Heavy Crossbow

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- 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, head to the "Cleansing Chapel" Bonfire, and exit the shortcut on the left hand side of the room. Take the elevator up, and climb the ladder just outside and to the left of the crossbow-wielding undead. Behind the deacon in this room will be a broken wall. Go there and then drop down on top of the beam 'walkways', and run all the way up. To your right, the first entrance inside will be just beside where the thrall climbs up, and is typically guarded by a patrolling large halberd-wielding undead. Inside, 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, but kill the mangrub mage next to the lever or he'll shoot at you. Walk about 3/4 across the bridge that Patches lowered, 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, and 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 mitigates fall damage. It's a very painful drop, and you're probably wearing Symbol of Avarice to boost item discovery rates.

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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)

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    • Anonymous

      14 Aug 2021 20:21  

      So, for anyone farming for this, and using the bridge method, instead of just jumping off the bridge, I recommend going back to the lever, pulling it so the bridge lowers, and rolling onto it as it goes down. Much less damage taken. Then just use a shortcut to the cleansing chapel bonfire, travel to the rosaria bonfire, and just raise the bridge again to reset

      • Anonymous

        01 Aug 2021 18:03  

        So personally i think this crossbow is dope af.
        As a crossbow enthusiast and lover, this crossbow really hit different when it comes to Range/Power,
        Mostly in PVP it can be a really great tool for when you got somebody who is tanking, like your friend or another spirit,Heck sometimes even great using it while the host Of embers is busy with the beefy mobs.
        Though the drop rate is extremely low for it.
        Had to farm 4-5 hours for it but in the end for me at least it really worth it, i replaced knight’s crossbow with this a huge boost to my damage output but kind of heavy.

        • Anonymous

          02 Aug 2020 07:55  

          Top 3 pain in the ass drops and statistically worse than the Arbalest, and weighs more than the light and knight crossbow.

          Cmmon From.

          • Anonymous

            06 Jul 2020 15:46  

            Got it on my third attempt with no luck-boost whatsoever. Farmed it again on another character and got it first try. Stop complaining, it's not that rare.

            • Anonymous

              16 Jun 2020 23:59  

              Took me 20-something tries with 50 luck, symbol of avarice, crystal rapier, gold serpant ring +3, and rusted coins. Thank you, Miyazaki.

              • Anonymous

                04 Apr 2020 04:46  

                Dropped for me after about 7 kills with 10 Luck and Crystal Sage's Rapier. Also got the Cathedral Knight's Armor and 2 Cathedral Knight Greatswords. Started from the Cleansing Chapel, getting to the roof is quite quick. 100 % recommend.

                • Anonymous

                  23 Jan 2020 06:43  

                  Absolutely worth it, disregard everyone who calls it irrelevant and purposeless, you have aesthetics on your side. True fashion souls should be an extension of you, in the form of a crossbow bolt, fashionably impacting the face of your enemy who dared to call your weapon stupid

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Nov 2019 11:18  

                    The farming method mentioned here is NOT effective. As soon as you get across to even be able to Target his head he deloads and disappears, if you do manage to find the sweet spot before he deloads good luck targeting his head through the chandelier. Hitting him anywhere else aggros him and his bolts will knock you off, then he'll duck to reload it and miss your shot you do manage to get off. 10/10 pain in the ass, you're better off just running up there from cleansing chapel sniping across the rafters and making your way down. Takes bout as long as the bull*****method mentioned above.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Oct 2019 02:45  

                      The Arbalest has about 8-9% more damage. However, this thing is lighter and requires less strength. So it's a trade off, and I find myself happy I bothered to farm it so I'd have one in my inventory. Certain min/maxed builds require a bit of an economic trade off for more tools and capabilities.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Sep 2019 13:24  

                        Realy good weapon for low level invasions...and perfect for a non twink hunter build ! Extremly overlooked for ist Purpose....

                        • Anonymous

                          29 May 2019 17:06  

                          i just started farming this the other day and i got it in just 2 attempts. WHAT?? ive tried farming this before on other characters and only got it once ever, after countless attempts. couldnt believe my eyes honestly. just had to announce this

                          • Anonymous

                            28 May 2019 22:14  

                            Yeah as someone trying to get all the weapons can I just ask why the ***** THIS IS SO DAMN RARE? I have 10 luck, symbol of avarice, gold serpent +3, and a crystal sage rapier and it still took at least 50 kills to get. The *****er even managed to drop a helmet, great mace, shield, heavy bolts, and a titanite shard all at the same time before he dropped this. As a couple notes for others going through this crap I would go from the Rosaria's Bed Chamber bonfire and snipe him off like it says above and I did NOT have to hit him once to get him to switch to the crossbow or anything. Just one shot to the head to get him to fall. Hopefully you all have much better luck.

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Feb 2019 06:40  

                              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

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