|A compact piece of machinery, used for firing bolts. It takes some time to load and fire.|
The hand crossbow is the smallest weapon in the Crossbows family. Unlike its larger cousins it can be operated with only one hand, allowing for the use of a shield, but it's still a cumbersome weapon in its own right. Its mindelay cannot be brought any lower than 1.0 no matter how high your Crossbows skill becomes. Regardless, it's still a potent weapon, dealing significantly more damage than shortbows or hunting slings in the early game, even if you're shooting much slower.
If you're willing to train your Crossbows skill up to 18, you may wish to upgrade to an arbalest for a very significant boost in damage output. However, doing so will require you to abandon use of a shield in your offhand (unless you are playing as a formicid).
In very old versions of DCSS, the hand crossbow was a one-handed ranged weapon which fired darts.
|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 • Rod • 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||Blowgun (Needle) • Javelin • Large rock • Stone • Throwing net • Tomahawk|