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The Zaryte bow is a Ranged weapon that is only available either by trading with other players or as a drop from Nex, the leader of Zaros' army in the God Wars Dungeon. Like all standard bows it is a two-handed weapon, filling both the weapon and shield slot. It also requires level 80 Ranged, and degrades over time, but it does not need ammunition, much like the crystal bow. It has the same reach as the crystal bow and hand cannon, and the same firing rate as standard crossbows.
Unlike Chaotic Equipment, which degrades from hits taken from enemies as well as attacks that you make yourself, the Zaryte bow only degrades from shots fired from it by you. The 10 hour combat timer breaks down to counting 1 game step (about 0.6 seconds) per shot, out of that timer, resulting in the bow being able to fire a total of 60,000 shots on a full charge, 600 per 1%.
Similarly to Barrows equipment, it can be repaired both by NPCs, such as Bob (from Bob's Brilliant Axes), or in a player-owned house armour stand, with the repair cost proportional to the damage taken, at a rate of 20K for each 1% of damage it has sustained (for a total cost of 2 million coins when fully degraded). When repaired by a player, this cost is reduced based on the player's Smithing level, with the cost halved when the player has 99 Smithing.
Like most degradable equipment, the statistics of the bow remain the same whether it is fully repaired or partially degraded.
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Common uses for the Zaryte bow include safe combat mini-games such as the TzHaar Fight Caves as well as Slayer. In addition, given that drops typically recover the fairly low cost of use it can also be used for more general Ranged training. It is also used at high level creatures such as Tormented demons, as well as at bosses such as Nex, Kree'arra, and the Dagannoth Kings.
When examined against the Dark bow, the Zaryte bow is considerably more effective, having both a much higher firing rate as well as an increased maximum hit. Despite the additional costs (both for purchase and upkeep), as well as higher requirements, it's fairly obvious that the Zaryte bow is a more potent weapon.
The Chaotic crossbow provides a useful alternative to the Zaryte bow. Like most other crossbows, the Chaotic crossbow is a one-handed weapon, allowing it to be used in conjunction with a Shield slot item, like the Dragonfire shield.
However, the Zaryte bow possesses several properties which make it a useful weapon in its own respects. Firstly it counts as a god item for all 4 factions, which makes it a potent choice against Spiritual mages and other God Wars Dungeon enemies. In addition, its lack of ammo and slower degrading costs make it a good choice over almost any other stock ranging option. Finally, the Chaotic crossbow may only be obtained by achieving 80 Dungeoneering and gaining the required tokens, while the Zaryte bow can be simply bought on the Grand Exchange if the player does not wish to fight Nex.
While the choice of token repair may appear a cheaper option, the cost-benefit analysis of earning the 200K tokens is in practice similar or slower than earning the required coins for many players. In addition, the ability to reduce the repair costs via the Smithing skill for the Zaryte bow helps to lower the maintenance costs to almost negligible.
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