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OSRS Dark bow Guide

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Dark bow Guide OSRS

The dark bow is a formidable two-handed ranged weapon in the world of RuneScape, requiring a Ranged level of 60 to wield. Its unique characteristics make it stand out among other weapons in the game. With an attack speed of 9 (5.4 seconds) and 8 on rapid (4.8 seconds), the dark bow holds the distinction of being the slowest weapon in RuneScape. It unleashes two arrows per attack, each independently subject to accuracy checks. The dark bow boasts a maximum attack range of 10, rendering the longrange attack style ineffective in increasing its range.

When set to the rapid attack style, the dark bow exhibits a firing time of 2.4 seconds per arrow. In comparison, a shortbow like the magic shortbow (i) takes only 1.8 seconds per arrow. This slower firing rate makes the dark bow more popular for player killing, where its special attack plays a crucial role. The dark bow features one of the highest max hits in the game, primarily due to its special attack. Alongside weapons like the crystal halberd and dragon dagger, the dark bow's special attack can deliver substantial damage. However, other weapons like the twisted bow and Dharok's greataxe may surpass it in regular attack power, and the dragon 2h sword can deal more total damage with its special attack.

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How to obtain the Dark bow

Players have the opportunity to acquire the dark bow as a drop from dark beasts and their superior variant, night beasts. Dark beasts are monsters that require 90 Slayer to kill, and are found in the Mourner Tunnels as well as in Iorwerth Dungeon in Prifddinas.

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Special Attack and Stats

The dark bow boasts a distinctive special attack that consists of two different attacks, both of which consume 55% of the player's special attack energy.

The first special attack, known as Descent of Darkness, has the capacity to deal up to 30% more damage, with a minimum of 5 damage per arrow. The animation accompanying this attack depicts two arrows fired at the target, enveloped in a black shroud.

In the event that the player has equipped dragon arrows, the second special attack, Descent of Dragons, comes into play. This attack delivers even more significant damage, with an increase of up to 50%, and a minimum of 8 damage per arrow. However, the maximum hit is capped at 48 damage per arrow. The animation for this attack features two black dragon heads being launched at the target.

A player performing one of the dark bow's special attacks, Descent of Dragons

Following a Descent of Dragons attack, a standard damage roll is executed up to the player's maximum Ranged hit. Any rolls that surpass the damage cap are then reduced back to 48. It's noteworthy that the minimum damage of 8 can still be affected by damage multipliers on specific monsters. For instance, the damage is lowered to a minimum of 2 damage per arrow when targeting an Ice Demon, or a minimum (and maximum) of 0 damage per arrow when facing a Guardian in the Chambers of Xeric. This intricate mechanic adds an element of strategy for players employing the dark bow's special attacks in various combat scenarios.

 Attack bonusesStab +0Slash +0Crush +0Magic +0Ranged +95
 Defence BonusesStab +0Slash +0Crush +0Magic +0Ranged +0
 OtherMelee strength +0Magic damage 0%Ranged strength +0Prayer bonus +02h slot table List

Upgrade - Dark bow (bh)

Players have the option to enhance the dark bow's capabilities by using a Dark bow imbue scroll. This transforms the weapon into a Dark bow (bh), providing improved stats and enhancing its special attack. It's important to note that the Dark bow (bh) can only be utilized in Daimon's Crater, adding an extra layer of strategy and specialization to its usage.

ItemQuantityCost
Dark bow.png Dark bow1Coins 10000.png 761,238
Dark bow imbue scroll.png Dark bow imbue scroll1N/A
 TotalCoins 10000.png 761,238
Dark bow (bh).png Dark bow (bh)1N/A