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Royal crossbow
Royal crossbow
Release date 29 May 2012 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item No
Tradeable No
Equipable Yes
Stackable No
Value 500,000 coins
High alch 1 coin
Low alch 1 coin
Destroy You will have to reassemble and reforge it. Sir Rebrum can provide a coral crossbow.
Store price Not sold
Examine Unforged: Only extreme heat will properly fuse all of its components together.
Complete: Inflicts heavy damage in prolonged encounters.
Degraded: Degraded to its basic form. Perhaps a master of smithing could restore it.
Weight 4 kg
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Royal crossbow detail

The royal crossbow is a level 80 two-handed crossbow that bears the likeness of the Queen Black Dragon. Using the royal crossbow requires:

  • 80 Ranged-icon (to equip)
  • 70 Smithing-icon (to forge) (can be boosted)
  • 60 Summoning-icon (to enter the QBD lair) (cannot be boosted)
  • Quest map icon Completion of Song from the Depths

It is currently the strongest two-handed crossbow in the game. As a level 80 weapon, it is comparable to the zaryte bow, attuned crystal bow, chaotic crossbow with the off-hand chaotic crossbow, and the attuned crystal chakram with the off-hand attuned crystal chakram, all of which are currently the 3rd highest-levelled Ranged weapons available to players. It is beaten by the death lotus dart (and its off-hand variant), the ascension crossbow (and its off-hand variant), and the noxious longbow.

Despite the examine information saying that the crossbow will inflict heavy damage in prolonged encounters, this is now outdated as it was the crossbow's ability prior to the Evolution of Combat - it will deal the same damage regardless of the length of a fight.

Combat StatsRoyal crossbow equipped

A player wielding the royal crossbow.

Skill requirementsDegrades
80 Ranged-iconYes
ClassSlot
Ranged Ranged2h slot
WeaponsMainOff
Damage1020-
Accuracy1924-
StyleBolts
Attributes
Defence-iconArmour0
Constitution-iconLife points0
Prayer-iconPrayer0
Strength bonuses
Strength-icon0Ranged-icon0Magic-icon0
Attack speed
Average
Interval: 3.6 seconds
Attack speed average
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PartsEdit

The core of the royal crossbow is the coral crossbow, which is untradeable but freely obtained after completing Song from the Depths. Players who have lost their coral crossbow may retrieve another from Sir Rebrum outside the Grotworm Lair. Each player may only own one royal crossbow at any time since Sir Rebrum will not supply coral crossbows needed to create additional royal crossbows.

Aside from the coral crossbow, four other items are required to assemble the royal crossbow, all of which are tradeable and available as drops from the Queen Black Dragon:

The total cost of the components of the crossbow when bought from the Grand Exchange is 377,131. (Excluding the coral crossbow, which is rewarded free upon completion of Song from the Depths.)

Royal crossbow Grand Exchange cost
Royal bolt stabiliserRoyal bolt stabiliser95,260 [view]
Royal frameRoyal frame93,602 [view]
Royal sightRoyal sight92,729 [view]
Royal torsion springRoyal torsion spring95,540 [view]
Total price377,131
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AssemblyEdit

Once a player has acquired the four pieces plus the coral crossbow, they must take them to Thurgo at Mudskipper Point, who will gladly combine the pieces into an unforged royal crossbow. He will also comment that incredible heat will be required to complete the weapon, far greater than any furnace can provide; in fact, only the fire of an ancient dragon could produce enough heat. At this point, the crossbow gains a left-click "Brandish" option, as well as an option to disassemble the weapon into its pieces. 70 Smithing is required to successfully brandish the bow.

Brandishing royal crossbow

A player brandishes his royal crossbow.

The only ancient dragon remaining in RuneScape is the Queen Black Dragon, who slumbers deep beneath Asgarnia in the Grotworm Lair. Players must enter her lair and battle her up to her fourth phase, at which point she will begin using her extremely hot dragonfire attack (see her strategies article for more information). The Queen Black Dragon's normal dragonfire attack is not hot enough to forge the crossbow; it must be done in her extremely hot attack. Players must stand directly in the middle of the attack (next to the centre artefact) while facing the Queen Black Dragon, taking its full damage, and brandish the unfinished royal crossbow. Only click once and wait until the animation finishes or else the process will not complete. Doing so will forge its components together into a usable weapon. Note that the Queen Black Dragon is a very dangerous, very powerful monster, and standing in the middle of her extremely hot dragonfire will result in very high damage. Actually defeating the Queen Black Dragon is not a requirement for forging the crossbow - even if you die, you can select to keep it on death.

