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 Cathedral Knight 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..

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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

      01 Feb 2019 12:40  

      I got the crossbow accidentally and on my first encounter killing the cathedral knight for a pyro build with 7 luck, he jumped down from his position to the man grubs, a back stab later I got the crossbow

      • Anonymous

        16 Jan 2019 00:11  

        Might be worth noting that if you shoot the Cathedral Knight in the head from the walkway below and he immediately falls off, he will often drop a great mace, suggesting he needs to switch to the crossbow for it to drop. I haven't gotten the heavy crossbow yet, but I have gotten some heavy bolts - usually only after aggroing him with a shot to the chest before knocking him off with a headshot.

        • Anonymous

          27 Dec 2018 07:54  

          Who ever designed the weapon, and thought it would be a good idea for ONE F***ING knight to wield it the WHOLE GAME is absolutely idiotic . I'm sure that one cathedral knight had it "custom made" for rage

          • Anonymous

            08 Oct 2018 16:05  

            Simply love it. Low str requirements, awesome look and deals good damage. A total different game experience!

            • 07 Sep 2018 14:54  

              If you're on PC, a viable way to obtain this weapon is to quit the game right before the area where the crossbow knight is standing, make a copy of that save file, restart the game and kill the knight. If he doesn't drop the crossbow (or if you die), exit the game and restore your backup save, then repeat as many times as necessary 'till the knight drops the damn thing. It can get tiresome, but it sure beats the hell out of having to make the trip all the way up the roof only for the knight to drop something else, warp back to the bonfire then go up over and over again, with the additional risk of getting killed. I was expecting a dozen attempts or more, but I was pretty damn lucky and got the crossbow on my third try with a lowly 17 Luck, and oddly without using any items or gear that boosts item discovery. I recommend using Hollowslayer Greatsword upgraded to at least 2, as it deals a lot of damage to these guys and can also break their guard with its special skill. Just mind the gap on both sides while engaging.

              • Anonymous

                12 Aug 2018 04:51  

                Fully cocked on any build I have Arbalest is just barely over 20 points more damage on this thing. You can pick a guranteed arbalast up from the last tied steeple on the high path to the rafters, there's some trogladite thralls doing an ambush on the path to it. Heavy Crossbow is a fairly normal grind. You can get it after 10-20 tries. It's not quite the broken strait sword of crossbows or a meme weapon, but it also isn't BAD by any means. If you're going for a crossbow I'd use the Knights Crossbow; it's easy to get, has buff on lightning bolts, and is light. Functionally crossbows make better side arms; though I've seen exactly THREE people running bow builds; and they always alter between Sniper Crossbow and Pharis Black Shortbow, and they were quite skilled to say the least. The best function of a large crossbow like this or Arbalast is to have it as a side arm, equip explosive bolts, and to punish parries with it. Make like you do a lot of running attack and when they show any sign of being ready to parry, the moment you're in close give them a bolt. Believe it or not; you can't parry Crossbows.

                • 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.

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