Dark bow

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The dark bow is a two-handed 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 along with the crystal halberd (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).

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat OptionsCombat StyleAttack typesStyleExperienceBoosts
CombatStyles Bow.pngAccurateRangedAccurateRanged and HitpointsAccuracy and Damage
RapidRangedRapidRanged and HitpointsAttack speed by 1 tick
LongrangeRangedLongrangeRanged, Defence, and HitpointsNone

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 animation shows two arrows fired at the target, surrounded in a black shroud.

If the player has dragon arrows equipped, the 2nd special attack, Descent of Dragons, is used instead. 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 animation shows two black dragon heads fired at the target.

Colouring[edit | edit source]

Players can use dark bow paint, purchased from the Last Man Standing shop for 25 points, to recolour a dark bow. This process makes the bow untradeable. To remove the colouring and make it tradeable again, players must use a cleaning cloth on the bow to return to its regular state (the paint will be lost).

Creation[edit | edit source]

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Ticks? (edit)
Dark bow.pngDark bow1352,148
Green dark bow paint.pngGreen dark bow paint1797,125
Total Cost1,149,273
Dark bow (green).pngDark bow#Green1N/A

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Ticks? (edit)
Dark bow.pngDark bow1352,148
Blue dark bow paint.pngBlue dark bow paint1876,477
Total Cost1,228,625
Dark bow (blue).pngDark bow#Blue1N/A

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Ticks? (edit)
Dark bow.pngDark bow1352,148
Yellow dark bow paint.pngYellow dark bow paint1608,097
Total Cost960,245
Dark bow (yellow).pngDark bow#Yellow1N/A

Member icon.png
Ticks? (edit)
Dark bow.pngDark bow1352,148
White dark bow paint.pngWhite dark bow paint1961,182
Total Cost1,313,330
Dark bow (white).pngDark bow#White1N/A

Products[edit | edit source]

Dark bow (green).pngDark bow#Green
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  • None
  • None
Dark bow (blue).pngDark bow#Blue
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  • None
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Dark bow (yellow).pngDark bow#Yellow
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  • None
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Dark bow (white).pngDark bow#White
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  • None
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Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here (include RDT).
Dark beast182 Multicombat.png11/512
Night beast374 Multicombat.png13 × 1/512

Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit source]

Picture Name Levels to equip Ranged Attack bonus Notes
Twisted bow.png Twisted bow Ranged 75 +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 Ranged 75 +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 3 (same as darts) in a non-pvp encounter or 4 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 Ranged 75 +125
  • Has the highest ranged bonus of any ranged weapon, including a +15 Ranged Strength bonus
  • Requires completion of Monkey Madness II to equip.
  • Only accepts Javelins as ammunition
  • Ava's devices 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 Ranged 70 +100
  • Has a slightly longer attack range than other crossbows
  • The only crossbow that offers a prayer bonus
  • Offers a special attack where the player's accuracy is doubled (dependent on ranged level and gear used). Costs 40% special attack energy
  • One-handed, allowing the use of an off-hand shield or god book
Crystal bow.png Crystal bow Ranged 70 +100
  • Offers a ranged strength of +70(does not use external ammunition)
  • Has an attack speed of 5, between that of a shortbow and a crossbow
  • Has the furthest attack range of any bow or crossbow in the game (tied with composite bows) of 10 squares
  • Receives noticeable damage and accuracy bonuses if used in conjunction with pieces of Crystal armour.
Karil's crossbow.png Karil's crossbow Ranged 70 +84
  • 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 Ranged 65 +95
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow Ranged 64 +94
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow Ranged 61 +90
Dark bow.png Dark bow Ranged 60 +95
  • Offers the third highest Ranged attack bonus in the game, behind the Heavy ballista (+125) and the crystal bow and armadyl crossbow (+100)
  • Has the ability to shoot two arrows at a time
  • The slowest weapon in the game, with an attack speed of 9 (5.4 seconds)
  • Offers a powerful special attack, which if used with dragon arrows increases damage dealt by 50% with a minimum hit of 8 (30% with any other arrow type with a minimum hit of 5). Costs 55% special attack energy
Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow Ranged 50 +69
  • The only shortbow to offer a special attack, which fires 2 shots in rapid succession but with reduced accuracy. Costs 55% special attack energy
  • Can be imbued with a magic shortbow scroll, increasing accuracy to +75 and lowering the special attack cost to 50%
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Black chinchompa.png
Chinchompas Ranged 45 (Grey)

Ranged 55 (Red)
Ranged 65 (Black)

+45 (Grey)

+70 (Red)
+80 (Black)

  • One of the 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, but at a very high cost
  • Has an attack speed of 4 (same as scimitars and the abyssal whip)
  • If a player dies with chinchompas equipped or in their inventory, they will disappear as they are live animals

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
30 September 2020

The Dark bow can no longer damage vyrewatch.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dark bows cannot be used in Barbarian Firemaking. Attempting to do so will result in a chatbox message saying, "The innate darkness of the bow sucks all heat from your firemaking attempt. You realise that this type of bow is useless for firelighting.".

References[edit | edit source]

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