In OSRS, bolts are the ammunition for crossbows, so they are a must-have for anyone who wants to use long-range weapons.
They are made of metal and feathers. The metal part is made with the Smithing skill, and the feathers are added with the Fletching skill.
You can also get special bolts from monster drops or from shops that sell them.
If an arrow can make or break an adventurer’s career, you won’t believe what these bolts can do. Here are the bolts that I think are the best in Old School RuneScape.
15. Opal bolts
Enchanted opal bolts are opal bolts that have been changed by the Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Opal) spell.
This spell requires level 4 Magic, 1 cosmic and 2 air runes, and changes 10 opal bolts each time it is cast. Bronze bolts are topped with opal bolt tips to make opal bolts.
Enchanted opal bolts have a 5% chance of triggering the Lucky Lightning effect, which causes a lightning bolt to hit your opponent and do extra damage (visible ranged level / 10).
When the Zaryte crossbow is in play, this damage goes up a little (visible ranged level/9). At level 112, extra damage is worth 11.
If the player has finished the Hard Kandarin Diary, the chance that the special effect of an enchanted bolt will happen goes up by 10% (5.5%). This effect is always on, whether or not the headgear is worn.
14. Steel Bolts
You can make these bolts by attaching feathers to unfinished steel bolts with level 46 fletching. Unfinished steel bolts can be made with a steel bar and level 33 smithing.
Other places where you can get these bolts are from Zombie Pirates and Sorebones.
These can be shot with a steel crossbow or any other good crossbow. They aren’t very fancy, but they do what you need them to do.
13. Topaz Bolts
So, you can turn your steel bolts into Topaz Bolts by using Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Red Topaz), which you can do when you have magic level 29.
The Down to Earth effect, which lowers the target’s magic by one level, can be triggered by these bolts.
Topaz bolts are only used in PvP because the effect only works against other players.
12. Mithril Bolts
The level of smithing needed to make these from mithril bars is 53.
Then, use feathers at fletching level 54 to connect the bolts, and you’re good to go.
For ranged training, these bolts are the best choice because they do a good amount of damage and don’t cost too much to make.
And mithril is a great material to work with.
11. Sapphire Bolts
You can upgrade mithril bolts into a lot of different bolts, including this one.
All you need is a sapphire and level 7 Magic.
The Clear Mind effect could be set off by these sapphire bolt designs, which makes them interesting.
This effect not only lowers the target’s Prayer points, but it also takes half of them and adds them to your own Prayer stat.
Like Topaz bolts, Sapphire bolts can only be used in PvP.
10. Emerald Bolts
As the green tips suggest, these bolts are used to poison an opponent.
These have a 55% chance of putting on a debuff called “Magical Poison.” If you finish the Kandarin Diary quest, this chance to use poison can go up to 10%.
Using the spell Enchant Crossbow Bolt, you can turn 10 mithril bolts into emerald bolts (Emerald).
You need to have level 27 magic to do this, but it’s so worth it!
9. Broad-tipped Bolts (Normal)
For crossbows, broad bolts are like adamant bolts for Adamant Crossbows.
They are mostly used against Turoth or Kurasks and need a slayer level of 55.
You can get 250 of these bolts by giving 35 Slayer reward points. Each bolt gives +100 ranged strength.
You can also make these by spending coins to buy unfinished broad bolts and then adding feathers to them.
But keep in mind that you need at least level 55 in fletching to do this.
8. Adamant Bolts
Unlike the broad bolts, you don’t need a certain level of Slayer to use these.
The only thing they need is to be shot from an Adamant Crossbow or any other crossbow with a ranged level of 46 or higher.
You can craft 10 Adamant bolts per one adamantite bar. This means that you’ll have to do a lot of mining.
All you need to start is Smithing Level 73. You can also get them when Iron Dragons or Skeleton Wyverns drop them.
7. Broad-tipped Bolts (Amethyst)
Broad bolts with amethyst are better than the old ones.
These require quite a bit to use: It can only be shot from a few weapons, like the Armadyl crossbow, the Dragon crossbow, and the Runite Dragon Hunter.
The Slayer level is 65, and the Ranged level is 61.
Turoth and Kurasks are killed with these broad bolts powered by amethyst. Or just about anything else.
You can easily make 10 of these by adding amethyst bolt tips to broad bolts using level 76 fletching.
6. Runite Bolts
Only the armadyl or the rune crossbow can fire rutine bolts.
You need a ranged level of 61 to use these, but they are pretty strong.
Runite bolts are expensive, so they are usually only used in important situations like boss fights or PVP.
With smithing level 88, you can make 10 unfinished rune bolts out of one runite bar.
Then, to add feathers and use them in battle, you’ll need to raise your fletching level to 60.
5. Ruby Bolts
You can make these powerful bolts by using the Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Ruby) spell to give Adamant bolts tips made of ruby.
To make 10 ruby bolts, you need level 49 magic, a blood rune, a cosmic rune, and five fire runes. And if you shoot a lot, they will go by quickly.
Ruby is the colour of blood, so these bolts can deal 10% more damage depending on how many Hit Points the target has.
This is very useful, but you should know that the most damage it can do is 100.
These bolts are great for killing Black Dragons and Bosses like Kre’arra and Commander Zilyana from the Gods Wars Dungeons, who have a lot of health.
4. Diamond Bolts
To get these, you just need to use the right spell on adamant bolts and diamond.
They look great and shoot just as well, so if you hunt a lot, you should definitely keep these around.
To make this bolt, you need a magic skill of level 57, a cosmic rune, two law runes, and 10 earth runes.
There is a chance that these jewel-enchanted runes will increase the maximum hit by 15% and ignore the target’s defence.
A big deal if you’re fighting against knights with a lot of armour.
3. Dragonstone Bolts
Use the spell Enchant Crossbow Bolt to give your runite bolts the power of the dragon’s breath (Dragonstone).
Because of this, you’ll get these useful bolts that have a chance to hit the target with Dragonfire.
This can do a lot of damage to targets with low defences or that aren’t protected by anti-dragon or anti-fire effects.
But you shouldn’t use these bolts if you want to fight dragons or other fire-type creatures.
As the name suggests, they don’t work as well on those enemies.
2. Dragon Bolts
Dragon bolts are the only kind of bolt that can’t be made by smithing.
So, these are definitely some of the rarest bolts you can find in RuneScape.
You can only get these kinds of unfinished bolts from adamant dragons, rune dragons, or Vorkath.
You’ll also need a level 84 fletching skill to add feathers to these before you can use them with some crossbows.
They are very hard to find and very strong, so you might want to keep a few around just in case. Or you could keep some of them as a souvenir.
They’ll probably get a good price at the market as well.
1. Enchanted Onyx Bolts
There is a 10% chance that these bolts will cause the Life Leech effect, which does 20% more damage and heals you for 25% of the damage done.
Really, these bolts are great. Just to be able to use them, you should raise your magic level.
The effect only works on living targets, so it doesn’t work on things like zombies and revenants that are no longer alive. Still, it’s a good idea to get some if you can.
Because these bolts are too expensive to use often, most players only use them in very important battles where they can give them a huge advantage.
And if you think about it, onyx bolts might be the answer to a quest you can’t solve.
As a side note, these items can also be dropped by corporeal beasts, so go out and start hunting.