This article is about the bow. For Zaros's soldiers, see nihil.
|Release date||10 January 2011 (Update)|
|High Alch||540,000 coins|
|Low Alch||360,000 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Exchange price||81,512,861 coins (info)|
|Examine||A powerful bow imbued with the fury of Zaros.|
The Zaryte bow, named after a race of creatures on Freneskae, is an enchanted Zarosian bow that requires 80 Ranged to wield. Released on 10 January 2011, it is dropped exclusively by Nex, the Zarosian leader of the Ancient Prison in the God Wars Dungeon. The zaryte bow is among the most accurate Ranged weapons in RuneScape, with accuracy and damage equal to the royal crossbow or dual-wielded chaotic crossbows with royal bolts, and equivalent to Melee's chaotic maul. Like the crystal bow, the zaryte bow supplies its own ammunition, removing the need for players to use and manage their own arrows when using it. It is the best available weapon for taking out enemies weak to arrows, such as aquanites, automaton generators, and even the Kalphite King when in its Magic phase.
After firing 60,000 shots, the zaryte bow degrades and requires repair before it can be used again. Bob the smith in Lumbridge can repair the bow at a price of 20,000 coins per percent of charge (2 million coins for a full repair), thus pricing each arrow/shot at approximately 33 coins if using Bob for repairs. Players with an armour stand in their player-owned house can repair the bow themselves for a decreased cost according to their Smithing level (up to a 50% discount for a player with 99 Smithing and utilising the boost provided by a Smithing cape).
Wielding a zaryte bow, or wearing any piece of Torva, Pernix, or Virtus armour, will cause all factions of monsters in the God Wars Dungeon (aside from the monsters in the generals' rooms and Zarosian monsters in the Ancient Prison) to be unaggressive.
When received with CoinShare active, the Zaryte bow will be dropped as 120 zaryte bow shards split evenly among the players and sent directly to their banks. 120 shards can be combined to create this item.
A player wielding a zaryte bow
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Comparison to other weaponsEdit
Because all weapons of the same tier deal equal damage (setting aside the 50% increase from two-handed weaponry or dual-wielding, which all the below weapons share), the zaryte bow deals the same damage as the royal crossbow (with royal bolts) and dual-wielded chaotic crossbows (with royal bolts). Thus if it does not matter whether you use arrows or bolts, any of the three weapons will be equally effective. (To be completely precise, the zaryte bow hits very slightly higher than the royal crossbow when using abilities. This is a very minor difference that comes from rounding in the damage calculation, and can be ignored.)
The royal crossbow is the weapon of choice for many high-level rangers. Because its components only cost 1,613,536, as opposed to the zaryte bow's 81,512,861, this crossbow is typically the best choice for players that meet all its requirements and do not have a lot of coins. Alternatively, frequent dungeoneers may prefer spending 300k tokens for the mainhand and off-hand chaotic crossbows, which, for the majority of players, is also easier than earning the cash for a zaryte bow.
Despite the zaryte bow's heavy price in comparison to other weapons of its tier, it is the only level 80 bow that can fire arrows, and thus is suitable when arrows specifically are required. It additionally does not require ammunition – the bow generates its own arrows – and can be wielded in the God Wars Dungeon for complete protection from all factions outside the boss rooms and Ancient Prison. In addition, the zaryte bow will typically last much longer in combat than the royal crossbow or chaotic crossbows. It will last for approximately 50 hours of autoattacks, compared to only 10 for the royal and chaotic crossbows. If the player uses abilities, the zaryte bow will only use a single of its 60,000 charges per kill. This enables it to last an extremely long time, making it ideal for long trips. Because the zaryte bow degrades very slowly, it will rarely require recharging. Thus, while it may have a high initial purchase price, it will be cheaper to use in the long run compared to the royal and chaotic crossbows.
Enter your smithing level here to calculate how much it would cost to repair the Zaryte bow on an Armour stand:
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Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity Nex 220 1 Rare
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