Heavy Crossbow

72 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
- icon-wp_stability.png -
icon_weight.png 4.5
Requirements & Bonus
14 8 - -
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weapon_type-icon.jpg Crossbows damage_type-icon.jpg none
skill-icon.jpg Tackle icon_fp_cost.png 7 (-/-)

Heavy Crossbow is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A large, powerful crossbow. Must be readied before firing.

Bolts must be equipped in order to use crossbows.
Up to two kinds of bolts can be equipped at a time, and these can be switched as necessary

Skill: Tackle
Lunge into a shoulder tackle, pushing back enemies to create distance.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.

Location/Where to Find

  • Dropped by the Knight of the Deep situated atop the x-shaped rafters above the Cathedral of the Deep. To get here, you need to take one of the elevators outside of the "Cleansing Bonfire" all the way up. Then you need to drop down on top of the beam 'walkways', and run all the way up, then go inside the main building from one of the openings in the wall. The crossbow will drop from the singular knight wielding the weapon on the left side of the rafters.
  • The easiest way to farm for this item is to equip any bow, but preferably one with decent range; start from Rosaria's Bedchamber bonfire, run past the mangrubs, kill the mangrub mage next to the lever or he'll shoot at you, walk about 3/4 across the bridge that patches then turn and face the direction you came from. From this position, look up and to the right, the knight that drops the crossbow should be visible behind the edge of the chandelier; shoot him in the head, he'll fall off, and if you can see an item drop jump down and grab it, the silver cat ring is a good idea for this, as it's a very painful drop and you're probably wearing symbol of avarice..

Moveset and Videos:

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Heavy Crossbow Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 72 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +1 90 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +2 108 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +3 126 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +4 144 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +5 162 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +6 180 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +7 198 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +8 216 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +9 234 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +10 252 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

    • Anonymous

      18 Nov 2017 14:27  

      Is this a wiki error, or anyone noticed that it is the only crossbow with no critical stat ? I dunno if that really matter, but I used to think that the critical modifier applies at least on the counter damages from the bolts (and maybe headshots ?). Taking that in consideration, it would make this weapon even worse (despite the fact I absolutly love it)

      • Anonymous

        22 Sep 2017 15:32  

        Ok, so I'm going to lay it down just in case some noob still hasn't beaten this game like a thousand times.... DO NOT FARM THIS ITEM!!! IT IS A BAD ITEM!!!
        If you want a heavy-hitting crossbow, you have to be enough of a man to pick up the Arbalest but you'll be holding yourself back by the sheer weight that doesn't give you ANYTHING aside from 27 (yes, 27) AR. In this game there's only one crossbow that's efficient enough to even consider it as an option, and that's the Light Crossbow. Now, STOP WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING TO FARM A T4 ITEM WHEN YOU CAN BUY THE T2 VERSION FROM THE HANDMAID

        • 12 Jul 2017 01:58  

          The only good thing about this crossbow is that he weight less,only that, - 1.5 kg then Arbalest,but Arbalest has 26 more damage.You would mostly use it for fun or because of weight.

          • Anonymous

            04 Jun 2017 20:07  

            Got it in 4 tries with Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Gold Serpent Ring+3 and Crystal Sage's Rapier. I used the Milwood Greatbow (not even upgraded), but any Greatbow should be fine as this one has the lowest range. From Rosaria's Bed Chamber bonfire I walked across the bridge past Patches untill I could aim high enough for his head. From here you can just shoot him in the head and he'll fall off (you can shoot through the chandelier). Equip the Silvercat Ring to negate fall damage when you jump after him.

            • Anonymous

              06 May 2017 17:58  

              One of, if not, the most dangerous items you can farm in this game. One wrong move and you die, plummeting to your end. The knight has around 550 HP and is very resistant to being pushed. Farm at your own risk and only after using and/or spending all souls you plan on getting for a while.

              • Anonymous

                24 Apr 2017 19:16  

                Every single time I try to farm this the knight drops an item but he falls through the floor so I'm completely *****ed.

