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This article is about pistol crossbows. For the two-handed variant, see Two-handed crossbow.
CrossbowPhoenix crossbowBronze crossbowBlurite crossbowIron crossbowDorgeshuun crossbowSteel crossbowBlack crossbowMithril crossbowAdamant crossbowZanik's crossbowHunters' crossbowRune crossbowDemon slayer crossbowKaril's pistol crossbowChaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbowAscension crossbowBlightbound crossbow
Slot main hand (has off-hand variants)
Style Bolt
Speed
Fastest (2.4s)
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Crossbows (also known as Pistol crossbows) are weapons used in ranged combat that require a certain Ranged level to wield. Unlike bows, crossbows use bolts instead of arrows and come in main hand, off-hand, and two-handed varieties, with the former allowing access to dual-wielding and the ability to use a shield. Most crossbows have an attack range of 7 spaces. Higher level crossbows have greater accuracy, and while usually not directly influencing damage dealt, higher level crossbows can receive the full damage of higher level bolts. Off-hand crossbows have half the damage output of their normal counterparts, while the two-handed versions have a damage stat to compensate for the potential loss of attack or defence on the unequipped arm. Both dual-wielding and two-handing will do on average 150% the damage of a single main hand crossbow.

Metal crossbows can be created through the Fletching skill. The stocks must first be cut from logs; the limbs have to be made via the Smithing skill. The player then needs to add those two together and string it with a crossbow string, at which point the player can choose whether to make a normal crossbow, off-hand crossbow or 2h crossbow. Most limbs and stocks can be purchased at the crossbow stall in the dwarven city of Keldagrim.

In addition to combat, crossbows can also fire mithril grapples for Agility shortcuts.

Crossbow stringing

A player stringing a crossbow.

Main hand

Ranged
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-hand Attributes Style bonusPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Phoenix crossbowPhoenix crossbow1 Bolt - 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
CrossbowCrossbow1 Bolt - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - -1,012
Bronze crossbowBronze crossbow1 Bolt - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - -1,810
Coral crossbowCoral crossbow1 Bolt - 160 - - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
Iron crossbowIron crossbow10 Bolt - 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - -865
Blurite crossbowBlurite crossbow16 Bolt - 268 - - - 0 0 0 - - -N/A
Steel crossbowSteel crossbow20 Bolt - 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - -2,387
Black crossbowBlack crossbow25 Bolt - 502 - - - 0 0 0 - - -234,930
Dorgeshuun crossbowDorgeshuun crossbow28 Bolt - 424 - - - 0 0 0 - - -2,073
Mithril crossbowMithril crossbow30 Bolt - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - -3,964
Adamant crossbowAdamant crossbow40 Bolt - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - -5,111
Zanik's crossbowZanik's crossbow48 Bolt - 801 - - - 0 0 0 - - -5,111
Rune crossbowRune crossbow50 Bolt - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - -9,048
Hunters' crossbowHunters' crossbow50 Bolt - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - -4,311
Dragon crossbowDragon crossbow60 Bolt - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - -4,756,717
Demon slayer crossbowDemon slayer crossbow60 Bolt - 1040 - - - 0 0 0 - - -85,952
Karil's pistol crossbowKaril's pistol crossbow70 Bolt - 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - -464,732
Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow75 Bolt - 1694 - - - 0 0 1 - - -3,008,399
Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbow80 Bolt - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - -200,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Ascension crossbowAscension crossbow90 Bolt - 2458 - - - 0 0 0 - - -78,198,034
Blightbound crossbowBlightbound crossbow92 Bolt - 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - -726,920,660

Off-hand

Ranged
Item
Ranged
Level
Main-handOff-hand Attributes Style bonusPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Off-hand bronze crossbowOff-hand bronze crossbow1 - - - Bolt - 150 0 0 0 - - -706
Off-hand iron crossbowOff-hand iron crossbow10 - - - Bolt - 202 0 0 0 - - -448
Off-hand steel crossbowOff-hand steel crossbow20 - - - Bolt - 316 0 0 0 - - -2,001
Off-hand black crossbowOff-hand black crossbow25 - - - Bolt - 502 0 0 0 - - -130,587
Off-hand mithril crossbowOff-hand mithril crossbow30 - - - Bolt - 454 0 0 0 - - -3,311
Off-hand adamant crossbowOff-hand adamant crossbow40 - - - Bolt - 628 0 0 0 - - -4,821
Off-hand rune crossbowOff-hand rune crossbow50 - - - Bolt - 850 0 0 0 - - -8,531
Off-hand dragon crossbowOff-hand dragon crossbow60 - - - Bolt - 1132 0 0 0 - - -4,672,317
Off-hand demon slayer crossbowOff-hand demon slayer crossbow60 - - - Bolt - 1040 0 0 0 - - -34,122
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbowKaril's off-hand pistol crossbow70 - - - Bolt - 1486 0 0 0 - - -386,753
Off-hand Armadyl crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow75 - - - Bolt - 1694 0 0 1 - - -2,581,080
Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbow80 - - - Bolt - 1924 0 0 0 - - -100,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Off-hand Ascension crossbowOff-hand Ascension crossbow90 - - - Bolt - 2458 0 0 0 - - -79,465,709
Off-hand Blightbound crossbowOff-hand Blightbound crossbow92 - - - Bolt - 2577 0 0 0 - - -624,231,258

See also

Trivia

  • According to a conversation with the Bow and Arrow salesman in the Ranging Guild, crossbows are made only by the dwarves (although cave goblins and players can make crossbows too).
  • The difference in damage output and attack speed of pistol crossbows compared to two-handed crossbows relates to their real-life use, with two-handed crossbows having a higher draw-weight hence taking much more effort to pull back and reload.