Dragon hunter crossbow

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Dragon hunter crossbow
Dragon hunter crossbow.png
Released5 January 2017 (Update)
Also calledDhcb
Quest itemNo
OptionsWield, Drop
ExamineA crossbow used for dragon hunting.
Value80,000 coins
High alch48,000 coins
Low alch32,000 coins
Weight7 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange58,823,522 coins (info)
Buy limit8
Daily volume1,068
Advanced data
Item ID21012
Dragon hunter crossbow detail.png

The dragon hunter crossbow is a dragonbane weapon obtained as a possible reward from the Chambers of Xeric, requiring 70 Ranged to wield. Broad bolts may be used if the player has their requirement of 55 Slayer. The crossbow has an attack range of 7, and the longrange combat style will increase it by 2.

The dragon hunter crossbow possesses a passive effect that increases ranged accuracy by 30% and damage by 25% when fighting draconic creatures, such as dragons and wyverns. However, Elvarg and revenant dragons are not affected by this bonus. This stacks additively with Void Knight equipment, salve amulets, and the Slayer helm (i).[1]

After claiming the hard tier rewards from the Combat Achievements system, the dragon hunter crossbow can be combined with kbd heads to create a black variant. Similarly, a turquoise variant can be made with Vorkath's head after claiming the elite tier rewards.

 Attack bonusesDragon hunter crossbow equipped.pngDragon hunter crossbow equipped female.png
 Defence bonuses
 Other bonusesSlot
StrengthRangedMagic damagePrayerWeapon slot
Base attack speedRange
Monster attack speed 6.png7

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Category: CrossbowCombat StyleStyle typeWeapon StyleExperienceInvisible Boost
CombatStyles Crossbow.pngAccurateRangedAccurateRanged and Hitpoints+3 Ranged
RapidRangedRapidRanged and Hitpoints+1 Attack speed
LongrangeRangedLongrangeRanged, Defence, and Hitpoints+3 Defence and +2 Attack range

Products[edit | edit source]

Dragon hunter crossbow (b).pngDragon hunter crossbow (b)
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Dragon hunter crossbow (t).pngDragon hunter crossbow (t)
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Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Ancient chestN/A Casket.png14/69

Used in recommended equipment[edit | edit source]

1Adamant dragon/Strategies (Ranged)
2Alchemical Hydra/Strategies (Ranged)
1Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Ranged)
5Basilisk Knight/Strategies (Ranged)
3Chambers of Xeric/Challenge Mode (Ranged)
2Chambers of Xeric/Challenge Mode/Strategies (Ranged)
2Chambers of Xeric/Strategies (Ranged)
3Chambers of Xeric/Strategies (Great Olm)
4Commander Zilyana/Strategies (Ranged)
1Drake/Strategies (Ranged)
1Galvek Speed-Trialist (Melee)
3General Graardor/Strategies (Ranged Tank)
3Green dragon/Strategies (Ranged)
4Inferno/Strategies (Learners)
4Inferno/Strategies (On task)
2King Black Dragon/Strategies (Ranged BIS smuggle)
1King Black Dragon/Strategies (Crossbow)
4Kree'arra/Strategies (Ranged Tank)
3The Leviathan/Strategies (Ranged)
1Metal dragons/Strategies (Ranged)
1Mithril dragon/Strategies (Ranged)
5Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Ranged)
3Phantom Muspah/Strategies (Magic & Ranged)
3Phantom Muspah/Strategies (Ranged)
1Rune dragon/Strategies (Ranged)
1Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies (Ranged (Void))
1Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies (Ranged)
4Tombs of Amascut/Strategies (Ranged switch)
2Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment
5Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment
1Vorkath/Strategies (Ranged (crossbow))

Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Name Ranged level required Ranged attack Ranged strength
(Max ammo)
Price Notes
Twisted bow.png Twisted bow Ranged 85 +70 +20
  • 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.
Bow of faerdhinen.png Bow of Faerdhinen Ranged 80 +128 +106 111,043,377
  • Has the highest ranged bonus of any ranged weapon, including a +106 Ranged Strength bonus.
  • Receives noticeable damage and accuracy bonuses if worn alongside pieces of crystal armour.
  • Has the furthest attack range of any bow or crossbow in the game (tied with composite bows and the crystal bow) of 10 squares.
  • When created, the bow starts off at 10,000 charges and degrades.
  • The bow can be upgraded to the bow of Faerdhinen (c) to stop it from degrading.
Zaryte crossbow.png Zaryte crossbow Ranged 80 +110 (+122) 415,155,194
  • It is the only crossbow that grants defensive bonuses.
  • One of two crossbows with a prayer bonus, along with the Armadyl crossbow from which it is crafted.
  • Has a special attack which provides double accuracy on the next shot and guarantees the special effect of any enchanted bolts used if it hits. Costs 75% special attack energy.
  • Its passive effect strengthens the effects of enchanted bolts by 10%.
Venator bow.png Venator bow Ranged 80 +90 +25
  • Has a passive effect when charged with ancient essence that allows arrows to ricochet to nearby targets when in a multicombat area.
  • Uses arrows as ammunition up to and including dragon.
  • Has an attack speed of 5, between that of a shortbow and a longbow.
Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe Ranged 75 +30 +20
  • Requires Zulrah's scales (up to 16,383) and any unpoisoned darts to charge.
  • Ranged strength bonus stacks with the darts that are used to charge the blowpipe (up to +55 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 accuracy is increased by 100% and damage is increased by 50%, and heals the user by half 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 +15
  • Has the second 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.
Dragon hunter crossbow.png Dragon hunter crossbow Ranged 70 +95 (+122) 58,823,522
  • Offers the third highest one-handed Ranged attack bonus in the game, outclassed only by the Armadyl and Zaryte crossbow.
  • Increases accuracy and damage by 30% and 25% respectively when fighting draconic creatures.
Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow Ranged 70 +100 (+122) 47,065,069
Crystal bow.png Crystal bow Ranged 70 +100 +78 393,143[n 1]
  • Offers a ranged strength of +78.
  • Neither consumes nor requires 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 and the bow of Faerdhinen) of 10 squares.
  • Receives noticeable damage and accuracy bonuses if worn alongside pieces of crystal armour.
Webweaver bow.png Webweaver bow Ranged 70 +85 +65 19,501,328
  • Upgraded version of the Craw's bow, which requires the fangs of Venenatis to create.
  • Must be charged with revenant ether to be fired, but it does provide its own ammo, similar to the crystal bow.
  • While charged, an additional 50% ranged accuracy and damage boost is applied when attacking any NPC in the Wilderness. This effect will stack with a Slayer helmet or a Salve amulet and their variants, but not both simultaneously. This makes it the strongest ranged weapon in the Wilderness.
  • Has a special attack that hits an enemy four times in succession with increased accuracy, each dealing up to 40% of the player's max hit, along with a chance to inflict poison, starting at 4 damage. Costs 50% special attack energy.
Karil's crossbow.png Karil's crossbow Ranged 70 +84 (+55) 99,714
  • One of the fastest crossbows, together with the hunters' crossbow.
  • Can only fire bolt racks, which cannot be retrieved by an Ava's device.
  • 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).
  • Wearing an amulet of the damned together with the whole equipment set grants a 25% chance for an attack to hit twice, in which case the second hit will inflict half the damage of the first.
  • Like all Barrows equipment, it degrades and will fully degrade after 15 hours of combat. It is repairable.
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow Ranged 64 +94 (+122) 1,726,883
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow Ranged 61 +90 (+115) 9,808
Craw's bow.png Craw's bow Ranged 60 +75 +60 19,058,219
Dark bow.png Dark bow Ranged 60 +95 (+60) 717,189
  • Offers the fifth highest Ranged attack bonus in the game, behind the bow of Faerdhinen (+128), heavy ballista (+125), the Zaryte crossbow (+110), 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 (+55) 875
  • 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 its ranged attack bonus to +75 and lowering the special attack cost to 50%.
Magic shortbow (i).png Magic shortbow (i) +75 129,424
Magic comp bow.png Magic comp bow Ranged 50 +71 (+55) 4,309
  • The only composite bow to offer a special attack, which is guaranteed to hit the target but is not boosted by damage-boosting prayers or the Slayer helmet (i). Costs 35% special attack energy. Shares this special attack with the magic longbow.
  • Is slightly more accurate than the magic longbow and 1 tick faster (1 tick slower than the shortbow), while keeping the same attack range of the longbow.
Seercull.png Seercull Ranged 50 +69 (+55) 17,938
  • Has slightly less accurate but otherwise identical stats to the magic comp bow.
  • Has a special attack that targets mages by lowering their Magic level, costing 100% special attack energy.
Magic longbow.png Magic longbow Ranged 50 +69 (+55) 1,333
  • The only longbow to offer a special attack, which is guaranteed to hit the target but is not boosted by damage-boosting prayers or the Slayer helmet (i). Costs 35% special attack energy. Shares this special attack with the magic comp bow.
  • Like all longbows, is 2 ticks slower than the magic shortbow, in exchange for 3 additional attack range.
  • Unlike the magic shortbow, cannot be imbued.
Adamant crossbow.png Adamant crossbow Ranged 46 +78 (+100) 1,431
  • Offers the sixth highest one-handed Ranged attack bonus in the game.
  • Has an attack speed equal to that of longbows and an attack range equal to that of shortbows.
  • Because of the slower attack speed and the potential for overkill from its higher max hit, it deals less damage over extended periods than the magic shortbow, and should be used primarily when additional defence is needed through the use of a shield, or if enchanted bolt effects are needed.
Chinchompa.png Chinchompas Ranged 45
+45 N/A Varies[n 2]
  • 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 Magicks), 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 (the same as scimitars, maces, and whips).
  • If a player dies with chinchompas equipped or in their inventory, they will disappear, as they are live animals.
Red chinchompa.png Ranged 55
+70 +15
Black chinchompa.png Ranged 65
+80 +30
Swamp lizard.png Orange salamander.png
Red salamander.png Black salamander.png
Salamanders Attack Ranged Magic 30
+20 (+16) 43
  • Unique and versatile two-handed weapons that facilitate the use of all three combat styles.
Attack Ranged Magic 50
+29 (+22) 121
Attack Ranged Magic 60
+47 (+31) 70
Attack Ranged Magic 70
+69 (+49) 311
Dorgeshuun crossbow.png Dorgeshuun crossbow Ranged 28 +42 (+49) 2,866
  • Is one tick faster than most other crossbows, and it is able to fire bone bolts, which are significantly cheaper than most other ammunition of similar strength.
Rune knife.png Throwing knives Ranged 40
+25 +24 Varies[n 2]
  • Have high damage output, but are significantly more expensive compared to other low-level options.
Yew shortbow.png Shortbows Ranged 40
+47 (+49) 392
  • Offer slightly less damage output than using rune knives, but are a lot cheaper.
Adamant dart.png Darts Ranged 30
N/A +17 Varies[n 2]
  • Are cheap, deal decent damage and are easy to buy from the Grand Exchange.
  • Adamant darts have comparable damage output to using a shortbow with rune arrows, so players should use whichever is cheaper.

