Twisted bow

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The twisted bow is a reward from the Chambers of Xeric that requires a Ranged level of 75 to wield. It can fire any type of arrow, including dragon arrows. The twisted bow is extremely valuable due to its unmatched power against monsters with a high magic level, such as Commander Zilyana.

Similar to the crystal bow, the bow has an attack range of 10 tiles. As all attacks have a maximum of 10 range, long range does not provide any attack distance benefit but may still be used to gain Defence XP.

Ironmen who own a twisted bow are advised to fletch amethyst arrows to use as ammunition as opposed to trying to obtain dragon arrows, due to the latter's methods of obtaining being heavily reliant on luck and only slightly greater ranged strength.

Passive effect[edit | edit source]

Unlike other bows that have a set strength, the twisted bow functions differently: the higher the target's Magic level or Magic accuracy is (whichever is higher), the higher the bow's accuracy and damage. The accuracy caps at 140, while the damage caps at 250.[1][2] The Magic level or accuracy caps at 250 outside the Chambers of Xeric, and 350 within.

A graph that shows the accuracy and damage modifiers at different Magic levels. Note that the "buff %" is not an increase: at 100%, the accuracy and damage are normal rather than doubled.

The maximum hit with the twisted bow outside of the Chambers of Xeric is 83 with dragon arrows and 99 Ranged, when using all damage boosting items and effects (ranging potion, Rigour, Ava's assembler, necklace of anguish, and imbued Slayer helmet). In Chambers of Xeric, the maximum hit is 101 with Elite Void Knight equipment and 91 without.

The twisted bow is commonly used against bosses and monsters which have exceptionally high Magic levels, such as Commander Zilyana, brutal black dragons and the Alchemical Hydra, as the bow will have extreme accuracy and damage against them. It additionally works effectively against those with high Magic accuracy even despite their lower Magic level, such as TzKal-Zuk and Nylocas Vasilias/Toxobolos. It may also be devastating against other players in PVP, though it is not often used due to the risk involved.

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat OptionsCombat StyleAttack typesStyleExperienceBoosts
CombatStyles Bow.pngAccurateRangedAccurateRanged and HitpointsAccuracy and Damage
RapidRangedRapidRanged and HitpointsAttack speed by 1 tick
LongrangeRangedLongrangeRanged, Defence, and HitpointsNone

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
12 April 2018

A Magic level cap of 350 was added within the Chambers of Xeric, as the twisted bow performed worse if monsters had a Magic level of over 350, due to the equations acting as parabolas.

26 January 2017

The Magic level cap was removed within the Chambers of Xeric.

19 January 2017

A Magic level cap of 250 was added to the damage calculation, as it was too powerful against some bosses.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In an update on 28 February 2019, a twisted bow spawn was accidentally added east of the Farming Guild. The spawn was hotfixed shortly after the update[3] and the game was rolled back to the time of the update.[4]
  • The twisted bow is similar in function to the Hexhunter bow in RuneScape.
  • The ranger mercenary outside Theatre of Blood wields a twisted bow, and it can be seen in one of the webs hanging in Nylocas Vasilias' room along with its owner. However, this particular bow is a piece of scenery rather than an item. Examining it results in the message "It seems like the owner must've dropped it, how unfortunate!"
  • Upon release, attempting to light a fire after completing Barbarian Firemaking Training resulted in the message "Nothing interesting happens." With the release of the Inferno, the message displayed will now state "It'd be foolish to possibly damage such an expensive bow with a firemaking attempt. You're surprised you only realised this now!"
  • As a result of the twisted bow's introduction, General Graardor's magic level and magic defence bonus were adjusted as the bow originally outperformed other high-end weapons against him.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 29 May 2017. (Archived from the original on 29 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "Outside raids, magic cap at 250 Acc modifier: 140 + (10 * 3 Magic / 10 - 10) / 100 - ((3 Magic / 10 - 100) ^2) / 100 Capped at 140."
  2. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 29 May 2017. (Archived from the original on 29 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "Dmg modifier: 250 + (10 * 3 Magic / 10 - 14) / 100 - ((3 Magic / 10 - 140) ^2) / 100 Capped at 250."
  3. Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 28 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2019.) Old School RuneScape: "A bug involving Twisted Bows and the Farming guild has been hotfixed. Stand by while we assess our next steps. If you have acquired a Twisted Bows from anywhere other than Chambers of Xeric, they will be removed - attempting to sell them may result in action against your account."
  4. The Old School Team. "Bug: Twisted Bows." Old School RuneScape News.