Magic shortbow

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Magic shortbow
Magic shortbow.png
Released25 March 2002 (Update)
Quest itemNo
ExamineShort and magical, but still effective.
Value1,600 coins
High alch960 coins
Low alch640 coins
Weight1.36 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange850 coins (info)
Buy limit18,000
Daily volume160,601
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 icon.png Attack bonusesMagic shortbow equipped female.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.png2h slot.png
Attack speedRange
Monster attack speed 4.png7

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]

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 effect on its accuracy, but not its damage.[2][3]

Creation[edit | edit source]

Fletching Fletching80 (b)83.3
Member icon.png
Ticks2 (1.2s)
Magic shortbow (u).pngMagic shortbow (u)1779
Bow string.pngBow string177
Total Cost856
Magic shortbow.pngMagic shortbow1850

Products[edit | edit source]

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

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

Comparison between other ranged weapons[edit source]

Item Ranged level required Ranged Attack bonus Notes
Twisted bow inventory image Twisted bow Ranged 85 +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
Bow of faerdhinen inventory image Bow of faerdhinen Ranged 80 +128
  • 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
Toxic blowpipe inventory image Toxic blowpipe Ranged 75 +30
  • 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 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 inventory image Heavy ballista Ranged 75 +125
  • 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
Armadyl crossbow inventory image Armadyl crossbow Ranged 70 +100
Crystal bow inventory image Crystal bow Ranged 70 +100
  • 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
Karil's crossbow inventory image Karil's crossbow Ranged 70 +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 inventory image Dragon hunter crossbow Ranged 70 +95
  • Offers the second highest one-handed Ranged attack bonus in the game, outclassed only by the Armadyl crossbow
  • Increases accuracy and damage by 30% and 25% respectively when fighting draconic creatures.
Dragon crossbow inventory image Dragon crossbow Ranged 64 +94
Rune crossbow inventory image Rune crossbow Ranged 61 +90
Dark bow inventory image Dark bow Ranged 60 +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, 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 inventory image Magic shortbow Ranged 50 +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%
Red chinchompa
Black chinchompa

Ranged 45 (Grey)
Ranged 55 (Red)
Ranged 65 (Black)

+45 (Grey)
+70 (Red)
+80 (Black)

  • 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 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

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here (include RDT).
Reward casket (hard)N/A Casket.png11/27.1
Spiritual ranger115; 118; 122; 127 Multicombat.png1–21/128

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
26 January 2005

The item was graphically updated.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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29 March 2004 ⁠–
26 January 2005
26 January 2005⁠–

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ 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."