The Dark bow requires 60 range to wield; it has a unique special attack comprised of two different attacks: using Dragon arrows will change the Dark bow's special attack to "Descent Of Dragons", firing 2 shots with a 50% higher maximum hit than usual and a minimum damage of 8 per shot, while capping the max hit at 48 damage per arrow. The second special attack "Descent of Darkness" hits 30% extra damage, is used when using any arrows other than dragon arrows. The "Descent of Dragons" special attack animation shows black dragon heads being fired at the target.
Both special attacks use 55% of the special meter.
The dark bow may be powerful and accurate, especially with its special attack, but possesses a slow firing speed. 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 only fairly popular for Player killing, and even then only for 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.