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Bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows. Most types of bolts are made using a combination of the Smithing and Fletching skills; the metal component is made with Smithing, and feathers are added with Fletching. Certain special bolts can only be obtained through other methods, such as monster drops or specialist shops.

Different types of bolts can be stored in a bolt pouch to conserve space. Like other Ranged ammunition, bolts can occasionally be left on the ground after firing, able to be picked up by the player.

Types of bolts[edit | edit source]

Normal metal bolts[edit | edit source]

All of the following bolts can be made through the Smithing and Fletching skills, excluding dragon; the unfinished bolts are obtained as a monster drop, and can be finished using feathers. All metal bolts can be poisoned.

Metal Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Bronze bolts.png Bronze +10 2
Blurite bolts.png Blurite +28 N/A
Iron bolts.png Iron +46 19
Steel bolts.png Steel +64 33
Mithril bolts.png Mithril +82 64
Adamant bolts.png Adamant +100 190
Runite bolts.png Rune +115 287
Dragon bolts.png Dragon +122 936

Gem-tipped and enchanted bolts[edit | edit source]

Metal bolts can be enhanced by adding gem bolt tips, which increases their Ranged Strength bonus. They can be further improved through enchantment, which adds an effect that will occasionally trigger in combat. With the completion of the hard Kandarin Diary, bolts have a 10% increased base chance of activation.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price Proc chance Enchantment Other notes
Default Diary
Opal bolts (e).png Opal bolts (e) +14 6 5.0% 5.0% 5.5% 5.5% Lucky Lightning: extra damage
Jade bolts (e).png Jade bolts (e) +30 N/A 6.0% 6.0% 6.6% 6.6% Earth's fury: chance of knocking the target to the ground Agile targets may resist this
Pearl bolts (e).png Pearl bolts (e) +48 3 6.0% 6.0% 6.6% 6.6% Sea curse: chance of striking the target with a mighty bolt of water, dealing extra damage It will have more damage and a higher accuracy on fiery monsters (e.g. Chromatic dragons)
Topaz bolts (e).png Topaz bolts (e) +66 10 4.0% N/A 4.4% N/A Down to earth: chance of lowering the target's Magic level Only works on another player
Sapphire bolts (e).png Sapphire bolts (e) +83 49 5.0% N/A 5.5% N/A Clear mind: chance of lowering the target's Prayer points and giving part of them to the attacker Only works on another player
Emerald bolts (e).png Emerald bolts (e) +85 161 54.0% 55.0%[1] 59.4% 60.5% Magical poison: Chance of poisoning the opponent Poison damage starts at 5.
Ruby bolts (e).png Ruby bolts (e) +103 206 11.0% 6.0%[1] 12.1% 6.6% Blood forfeit: chance of removing 20% of the target's current Hitpoints This effect costs 10% of the attacker's own current Hitpoints.
Diamond bolts (e).png Diamond bolts (e) +105 335 5.0% 10.0%[1] 5.5% 11.0% Armour piercing: the bolts will negate a sizeable portion of the target's Ranged defence, and the special attack raises the bolts' maximum hit
Dragonstone bolts (e).png Dragonstone bolts (e) +117 546 6.0% 6.0% 6.6% 6.6% Dragon's breath: chance of inflicting a Dragonfire hit against the target Does not work if the target has protection against dragonfire, or are dragons themselves
Onyx bolts (e).png Onyx bolts (e) +120 8,586 10.0% 11.0%[1] 11.0% 12.1% Life leech: Chance of doing extra damage and healing the attacker by 25% of the damage dealt This does not work on the undead, as they have no "life" to leech.

Gem-tipped and enchanted dragon bolts[edit | edit source]

Dragon bolts are the only type of bolt that can accept all available gem bolt tips, excluding amethyst. All variants of enchanted dragon bolts have the same Ranged Strength of +122, but are otherwise identical in function to their inferior enchanted variants.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Opal dragon bolts (e).png Opal dragon bolts (e) +122 1,060
Jade dragon bolts (e).png Jade dragon bolts (e) +122 724
Pearl dragon bolts (e).png Pearl dragon bolts (e) +122 1,060
Topaz dragon bolts (e).png Topaz dragon bolts (e) +122 806
Sapphire dragon bolts (e).png Sapphire dragon bolts (e) +122 930
Emerald dragon bolts (e).png Emerald dragon bolts (e) +122 1,047
Ruby dragon bolts (e).png Ruby dragon bolts (e) +122 1,131
Diamond dragon bolts (e).png Diamond dragon bolts (e) +122 1,132
Dragonstone dragon bolts (e).png Dragonstone dragon bolts (e) +122 1,133
Onyx dragon bolts (e).png Onyx dragon bolts (e) +122 9,088

Other player-made bolts[edit | edit source]

Silver bolts are much like other silver items, in that they are crafted using an appropriate mould and a furnace. Silver bolts are the only ranged weapons that can be used effectively against vampyres.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Silver bolts.png Silver +36 6

Kebbit bolts and long kebbit bolts are fletched from kebbit spikes and long kebbit spikes, respectively. They can only be used with the Hunters' crossbow.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Kebbit bolts.png Kebbit +28 251
Long kebbit bolts.png Long kebbit +38 632

Broad-tipped bolts[edit | edit source]

Unfinished broad bolts can be obtained through Slayer masters, either via Slayer reward points or with coins. In order to make them usable, the player must have bought the ability to fletch them in the Slayer rewards shop, after which they can add feathers. They are primarily used in the Slayer skill in order to harm creatures such as Turoth and Kurasks, which are resistant to all but a select few weapons that have a certain Slayer requirement. Outside of Slayer, broad bolts are often used as a cheaper alternative to adamant bolts, having the same Ranged Strength.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Broad bolts.png Normal +100 60
Amethyst broad bolts.png Amethyst +115 281

Bolts obtained through other means[edit | edit source]

Shop-bought[edit | edit source]

Barbed bolts are made from bronze bolts by attaching barb bolttips, which can be purchased in the Ranging Guild using archery tickets.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Barbed bolts.png Barbed +12 81

Bone bolts can be bought from Nardok's Bone Weapons shop, and are only usable with the Dorgeshuun crossbow.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Bone bolts.png Bone +49 6

Through drops[edit | edit source]

Bolt racks are obtained from the Barrows minigame, usable only with Karil's crossbow.

Bolt Ranged Strength.png GE Price
Bolt rack.png Bolt rack +55 62

Mithril grapple[edit | edit source]

The Mithril grapple is used in conjunction with a crossbow to grapple Agility shortcuts and obstacles. They can break when used.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 23 April 2015. (Archived from the original on 27 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "We went with an increase of 10% as specified in the original blog."