Offers the third highest one-handed Ranged attack bonus in the game, outclassed only by the armadyl crossbow and dragon hunter crossbow
Offers a special attack where the player can hit any target in a 3x3 area, while in a multicombat area, making it one of three range weapons that can hit multiple targets. This costs 60% of special attack bar.
Offers a powerful special attack, where if used with dragon arrows, it increases damage dealt by 50% with a minimum hit of 8 (30% with any other arrow with a minimum hit of 5). Costs 55% special attack energy.
It is the only one of three ranged weapons that offers the ability to hit more than one opponent at a time (similar to burst or barrage ancient spells), the others being the special attack of the Dragon crossbow, with a similar attack, and Rune thrownaxe, with a ricochet type attack.
Regarded to be the best way of training Ranged at the cost of it being expensive.
While pretending to form an alliance with Armadyl, Commander Zilyana stole the Armadyl crossbow from Kree'arra during the God Wars, keeping it as a trophy of her cunning, explaining why it is dropped by Zilyana instead of Kree'arra.
The Armadyl crossbow is one of three unique boss drops that are not dropped by the respective bodyguards (excluding hilts or pets), the others being Saradomin's light and Staff of the dead.
There's a 1/250 chance that when one receives a bird's nest from woodcutting, instead of the standard bird chirping sound, they'll hear the crossbow's special attack sound instead. This is likely some kind of easter egg meant to scare the players briefly as a joke.