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Note
This page is for low-level Ranged equipment. For mid-level equipment see Ranged Equipment/Mid Level. For high-level equipment, see Ranged Equipment/High Level.


Introduction

The most common ranged weapons are bows and crossbows. Besides these, there are several other types of weaponry available to a ranger. Darts, knives, axes and even cannonballs can be employed by ranged fighters.

Every different piece of weaponry has its own advantages, some are cheap and readily available, others are less so but inflict large amounts of damage, such as the cannon. Ultimately, the way one chooses to train the Ranged skill comes down to individual tastes and styles, something that each person must come to learn for themselves.

Combat Academy Equipment

Learning about the combat system in Lumbridge will let you use the following items:

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Academy knife 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 48 150 0% 0% 0%
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Academy crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 150 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition academy bolt.gif
Academy shortbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 43 150 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition academy arrow.gif

Crossbows

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A crossbow user in action

Though rangers are most often seen with bows - drawing back their strings to let an elegant arrow soar through the air in an arc before plunging into its target - some rangers prefer the raw power and efficiency of dwarven design: the crossbow.

Because of their compact size, and the force with which the crossbow hurls its projectiles, a new form of ammunition is necessary. The bolts that crossbows fire are invariably metal, occasionally tipped with the sharp edges of precious stones.

Crossbows can be constructed using a variety of skills, but those keen to shoot their prey with these powerful weapons can purchase crossbow parts from three salesdwarves located in Keldagrim, under White Wolf Mountain and in the Dwarven Mines.

Crossbows come in a wide variety of styles and strengths, and almost all of them can be made from scratch by someone with the requisite Fletching, Smithing, Cooking and Crafting levels.

Crossbows can be used with any level of ammunition, but the ammunition will only work at its maximum efficiency if used with weapons at, or above, the ammunition's level. Some weapons require specific crossbows, however, and some can even generate their own.

There are two main types of crossbow - the two handed heavy crossbow, and the smaller pistol crossbows and their off-hand variants.

Two Handed Crossbows

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member badge tiny.png Bronze 2h crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 63 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Serpentine 2h crossbow 1 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 12 110 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Iron 2h crossbow 10 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 127 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Steel 2h crossbow 20 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 255 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Serpentine 2h crossbow 2 20 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 255 316 0% 0% 0%
Serpentine 2h crossbow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png Dorgeshuun c'bow 28 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 424 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition bone bolts.gif
member badge tiny.png Mithril 2h crossbow 30 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 382 454 0% 0% 0%
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Pistol Crossbows

These crossbows are smaller than their two handed variants and are mostly made to work together as dual-wield weapons.

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Crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 150 0% 0% 0%
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Phoenix crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 110 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Coral crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 160 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Bronze crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand bronze crossbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 150 0% 0% 0%
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Exquisite crossbow 1 10 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 191 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand exquisite crossbow 1 10 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 191 0% 0% 0%
Off-hand exquisite crossbow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png Iron crossbow 10 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand iron crossbow 10 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Blurite crossbow 16 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 268 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Steel crossbow 20 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand steel crossbow 20 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Black crossbow 25 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 502 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Mith crossbow 30 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 454 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand mithril crossbow 30 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 0 454 0% 0% 0%
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Bows

No matter how skilled a ranger may be, it is always a good idea to be suitably equipped - whether your choice is iron or rune, oak or yew.

Bows and arrows can be made using the Fletching Skill, or purchased from archery stores in Catherby, Rimmington or Varrock.

Archery shop Look for the following symbol on your minimap to locate archery stores.

As you improve your Ranged skill, you will be able to wield stronger bows. Stronger bows are more effective.

Bows can be used with any level of ammunition, but the ammunition will only work at its maximum efficiency if used with weapons at, or above, the ammunition's level. Some weapons require specific bows, however, and some can even generate their own.

Please note that many bows listed here can be made freely, if you have the required Fletching level.

