Crossbows are a type of Weapon in Elden RingCrossbows are ranged weapons that can be used to inflict high damage on hostile characters from afar. Unlike Bows, they must be loaded before firing each shot. They grant no guard protection, encouraging users to maintain distance from advancing enemies.  Crossbows require Bolts as ammunition.

Crossbows can not be given new Ashes of War, greased, spell buffed, or given new affinities.

 See also: Ballistas

Using Crossbows in Elden Ring

Crossbows have a different control scheme than either melee weapons or other types of Bow. You have to ready the Crossbow before you fire each bolt, for a total of two presses of the attack button per shot.

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Ready Crossbow R1 or R2 RB or RT Left Click
When Ready
Shoot Bolt 1 R1 RB Left Click
Shoot Bolt 2 R2 RT Shift + Left Click
When Two-Handing
First-Person Aim Hold L1 Hold LB Hold Right Click

Shoot Bolt 1 shoots the bolt type in the slot on the left in your equipment screen, and Shoot Bolt 2 shoots the type on the right.

inventory bolts

 

Elden Ring Crossbows

 

 

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Elden Ring Bows Base Values

Quick Search of All Weapons

Name
Phy Rng Mag Fire Ligh Holy Crit
Boost
Str Dex Int Fai Arc Wgt Skill
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Soldier's Crossbow

54

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42

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

10

-

8

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3.5 

-

Kick

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Light Crossbow

58

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42

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

12

-

8

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4.0

-

Kick

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Heavy Crossbow

64

-

42

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

14

-

10

-

 -

-

 -

-

 -

-

5.5

 -

Kick

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Arbalest

 69

-

42

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

18

-

12

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6.0

-

Kick

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Crepus's Black-Key Crossbow

68

-

47

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

14

-

16

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5.0

-

Kick

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Pulley Crossbow

65

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42

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

16

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16

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4.0

-

Kick

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Full Moon Crossbow

50

-

42

50

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

10

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10

-

14

-

-

-

-

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4.0

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Kick

Elden Ring Bows Max Standard Values

Quick Search of All Weapons

Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt Upgrade
Arbalest 308 - - - - 100 68 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 Smithing Stones
Crepus's Black-Key Crossbow 238 - - - - 100 64 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 Somber Smithing Stones
Full Moon Crossbow 175 175 - - - 100 60 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 Somber Smithing Stones
Heavy Crossbow 288 - - - - 100 66 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.5 Smithing Stones
Light Crossbow 260 - - - - 100 60 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 Smithing Stones
Pulley Crossbow 146 - - - - 100 60 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 Somber Smithing Stones
Soldier's Crossbow 240 - - - - 100 56 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.5 Smithing Stones

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Tested these minus the soldier's and full moon. Save the pulley, they all have the same fire and reload animations, comes down to whether you meet the stats and the weight for the better damaging weapon.

      • Anonymous

        Duel wielding Crossbows FTW! But seriously, all the upgrades and no better crosshairs for shooting, or faster action?
        Worst enemy of sniping is the screen and handrails in the way.

        • Anonymous

          Kinda wish you could shoot behind a shield,ive played a LOT of EDF Fencer back then and i would have gone monkey if that had been something doable,and given how niche that is,i dont believe it would be something game breaking

          • Anonymous

            I want utilize crossbows so bad in a new playthrough but sacrificing AoW for a bit of damage doesnt really seem worth it in the long run. I just wish they add a patch where you can add No Skill on this weapon type so we can finally maximize its potential.

            • Anonymous

              Anyone else notice that if you use any bolt other than 'bolt' the arc is horrible and manual aiming is way to the left on PC?

              • Anonymous

                Fellas, greatshield xbox buiild - shoot enemies from distance if they run at you, shield up and bash depending on enemy (pvp or pve) carry shield that can block spells or extra damage (spiked great shield) stand back and spam bolts, you dont even need to chase, just literally stand still if they come near shield bach or charge, oince staggered or down, xbox --- its extremely fun

                • Anonymous

                  Crossbows are extremely disappointing, because you cannot use them in your offhand without sacrificing the Ash of War (AoW) from your main hand. Instead of the default AoW "Kick" FromSoftware should change that to "No Skill", so we can actually use our main hand's AoW.

                  • Anonymous

                    People do not level vigor. Unupgraded at level 60 and I get serious damage out of my crossbows. You know I gotta upgrade then all now

                    • Anonymous

                      I miss demon souls cross bow stagger dmg ;( but crossbows r still cool in this game I like how they look and the reloading seems pretty fast

                      • Anonymous

                        Add some scaling FromSoft even if it is D . With how chunky boss bars can get in late game this makes these worthless other than for status affects

                        • Anonymous

                          Crossbows only need one hand to fire. This allows you to use your free arm for whatever you want. Even though they need to be reloaded after every shot, firing them is super quick. They're great for hit and run.

                          • Anonymous

                            Only useful one is pulley crossbow and even then it's only good for inflicting status effects from a distance.

