Heavy Crossbow

72 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
- icon-wp_stability.png -
icon_weight.png 4.5
Aux None Range 50
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

Upgraded with regular titanite

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

    • 16 Apr 2017 03:31  

      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

      • 04 Dec 2016 10:09  

        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.

        • dumb farming method03 Sep 2016 13:35  

          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<br/><br/>

          • Suggested Farming Method08 Jul 2016 01:16  

            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.

            • Greatbow makes everything easier with the described farm method!29 Jun 2016 11:56  

              Just took me less than 10 tries to get that crossbow with the method described above :D<br/>But 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.<br/>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 :)<br/>

              • such a shame19 Jun 2016 12:42  

                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.

                • How Strange05 Jun 2016 11:07  

                  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.

                  • Farming method20 May 2016 03:59  

                    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:<br/>

                    • farming tip11 May 2016 13:28  

                      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

                      • im pretty sure we all wished he would hand it automatically on death10 May 2016 09:12  

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

                        • This vs Arbalest02 May 2016 20:39  

                          Doesn't seem to be much point in this compared to the much more easily obtained arbalest. The arbalest has better damage and the same range, so the heavy crossbow's only advantage is that it weighs 1.5 less and doesn't require as much strength... I guess it might be useful for a low strength build that still wants arbalest-like performance (would need 10 vs 12 if you two-hand it), but outside of that niche it just seems inferior<br/><br/>This assumes, of course, that the rate of fire is identical, although I don't have the heavy crossbow to test that out.

                          • Browssbow01 May 2016 15:40  

                            I see why this item is so hard to find, now. It's a rare and valuable "browssbow," one of the most secret black projects, meant to surpass crossbows.

                            • Seriously...26 Apr 2016 16:48  

                              Would someone use their brain for something useful and describe the location of the ONLY knight that drops this? "X-themed rooftops" is a really vague and useless description.

                              • Heavy Crossbow24 Apr 2016 14:57  

                                I noticed the knights from cathedral have way less HP and have red instead of blue garments compared to the ones in the garden. While I have gotten the same loot from both so far, I havent had any luck with the crossbow specifically. Can someone confirm where he/she got a drop between those two?

                                • Testing24 Apr 2016 13:31  

                                  After testing the drop of this weapon with a cheat that made every drop chance to be 100%, i noticed it only drops from the cathedral knight which is in the X-themed rooftops, the one that has a crossbow, any other cathedral knight, or consumed garden or lothric castle knight dont drop this, after testing without the cheat and with 114 ID(thief base ID) it took me 13 attemps to get it, so its rare and drops just from 1 mob, have luck getting it!

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