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Cannonball.png Granite cannonball.png

Dwarf multicannon N/A N/A N/A 752,772
  • Can be set up and used alongside other weapons for passive Ranged damage and experience.
  • Cannot be set up in all areas.
  • Has a static max hit of 30 with cannonballs and 35 with granite cannonballs.
  • Derives accuracy from player's current attack style (Ranged while ranging, Melee while meleeing, and whichever is higher with powered staves) while rolling against the target's Ranged defence.
  1. ^ Cost of having Ilfeen charge a crystal weapon seed after obtaining minimum cost.
  2. ^ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cost of thrown weapons is only that of the ammo.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
11 May 2022

The dragon hunter crossbow now requires level 70 Ranged to wield instead of level 65 Ranged.

13 April 2022

The dragon hunter crossbow will no longer stretch on players when wearing crystal legs.

30 June 2021

The crossbow's damage bonus has been decreased from 30% to 25%.

15 November 2018
(update | poll)

Graphically updated so that it looks less like the dragon crossbow.

29 March 2018

Grand Exchange buy limit changed from 70 to 8, to combat price manipulation.

25 January 2018
(update | poll)

The crossbow's damage and accuracy bonuses have been increased from 10% to 30%.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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5 January 2017 –
15 November 2018
15 November 2018 –

References[edit | edit source]

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