                            • Anonymous

                              I used a crossbow with bleed and plague bolts to kill Godskin Duo. I tried a bow first, but I couldn't do it because I kept getting tagged by their attacks. When I switched to crossbow I found it much easier to avoid attacks. Maybe that's why crossbow damage is a bit less

                              • Anonymous

                                I used a crossbow with bleed and plague bolts to kill Godskin Duo. I tried a bow first, but I couldn't do it because I kept getting tagged by their attacks. When I switched to crossbow I found it much easier to avoid attacks. Maybe that's why crossbow damage is a bit less

                                • Anonymous

                                  I used a crossbow with bleed and plague bolts to kill Godskin Duo. I tried a bow first, but I couldn't do it because I kept getting tagged by their attacks. When I switched to crossbow I found it much easier to avoid attacks. Maybe that's why crossbow damage is a bit less

                                  • They should really buff the base damage of crossbows. I get why they don't have scaling, but they get pretty much immediately outclassed by even a shortbow at base melee-focused class stats in nearly every Souls game. Buff bow scaling to C minimum and then buff all crossbows' damage by like 2x. Would make them much better for lower RLs, and even at higher RLs make them about equivalent with bows if you don't have high dex/str.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      FromSoftware once again showing that they hate an ranged tools that aren’t magic.


                                      I mean, no optional or unique ashes for crossbows, no scaling, and **** damage. I was really excited about the possibility of crafting bolts to do a pure crossbow build, but no.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        offhand crossbows arent as good as they were in ds3 (for pvp at least, still nice to have to pve), it isnt a guarantee stagger and the dmg is overall reduced even with arrow's sting talisman and spear talisman and exploding bolts.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I own and have tried all the crossbows/ballistas. If we are just talking about raw performance the best 3 crossbows are:
                                          * Arbalest: Easy to get early game. Once upgraded to between +15-25 this thing is an absolute all-round monster and does great damage.
                                          * Pulley Crossbow: Mid-game is easy to grab once you can teach Gelmir. Love this thing for the triple bolt attacks but boy it eats ammo.
                                          * Full Moon Crossbow: Mid-Late game. Requires capital city access. For enemies that resist physical but are weak vs magic this can easily outperform the Arbalest.

                                          The other non-ballista crossbows aren't really worth mentioning or upgrading. If you love crossbows just focus on those three.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            the fact you can't put no skill ash of war on them makes all of them F-Tier. Why woudl from do this? it makes no sense, why would you ever preffer kick over anything else in this game? I really liked Crossbows in DS3 but they seem to be meme tier in Elden ring.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Seppuku seems to buff the Pulley Crossbow w/bleed bolts. Don't know if this is an intended interaction, but it's very potent.

                                              • You can't use ANY ashes of war for the crossbows except kick. So if you like crossbows no Mighty Shot or Sky Shot. And they do not have any dedicated ashes of war either. What a disappointment.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Ranged weapons really got shafted in Elden Ring. NO ashes of war but the kick for the Crossbows.
                                                  No infusion to alter scaling on bows like keen or heavy.
                                                  No S scaling on bows anymore.

                                                  They really want you to go 50 STR/DEX and 50 INT/FTH and use spells/incantations for ranged DMG. IMO all ranged weapons need a buff and more variety.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Kind of odd that Crossbows have no scaling. I guess it sort of makes sense, after all they're mechanical devices, so being stronger or more skilled shouldn't affect the damage, but still...

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Found the Hand Ballista in a chest in the Forest Lookout Tower on the Weeping Peninsula. Requires 30 Str, 14 dex. Fires using ballista bolts.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Is there something similar to the avelyn? Im surprised the mechanic saw from bloodborne made it here but not this iconic crossbow

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          compared to Bow...Crossbow doesn't seem to scale with attribute...but i havent upgrade any of the crossbow i have yet since i dont have any stone left to test if they scale...might come back to this post later on unless someone willingly to upgrade to +3 or +4 to see if they actually scale...wanted to be an archer in Elden ring since it sorta viable now

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Full Moon Cross-bow (str/dex/int mixed scaling/req) in the Academy. Debate Parlor (boss room), forward and to the left. It's in a tall tower deep inside that back area.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I don't see the Heavy Crossbow listed here. It's a relatively rare drop from the green/red soldiers you can find early on (the ones holding crossbows, at least). it's not too spectacular, it's objectively better than the Light Crossbow if you have the stats for it though.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                theres also the soldier crossbow, which can be dropped from the exiles but its just an even lighter version of the light crossbow basically, .5 less weight and a little less damage

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  New item I don’t see on the list. Crepus’s Black-Key Crossbow. I found it down the stairs past the smother in Round Table Hold. It is blocked off by an imp statue needing one of the consumable keys. Came with 20 similarly named bolts.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Found a new crossbow that's not on your list damn this game is extensive anyway can give them the name of it so they can add it to the page

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Hmmm, I wonder which build these are designed for? Quality maybe? I assume cannons are for Str and Bows are for Dex. So from the lack of scaling and attribute requirements I guess quality builds?

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