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Best Slayer Bow @ 70 Ranged?

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M0NGREL MOB
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Hi I am returning to Runescape after a long hiatus (yeah, I was one of those EOC quitters) and have gained 70 ranged since returning. I currently use Legacy mode and am trying to learn more about the new combat system to progress on to Revolution and possibly full manual mode. I am training Slayer primarily, and have been using an elder shieldbow.

Now that I have reached level 70 and unlocked the Dark Bow, I am considering upgrading to that. However, I can't find recent comparisons on it, and all I've read from old forum posts seems to suggest I might be better off using an Elder Shieldbow, rather than the Longbow I've been using or the Dark Bow.

What would you wisened, experienced players suggest I use to achieve maximum xp/hr training ranged and slayer using legacy mode? Would this change when I progress to Revolution combat mode? Ideally I'd like to keep using broad arrows / bolts as ammunition as I have a ton from fletching and plan to make more.

05-May-2018 02:47:27

M0NGREL MOB
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Thanks for the response; I'll give those a try. I have quite a few quests to do for crystal bow though, so I might go with the salamander until 75 and get dual armadyl as my dungeoneering is relatively low still but money isn't an issue. I'd still appreciate insights from others especially if you have specific exp comparisons.

Also, could you please point me in the direction of some good action bars for my needs, or tutorials on how to set up your own?

05-May-2018 09:44:31

I B Silent

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I tend to shred most things with dual chaotic xbows so id suggest that route, I've tried everything available and I keep coming back to chaotic's since imo not much needs better to kill them unless your killing certain creatures that need better bows.

I also use potions to boost my skill and that seems to really help and my range is 96 atm.

P.s. I also use full manual skills it takes like 2-3 actions on most things.

05-May-2018 09:55:03 - Last edited on 05-May-2018 10:12:07 by I B Silent

PrimaAntiqua
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The key point here as far as weapon choices go for you is this:

Dual Wielding (DW) vs 2-Handers (2h) vs Shieldbow/1h+Shield.

In essence, if you are using DW (such as dual Armadyl Crossbows), you have mainhand damage and offhand damage (which is 50% of the mainhand if using a matching pair).

Similarly, a 2h weapon does 150% of the damage of a 1h mainhand item.

Since ranged abilities aren't too different then both DW and 2h do about the same damage as each other, so it's what you can get.

The 1h+shield or shieldbow (which includes both your current elder shieldbow and a dark bow) only do damage equivalent to having a 1h mainhand item (ie, 2/3 the damage of the 2h and DW options). In exchange, they grant access to most defence abilities (most of these have a requirement of a shield/shieldbow item worn).

Shield abilities are very powerful at prolonging survival, but the brutal truth is you do not need this for any slayer task whatsoever (except maybe Wyverns when you get to 96, and dragons if you lack super antifire potions).

Therefore, for Slayer, you want whatever 2h or DW option you can get. As people have pointed out, the black salamander is a very cheap 2h option available at 70. Armadyl crossbows are there for 75, and if money is easier than DG, then at 80 you have the Zaryte bow (or could even consider a Hexhunter bow if its REALLY not an issue).

As for bars, if you right-click the cog on your action bar while wearing your weapon, there's an option "setup action bar" that should give you an okay default one. The wiki also has some listed although these afaik are still for manual use of Threshold and Ultimate abilities.

Since you have 70 ranged, I also recommend buying a 'Mazcab Ability Codex' and using it to unlock 'Corruption Shot'. This is the best ranged basic ability in the game bar nothing and should be the left/second-left-most basic ability on your action bar no matter what.

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy getting back into the game!

05-May-2018 11:59:12

Sir XP Waste
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Dark Bow was changed in an update to make it fire twice at double the interval. So, essentially, it fires 1 time in the time it takes your elder bow to fire twice, but the Dark Bow fires two arrows per one attack.

I personally hated using the Dark Bow and switched to the Crystal Bow asap.

I would go with what everyone else has been saying, Black Salamanders or a Crystal Bow till 75, dual Armadyl Cbows until 80, and then you can use a Royal Cbow or Zaryte Bow (Or if you dung, dual Chaotics)

Personally if you still play legacy by the time you're 80 I'd suggest Royal Cbow, I could hit consistent 300+ with it :P
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05-May-2018 23:47:02

Scott Gee
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Nex is Life said:
Zaryte bow is the best at level 80.

Totally not saying this because I farm Nex. It is however the best until 85, when you can use Shadow Glaives.


Wrong. Royal Crossbow > Zaryte bow.

Why? Royal crossbow shoots at a farther distance, allows for dragonbane, and it is cheaper. Zaryte makes no sense unless you're really loaded on cash and you're just trying to get zaros components.
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08-May-2018 04:11:39

Precision96
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Scott Gee said:
Nex is Life said:
Zaryte bow is the best at level 80.

Totally not saying this because I farm Nex. It is however the best until 85, when you can use Shadow Glaives.


Wrong. Royal Crossbow > Zaryte bow.

Why? Royal crossbow shoots at a farther distance, allows for dragonbane, and it is cheaper. Zaryte makes no sense unless you're really loaded on cash and you're just trying to get zaros components.


zbow has some benefits as well...

Not requiring ammunition

Non-aggro in GWD is a excellent perk

Besides, I prefer Att. Crystal bow

13-May-2018 11:05:08 - Last edited on 13-May-2018 11:06:46 by Precision96

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