Special Bows

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member badge tiny.png Slayer Tower shortbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 43 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Cupid bow 1 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 41 140 0% 0% 0%
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Starfire bow 1 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 35 140 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Starfury bow 1 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 35 140 0% 0% 0%
Starfury bow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png Bow (class 1) 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 43 150 0% 0% 0%
Bow (class 1) inventory icon ^^
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Chargebow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 91 150 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition None needed
member badge tiny.png Boogie bow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 22 110 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition None needed
Kayle's chargebow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 110 160 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition None needed
member badge tiny.png Barbed bow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 43 150 0% 0% 0%
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Quickbow 5 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 183 202 0% 0% 0%
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Accepted ammunition None needed
member badge tiny.png Cupid bow 2 10 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 83 191 0% 0% 0%
Cupid bow 2 inventory icon &&
Starfire bow 2 10 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 70 181 0% 0% 0%
Starfire bow inventory icon &&
Exquisite shortbow 1 10 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 23 191 0% 0% 0%
Exquisite shortbow
member badge tiny.png Cupid bow 3 20 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 166 292 0% 0% 0%
Cupid bow 3 inventory icon &&
Starfire bow 3 20 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 158 292 0% 0% 0%
Starfire bow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png Starfury bow 2 20 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 158 292 0% 0% 0%
Starfury bow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png White stag bow 1 20 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 158 292 0% 0% 0%
White stag bow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png Bow (class 2) 25 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 175 316 0% 0% 0%
Bow (class 2) inventory icon ^^
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member badge tiny.png Cupid bow 4 30 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 250 424 0% 0% 0%
Cupid bow 4 inventory icon &&
Starfire bow 4 30 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 245 424 0% 0% 0%
Starfire bow inventory icon &&
member badge tiny.png White stag bow 2 30 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 236 409 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Ogre bow 30 Ranged No 0 450 Arrows icon 382 454 0% 0% 0%
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Shortbows

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Shortbow 1 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 43 150 0% 0% 0%
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Oak shortbow 10 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 87 202 0% 0% 0%
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Willow shortbow 20 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 175 316 0% 0% 0%
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Maple shortbow 30 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 263 454 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Yew shortbow 40 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 351 628 0% 0% 0%
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Magic shortbow 50 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 438 850 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Elder shortbow 60 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 526 1132 0% 0% 0%
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Composite Bows

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Willow composite bow 20 Ranged 63 0 300 Arrows icon 106 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Comp ogre bow 30 Ranged No 0 0 Arrows icon 382 454 0% 0% 0%
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Shieldbows

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Shieldbow 1 Ranged 30 0 75 Arrows icon 26 150 0% 0% 0%
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Oak shieldbow 10 Ranged 40 0 150 Arrows icon 53 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Signed oak shieldbow 10 Ranged 40 0 150 Arrows icon 53 202 0% 0% 0%
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Willow shieldbow 20 Ranged 63 0 300 Arrows icon 106 316 0% 0% 0%
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Maple shieldbow 30 Ranged 90 0 450 Arrows icon 159 454 0% 0% 0%
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Dwarf Multicannon

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The dwarf cannon member badge tiny.png is perhaps the most interesting Ranged weapon. It can provide a lot of experience in a very short period of time. It is particularly useful in multicombat areas as it is able to attack multiple targets.

To use the dwarf cannon, you have to complete the Dwarf Cannon. When you have completed the quest, you can buy a cannon from the dwarf engineer Nulodion, south of Ice Mountain.

Note: The cannon can only be used to kill NPCs, not players.

There are four main parts to the cannon, and a cannonball mould. You can either buy your cannonballs from other players or make them yourself.

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Read the Smithing section of the Manual for more information on making cannonballs.

The cannon will hold thirty rounds of ammunition at a time. You will have to refill it with ammunition every once in a while, so remember to keep an eye on it.

