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