|Base delay (%)||19 (190%)|
|Min delay||10 at 18 skill|
| 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.
This weapon falls into the 'Ranged Weapons' category. It is a two-handed weapon.
Arbalests are powerful ranged weapons, though 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. They are commonly found on yaktaurs around the Vaults, and occassionally by orcs or naga sharpshooters.
Hand crossbows are a flat upgrade, while requiring only one hand to wield. If you want to go heavier, a triple crossbow fires even slower but deals more damage. Longbows fire faster, so typically deal more damage at minimum delay.
- In 0.29, arbalests' stats were nerfed (damage from 18 to 17, accuracy from +2 to -2) and they were affected by the ranged weapons rework that applied to all launchers, including the removal of the dedicated crossbows skill and physical bolts necessary to fire.
- 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|
|Maces & Flails||Club • Demon whip • Dire flail • Eveningstar • Flail • Giant club • Giant spiked club • Great mace • Mace (Hammer) • 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|
|Ranged Weapons||Arbalest • Hand crossbow • Longbow • Shortbow • Sling • Triple crossbow|
|Short Blades||Dagger • Quick blade • Rapier • Short sword|
|Staves||Lajatang • Magical staff • Quarterstaff|
|Throwing||Boomerang • Dart • Javelin • Large rock • Stone • Throwing net|