Crossbows are a type of Weapon in Dark Souls 3. These Weapons usually do moderate damage and have less range than Bows. They are generally more close ranged weapons, allowing players to "shoot from the hip" and reload on the move without entering a two-handed stance. These weapons do not scale with stats, and as a result are less useful on consecutive NG+ runs. Crossbows use Bolts.

 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Range / Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From

Light Crossbow

64

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

100

-

  -

10

-

8

-

0

-

0

-

42

45

3.0

7( -/ -)

Tackle

Dropped by the Undeads with Crossbows at the High Wall of Lothric.
Sold by Greirat of the Undead Settlement.

Knight's Crossbow

40

-

0

-

0

-

40

-

0

-

100

-

  -

 12

-

 8

-

 0

-

-

42

50

4.0

7( -/ -)

Tackle

Lothric knight drop

Arbalest

78

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

100

-

  -

18

-

 8

-

 0

-

 0

-

50

50

6.0

7 (-/-)

Tackle

Cathedral of the Deep

Sniper Crossbow

Sniper Crossbow

70

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

100

-

  -

 18

-

 16

-

0

-

0

-

59

55

7.5

7 (-/-)

Tackle

Looted from a corpse at the top of a gatehouse just before the dragons in Lothric Castle

Avelyn

Avelyn

64

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

100

-

  -

16

-

14

-

-

-

-

-

35

35

7.5

7 (-/-)

Tackle

Grand Archives

Heavy Crossbow

72

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

100

-

  -

14

-

8

-

-

-

-

-

50

55

4.5

7 (-/-)

Tackle

Dropped by the crossbow-wielding knight in Cathedral of the Deep

 ds3-repeating_crossbow

Repeating Crossbow

83

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

100

-

 

-

 

16

-

 20

-

-

-

-

-

 20

7.5

-(13/13)

Repeat Fire

Transposed with Soul of Slave Knight Gael

 




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    • Anonymous

      23 Aug 2021 20:20  

      If you rely on Xbox you have no skill in the game. And I happily will use CE to send you to ng+ for a ban. You are a blight in this world and not worth anyone's time. Losers

      • Anonymous

        27 Jul 2021 20:14  

        Why are you hating on how the ppl uses crossbows (baiting, holding the button until you get close, 2 avelyns, etc...) when there really isn't another way to use them? they re completely useless in the majority of situations, *****ing about them when they re worse than throwing knifes is just asinine. They are really expensive to use, deals sht damage in general and their weapon art is the 2nd most useless in the game, the 1rst being cleric candlestick's wa.

        • Anonymous

          29 Jun 2021 18:11  

          Ppl complaining about crossbows being held as if crossbows weren't pathetic enough on their own. Stop crying and block with your shield or weapon, or maybe stop them from reloading.

          • Anonymous

            10 Jun 2021 16:53  

            Crossbows (and certain spells) should simply not be allowed to be held indefinitely. Hope Elden Ring fixes that

            • Anonymous

              22 Apr 2021 15:47  

              If you use a crossbow, and only a crossbow, you are equally as pathetic as a PKCS user who posts comments about how good PKCS is.

              • Anonymous

                09 Mar 2020 01:06  

                Pro tip: holding the triggger builds up damage slowly. If held long enough, it may do about 5 times the normal damage. Don't believe me? Try it out in some invasions and watch the host roll around all over the place. They know.

                • Anonymous

                  10 Jan 2020 11:55  

                  The one and only crossbow that could wreck havoc is stranded in smouldering lake. I wish we could find it again in the dreg heap for the demon prince

                  • Anonymous

                    13 May 2019 15:03  

                    Its such cancer when you get invaded by a guy that uses a crosbow AND ONLY CROSBOW through the entire fight. Yes its good and hard to counter for alot of ppl and pretty strong overall etc. etc. But fighting only with this***** makes you pretty much a coward and shows that you cant fight normally(true or not). Ik youre having fun and all but most of ppl who do this end up crying how the game is toxic/sending hatemail/blaming others for ruining their fun. Use it if you want idc but dont be a hypocrite and realize youre being a cancer for other players. (Sry if i messed up my grammar)

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Mar 2019 18:46  

                      I found a good friede exploit, when she goes invisible in the first phase to charge her death attack, you can approach her until she's visible and headshot her, then backaway far enough that she becomes invisible again as she's staggered, once she's invisible she'll try to charge her attack again and you can approache her again and headshot her again, I was able to chain headshot her up to 5-6 times with my +10 arbalest.

