Ranged weapons are a set of combat items ranging from crossbows to throwing darts. When equipped these weapons provide experience in the Ranged skill. Ranged weapons are most effective against magic armour and least effective against melee armour. Currently the highest hitting ranged weapon is the Royal Crossbow, excluding weapons found in Daemonheim and the Dominion Crossbow
Bows are the original ranged weapons. It should be noted that all bows are two handed, yet most still allow the use of abilities that require a shield. They can be separated into two categories: shortbows, and shieldbows. Most bows require arrows, which determine the maximum hit of the bow.
Bows have limits on the quality of arrows that can be used with them. Higher level bows have higher maximum hits because they are able to use more advanced arrow types. For example, shortbows made of the lowest level wood can only use bronze or iron arrows.
When choosing a bow, players need to consider three factors: offensive bonuses, defensive bonuses, and the level requirement. Shieldbows tend to have a slower rate of fire, less accuracy, and lower damage than shortbows of the same level requirement, but shieldbows provide a life point bonus and armour rating.
|Quickbow||5||100||46||Up to Iron|
|Shortbow||1||50||46||Up to Iron|
|Oak shortbow||10||100||87||Up to Steel|
|Willow shortbow||20||200||185||Up to Mithril|
|Maple shortbow||30||300||278||Up to Mithril|
|Composite ogre bow||30||300||278||Brutal arrows|
|Yew shortbow||40||400||371||Up to Adamant|
|Magic shortbow||50||704||463||Up to Rune|
|Seercull||50||777||249||Up to Rune|
|Gravite shortbow||55 (with 45 Dung. )||899||510||Up to Rune|
|Crystal bow||70 (with 50 Agility )||1868||1321*||Does not use arrows|
|Zaryte bow||80||3043||1510*||Does not use arrows|
|Shieldbow||1||10||26||20||14||Up to Iron|
|100||53||200||150||Up to Steel|
|Willow shieldbow||20||200||106||400||300||Up to Mithril|
|Willow composite bow||20||200||106||400||300||Up to Mithril|
|Maple shieldbow||30||266||159||600||450||Up to Mithril|
|Ogre bow||30||300||278||0||450||Ogre arrows|
|Yew shieldbow||40||400||212||800||600||Up to Adamant|
|Yew composite bow||40||400||212||800||600||Up to Adamant|
|Maple longbow (sighted)||45||450||238||900||675||Up to Mithril|
|Magic shieldbow||50||500||265||1000||755||Up to Rune|
|Magic composite bow||50||500||265||1000||755||Up to Rune|
|Magic shieldbow (sighted)||55||550||291||1100||825||Up to Rune|
|Saradomin Bow||55||550||291||1100||825||Up to Rune|
|Guthix Bow||55||550||291||1100||825||Up to Rune|
|Zamorak Bow||55||550||291||1100||825||Up to Rune|
|Dark bow||60||1147||765||229||900||Up to Dragon|
Arrows are used for ammunition with bows. The better the arrow, the higher damage a player can deal. However, players require certain bows to use certain arrows. Non-members can only use bronze to rune arrows. All arrows except the training arrows and god arrows can be fletched by members.
|Steel arrows||Willow or higher||192|
|Mithril arrows||Willow or higher||288|
|Adamant arrows||Yew or higher||384|
|Rune arrows||Magic or higher||480|
|Saradomin arrows||Magic or higher||528|
|Guthix arrows||Magic or higher||528|
|Zamorak arrows||Magic or higher||528|
|Dragon arrows||Dark Bow||576|
Ogre and brutal arrowsEdit
Ogre and brutal arrows are only available to members and can only used with ogre bows. Ogre arrows can be fletched during and after the Big Chompy Bird Hunting quest and can be used with either an ogre bow or a composite ogre bow.
|Bronze brutal arrows||48|
|Iron brutal arrows||96|
|Steel brutal arrows||144|
|Black brutal arrows||192|
|Mithril brutal arrows||220|
|Adamant brutal arrows||316|
|Rune brutal arrows||412|
Crossbows, the second weapon type for ranged combat, come in three types: main-hand, off-hand and two-hand. Crossbows differ from regular bows because they have a faster rate of fire and some can be wielded one handed allowing the use of a shield. Alternatively, main-hand and off-hand crossbows can be wielded simultaneously to increase your rate of fire even further. The two-hand crossbows have a slightly slower rate of fire when compared to either of the one hand versions, however two-hand crossbows have a bonus to damage and life points.
