Magic shortbow

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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%.

Because of its fast attack speed and ability to fire Amethyst arrows, it is often used for player killing. Additionally, having a special attack bar allows Pkers to quickly transition to a knockout weapon, usually being the Granite maul, allowing for the user to get a KO.

Bonuses
Attack icon.png Attack bonusesMagic shortbow equipped.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+0+0+0+0+69
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+0+0+0+0+0
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.png2h slot.png
+0+0+0%+0List
Attack speed
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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 but with lowered accuracy, using 55% of a player's special attack energy. With perfect timing, this bow can hit three times in one game tick.

Damage inflicted by Snapshot is unaffected by ranged prayers (such as Eagle Eye) and the slayer helmet (i).

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat options Combat style Experience Boosts
CombatStyles bow.png 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

Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit source]

Picture Name Levels to equip Ranged Attack bonus Notes
Twisted bow.png Twisted bow 75 RangedRanged 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 RangedRanged 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 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 75 RangedRanged icon.png +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 70 RangedRanged icon.png +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 70 RangedRanged icon.png +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
Karil's crossbow.png Karil's crossbow 70 RangedRanged icon.png +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 65 RangedRanged icon.png +95
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow 64 RangedRanged icon.png +94
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow 61 RangedRanged icon.png +90
Dark bow.png Dark bow 60 RangedRanged icon.png +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, offering only an attack speed of 2
  • 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 50 RangedRanged icon.png +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%
Grey chinchompa.png
Red chinchompa.png
Black chinchompa.png
Chinchompas 45 RangedRanged icon.png (Grey)

55 RangedRanged icon.png (Red)
65 RangedRanged icon.png (Black)

+45 (Grey)

+70 (Red)
+80 (Black)

  • 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, 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


Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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SourceLevelQuantityRarity
Reward casket (hard)N/A Casket.png11/27.1
Spiritual ranger115; 118; 122; 127 Multicombat.png1–2Rare