|Released||25 March 2002 (Update)|
|Examine||Short and magical, but still effective.|
|High alch||960 coins|
|Low alch||640 coins|
|Exchange||809 coins (info)|
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 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.
Special attack[edit | edit source]
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%.
Damage inflicted by Snapshot is unaffected by Ranged prayers (such as Eagle Eye) and the Slayer helmet (i). However, the special attack has been updated such that auxiliary bonuses now have an affect on its accuracy, but not its damage.
Creation[edit | edit source]
|Magic shortbow (u)||1||750|
Products[edit | edit source]
|Magic shortbow (i)|
Combat styles[edit | edit source]
|Combat Options||Combat Style||Attack types||Style||Experience||Boosts|
|Accurate||Ranged||Accurate||Ranged and Hitpoints||Accuracy and Damage|
|Rapid||Ranged||Rapid||Ranged and Hitpoints||Attack speed by 1 tick|
|Longrange||Ranged||Longrange||Ranged, Defence, and Hitpoints||Attack range by 2 tiles|
Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit source]
|Item||level required||Ranged Attack bonus||Notes|
|Bow of faerdhinen||75||+128||
|Dragon hunter crossbow||65||+95|
|Chinchompa|| 45 (Grey)
Item sources[edit | edit source]
|Reward casket (hard)||N/A||1||1/27.1|
|Spiritual ranger||115; 118; 122; 127||1–2||1/128|
Changes[edit | edit source]
|26 January 2005
The item was graphically updated.
Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]
|29 March 2004 –
26 January 2005
|26 January 2005–|
References[edit | edit source]
- Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 18 September 2018. (Archived from the original on 23 May 2021.) Mod Ash: "Looks to me like it's a 43% buff, not a nerf."
- Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 29 August 2019. (Archived from the original on 23 May 2021.) Mod Ash: "They always had their own special calculations for effective accuracy/damage, and thus ignored things like Void Knight effects, as far as I know."
- Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 23 May 2021. (Archived from the original on 23 May 2021.) Mod Ash: "Correct, it does now affect that spec, and every other custom attack I've seen so far."