|Bronze 2h crossbow||1||10||66||Up to Bronze bolts|
|Iron 2h crossbow||10||100||132||Up to Iron bolts|
|Steel 2h crossbow||20||200||265||Up to Steel bolts|
|Mithril 2h crossbow||30||300||397||Up to Mithril bolts|
|Adamant 2h crossbow||40||400||530||Up to Adamant bolts|
|Rune 2h crossbow||50||704||662||Up to Runite bolts|
|Dragon 2h crossbow||60||1147||795||Up to Dragon Bolts|
|Karil's crossbow||70||1868||927||Only Bolt Racks|
|Hand Cannon||75||2384||993||Only Hand cannon shot|
|Royal Crossbow||80||3043||1060||Up to Royal Bolts|
Note: Due to EOC changes, Salamanders are now Two-Handed Crossbows aswell. The black salamander (requiring 70 attack, strength, magic, and range) uses Harralander tar as ammunition and has equal damage and accuracy to Karil's crossbow.
Bolts are the ammunition for crossbows. Members can create them with the Smithing and Fletching skills. Silver bolts, however, are crafted rather than smithed. Bolts that do not have gem tips can be poisoned, while gem tipped bolts can be enchanted using the Enchant Crossbow Bolt spell. Anyone can equip any type of bolt but to fire the bolt there is a minimum ranged level and crossbow needed. Generally the level of the crossbow must be equal to or above the level of the bolt you are trying to use with it.
|Bronze bolt||1||48||Can be poisoned|
|Coral bolt||1||48||Can only be used with the coral crossbow|
|Blurite bolt||1||57||Can be poisoned|
|Iron bolt||10||96||Can be poisoned|
|Abyssalbane bolt||50||164||Does extra damage to Abyssal demons|
|Basiliskbane bolt||50||164||Does extra damage to Basilisks|
|Dragonbane bolt||50||164||Does extra damage to Dragons|
|Wallasalkibane bolt||50||164||Does extra damage to Wallasalkis|
|Steel bolt||20||192||Can be poisoned|
|Opal bolt(e)||20||192||Lucky lightning enchantment|
|Silver bolt||25||240||Can be poisoned|
|Bone bolt||28||268||Can only be used with the Dorgeshuun or Zanik's crossbow|
|Mithril bolt||30||288||Can be poisoned|
|Red topaz bolt||30||288|
|Pearl bolt(e)||30||288||Sea curse enchantment|
|Black bolt||33||316||Can be poisoned|
|Jade bolt(e)||336||Earth’s fury enchantment|
|Adamant bolt||40||384||Can be poisoned|
|Red topaz bolt||40||384||Down to earth enchantment|
|Rune bolt||50||480||Can be poisoned|
|Broad bolt||50||480||Can be used to kill Kurasks|
|Kebbit bolt||50||480||Can only be used with the Hunters' crossbow|
|Long kebbit bolt||50||480||Can only be used with the Hunters' crossbow|
|Sapphire bolt(e)||50||480||Clear mind enchantment|
|Emerald bolt(e)||60||576||Magical poision enchantment|
|Bolt rack||70||672||Can only be used with Karil's crossbow|
|Diamond bolt(e)||70||672||Armour piercing enchantment|
|Dragon bolt(e)||70||672||Dragon’s breath enchantment|
|Royal bolt||80||768||Can only be used with the Royal crossbow or Chaotic crossbow|
|Onyx bolt(e)||80||768||Leech life enchantment|
Members can use a mithril grapple as a tool for scaling high obstacles, such as walls. Rangers can create mithril grapples and attach them to mithril bolts provided with the required smithing level. To use the grapple, players use a rope with the grapple and then use it on the shortcut. Players will need to have a crossbow equipped to use the grapple.
Each time a player uses their grapple, there is a chance that it can break. It cannot be repaired, meaning if a player's grapple does break, they will need to make a new one. Shortcuts that require grapples also require Ranged, Strength, and Agility levels.
Although not a weapon, members have access to a bolt pouch, allowing them to carry a variety of bolts without occupying too much of their bank or inventory space. They can be purchased from the crossbow sales dwarf in Keldagrim. Each player are also restricted to only one bolt pouch at anyone time. Destroying it or losing it upon death will result in having all the bolts in the pouch to be dropped onto the floor.