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Feb 2019 17:31  

                        Crossbows are good for pvp and pve alike you just have to use them in the right way, besides they can kill pussy hosts with tears pretty well.

                        • Anonymous

                          04 Feb 2019 13:37  

                          You guys need to get with the times, i see all these people saying crossbows suck when in reality they're meta af... I'm going to sound like a tryhard, but it really just comes down to that you all don't know what you're doing or talking about. Get on youtube and you can find a video of all the pvpers using an off hand crossbow. What're you all TALKING about?

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Nov 2018 14:16  

                            Such a shame the crossbows are even weaker than regular bows. NG run with pure crossbows is still viable and what I'm doing now but I suspect you can't even carry enough bolts for mid to late game bossfights in NG+3 or so. Heck, Demon Prince is probably out of the question even in NG...

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Jul 2018 16:22  

                              The freeaim exploding bolts are cheesy as hell, using "they're just a tactic put in the game" isn't a valid argument. All the other cheese methods are "put in the game" too. The only reliable counter to this is a good shield, but it's not like you're going to be turtling the entire time and the bolts will do chip damage. Not to mention if you're cosplaying/don't use a shield. No, rushing isn't a viable counter, not willing to argue that, it's idiotic to even bring up. Aim at your feet. There is a reason it's so ez to land hits with this, the aoe is retarded. Quickstep daggers are easier to handle, but still a cheese method, just a more manageable cheese method. People don't quickstep as a strategy, they quickstep when they're low on hp and you pissed them off. There're VERY few actual quicksteppers. Honestly, it's the same with exploding bolt users, you get some guy to low hp and he whips out his exploding bolts and does like 200+ damage each hit with very easy to land hits. Even the guys who start out using the exploding bolts at the beginning of your fight don't refrain from just freeaiming literally the ENTIRE fight. It's not "just a strategy"... Clearly. To argue otherwise is ignoring reality.

                              • Anonymous

                                29 May 2018 09:29  

                                I always use a crossbow In my left hand at all times, just In case I have to go against someone who seems that they can parry, I just fill them with arrows until they become really aggressive and put their shield or other parry tool away.

                                • Anonymous

                                  09 May 2018 12:30  

                                  @those guys who troll with explosive bolts: please stop. Please. Jesus Christ. Putting the trolls aside, i love when i'm reking someone and they get salty AF so they literally put up their entire fighting style and cheese me with explosive bolts, it's funny. At that point i just run the clock. Same with the people who do the same thing, but with a quickstep dagger, lol.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    10 Mar 2018 21:35  

                                    Universally useful tools on pretty much any character.

                                    Not much stat-investment required for a relatively strong ranged option that can be used one-handed for quick shots on openings or to finish off a weakened enemy. Can also go two-handed for sniping/luring enemies in. Plus Explosive Bolts basically grant you a Firebomb that you can shoot in a straight line, or manual aim it to the floor for splash damage on a nearby enemy. That or Splintering Bolts to build up bleed/nearly guarantee a finisher on barely surviving enemies since the splinters spread into such a wide area. Great for PvE, great for PvP.

                                    The only case where you shouldn't have one of these equipped is due to weight overload or just the fact that your build heavily focuses on other ranged options instead, like magic for example. Otherwise it's pretty much essential to at least have the option for added utility that ANYONE can access.

                                    You can choose not to have one despite all this, but in my book that's just limiting your character for the sake of... nothing? Come to think of it, why DON'T people use these more often? Blows my mind. 10/10 would shoot again.

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