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The magic shortbow is the second most powerful shortbow available to free players. The magic shortbow requires a Ranged level of 50 or higher to wield. The attack range of the magic shortbow is 7 spaces. It is one of the best bows for simple training that F2P players can wield, second only to the gravite shortbow, although the latter degrades over time.

A player can make a magic shortbow through the Fletching skill at level 80. First, the player must cut an unstrung magic shortbow from magic logs, granting 83.5 Fletching experience. Then, the player must string the unstrung magic shortbow with a bowstring, granting a further 83.5 experience.

This is the most frequently used bow by middle to high level rangers for training (especially in F2P) due to its damage and accuracy bonuses, along with its decent speed and use by many well-known player killers. The price and availability of magic shortbows also contributes to their popularity.

Combat Stats
RequirementsMagic shortbow equipped.png
50 Ranged
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Fast (3.0s)
AttributesDamage reduction
DefenceArmour0PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
ConstitutionLife points0Style bonuses


Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow
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83.5 XP-1,189
Fletching Fletching level80
P2P icon.png Members onlyNo
Magic shortbow (u).pngMagic shortbow (u)1491491
Total price874

Special attack

The magic shortbow has a special attack called Snap-Shot (not to be confused with the ability Snap Shot) which attacks twice with reduced accuracy. It uses 55% adrenaline. This special attack is only usable on members servers.

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Abyssal demon (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Ancient mage (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Ancient ranger (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Ancient warrior (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Automaton (Heart of Gielinor)1151Common
Automaton champion1181Common
Black Knight (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Black Knight champion1151Common
Blood reaver (Heart of Gielinor)1151Common
Bloodveld (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Butcher demon1181Common
Champion of Infernus1191Common
Chaos dwarf (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Fallen champion1191Common
Hellhound (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Mighty Blood reaver1181Common
Nechryael (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Necromancer (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Seren archer1081Common
Seren mage1081Common
Seren warrior1081Common
Shadow demon1181Common
Skeleton (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Wight ranger1081Common
Wolf (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Zamorakian sniper (Heart of Gielinor)1081Common
Unwieldly zombie1111Rare
Skeleton (Uncharted Isles)932Uncommon
Skulls mercenary (Uncharted Isles)931Unknown
Tormented soul (Uncharted Isles)931Unknown

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  • When special attacks were first released on 14 June 2004, the special attack used less than 50% of special attack energy, allowing players to use two special attacks in a row. It was not changed to use 55% of special attack energy until the update Wilderness Capes, and Changes on 22 February 2005.
  • The magic shortbow used to be the fastest firing bow in RuneScape when used with the rapid setting. However, after the Evolution of Combat update, all shortbows now always fire at the same speed due to the modification of the combat styles system.