| A large piece of machinery used for firing bolts, braced with steel and cranked with a windlass. It takes some time to load and fire.
"(TELL enters with his crossbow)
-Friedrich Schiller, _Wilhelm Tell_, IV, iii. 1804.
Arbalests are powerful ranged weapons, capable of launching bolts for high damage and with excellent accuracy. However, the complexity of their design gives them a significantly lower rate of fire than bows: it takes nearly two normal-speed turns to fire them without training, and even with sufficient skill, they'll never achieve a mindelay better than 1.0.
Unless you happen to find a very nice shield for your offhand, wielders of a hand crossbow should eventually upgrade to one of these once they get near 18 Crossbows skill, as the jump in damage output is very significant. Later switching to a triple crossbow may be worthwhile if you're willing to put a lot of experience into the skill, but is by no means necessary; an well-enchanted, well-branded arbalest is a very capable ranged weapon.
Do note that crossbows tend to be uncommon early in the game; until you start fighting yaktaurs around the Vaults, your only source of crossbow-type weapons and bolts will be those you find lying around on the floor, gifts from Okawaru or Trog, or the occasional orc or kobold.
- Prior to 0.18, the Damnation unrand was called Hellfire.
- Prior to 0.15, Crossbows only contained one type of weapon called the crossbow. They were split into arbalests, hand crossbows, and triple crossbows.
|Axes||Battleaxe • Broad axe • Executioner's axe • Hand axe • War axe|
|Bows||Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)|
|Crossbows||Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)|
|Maces & Flails||Club • Demon whip • Dire flail • Eveningstar • Flail • Giant club • Giant spiked club • Great mace • Mace • Morningstar • Sacred scourge • Whip|
|Long Blades||Demon blade • Double sword • Eudemon blade • Falchion • Great sword • Long sword • Scimitar • Triple sword|
|Polearms||Bardiche • Demon trident • Glaive • Halberd • Scythe • Spear • Trident • Trishula|
|Short Blades||Dagger • Quick blade • Rapier • Short sword|
|Slings||Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)|
|Staves||Lajatang • Magical staff • Quarterstaff|
|Throwing||Boomerang • Dart • Javelin • Large rock • Stone • Throwing net|