The dark bow is currently the most powerful bow in Old School RuneScape. Requiring 60 range to wield, it fires 2 arrows per shot. Its special attack costs 55% of the special attack meter.
A player performing the Dark Bow's special attack using Dragon arrows.
The special attack using dragon arrows "Descent Of Dragons" fires 2 shots with a 50% higher maximum hit than usual and a minimum hit of 8 per shot, while capping the max hit at 48 damage per arrow. The descent of dragons special attack animation shows black dragon heads being fired at the target.
For clarification both special attacks use 55% of the special meter.
The dark bow may be powerful and accurate, especially with its special attack, but its firing speed is slow. Its speed on rapid mode is 4.2 seconds, the same as a 2-handed sword.
Assuming that both weapons are set to the Rapid attack style, the Dark Bow has a firing time of 2.1 seconds per arrow, whereas a shortbow such as the Magic shortbow (i) takes only 1.8. Because of this, the Dark Bow is fairly popular for Player killing due to its strong special attack.
On 18 September 2014, dark bows could be recoloured using a special paint obtained from Bounty Hunter. The colouring will make the bow untradeable; however, to remove the colouring, simply use a cleaning cloth and the bow will return to its regular state. Buying a colour paint for the dark bow costs 500,000 points.
Offers a powerful special attack, where if used with dragon arrows, it increases damage dealt by 50% with a minimum hit of 8 (30% with any other arrow with a minimum hit of 5). Costs 55% special attack energy.