Crystal bow (historical)
|New crystal bow|
|Released||7 February 2005 (Update)|
|Removal||25 July 2019 (Update)|
|Quest item||Roving Elves|
|Examine||A nice sturdy magical bow.|
The crystal bow was a degradable bow made from enchanted elven crystal. It required the completion of Roving Elves to wield, as well as 50 Agility and 70 Ranged. Along with the crystal shield, crystal halberd and the crystal saw, it was one of the four pieces of crystal equipment in RuneScape.
These crystal bows functioned differently to the present day Crystal bow. They would degrade over time with use, and their stats would gradually decrease as the bow degraded. Furthermore, the bow could be traded when it was entirely new, and turned into banknotes.
Combat styles[edit | edit source]
|Combat Options||Combat Style||Attack types||Style||Experience||Boosts|
|Accurate||Ranged||Accurate||Ranged and Hitpoints||Accuracy and Damage|
|Rapid||Ranged||Rapid||Ranged and Hitpoints||Attack speed by 1 tick|
|Longrange||Ranged||Longrange||Ranged, Defence, and Hitpoints|
Degrading[edit | edit source]
The crystal bow degraded over time. After 250 hits, it degraded into a "Crystal bow 9/10", and thereafter for every 250 hits, it degraded another 1/10th until it reverted into a crystal seed after a total of 2,500 hits, and must be recharged before it could be used again. As the bow degraded, its accuracy and strength bonuses decreased as shown below.
The crystal bow could be imbued for 2,000 Nightmare Zone points per charge, requiring 20,000 points to imbue a fully charged bow. Imbuing the crystal bow did not keep it from degrading, however its stats would remain at their maximum, regardless of how much it had degraded. When the bow reverted back to a crystal seed, it would lose its imbue, and players had to imbue it again using points from the Nightmare Zone. Additionally, imbuing a crystal bow that had already degraded to 9/10 or below would restore the bow's stats to their maximum.
Obtaining & trading crystal bows[edit | edit source]
The distinction between a new crystal bow and a full crystal bow was important, as only new crystal bows were tradeable. A crystal bow that was bought from Islwyn was new; a crystal seed that was re-enchanted into a crystal bow by Ilfeen is full. Once a shot is fired from a new crystal bow, it became a full crystal bow, and was untradeable.
As crystal seeds were tradeable, players could buy them from other players and pay Ilfeen to re-enchant them into crystal bows.
Changes[edit | edit source]
|13 March 2014
Crystal equipment now reverts to a seed when dropped on death.
|26 September 2013
(update | poll)
Crystal bows and shields can be imbued, making them keep their combat stats unchanged as they degrade.