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|Release date||25 March 2002 (Update)|
|High Alch||960 coins|
|Low Alch||640 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Exchange price||982 coins (info)|
|Examine||Short and magical, but still effective.|
The magic shortbow is a powerful shortbow that can use metallic arrows up to rune. However, it cannot fire Guthix, Saradomin, or Zamorak arrows. The magic shortbow requires a Ranged level of 50 or higher to wield. The attack range of the magic shortbow is 7 spaces. It is one of the best bows for simple training that F2P players can wield, second only to the gravite shortbow.
Members can make a magic shortbow through the Fletching skill at level 80. First, a player must cut an unstrung magic shortbow from magic logs, granting 83.25 Fletching experience. Then, the player must string the unstrung magic shortbow with a bow string, granting a further 83.25 experience.
This is the most frequently used bow by middle to high level rangers for training (especially in F2P) due to its damage and accuracy bonuses, along with its decent speed and use by many well-known player killers. The price and availability of magic shortbows also contributes to their popularity.
It was a common player killing weapon until the Wilderness update in December 2007, but regained much of its former popularity with the release of PVP worlds. In 2011, an update removed the PvP worlds and the Wilderness becomes an area for dangerous player killing once more. Nevertheless, magic shortbows never regained their former popularity, until the release of the Evolution of Combat, which made them available to free-to-play.
A player wielding a magic shortbow
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- Before the Evolution of Combat this weapon used to have a special attack.
- The magic shortbow's old special attack, Snap-shot became the threshold ability of the same name.
- The magic shortbow used to be the fastest firing bow in RuneScape when used with the rapid setting. However, after the Evolution of Combat update, all shortbows now always fire at the same speed due to the modification of the combat styles system.