The crossbow is a very effective weapon in Middle-earth. However, like most other weapons, there are advantages and disadvantages to using it. The loading time is considerably slower than a regular bow, as it first has to be "locked and loaded" but it can deal an extreme amount of damage per shot, and can be shot instantly once loaded.


Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Crossbows are very different from bows. They can be charged by holding right-click for a much longer period of time, and afterwards, it does not fire automatically. Upon clicking a second time, the crossbow fires. This means one can carry a loaded crossbow and shoot it instantly. A useful tactic is to carry several loaded crossbows for rapid fire. As of Public Beta 21, crossbows have a sound when loaded. Note that it is difficult to walk and load at the same time, and that a player's forward walking speed will be reduced to that of sneaking until loading is complete. Walking with a loaded crossbow as of Public Beta 30 will slow your movement speed.

The ammunition used for crossbows are crossbow bolts, just as arrows are used for bows. All crossbows fire at the same speed, which comes to around 16 rounds per minute.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Crossbows can be crafted on a vanilla crafting table with the exception of the Uruk crossbow. Also they are sold by various traders.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

All crossbows require three sticks, two string, and four ingots to make. All of them except for the Uruk crossbow are made on the normal crafting table. The Uruk crossbow must be made on the Uruk crafting table.

List of Crossbows
Crafting Recipe Durability Stats

Bronze Crossbow[edit | edit source]

The bronze crossbow is more powerful than an ordinary bow, but is still the weakest of all the crossbows. Some Gundabad Orc archers wield this weapon in place of a bow.

vanilla crafting recipe
Crafting
Bronze Ingot
String
any stick
Bronze Ingot
any stick
String
any stick
Bronze Ingot
Bronze Ingot
Bronze Crossbow
288
Draw Time (ticks) Ranged Damage Range
50 12-21 ( 12  12  to  21  21  21 ) 100%


Iron Crossbow[edit | edit source]

Some Gundabad Orc archers wield the iron crossbow. It is also the weapon of choice of the Vintner Guard crossbowers.

vanilla crafting recipe
Crafting
Iron Ingot
String
any stick
Iron Ingot
any stick
String
any stick
Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot
Iron Crossbow
313
Draw Time (ticks) Ranged Damage Range
50 12-21 ( 12  12  to  21  21  21 ) 100%


Mithril Crossbow[edit | edit source]

The mithril crossbow is the strongest and most enchantable crossbow, and the second-strongest ranged weapon in the game, only beaten by a thrown mithril spear. Naturally, however, it is balanced by the sheer rarity of the mithril required in order to craft it.

vanilla crafting recipe
Crafting
Mithril Ingot
String
any stick
Mithril Ingot
any stick
String
any stick
Mithril Ingot
Mithril Ingot
Mithril Crossbow
3001
Draw Time (ticks) Ranged Damage Range
50 16-28 ( 16  16  to  28  28  28 ) 130%


Uruk Crossbow[edit | edit source]

The Uruk crossbow is stronger than the iron crossbow, but weaker than the mithril variant. This crossbow is the weapon of choice for Uruk crossbowers. Some Isengard Snaga archers may also wield this weapon.

Uruk crafting recipe
Uruk Crafting
Uruk Steel Ingot
String
any stick
Uruk Steel Ingot
any stick
String
any stick
Uruk Steel Ingot
Uruk Steel Ingot
Uruk Crossbow
688
Draw Time (ticks) Ranged Damage Range
50 14-24 ( 14  14  to  24  24  24 ) 110%


Drops[edit | edit source]

Iron and bronze crossbows can be found as a semi-rare drop from Vintner Guard crossbowers, Isengard Snaga archers or some Gundabad Orc archers. Uruk crossbowers can drop their Uruk crossbow on rare occasions.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Uruk crossbows can be purchased from an Uruk trader for 14-23 ( 14  14  to  23  23 ). The iron crossbow can be purchased from the Blacksmith of Rohan, Dúnedain Blacksmith, Dalish Blacksmith and the Blacksmith of Gondor for 11-19 ( 11  11  to  19  19 ). The mithril and bronze crossbows can currently not be purchased from any trader.

NPCs with crossbows[edit | edit source]

As stated before, Vintner Guard crossbowers, Isengard Snaga archers, Gundabad Orc archers, and Uruk crossbowers may spawn wielding a crossbow. Crossbowers do not shoot nearly as quickly as normal NPCs, but they are capable of dealing significantly more damage per shot; 6 ( 6 ) per shot is not at all uncommon for a crossbower. As a result, players would do well to try to dodge the bolts, as even a well-armed and armoured player can lose a lot of health to these units very quickly. If an NPC is wielding a crossbow instead of a bow, it will drop bolts instead of arrows.

A Uruk crossbower in the fields of Rohan.

Arrows and Bolts[edit | edit source]

Orkish and Near Harad factions, as well as Half-trolls can craft poisoned arrows and bolts on their crafting tables.

Orkish or Haradric crafting recipe
Orkish or Haradric Crafting
Arrow
Arrow
Bottle of Poison
Arrow
Arrow
Poisoned Arrow
4

 

Orkish or Haradric crafting recipe
Orkish or Haradric Crafting
Crossbow Bolt
Crossbow Bolt
Bottle of Poison
Crossbow Bolt
Crossbow Bolt
Poisoned Crossbow Bolt
4


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