The rune crossbow is a crossbow requiring 61 Ranged to wield. It can fire up to and including Runite bolts. It is equipable with a shield, a great advantage for player killing, and fighting monsters such as dragons which require an anti-dragon shield. The crossbow has an attack range of 7. Longrange increases attack range by 2.
A common method for Ironmen to obtain a rune crossbow without the requirements to create one is by defeating the Crazy archaeologist. The rune crossbow is commonly used among low level and Ironman Mode players to complete the TzHaar Fight Cave due to its low price or ease of access, as well is its very cheap ammunition. You can also obtain this item from elite clues.
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.