Dark bow

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The dark bow is a ranged weapon that requires level 60 in Ranged to wield. It is only received as a drop from Dark beasts. With an attack speed of 9 (5.4 seconds) and 8 on rapid (4.8 seconds), this bow stands out as the slowest weapon in the game. It fires two arrows per attack, and has an attack range of 10 (unaffected by longrange).

Assuming that both weapons are set to the Rapid attack style, the dark bow has a firing time of 2.4 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. It has the highest max hit of any weapons in the game by means of special attack (although Twisted bow and Dharok's greataxe can hit harder with regular attacks and Dragon 2h sword is able to deal more total damage with its special attack).

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Combat styles[edit | edit source]

CombatStyles bow.png 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

10 tiles is the maximum distance for any attack in RuneScape. The dark bow's attack range on Accurate and Rapid is 10, therefore Long Range can have no effect on this.

Special attack[edit | edit source]

The dark bow has a unique special attack comprised of two different attacks, both of which consume 55% of the player's special attack energy.

A player performing one of the dark bow's special attacks, Descent of Dragons.

The 1st special attack, Descent of Darkness, deals up to 30% more damage with a minimum of 5 damage per arrow. The Descent of Darkness special attack animation shows the arrow shafts surrounded in a black shroud being fired at the target.

The 2nd special attack, Descent of Dragons, can only be used if the player has dragon arrows equipped. This attack deals up to 50% more damage with a minimum of 8 damage per arrow, while capping the max hit at 48 damage per arrow[1]. The Descent of Dragons special attack animation shows black dragon heads being fired at the target.

Colouring[edit | edit source]

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 monsters[edit | edit source]

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Dark beast 182 1 4; Rare (1/512)
Night beast 374 1 4; Rare (1/512)

Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit source]

Picture Name Levels to equip Ranged Attack bonus Notes
Twisted bow.png Twisted bow 75 Ranged icon.png +70
  • Has a passive effect 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
Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe 75 Ranged icon.png +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.
Heavy ballista.png Heavy ballista 75 Ranged icon.png +125
  • 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, nor can they be picked up.
  • Offers a special attack which increases accuracy and damage by 25% each for one shot. Costs 65% special attack energy.
Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow 70 Ranged icon.png +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.png Crystal bow 70 Ranged icon.png +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.png Karil's crossbow 70 Ranged icon.png +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.
Dragon hunter crossbow.png Dragon hunter crossbow 65 Ranged icon.png +95
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow 64 Ranged icon.png +94
  • Offers the third highest one-handed Ranged attack bonus in the game, outclassed only by the armadyl crossbow and dragon hunter crossbow
  • Offers a special attack where the player can hit any target in a 3x3 area, while in a multicombat area, making it one of three range weapons that can hit multiple targets. This costs 60% of special attack bar.
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow 61 Ranged icon.png +90
Dark bow.png Dark bow 60 Ranged icon.png +95
  • 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.
Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow 50 Ranged icon.png +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%.
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65 Ranged icon.png (Black)

+45 (Grey)

+70 (Red)
+80 (Black)

  • It is the only one of three ranged weapons that offers the ability to hit more than one opponent at a time (similar to burst or barrage ancient spells), the others being the special attack of the dragon crossbow, with a similar attack, and Rune thrownaxe, with a ricochet type attack.
  • 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, they will disappear as they are live animals. Dying with black chinchompas to a player in the wilderness does not make them disappear.


References[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Attempting to light a fire with a dark bow after completing Barbarian Firemaking Training will result in the chatbox message "The innate darkness of the bow sucks all heat from your firemaking attempt. You realise that this type of bow is useless for firelighting.".
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