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Dark bow
Dark bow Dark bow (blue) Dark bow (green) Dark bow (white) Dark bow (yellow)
Release date 11 June 2007 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? Yes
Stackable? No
High Alch 72,000 coins
Low Alch 48,000 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 772,864 coins (info)
Buy limit 8
Weight 1.9 kg
A bow from a darker dimension.
Dark bow detail
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.

The Dark bow 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[1]. 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 fairly popular for Player killing due to its strong special attack.

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A player wielding a dark bow.
Attack-icon Attack bonus
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +0 +0 +0 +95
Defence-icon Defence bonus
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +0 +0 +0 +0
Other bonuses Slot
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon MagicDamage-icon Prayer-icon

2h slotlist

+0 0 0% +0
Monster attack speed 2

Combat stylesEdit

CombatStyles bow Combat Style Experience Boosts
Accurate Ranged and Hitpoints Accuracy and damage
Rapid Ranged and Hitpoints Attack speed by 1 tick
Longrange Ranged, Hitpoints and Defence Attack range by 2 squares


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.

Dropping monstersEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Dark beast 182 1 4; Rare (1/512)

Comparison between other ranged weaponsEdit

Picture Name Levels to equip Ranged Attack bonus Notes
Toxic blowpipe Toxic blowpipe 75 Ranged-icon +60
  • Requires Zulrah's scales (up to 16,383) and any unpoisoned darts to charge.
  • Bonuses stack with the darts that are used to charge the blowpipe (up to +78 ranged attack and +60 ranged strength with dragon darts).
  • Has an attack speed of 7 (same as darts) in a non-pvp encounter or attack speed of 6 in a pvp encounter (same as shortbows).
  • Offers a special attack where damage is increased by 50% and heals the wielder by 50% of the damage dealt. Costs 50% special attack energy.
  • Has 25% chance to inflict venom on an opponent.
Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow 70 Ranged-icon +100
  • Has a slightly longer attack range than other crossbows.
  • It is the only crossbow that offers a prayer bonus.
  • Offers a special attack where the player's accuracy is increased by 100% (dependent on ranged level and gear used). Costs 40% special attack energy.
Crystal bow Crystal bow 70 Ranged-icon +100
  • The bow must be imbued or fully charged to maintain its highest ranged bonuses.
  • Offers a ranged strength of +70 when imbued or in top condition.
  • Has the attack speed between that of a shortbow and crossbow.
  • Has the furthest attack range of any bow or crossbow in the game (tied with composite bows) of 10 squares.
Karil's crossbow Karil's crossbow 70 Ranged-icon +84
  • It is the only two-handed crossbow in the game and is also the fastest crossbow.
  • Can only be fired with bolt racks.
  • If worn with the rest of Karil the Tainted's equipment, it offers a set effect which lowers the target's agility level (only works on players).
  • Like all Barrows equipment, it degrades and will fully degrade after 15 hours of combat. It is repairable.
Heavy ballista Heavy ballista 65 Ranged-icon +120
  • Has the highest ranged bonus of any ranged weapon.
  • The ballista is 2-handed, forfeiting your options to use any type of shield.
  • Only accepts Javelins as ammunition
  • Ava's accumulator and device will not retrieve fired javelins, neither can they be picked up.
  • Offers a special attack which increases accuracy and damage by 25% each for one shot, but takes an additional 2.4 seconds (four ticks) to fire.
Rune crossbow Rune crossbow 61 Ranged-icon +90
  • Offers the fourth highest Ranged attack bonus in the game, only behind Heavy ballista which offers +120, the crystal bow and armadyl crossbow, both offering +100, the dark bow, which offers +95.
  • It is considerably cheaper than the armadyl crossbow.
Dark bow Dark bow 60 Ranged-icon +95
  • Offers the third highest Ranged attack bonus in the game, behind the Heavy ballista, which offers +120 ranged attack, and the crystal bow and armadyl crossbow, both offering +100 ranged attack.
  • It is the slowest weapon in the game, offering only an attack speed of 2.
  • Has the ability to shoot two arrows at a time.
  • 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.
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow 50 Ranged-icon +69
  • It is the only shortbow to offer a special attack. The special attack fires 2 shots, but with reduced accuracy in rapid succession. Costs 55% special attack energy.
  • The bow can be imbued by using a magic shortbow scroll on a normal magic shortbow. The imbued version increases accuracy to +75 and lowers the special attack cost to 50%.
Chinchompa (item)
Red chinchompa
Black chinchompa
Chinchompas 45 Ranged-icon (Grey)

55 Ranged-icon (Red)
65 Ranged-icon (Black)

+45 (Grey)

+70 (Red)
+80 (Black)

  • It is the only ranged weapon that offers the ability to hit more than one opponent at a time (similar to burst or barrage ancient spells).
  • Regarded to be the best way of training Ranged at the cost of it being expensive.
  • Has the attack speed of 6 (same as scimitars or the abyssal whip).
  • If a player dies with chinchompas equipped or in their inventory, it will disappear as they are live animals. Dying with black chinchompas to a player in the wilderness does not disappear.


  1. Mod Ronan. "Architectural Alliance". March 3, 2016. Old School RuneScape *

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