Heavy ballista is a two-handed ranged weapon that uses javelins as ammunition, requiring level 75 in Ranged and the completion of the quest Monkey Madness II to wield.
It is created by using
ballista limbs on a heavy frame, then using the resulting incomplete heavy ballista on a ballista spring, and finally adding the monkey tail on an unstrung heavy ballista. The entire process requires level 72 in fletching, granting the player 660 experience.
The heavy ballista has 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 and costs 65% of your Special Attack energy.
A player performing the heavy ballista's special attack.
Combat styles Edit
Comparison between other ranged weapons Edit
Levels to equip
Ranged Attack bonus
Has a mechanic where the higher the target's Magic level is, the more accurate and damaging the bow becomes
Uses arrows as ammunition up to and including dragon
Offers an attack speed of that of a longbow
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.
Has the highest ranged bonus of any ranged weapon, including a +15 Ranged Strength bonus.
The ballista is 2-handed, forfeiting your options to use any type of shield.
Requires completion of Monkey Madness II to equip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dragon hunter crossbow
Offers the third highest one-handed Ranged attack bonus in the game, only behind the armadyl and dragon hunter crossbows.
It is considerably cheaper than the armadyl and dragon hunter crossbows.
Offers the third highest Ranged attack bonus in the game, behind the Heavy ballista, which offers +125 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.
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%.
45 ( Grey)
65 ( Black)
+45 ( Grey)
+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.
Upon release, the heavy ballista's Ranged Attack bonus was +120. However, this was changed on 31 October 2016 to +100 due to it being "simply too strong" when paired with ranged Void Knight equipment in PvP . Furthermore, the ranged strength of javelins was also reduced, lowering the max hit of the heavy ballista.
 It was changed again to +110 in  an update on 3 November 2016, and once more to +125 in  an update on December 1 2016. The same update gave it a +15 bonus in Ranged Strength, and changed the requirements for equipping it, now requiring the completion of Monkey Madness II and 75 Ranged to wield.