The cannon deteriorates while firing, until eventually disappearing. When this happens, go back and speak to Nulodion, he will give you another one for free. You can only have one dwarf cannon assembled at a time. You will not be given another one if you simply put the cannon into your bank account and then talk to the engineer to get another.

To regain a piece of the cannon from Nulodion for free, the cannon piece must be set up when you lose it. For example, if the cannon is set up and then you die, you can claim a replacement cannon for free from Nulodion.

If however, you lose a cannon piece while it is in your inventory, either by dropping it or dying, Nulodion will charge you a fee for a replacement part or a whole new cannon.

If you fancy shooting other items out of your cannon - like squid, or maybe brains - you should be interested in the Oddball aura available through the Members Loyalty Programme.

Darts

Darts have a high attack speed and come in main-hand and off-hand varieties so you can dual-wield them with shields or other one-handed weapons.

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member badge tiny.png Bronze dart 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 48 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand bronze dart 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 48 110 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Iron dart 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 96 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand iron dart 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 96 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Steel dart 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 192 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand steel dart 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 192 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Black dart 25 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 240 381 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand black dart 25 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 240 381 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Mithril dart 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 288 454 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand mithril dart 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 288 454 0% 0% 0%
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Javelins

Javelins can be purchased from the Ranging Guild, or found from monster drops.

Javelins are quite powerful and can be wielded with shields to give you better defence.

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Bronze javelin 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 74 150 0% 0% 0%
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Iron javelin 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 149 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Corrupt morrigan's javelin 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 245 316 0% 0% 0.5%
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Steel javelin 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 298 316 0% 0% 0%
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Mithril javelin 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 447 454 0% 0% 0%
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Throwing Axes

Throwing axes can be purchased from the tribal weapons shop in the Ranging Guild.

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member badge tiny.png Bronze throwing axe 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 61 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand bronze throwing axe 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 61 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Iron throwing axe 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 122 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand iron throwing axe 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 122 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Steel throwing axe 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 245 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand steel throwing axe 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 245 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png C. morrigan's throwing axe 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 245 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Mithril throwing axe 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 367 454 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand mithril throwing axe 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 367 454 0% 0% 0%
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Throwing Knives

Throwing knives are like darts, in that they are deadly and can be poisoned. They are wielded in a single hand, so you are able to hold a shield when using them.

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member badge tiny.png Off-hand bronze knife 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 48 150 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Iron knife 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 96 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand iron knife 10 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 96 202 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Steel knife 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 192 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand steel knife 20 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 192 316 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Black knife 25 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 240 381 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand black knife 25 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 240 381 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Mithril knife 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 288 454 0% 0% 0%
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member badge tiny.png Off-hand mithril knife 30 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 288 454 0% 0% 0%
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Swamp lizards

The swamp lizards received from net trapping can be used as a two-handed Ranged weapon when filled with their requisite fuels.

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member badge tiny.png Swamp lizard 30 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 382 454 0% 0% 0%
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The fuel for each swamp lizard can be made by mixing 15 lots of swamp tar with their favoured herb in a pestle and mortar. This will create 15 lots of herb tar that can then be used with the swamp lizard.

Once both the tar and swamp lizard have been wielded the attack style can be changed. Set your style to 'Scorch' and your Strength experience will rise. 'Flare', in turn, will raise your Ranged experience, while 'Blaze' will boost your Magic. This versatility makes the swamp lizard a weapon-of-choice for the rounded adventurer.

Other Ranged Weapons

These items are rewards from or were used in holiday events.

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member badge tiny.png Eggsterminator 1 Ranged No 0 0 Bolts icon 12 110 0% 0% 0%
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Ghost buster 500 1 Ranged No 0 0 None 0 110 0% 0% 0%
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Snowball 1 Ranged No 0 0 Thrown icon 48 150 0% 0% 0%
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Notes

&& Won on the Squeal of Fortune minigame. This item has several different forms that it can turn into but is effectively one item.

^^ Can only be made and used within the Stealing Creation minigame.


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