It should be noted that once the royal crossbow has been forged by the Queen Black Dragon, it can never be split apart again, so it becomes permanently bound to the player unless lost on death or if you destroy it, in which case it will not be reimbursed. Upon death in the Wilderness, 100,000 coins appears on the ground to the killer.

RechargingEdit

As the royal crossbow is used, it begins to degrade. It lasts 10 hours in combat before degrading fully and becoming royal crossbow (degraded). In this state, it has stats equal to a bronze 2h crossbow. Upon death, if the royal crossbow is equipped, it will degrade by 20%, but does not lose any charge if it was in the inventory instead. Prior to it fully degrading, any of the four components can be used on the royal crossbow to recharge it by 25% (with the cheapest one being the torsion spring, see parts for details). If it fully degrades, it can only be repaired by taking the degraded royal crossbow along with all four royal crossbow components to Thurgo; re-brandishing it at the Queen Black Dragon is not necessary.

AnalysisEdit

As a level 80 Ranged weapon, the royal crossbow is among the strongest and most accurate ranged weapons in the game. It shares this position with the zaryte bow, attuned crystal bow, chaotic crossbow with its off-hand and the attuned crystal chakram with its off-hand. While it is slower than said weapons, it has a longer range, meaning it can shoot targets further away. Unlike the zaryte and attuned crystal bow, the royal crossbow gains extra damage from its ammunition. It can fire any type of bolt, but when firing ascension or ascendri bolts, they have reduced damage that makes them equal to royal bolts.

The royal crossbow's purchase cost is a small fraction of the zaryte bow's, though depending on the ammunition fired, the royal crossbow may be more expensive per shot than the zaryte bow. There are more requirements to obtain an attuned crystal bow and the main hand/off-hand attuned crystal chakram as Plague's End is required to get an attuned crystal weapon seed needed to create either weapons. Use of one of Ava's devices to automatically retrieve bolts can significantly reduce the cost per shot of the royal crossbow. In addition, since abilities do not use bolts (and consequently, no durability charges are spent), normal usage of the royal crossbow does not necessarily require much maintenance or upkeep cost, given that royal bolts, the most commonly used ammunition, cost 46 each.

The Royal crossbow is a difficult weapon for ironmen to create and repair. All four crossbow pieces are required to create it, and the only way to recharge it is to use additional pieces on the crossbow. Obtaining the pieces may take an impractical amount of time, as they are fairly rare drops from the Queen Black Dragon.

