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This weapon has an off-hand variant.
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Rune crossbow
Rune crossbow
Release date 31 July 2006 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Lendable Yes
Equipable Yes
Stackable No
Noteable Yes
Value 16,200 coins
High alch 9,720 coins
Low alch 6,480 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 16,200 coins
Exchange price 10,835 coins (info)
Buy limit 100
Examine A rune crossbow.
Weight 2 kg
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Rune crossbow detail

The rune crossbow is the highest grade of crossbow made out of standard metal and the 7th most accurate of all single-handed crossbows, behind the Demon slayer crossbow, Dragon crossbowArmadyl crossbow, Karil's pistol crossbow, chaotic crossbow, and the Ascension crossbow (tied with dominion). It requires a Ranged level of 50 to wield, can use bolts up to runite and is available to members only.

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.

Combat StatsRune crossbow equipped

A player wielding a Rune crossbow.

Skill requirements
50 Ranged-icon
Ranged RangedWeapon slot
Constitution-iconLife points0
Strength bonuses
Attack speed
Interval: 2.4 seconds
Attack speed fastest


This item can be disassembled with the Invention skill.
Disassembly XP ?15
Item quantity required ?1
Base junk chance ?45%
Total materials received ?8
Possible materials
Connector parts Connector parts
Tensile parts Tensile parts
Spiked parts Spiked parts
Stunning components Stunning components
Dextrous components Dextrous components

Dropping monsters Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Cadarn ranger1221Uncommon


  • 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.

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