"Rcb" redirects here. For the coral crossbow upgrade, see Royal crossbow.
- This weapon has an off-hand variant.
|Release date||31 July 2006 (Update)|
|High Alch||9,720 coins|
|Low Alch||6,480 coins|
|Store price|| 16,200 coins|
|Exchange price||9,423 coins (info)|
|Examine||A runite crossbow.|
The rune crossbow is the highest grade of crossbow made out of standard metal and the 6th most accurate of all single-handed crossbows, behind the Dragon crossbow, Armadyl crossbow, Karil's pistol crossbow, chaotic crossbow, and the dominion crossbow. It requires a Ranged level of 50 to wield, can use bolts up to runite, but unable to use some gem-tipped or enchanted bolts of a lower level metals, such as mithril (can use all mithril-based bolts except Emerald bolts (e)) and adamant (can use ruby bolts , but unable to use the enchanted counterpart or any diamond-tipped bolt) and is also unable to use gem-tipped or enchanted bolts of the same metal (dragonstone , onyx and their enchanted counterparts) and is available to members only.
See Crossbow (weapon type)/Bolt compatibility for information on what this crossbow and other crossbows can and cannot use as ammunition.
Rune crossbows can be made through the Fletching skill at level 69; a player must first cut a yew stock for the crossbow from yew logs, granting 50 Fletching experience. Then, a player must add rune crossbow limbs to the stock, granting 100 experience and making an unstrung rune crossbow. Finally, they must string the crossbow with crossbow string, granting 50 experience. The rune crossbow is faster than the magic shortbow and the Rune 2h crossbow, but does not offer a damage bonus, while the shortbow and 2h crossbow do. To compensate, it can be wielded with a shield, for significant defensive bonuses. This allows for players to range while still keeping defensive abilities of shields such as an anti-dragon or dragonfire shield when fighting dragons. Alternatively, it can be combined with an off-hand rune crossbow to dramatically increase one's attacking power. They can also be obtained through completing Hard Treasure Trails.
A player wielding a rune crossbow
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- There is a common misconception that the higher grade of crossbow, the higher the max hit will be. With one-handed crossbows, however, only accuracy is determined by the crossbow itself. The ammunition, ranged level, the use of potions, and prayer used is what determines the damage dealt and not which grade of crossbow is used. Nevertheless, it does indirectly influence damage done, as the grade crossbow used decides how powerful the ammo you can use is, as well as how often you can hit.
- Although rune crossbows are supposedly able to handle bolts up to runite, emerald bolts(e) cannot be used, but sapphire bolts(e) can. This is due to the fact that enchanted emerald bolts are level 60 ammo, which is a higher-grade bolt than runite bolts.
|Off-hand metal crossbows|
Helm • Full helmet (t) (g) • Square shield • Kiteshield (t) (g) • Chainbody • Platebody (t) (g) • Plateskirt (t) (g) • Platelegs (t) (g) • Boots(m) • Gloves(m) • Gauntlets • Defender(m) • Spikeshield • Berserker shield
|Rune god armour||
(m) stands for members only.