Bolt pouches can only hold 4 different kinds of bolts. To store bolts in a pouch, players have to use them with the pouch. Left-clicking on the pouch will open a menu showing players what bolts are currently in the pouch. Each of the four slots can hold up to 255 bolts. Bolts can be removed from the pouch or equipped by right-clicking on them. Grapples, however, cannot be stored in pouches. Bolt pouches are also untradeable.
Members have a wide range of throwing weapons at their disposal. Though not as popular as bows or crossbows, some players prefer them over other ranged weapons as they can be thrown very fast, creating faster ranged experience.
Darts can be made after completing the Tourist Trap quest. Players can smith 10 dart tips per bar and can then attach feathers to create a completed dart. They can be wielded as a weapon, allowing players to also carry a shield or god book. Note that black darts are only available as drops from elite dark rangers. Darts are stackable, however, they cannot be thrown as far as a player with a bow. The setback is minor, given its decent striking power, speed and availability. Thus, making it a popular training weapon in the ranging arsenal.
|Off-hand bronze dart||1||24||10|
|Off-hand iron dart||10||48||100|
|Off-hand steel dart||20||96||200|
|Off-hand black dart||20||120||250|
|Off-hand mithril dart||30||144||300|
|Off-hand adamant dart||40||192||400|
|Off-hand rune dart||50||240||500|
|Off-hand dragon dart||60||288||600|
Javelins can only be bought from the Ranging Guild, Void Knights Outposts Archery Shoppe, or obtained from monster drops. They can be wielded as a weapon, allowing players to also wield a shield or prayer book.
Javelins are slow to throw, but they can hit hard and far. Because of the attacking speed, players hardly train their ranging with it.
Throwing axes can only be purchased from the Ranging Guild, or from other players. They can be wielded as a single-handed weapon, allowing players to also wield a shield or prayer book.
Throwing axes are slow to attack with, similar like javelins, but at a shorter range and power. However, throwing axes are cheaper compared to javelins.
|Bronze throwing axe||1||10||61|
|Iron throwing axe||10||100||122|
|Steel throwing axe||20||200||245|
|Mithril throwing axe||30||300||367|
|Adamant throwing axe||40||400||490|
|Rune throwing axe||50||500||612|
|Morrigan's throwing axe||78||955||2760|
Throwing knives are similar to darts. They are one of the fastest weapon types in the game and can be smithed. It is worthy to note that knives all have a potential to hit 1 damage point higher than any of their dart counterparts (i.e. if a bronze dart max is 8, the bronze knife max is 9).
They can be wielded as a single-handed weapon, allowing players to wield a shield or prayer book at the same time.
Players receive 5 throwing knives from each bar they smith. Throwing knives are stackable, however, they cannot be thrown as far as a player with a bow. The setback is minor, given its decent striking power, speed and availability (thus making it a popular training weapon in the ranging arsenal).
Chinchompas are a unique, stackable, one-time use ranged explosion weapon. They have three attack styles: short, medium, and long, which determine the length of fuse and its effectiveness. Selecting short makes it more effective at short distance. A longer fuse enables the Chinchompa weapon to be used for longer distance attacks, but also decreases throwing rate. In a multi-combat area a Chinchompa explosion damages all targets within a three by three area. Chinchompas are obtained by box trapping.
|Image||Ranged weapon||Ranged level||Damage bonus||Accuracy|
Red Chinchompas Before EOC allowed some of the fastest ranged training in the game. A popular fast experience training method is to use red chinchompas to attack Skeletons in the multi attack area of the Ape Atoll dungeon. This is no longer an option, as they are now weak to mage.
Obsidian throwing rings can be obtained by buying from the TzHaar combat store, as a drop from the creatures in TzHaar, or by buying it from another player. They cost around 350 Tokkul per throwing ring. Due to their expensive cost, they are almost never used for training, however they are sometimes used in Range stakes due to their speed between attacks (similar to throwing knives) and they hit a max comparable to rune arrows. They also give +69 Ranged bonus (the same as a magic bow), +49 Ranged Strength and cost around 200 to 500 coins each. This weapon cannot be made using the Smithing skill.
Members also have access to different kinds of weapons. They are:
- Dwarf cannon
- Holy water
- Crystal bow
- Ogre bow and ogre arrows
- Ogre Composite Bow and brutal arrows
- Experimental Crossbow
All players can access slings, basic ranged weapons that does not need ammo: