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September 21, 2018 Entertainment and Movies 1 comment


A very accurate ranged weapon.

Head Damage

102-121 + 24 Bleed

Chest Damage

60 + 12 Bleed

Information accurate as of: build 904.83

 The Crossbow

Information accurate as of: build 904.83

All damage tests have been conducted against unarmoured and unclothed players using Wooden Arrows and are accurate as of Dev Blog 107 (21 Apr, 2016).

The Crossbow will deal a specified amount of damage depending on the type of body part that has been hit and the type of armour the person has.

  • Non-significant body parts (feet, shins, knees, hands, elbows, upper arms) will always take 30 damage.
  • Major body parts (thighs, posterior, groin, stomach, chest, back, shoulders) will always suffer 60 damage. However, this value is reduced by players wearing armour.
  • A headshot will deal a random amount between 102 - 121 damage, regardless of the angle of incidence



  • The Crossbow is famously known for its ability to shoot arrows through walls. This is very effective when used properly.
  • While the Crossbow is considered an upgrade to the Hunting Bow and the Compound Bow, the slower reload time of the Crossbow can make the Hunting Bow and/or the Compound Bow more useful in certain situations where a higher rate of fire is needed.
  • It takes 4.783 sec to reload an arrow. Subject to change.


Re: How long does it take to make a crossbow

Going by the numbers in Low-Tech and Low-Tech Companion 3, it looks like a military crossbow has about $650 of labour cost in its price. A TL 4 armourer makes $1,900 per month and I guess a TL 5 one could make about $2,600 going by p. 517 of the Basic Set. Long story short, it looks like TL 5 workers consisting of a mix of skiller armourers and semi-skilled apprentices, etc. can turn out a crossbow with 66 hours and 20 minutes of labour. So in theory 400 craftsmen could make 100 crossbows with two days work.

Since coordinating all this work is likely to take a bit of time, workshops will need to be shifted around, materials located, some of the less trained people shown what to do, plus the extra time needed for metal to cool, glue to set and so on I think it is likely to actually take quite a bit longer than that. At a guess, one day to prepare and one day of waiting for stuff to cool, set, dry, etc. for a total of about four days. You probably can't push the workers with longer hours, since it will be quite hard work anyway and making people who aren't quite set up for the task work long hours will result in a lot of errors.

Previously known as "Perfect Organism" - name changed Feb 5, 2018

(Many bowmen were recruited at a young age to master their craft.) On a similar note, a crossbow can be loaded long before the bowman.

This thing might look like an old crossbow of before. However, it's nothing more than a regular syringe gun!

Crusader's Crossbow publicity blurb

The Crusader's Crossbow is a community-createdprimary weapon for the Medic. The Crusader's Crossbow is a wooden crossbow with a metal barrel attached to a canister which houses a syringe until it is fired. The Medic's icon is present on both the canister and the frame of the Crusader's Crossbow.

The Crusader's Crossbow fires a syringe that travels in a slight arc with a team-colored healing streak trailing behind it. The Crusader's Crossbow does not require the user to charge their shot before firing, and the time spent reloading is less than the Huntsman; however, the syringes cannot score headshots. Syringes fired from the Crusader's Crossbow will damage enemies and heal teammates, allowing a sharpshooting player to deal damage to an enemy or heal a teammate from a great distance. Any player hit with a syringe fired from the Crusader's Crossbow will appear to have a syringe sticking out of their body, a mere cosmetic effect. The sound effect from hitting a teammate is different to that of hitting an enemy, indicating what the result of that bolt was to the player.

Syringes function on a reversed damage falloff scale; the further a syringe travels, the greater the amount of damage it will deal or health it will heal. The amount of health replenished is not affected by whether the teammate has been recently damaged. Healing teammates with a syringe fired from the Crusader's Crossbow will contribute a small amount of charge to the Medic's ÜberCharge meter. Critical hits do not affect the amount of healing done or amount of charge gained. ÜberCharge gain rate is reduced in the same way that the Medi Gun's healing (and therefore, ÜberCharge build rate) is; that is, it is based on the last time the target was in combat. The ÜberCharge gain rate is reduced by a third when between 1 to 10 seconds outside of combat, and scales back to normal over 10 to 15 seconds.

