the crossbows available to them (only the regular crossbow and the phoenix crossbow) are weak, while members have much better crossbows to choose from. In addition to the various metallic crossbows, hunter's crossbow, dorgeshuun crossbow, zanik's crossbow, Karil's crossbow, the chaotic crossbow, the Royal crossbow and the Ascension crossbow are available in pay-to-play. Crossbows require ammunition in the form of bolts (or racks for Karil's).

Metal crossbows can be created through the Fletching skill. The stocks must first be cut from logs; the limbs have to be made via the Smithing skill. The player then needs to add those two together and string it with a crossbow string, at which point the player can choose whether to make a normal crossbow, off-hand crossbow or 2h crossbow. Most limbs and stocks can be purchased at the crossbow stall in the dwarven city of Keldagrim.

In addition to combat, crossbows can also fire mithril grapples for Agility shortcuts.

See also: Crossbow and Bolt Compatibility chart

Crossbow stringing

A player stringing a crossbow.

Main-handEdit

Ranged
Item
Ranged-icon
Level
Mainhand Info Off-hand Info Attributes Strength bonusPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Phoenix crossbowPhoenix crossbow1 Bolt - 110 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
CrossbowCrossbow1 Bolt - 150 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 100 181
Bronze crossbowBronze crossbow1 Bolt - 150 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 253
Coral crossbowCoral crossbow1 Bolt - 160 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
Iron crossbowIron crossbow10 Bolt - 202 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 563
Blurite crossbowBlurite crossbow16 Bolt - 268 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
Steel crossbowSteel crossbow20 Bolt - 316 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 100 146
Black crossbowBlack crossbow25 Bolt - 502 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 525
Dorgeshuun c'bowDorgeshuun c'bow28 Bolt - 424 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,004
Mith crossbowMith crossbow30 Bolt - 454 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 100 226
Adamant crossbowAdamant crossbow40 Bolt - 628 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,477
Zanik's crossbowZanik's crossbow48 Bolt - 801 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,477
Rune crossbowRune crossbow50 Bolt - 850 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 8,809
Hunters' crossbowHunters' crossbow50 Bolt - 850 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 975
Dragon crossbowDragon crossbow60 Bolt - 1132 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 14,707,590
Demon slayer crossbowDemon slayer crossbow60 Bolt - 1040 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 588,604
Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow70 Bolt - 1486 N/A - - 0 0 1 - - -Coins 1000 2,738,204
Karil's pistol crossbowKaril's pistol crossbow70 Bolt - 1486 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 2,739,294
Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbow80 Bolt - 1924 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -200,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Dominion crossbowDominion crossbow90 Bolt - 2458 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
Ascension crossbowAscension crossbow90 Bolt - 2458 N/A - - 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 172,075,480

Off-handEdit

Ranged
Item
Ranged-icon
Level
Mainhand Info Off-hand Info Attributes Strength bonusPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Off-hand bronze crossbowOff-hand bronze crossbow1 N/A - - Bolt - 150 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 358
Off-hand iron crossbowOff-hand iron crossbow10 N/A - - Bolt - 202 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 501
Off-hand steel crossbowOff-hand steel crossbow20 N/A - - Bolt - 316 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 552
Off-hand mithril crossbowOff-hand mithril crossbow30 N/A - - Bolt - 454 0 0 0 - - -Coins 250 669
Off-hand adamant crossbowOff-hand adamant crossbow40 N/A - - Bolt - 628 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 2,063
Off-hand rune crossbowOff-hand rune crossbow50 N/A - - Bolt - 850 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 9,385
Off-hand dragon crossbowOff-hand dragon crossbow60 N/A - - Bolt - 1132 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 14,982,298
Off-hand demon slayer crossbowOff-hand demon slayer crossbow60 N/A - - Bolt - 1040 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 1,880,038
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbowKaril's off-hand pistol crossbow70 N/A - - Bolt - 1486 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 796,776
Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbow80 N/A - - Bolt - 1924 0 0 0 - - -100,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Off-hand Ascension crossbowOff-hand Ascension crossbow90 N/A - - Bolt - 2458 0 0 0 - - -Coins 1000 171,059,467

See alsoEdit

TriviaEdit

  • According to a conversation with the Bow and Arrow salesman in the Ranging Guild, crossbows are made only by the dwarves (although cave goblins and players can make crossbows too).
  • The difference in damage output and attack speed of pistol crossbows compared to two-handed crossbows relates to their real-life use, with two-handed crossbows having a higher draw-weight hence taking much more effort to pull back and reload.
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