The Crossbow is a ranged Weapon in Spelunky 2. It can be bought from shops, and is a favorite of many NPCs.
The Crossbow is a ranged weapon that shoots a single arrow. This Arrow will function as if it was thrown with a Pitcher's Mitt, flying unaffected by gravity. Arrows must be retrieved by the player to reload the weapon, which then happens automatically when walking near potential ammo while holding the Crossbow.
Crossbows come preloaded with metal arrows, but may also be loaded with standard stone arrows. The crossbow found in the Stars Challenge is always loaded with an arrow of stone, and is the only crossbow that has this property.
When a metal arrow fired from a crossbow comes into contact with a wall it will remain lodged for several seconds and can be used as a platform before falling down after about 3 seconds. It is also possible to load a regular arrow into crossbow, which do not stick into walls, instead bouncing away.
When the crossbow is used to fire the Arrow of Light, the crossbow will be destroyed. and the player will be stunned backward. The Arrow of Light itself will simply bounce forward with its trajectory in the shape of a parabola.
If the crossbow is not loaded, it may be thrown like a standard item.