Like all shieldbows and unlike most other weapons, it incorporates an inseparable shield, providing armour and life point bonuses. This also counts as a shield for Defenceabilities, such as Rejuvenate. The attack range of the elder shieldbow is 8 spaces.
With level 45 Dungeoneering and 10,000 tokens, a shieldbow sight can be purchased and attached to an elder shieldbow to create an elder shieldbow (sighted), raising its bonuses to those of a level 65 weapon. This also increases the wielding requirements to 65 Ranged and Defence.