Magic shortbow

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Magic shortbow
Magic shortbow.png
Released25 March 2002 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsWield, Drop
ExamineShort and magical, but still effective.
Value1,600 coins
High alch960 coins
Low alch640 coins
Weight1.36 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange842 coins (info)
Buy limit18,000
Daily volume239,517
Advanced data
Item ID861
Magic shortbow detail.png

The Magic shortbow is a bow that requires level 50 Ranged in order to use, and is one of the few shortbows in the game with a Special attack bar. The bow has an attack range of 7. Longrange increases attack range by 2.

To make this bow, players must use a magic shortbow (u) on a bow string. This requires 80 Fletching, and grants 83 experience. They can also be received from hard clue scrolls, or as a rare drop from spiritual rangers.

The Magic shortbow can be imbued by using a magic shortbow scroll on it to make a magic shortbow (i). The imbue increases its ranged attack bonus to +75 and lowers the special attack cost to 50%.

The magic shortbow is often the most powerful ranged weapon available to mid-level players. Because of its fast attack speed and ability to fire rune and amethyst arrows, it is usually the most effective ranged weapon for completing slayer tasks. The rune crossbow is a viable alternative for players who desire a shield, the special effects of enchanted bolts, or the easy availability of broad bolts.

Despite its low max hit, the magic shortbow is popular for player killing due to the ease of stacking its damage with a more powerful melee attack for a knockout blow.

 Attack bonusesMagic shortbow equipped female.png
 Defence bonuses
 Other bonusesSlot
StrengthRangedMagic damagePrayer2h slot
Base attack speedRange
Monster attack speed 4.png7

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

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

Special attack[edit | edit source]

A player performing the magic shortbow's special attack, Snapshot.

This weapon also has a special attack, Snapshot, which will shoot two arrows in rapid succession, using 55% of a player's special attack energy. While the in-game tooltip states that Snapshot has reduced accuracy, it actually likely has an accuracy boost of or about 43%.[1]

Snapshot uses a custom form of damage calculation that does not take into account offensive Prayers (such as Eagle Eye) when determining a player's maximum Ranged hit,[2] but its accuracy is still affected.[3]

Creation[edit | edit source]

Fletching Fletching80 (b)83.3
Member icon.png
Ticks2 (1.2s)
Magic shortbow (u).pngMagic shortbow (u)1741
Bow string.pngBow string194
Total cost835
Magic shortbow.pngMagic shortbow1842

Products[edit | edit source]

Magic shortbow (i).pngMagic shortbow (i)
Member icon.png
  • None
  • None

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Reward casket (hard)N/A Casket.png11/27.1
Spiritual ranger115–158 Multicombat.png1–21/128

Used in recommended equipment[edit | edit source]

5Barbarian Assault/Strategies (Ranged)
2Ecumenical key/Strategies (Ranged)
2Hunter training (Staff of the dead)
2Hunter training (Dinh's bulwark)
3Kalphite Queen/Strategies (mid-game players (phase two))
2Slayer task/Suqah (Ranged (North))
4Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment

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 +106 100,439,074
  • 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) 412,290,897
  • 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) 59,959,607
  • 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) 48,361,650
Crystal bow.png Crystal bow Ranged 70 +100 +78 352,921[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 21,192,489
  • 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) 97,383
  • 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) 1,610,308
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow Ranged 61 +90 (+115) 9,954
Craw's bow.png Craw's bow Ranged 60 +75 +60 20,682,731
Dark bow.png Dark bow Ranged 60 +95 (+60) 856,343
  • 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) 842
  • 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) +75 107,780
Magic comp bow.png Magic comp bow Ranged 50 +71 (+55) 4,752
  • 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) 18,746
  • 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) 1,319
  • 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) 1,118
  • 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) 38
  • Unique and versatile two-handed weapons that facilitate the use of all three combat styles.
Attack Ranged Magic 50
+29 (+22) 117
Attack Ranged Magic 60
+47 (+31) 71
Attack Ranged Magic 70
+69 (+49) 251
Dorgeshuun crossbow.png Dorgeshuun crossbow Ranged 28 +42 (+49) 2,599
  • 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) 386
  • 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 760,573
  • 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
26 January 2005

The item was graphically updated.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

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