Unlike other types of the syringe, a Pyro can deflect a syringe fired from the Crusader's Crossbow back at the Medic, or into their own teammates to give them a health boost. Disguised enemy Spies are damaged by reflected syringes, rather than healed. It also cannot destroy stickybombs.

The kill icon for the Crusader's Crossbow was contributed by Psyke.

Damage, healing and function times

See also: Damage

Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Base damage 100% 38 - 75
Critical113 - 225
Mini-crit 51 - 101
Healing amount 75 - 150
Function times
Reload 1.6 s
Charge fill speed 16 - 48HP/%
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets


Note: This demonstration has been out of date since October 20, 2017 Patch.


See also: Crafting


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Part 1

Building the Crossbow Body

  1. 1

    Measure wood for the stock. You need to have the stock a comfortable length for your arms.[2]
    • Start with pine board that measures around 38 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 2 inches tall.
    • Hold it in your hands similar to a rifle with one end pressed against your shoulder and your hands gripping the wood.
    • Find a comfortable length and mark the wood where you want it cut.
    • The longer your stock is, the more power you will achieve. However, it is not wise to go over 1 meter (3.2 feet) so the PVC bow won't shatter.
  2. 2

    Saw off the extra wood. Use a circular or hand saw to cut the wood on the mark you made for length.
    • Use safety goggles to make sure you don't get sawdust in your eyes.
    • Saw in a well ventilated area.
  3. 3

    Mark the area for a trigger. Hold up the wood again as you would a crossbow stock, with one end pressed against your shoulder and your hands gripping the wood. Make a small mark where it feels comfortable to have the trigger and the handle.
    • Draw a rounded rectangle shape in the center of where you marked the trigger. This needs to be drawn on the top of the pine wood, not the side.
    • The rectangle should be around 4 inches long, and 1 inch wide.
    • Make sure the rectangle is drawn in the center of the wood where you have marked it.
  4. 4

    Cut the rectangle out of the wood. Using a chisel, drill and wood rasp, gouge out the wood within the rectangular area while being very careful not to split the wood.
    • Use a combination of all three tools to slowly remove the wood inside the rectangle until you have a rectangle shaped hole.
    • Use sandpaper to smooth the area around the hole after you have finished.
  5. 5

    Make the groove to hold the string. The groove will create a place for the string to rest horizontally across the rectangle hole.
    • Use a chisel or wood rasp to create a 1/8 inch groove near the front of the trigger hole.
    • Sand the groove after it is cut.
  6. 6

    Cut the groove that holds the bolt. This grove will be centered and extend from the rectangle hole to the end of the wood.
    • Find and mark the center of the end of the wood, farthest from the string groove.
    • Find and mark the center of the end of the rectangle hole, farthest from the string groove.
    • Draw a straight line between the two marks.
    • Use a drill, chisel, and hammer to carve a ¼ inch deep channel along the marked line.
    • Sand the groove until completely smooth.
  7. 7

    Create the grip to hold when shooting. Use a second piece of pine wood to make the grip.
    • Cut the wood to be around 8 inches long.
    • Use PVC glue or wood glue to attach it to the bottom of the stock, making sure it is centered. Leave the glue to dry for at least an hour.
  8. 8

    Protect the wood with sealer. Use varnish, wood stain, or another wood sealer to ensure the wood will be protected from the elements.
    • Wait until the glue has dried completely before applying a sealer.

Part 2

Making the Bow with PVC Pipe

  1. 1

    Cut the PVC pipe. Use a hacksaw to cut a 1” PVC pipe into a 36 inch length.[3]
    • Make sure to measure and mark the length before cutting to ensure accuracy.
  2. 2

    Cut a groove into the ends of the PVC pipe. On each end of the PVC pipe, use a hacksaw to cut a small groove just large enough to fit a small wood screw.
  3. 3

    Attach the pulleys. The pulleys are attached to either end of the PVC bow, and the string will feed through them.
    • Insert a small wood screw on both ends of the PVC pipe.
    • Attach the pulleys to the wood screws on either end of the pipe using wire ties.
  4. 4

    Thread the string. The nylon string needs to be threaded through both pulleys correctly for the crossbow to be able to fire.
    • Securely tie one end of the nylon string to the wood screw on the left side of the PVC pipe.
    • Bring the string across to the pulley on the right end of the PVC pipe, and loop it in and around the pulley.
    • Bring the sting back to the left side and loop the string in and around the pulley on the left.
    • Finally, bring the string back to the right and tie it securely to the right wood screw.
    • Do not pull the string tightly when you wrap around the pulleys or you will not be able to pull it back to fire the crossbow.
  5. 5

    Check the string for accuracy. It's important to have the string threaded correctly. The string should run across the PVC pipe 3 times. Do a quick test to make sure you have threaded the string correctly.
    • Pull on the string coming out of the pulleys. The PVC pipe should flex like a bow.
    • If the pipe does not bend slightly like a bow would, pull the thread out and start again.

Part 3

Attaching the bow to the stock

  1. 1

    Create a groove for the bow on the end of the stock. The wood of the stock needs to have a groove carved in for the round PVC pipe to snugly fit.
    • Use a wood rasp or chisel to carve out a rounded groove wide enough to fit the pipe on the end of the wood stock.
    • The groove needs to be deep enough to fit the PVC pipe securely.
    • Carve slowly while repetitively checking how the pipe fits. This will ensure you end up with the perfect fit. The pipe shouldn't have room to move around.
  2. 2

    Secure the PVC bow to the stock. The bow needs to be secured to the stock to ensure proper use. You need to have the strings in the correct place for the crossbow to be effective.
    • Use duct tape to secure the PVC pipe to the stock by wrapping it around the pipe and the end of the wood stock.
    • Only the firing string coming out of the pulleys should be on top of the wood. The other two strings should be on the bottom so they don't interfere with the firing process.
  3. 3

    Test the bow. You need to test to make sure the strings are in the right place and the bow will fire correctly.
    • Draw back the firing string and place it in the string notch on the rectangle hole. It should be able to stay notched and ready by itself.
    • If the string will not stay notched, you need to make the groove deeper to hold the string.

Part 4

Constructing the trigger system

  1. 1

    Cut the wood for the trigger system. Use a thinner piece (around 1 inch thick) of pine wood to create the trigger system.
    • Draw a rough L-shape on the wood.
    • The small (horizontal) portion of the “L” shape should be slightly smaller than the box you carved in the stock.
    • Cut the L-shape out of the wood with a saw. This L-shaped piece of wood will be the trigger.
    • Sand it until it is smooth.
  2. 2

    Create a channel on the trigger. Use a wood rasp or chisel to carve about a ⅛ inch channel across the short part of the L-shaped wood.
  3. 3

    Drill a hole in the L-shape wood. The hole should be drilled down by the corner of the L, but centered in the wood.
    • The hole should be big enough to fit the nail you are using to attach it to the stock.
  4. 4

    Attach the trigger. You need to attach the trigger onto the stock so that it will pop the string out of the groove when pulled.
    • Put L-shaped trigger in the rectangle hole with the groove facing upwards and the L pointing forward. Make sure it has space to move without hitting the back of the hole.
    • Use a hammer to push a nail through the stock and hold the L-shaped trigger in place at the angle.
  5. 5

    Sand the trigger. Use sand paper to fine tune the trigger until the action is smooth.

Part 5

Building the Handle and Butt

  1. 1

    Cut the handle. The handle is what you hold to steady the crossbow so you can pull the trigger.
    • Use pine wood to cut a 20 centimetre (8 inch) length to be used as the handle.
    • Sand it into the rough shape of a handle.
  2. 2

    Attach the handle to the stock. The handle should be attached behind the trigger so you can easily fire the crossbow.
    • Use PVC or wood glue to attach the handle to the stock. Wait an hour for the glue to dry.
    • When the glue is dry, you can use a hammer to drive a few nails into the handle to firmly secure it on the stock if you would like.
  3. 3

    Put padding on the butt. You use a crossbow by pressing the butt against your shoulder, so padding the butt of the crossbow will make it more comfortable.
    • Secure foam around the end of the stock that is placed on your shoulder with duct tape.