                • Anonymous

                  16 Apr 2017 09:31  

                  Equip the dragonslayer greataxe, wield it two handed with the crystal sage rapier. Use the item for farming like covetous gold serpent ring, rusted coin, symbol of avarice. Start from cleansing chapel go up with the elevator to the knight punish it with the skill of the weapon. EASY

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Dec 2016 16:09  

                    I tried various methods of farming this weapon - duking out on the rafters, shooting it off with a greatbow, luring it off the rafters to the wall area for safer fighting - and I found the easiest way was to just have a ranged fight on the rafters. Stay just far enough for it to not aggro and run after you with its mace, shoot it with an upgraded bow or crossbow, and just strafe a few feet to the left or right to dodge its bolts. Pop a rusted coin before you land the finishing strike, and of course be certain to have the crystal sage rapier offhand, and a symbol of avarice and covetous gold serpent ring if you can manage it. Collect the drops in perfect safety, and roll down to Rosaria's bonfire to warp back to the cleansing chapel. I believe this method is best for people like me who have a superstitious fear that if the enemy only drops the weapon that it's wielding at the time of death... I don't believe that's EVER how it's worked (thinking of the bow and sword wielding silver knights in DkS1) but it's nice to be absolutely certain.

                    • Anonymous

                      dumb farming method03 Sep 2016 19:35  

                      I tried the method from above and it's BS i can't see ***** because of the giant lamp in front of me and if i walk too far i'll permanently lose him he'll be invisible and he can still shoot me if a F it up

                      • Anonymous

                        Was it worth it17 Jul 2016 09:48  

                        The pain of getting this crossbow. If it wasn't for me having insane damage with bows and crossbows I would have let this go.

                        • Anonymous

                          Suggested Farming Method08 Jul 2016 07:16  

                          Every time I tried, I had absolutely no view on the knight from the spot they posted about in the page. Had to go the long way from the Clensing Chapel instead.

                          • Anonymous

                            Droprate01 Jul 2016 00:42  

                            I got the x-bow with around 15 trys. Even if the knight wears the x-box, he also can drop the mace for whatever reason.

                            • Anonymous

                              Greatbow makes everything easier with the described farm method!29 Jun 2016 17:56  

                              Just took me less than 10 tries to get that crossbow with the method described above :DBut I had to use a greatbow. There are "lines" on the "Patches bridge", btw, and if you go to the last 2 lines, you'll have a good sight on the knight.Just try to aim for his head or a bit above that and he'll "really" fall down. If he drops something, just equip your Silver cat ring and you'll suffer no damage by jumping down. Of course, it is highly recommended to have the Symbol of Avarice and the Crystal Sage Dagger equipped. Coins could also help. But yeah, I got it in under 10 tries, so good luck with this method :)

                              • Anonymous

                                such a shame19 Jun 2016 18:42  

                                I used the heavy crossbow religiously in DS2. Sucks to find out it is almost impossible to get in this game and is not really special at all.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Ahh the satisfaction..!08 Jun 2016 17:11  

                                  Got this in about 70 something tries using nothing but rusted coins. Just don't loose hope guys, YOU WILL GET IT.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    How Strange05 Jun 2016 17:07  

                                    Anyone else find the existence of this weapon totally bizarre? It's one of only two entirely new crossbow models unique to Dark Souls III, and it has a pretty nice design, but it is a rare drop from a very singular (and potentially difficult to farm) mob enemy, barely distinguishable from the rank and file of the other cathedral knights. And it's a mere leisurely stroll away from a guaranteed Arbalest, a crossbow that is superior in nearly every way. What a waste of such a neat weapon model... Makes one think this was an oversight.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Farming method20 May 2016 09:59  

                                      Here's a video of how I did it. Make sure you don't get too close because he will switch to a mace and you'll probably get that instead of the crossbow. I realized this after getting 20 mace drops. When I kept my distance he dropped the crossbow in my third try:

                                      • Anonymous

                                        farming tip11 May 2016 19:28  

                                        Theirs an easier way to farm for this item. farming build: weapons L1 shield of want, L2 black bow of pharis,R1 irithyll rapier. fire arrows selected. rings sun princess ring, ring of favor +~, both the gold and silver covetous serpent ring selected. also the symbol of avarice helm selected with whatever else you fancy. anyways start from the rosarias bed chamber bf and make youre way to the drop bridge to the 2nd crack before the other side. turn around and look upwards towards the closest x shape rafters on the left arm for the 1st knight. then aim for the head to knock that betch off. then back track to ledge right before the side with the lever and patches. while youre on on the ledge look upwards beward the next set of x shape rafters on the left arm for the 2nd knight and aim for head again. go to the lever to lower the drop bridge to use as way down to collect items if dropped. afterwards use a coiled sword or homeward bone to the last bf. continue this until item is yours! [T]/ love phyxium

                                        • Anonymous

                                          im pretty sure we all wished he would hand it automatically on death10 May 2016 15:12  

                                          so we could just bait him to fall without the need to pickup the loot from the bottom of the church

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