Comparison with other Ranged weaponsEdit

Name Type Levels Cost Accuracy Notes
Noxious longbow Noxious longbow Two-handed (bow) 90 Ranged-icon 204,803,335 2458
  • Highest accuracy of any two-handed ranged weapon
  • Has a special attack, Mirrorback, that summons a mirrorback spider which reduces and reflects damage for ten seconds
  • Degrades from full charge after 10 hours of combat, and costs 4,500,000 to repair at Bob's Axes (or less at an armour stand, depending on Smithing level)
  • Expensive compared to other ranged weapons
Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow (and off-hand) Dual wield (crossbow) 90 Ranged-icon 92,108,820 (main-hand)
92,407,775 (off-hand)
2458
  • Highest accuracy of any dual wielded weapon
  • Can wield up to ascension bolts
  • Can be wielded in the God Wars Dungeon to protect players from all factions
  • Off-hand can be substituted by a shield for greater defensive stats, but at a cost to offence
  • Expensive to buy
  • Degrades after 10 hours of combat from full charge, and costs 2,000,000 each to repair both weapons at Bob's Axes (or less at an armour stand, depending on Smithing level)
Strykebow Strykebow Two-handed (shieldbow) 85 Ranged-icon
85 Defence-icon
33,854,891 2178
  • Strongest shieldbow in the game
  • Lasts 10 hours before it fully degrades back to the wyrm scalp
  • Passive effect: stores damage received in combat (must remain equipped)
  • Recharging the bow requires a dark bow, which restores 20% of its charges
Death lotus dart Death lotus dart (and off-hand) Dual wield (thrown) 85 Ranged-icon
92 Fletching-icon
Ancient bones Ancient bones
Ascension shard Ascension shard (25)
2178
  • Tied with the Ascension crossbow with the fastest attack speed
  • Most accurate thrown ranged weapon
Royal crossbow Royal crossbow Two-handed (crossbow) 80 Ranged-icon
70 Smithing-icon
60 Summoning-icon
377,131 1924
  • Degrades from full charge after 10 hours of combat, but can be repaired at anytime by using any of the royal pieces on it
  • Each piece can be used to charge 25% of the crossbow (therefore it is recommended to wait until the crossbow has at most 75% of its charges left)
  • One of the cheapest high-leveled ranged weapons to obtain
  • Must reach the Queen Black Dragon's fourth phase and brandish it when she uses her extremely hot flames to initially obtain one
  • Second-highest accuracy of any two-handed ranged weapon but has the highest accuracy of any two-handed crossbow weapon
Zaryte bow Zaryte bow Two-handed (bow) 80 Ranged-icon 40,836,780 1924
  • Has an expensive upfront price
  • Fully degrades after 60,000 shots
  • Supplies its own ammunition similar to the Attuned crystal bow
  • Costs 20,000 to repair at Bob's Axes (or less at an armour stand, depending on Smithing level)
  • Can be wielded in the God Wars Dungeon to protect players from all factions
  • Tied with the Attuned crystal bow with the second-highest accuracy of any bow
Attuned crystal bow Attuned crystal bow Two-handed (bow) 80 Ranged-icon
50 Agility-icon
Attuned crystal weapon seed Attuned crystal weapon seed
and
Harmonic dust Harmonic dust (2000)
1924
  • Each bow has 50,000 charges and consumes 2 charges for every auto attack, ability used or hit taken. If used in the Cadarn or Iorwerth areas of Prifddinas it will only consume 1 charge, lasting twice as long.
  • Supplies its own ammunition
  • Requires completion of Plague's End in order to obtain the seed and dust
  • Can be repaired by using the item on Eluned for a very cheap price
  • Tied with the Zaryte bow with the second-highest accuracy of any bow
Attuned crystal chakram Attuned crystal chakram (and off-hand) Dual wield (thrown) 80 Ranged-icon
50 Agility-icon
Attuned crystal weapon seed Attuned crystal weapon seed (2)
and
Harmonic dust Harmonic dust (2000)
1924
  • Each chakram has 50,000 charges and consumes 2 charges for every auto attack, ability used or hit taken. If used in the Cadarn or Iorwerth areas of Prifddinas it will only consume 1 charge, lasting twice as long.
  • Requires completion of Plague's End in order to obtain the seed and dust
  • Can be repaired by using the item on Eluned for a very cheap price
Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow (and off-hand) Dual wield (crossbow) 80 Ranged-icon
80 Dungeoneering-icon
Dungeoneering tokens 200,000 tokens (main-hand)
Dungeoneering tokens 100,000 tokens (off-hand)
1924
  • Tied with the royal crossbow with the second highest accuracy for a crossbow (two-hand or dual wield)
  • Can fire up to royal bolts
  • Degrades from full charge after 10 hours of combat, but can be fully repaired with Marmaros
Hand cannon Hand cannon Two-handed (crossbow) 75 Ranged-icon
61 Firemaking-icon
11,017 1694
  • Most accurate non-degrading two-handed ranged weapon
  • Uses hand cannon shot as its ammunition
  • A very popular weapon of choice for Wilderness Warbands
  • Can also explode and do damage to the player using it (the higher the FM level the lower the chance)

TriviaEdit

  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the royal crossbow was a one-handed weapon with a requirement of 85 ranged rather than 80. It could only fire royal bolts. It also had a unique ability in that all shots fired would deal their damage to targets in a damage-over-time effect, rather than dealing their full damage all at once. The total damage dealt per shot tended to be higher than with other crossbows. It was designed to be most useful when fighting boss monsters. Because the weapon was designed to deal damage over a long period of time, it was relatively weak against monsters without many life points. It was also ineffective against players, dealing very little damage to them.
  • Prior to an update on 7 January 2014, the only option to recharge the crossbow was to brandish it again during another fight with the Queen Black Dragon (just as it was completed the first time). Since then, players are able use any royal crossbow piece on the completed crossbow, consuming the piece and recharging 25% of the crossbow's durability.
  • Its degraded form has 63 damage and 150 accuracy.
  • Even though the King Black Dragon is known to be the second dragon ever created (as referenced the Dragonkin Journals), the King is supposedly not "ancient," due to its inability to charge the Royal Crossbow. This means that the Queen Black Dragon is not only the single "ancient" dragon on Gielinor, but also the only "ancient" dragon to ever exist.

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