|Released||11 June 2007 (Update)|
|Examine||A bow from a darker dimension.|
|High alch||72,001 coins|
|Low alch||48,000 coins|
|Exchange||528,898 coins (info)|
The dark bow is a two-handed ranged weapon that requires level 60 in Ranged to wield. It can only be obtained as a drop from dark beasts and their superior variant, night 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 which roll independent accuracy checks. It has the maximum possible attack range of 10, so the longrange attack style will not increase its attack range.
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 one of the highest max hits of any weapons in the game by means of special attack, along with the crystal halberd and dragon dagger, although the twisted bow and Dharok's greataxe can hit harder with regular attacks, and the dragon 2h sword is able to deal more total damage with its special attack.
Combat styles[edit | edit source]
|Category: Bow||Combat Style||Style type||Weapon Style||Experience||Invisible Boost|
|Accurate||Ranged||Accurate||Ranged and Hitpoints||+3 Ranged|
|Rapid||Ranged||Rapid||Ranged and Hitpoints||+1 Attack speed|
|Longrange||Ranged||Longrange||Ranged, Defence, and Hitpoints||+3 Defence and Attack range|
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.
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. However this minimum damage is still affected by damage multipliers on some monsters, for example the damage is lowered to a minimum of 2 damage per arrow on Ice Demon or a minimum (and maximum) of 0 damage per arrows on a Guardian in Chambers of Xeric. 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]
A green dark bow, made by using a green dark bow paint on the dark bow.
A blue dark bow, made by using a blue dark bow paint on the dark bow.
A yellow dark bow, made by using a yellow dark bow paint on the dark bow.
A white dark bow, made by using a white dark bow paint on the dark bow.
Products[edit | edit source]
Item sources[edit | edit source]
|Night beast||374||1||3 × 1/512|
Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit source]
|Item||level required||Ranged Attack bonus||Notes|
|Bow of faerdhinen||80||+128||
|Dragon hunter crossbow||70||+95|
Changes[edit | edit source]
|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]
- Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 26 September 2022. (Archived from the original on 26 September 2022.) Mod Ash: "It performs two independent accuracy rolls, rather than having one shot affected by the outcome of the other."
- Mod Ronan. "Architectural Alliance". 3 March 2016. (Archived from the original.) Old School RuneScape News. "The Dark bow special attack has been capped at 48 damage for each arrow."