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Bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows. Most types of bolts are made using a combination of the Smithing and Fletching skills; the metal component is made with Smithing, and feathers are added with Fletching. Certain special bolts can only be obtained through other methods, such as monster drops or specialist shops.

Different types of bolts can be stored in a bolt pouch to conserve space. Like other Ranged ammunition, bolts can occasionally be left on the ground after firing, able to be picked up by the player.

Types of bolts

Normal metal bolts

All of the following bolts can be made through the Smithing and Fletching skills, excluding Dragon; the unfinished bolts are obtained as a monster drop, and can be finished using feathers. All metal bolts can be poisoned.

Metal Image Ranged Strength
Bronze Bronze bolts 5 +10
Blurite Blurite bolts 5 +28
Iron Iron bolts 5 +46
Steel Steel bolts 5 +64
Mithril Mithril bolts 5 +82
Adamant Adamant bolts 5 +100
Rune Runite bolts 5 +115
Dragon Dragon bolts 5 +122

Gem-tipped and enchanted bolts

Metal bolts can be enhanced by adding gem bolt tips, which increases their Ranged Strength bonus. They can be further improved through enchantment, which adds an effect that will occasionally trigger in combat. With the completion of the hard Kandarin Diary, bolts have a 10% increased base chance of activation.

Bolt type Image Enchantment Base

chance in PvP (with Diary)

Other notes Ranged Strength
Opal bolts (e) Opal bolts (e) 5Lucky Lightning: extra damage 5.0% (5.5%) +14
Jade bolts (e) Opal bolts (e) 5Earth's fury: chance of knocking the target to the ground 6.0% (6.6%)Agile targets may resist this +30
Pearl bolts (e) Jade bolts (e) 5Sea curse: chance of striking the target with a mighty bolt of water, dealing extra damage 6.0%

(6.6%)

It will have more damage and a higher accuracy on fiery monsters (e.g. Chromatic dragons) +48
Topaz bolts (e) Topaz bolts (e) 5Down to earth: chance of lowering the target's Magic level 4.0%

(4.4%)

Only works on another player +66
Sapphire bolts (e) Sapphire bolts (e) 5Clear mind: chance of lowering the target's Prayer points and giving part of them to the attacker 5.0%

(5.5%)

Only works on another player +83
Emerald bolts (e) Emerald bolts (e) 5Magical poison: Chance of poisoning the opponent 54.0%

(59.4%)

Poison damage starts at 5.

In PvM, the base chance is increased to 55.0%, which stacks with the diary boost.[1]

+85
Ruby bolts (e) Ruby bolts (e) 5Blood forfeit: chance of removing 20% of the target's current Hitpoints 11.0%

(12.1%)

This effect costs 10% of the attacker's own current Hitpoints.

In PvM, the base chance is reduced to 6.0%.[1]

+103
Diamond bolts (e) Diamond bolts (e) 5Armour piercing: the bolts will negate a sizeable portion of the target's Ranged defence, and the special attack raises the bolts' maximum hit 5.0%

(5.5%)

In PvM, the base chance is increased to 10.0%, which stacks with the diary boost.[1] +105
Dragonstone bolts (e) Dragonstone bolts (e) 5Dragon's breath: chance of inflicting a Dragonfire hit against the target 6.0%

(6.6%)

Does not work if the target has protection against dragonfire, or are dragons themselves +117
Onyx bolts (e) Onyx bolts (e) 5Life leech: Chance of doing extra damage and healing the attacker by 25% of the damage dealt 10.0%

(11.0%)

This does not work on the undead, as they have no "life" to leech.

In PvM, the base chance is increased to 11.0%, which stacks with the diary boost.[1]

+120

Gem-tipped and enchanted dragon bolts

Dragon bolts are the only type of bolt that can accept all available gem bolt tips, excluding amethyst. All variants of enchanted dragon bolts have the same Ranged Strength of +122, but are otherwise identical in function to their inferior enchanted variants.

Name Image
Opal dragon bolts (e) Opal dragon bolts (e) 5
Jade dragon bolts (e) Jade dragon bolts (e) 5
Pearl dragon bolts (e) Pearl dragon bolts (e) 5
Topaz dragon bolts (e) Topaz dragon bolts (e) 5
Sapphire dragon bolts (e) Sapphire dragon bolts (e) 5
Emerald dragon bolts (e) Emerald dragon bolts (e) 5
Ruby dragon bolts (e) Ruby dragon bolts (e) 5
Diamond dragon bolts (e) Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5
Dragonstone dragon bolts (e) Dragonstone dragon bolts (e) 5
Onyx dragon bolts (e) Onyx dragon bolts (e) 5

Other player-made bolts

Silver bolts are much like other silver items, in that they are crafted using an appropriate mould and a furnace. Silver bolts are the only ranged weapons that can be used effectively against vampyres.

Name

Image

Ranged Strength
Silver Silver bolts 5 +36

Kebbit bolts and long kebbit bolts are fletched from kebbit spikes and long kebbit spikes, respectively. They can only be used with the Hunters' crossbow.

Name

Image

Ranged Strength
Kebbit Kebbit bolts +28
Long kebbit Long kebbit bolts +38

Broad-tipped bolts

Unfinished broad bolts can be obtained through Slayer masters, either via Slayer reward points or with coins. In order to make them usable, the player must have bought the ability to fletch them in the Slayer rewards shop, after which they can add feathers. They are primarily used in the Slayer skill in order to harm creatures such as Turoth and Kurasks, which are resistant to all but a select few weapons that have a certain Slayer requirement. Outside of Slayer, broad bolts are often used as a cheaper alternative to adamant bolts, having the same Ranged Strength.

Type

Image

Ranged Strength
Normal Broad bolts 5 +100
Amethyst Amethyst broad bolts 5 +115

Bolts obtained through other means

Shop-bought

Barbed bolts are made from bronze bolts by attaching barb bolttips, which can be purchased in the Ranging Guild using archery tickets.

Name

Image

Ranged Strength
Barbed Barbed bolts 5 +12

Bone bolts can be bought from Nardok's Bone Weapons shop, and are only usable with the Dorgeshuun crossbow.

Name

Image

Ranged Strength
Bone Bone bolts 5 +49

Through drops

Bolt racks are obtained from the Barrows minigame, usable only with Karil's crossbow.

Name

Image

Ranged Strength
Bolt rack Bolt rack 5 +55

Mithril grapple

The Mithril grapple is used in conjunction with a crossbow to grapple Agility shortcuts and obstacles. They can break when used.

Ranged Strength comparison of standard ammunition

Metals Arrows Brutal arrows Bolts Darts Javelins Knives Throwing axes
Bronze +7 +11 +10 +1 +25 +3 +5
Iron +10 +13 +46 +3 +42 +4 +7
Steel +16 +19 +64 +4 +64 +7 +11
Black N/A +22 N/A +6 N/A +8 N/A
Mithril +22 +34 +82 +7 +85 +10 +16
Adamant +31 +45 +100 +10 +107 +14 +23
Rune +49 +60 +115 +14 +124 +24 +26
Dragon +60 N/A +122 +20 +150 N/A +47

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 https://twitter.com/JagexAsh/status/591194407912669184