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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Longbow
Skill Ranged Weapons
Damage 14
Accuracy +0
Base delay (%) 17
Min delay 7 at 20 skill
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? Yes
A long, strong bow made of yew.

"Robyn bent a full goode bowe,
An arrowe he drowe at wyll;
He hit so the proud sherife
Upon the grounde he lay full still."

-_A Gest of Robyn Hode_ Sixth Fytte, l. 120-123. ca. 1450

Longbows are an upgrade over shortbows and orcbows, dealing more damage. They fire faster than arbalests.


Longbows are one of the stronger weapons for a ranged weapons user. At around 16 skill (or higher), a longbow will outdamage an arbalest against a 0 AC target. An arbalest can still be better if it has higher enchantment, but the base delay introduces risks in combat.

Of course, a triple crossbow is more powerful, but it's rarer and requires more skill to reach mindelay.

Mundane Longbow 1.png
Magical Longbow 2.png
Artifact Longbow 3.png
Piercer Longbow piercer.png
Storm bow Longbow storm bow.png
Zephyr Bow of zephyr.png


  • Prior to 0.31, longbows had 13 damage and 16 base delay. Also, it was significantly more likely to find a longbow in the early-mid game (as centaur warriors could have them.)
  • Prior to 0.30, longbows had 12 damage, 17 base delay, and a mindelay of 6.
  • In 0.29, longbows had their damage and mindelay reduced (previously 15 damage, 7 mindelay) . They were affected by the ranged weapons rework that applied to all launchers, including the removal of the dedicated bows skill and arrow requirement.
  • Longbows were introduced in 0.15.
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