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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.

The crossbow's included metal arrow deals 2 damage, but is also capable of killing Vampires (and Vlad) in a single shot.

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.

Hou Yi's Bow functions identically to the crossbow, with the exception that it can properly fire the Arrow of Light without breaking.

If the crossbow is not loaded, it may be thrown like a standard item.

Crossbows are the weapon of choice for many NPCs, and some of them will even tip their metal arrows with poison. Below is a list of every NPC who can be found using a crossbow for self defense:

Note that Tun has the special ability of magically spawning more poison-tipped metal arrows to fire if she needs to.

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