Part 6

Testing Your Crossbow

  1. 1

    Acquire the right size bolts. You need to have bolts that fit the channel of your crossbow.[4]
    • You can either purchase bolts from a store or make your own out of dowels.
    • To make your own bolts, cut a dowel to fit the size of the channel on your crossbow, and create a notch on the end of the dowel to hold the string.
  2. 2

    Set up a target. Use a cardboard box or a piece of paper with circles to aim your crossbow at. Make sure your target is away from other people.
  3. 3

    Test fire your crossbow. Find a safe place to try out your crossbow. Your crossbow should shoot your bolts around 65 to 100 feet. Have fun!

Community Q&A

Add New Question
  • Question

    How much should this project cost?

    It depends if you already have some materials, but to buy the wood, saws and equipment I would say no more than $30.

    Elias Alaoui

    Community Answer

  • Question

    Can I change the power of the bow?

    You can put another piece of PVC inside it, which might make it more powerful.

  • Question

    How long will it take to make this?

    This all could be done in a matter of a few hours, but if you want to be extremely accurate and want your crossbow to be top-notch quality, it could take a day or two (working less than 7 hours each day).

  • Question

    What is the channel for in the L shaped trigger?

    The channel helps hold the string so that when you pull the trigger, the string lifts off of the channel, causing the crossbow to fire.


    Community Answer

  • Question

    Where can I find the string for the crossbow?

    Anyplace that sells paracord, such as a hardware or sporting goods store.

  • Question

    Can I modify it to fold up?

    Probably not, as do do that you would need to hinge the bow to bend, when which would take the tension off it.

  • Question

    Can I use some rubber bands for the string?

    No. You should use twine or something similar. The bow should be the stretchy part, not the string.

  • Question

    Do crossbows take the same arrows as a bow?

    Not all the time. Some crossbows use normal arrows, but most of the time you need bolts, which are an entirely different type of ammo.

  • Question

    Will this work as a hunting crossbow?

    No. It does not have the required power to be used for hunting. It is best for target shooting.

  • Question

    Is it possible to use this when hunting?

    No. It does not fire with enough power for most hunting applications.

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  • Check your local hunting laws to find out when and where you can shoot a crossbow.
  • Crossbows are weapons that can cause bodily harm. Use with care.
  • Do not use this crossbow to shoot a person.
  • Do not shoot in public places.
  • This project should be completed under the supervision of a responsible adult.

Things You'll Need

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take your registered crossbow with copy of original receipt to an authorized PSE retail dealer or 4) ALWAYS check your crossbow to make sure that it is in.

How Far Can A Crossbow Shoot?

Crossbows were also used in the West. They were known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and by medieval times in Europe, the crossbow had evolved into a powerful weapon capable of penetrating armor. Chinese crossbows could pierce several layers of iron armor, but in China, where the defense and attack of walled cities was the primary focus of military campaigns, the crossbow was valued for its ability to deliver volleys of bolts even more than for its power to penetrate.

Crossbows remained one of the major weapons in Song times. In the eleventh century, Shen Gua argued that the crossbow is to the Chinese what the horse was to the Khitan -- the asset that gave them their advantage. In field battles against foreign cavalry, the Chinese infantry would have a row of pikemen with shields, rows of archers, and a row of crossbowmen. When the cavalry approached, the crossbowmen would shoot first above the crouching pikemen and bowmen. The pikemen and archers would shield the slower-firing crossbowmen, who, however, could inflict more damage.

Below is a schematic drawing of the bronze trigger mechanism, including both an assembled one and the component parts. 

how long does it take to craft a crossbow

This Minecraft tutorial explains how to craft a crossbow with screenshots and step-by-step instructions. In Minecraft, a crossbow is a new weapon that will be available in the Village & Pillage Update (Java Edition ). Similar to a bow, you use your crossbow to shoot arrows in.

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