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Zanik's crossbow is both a quest item used during the The Chosen Commander quest as well as a high level crossbow that is one of the rewards for its completion.

As part of the quest, the player must augment Zanik's existing crossbow with additional items, reassemble it when broken, and then use its special attack to defeat the Bandos Avatar. During this time, the crossbow itself cannot be equipped. Instead, a dialogue option allows use of the special attack.

After quest completion, the player retains the augmented crossbow, which requires 48 Ranged to wield. While similar in appearance to the Dorgeshuun crossbow, it has significantly higher stats similar to that of an adamant crossbow. It can fire up to adamant bolts (including bone bolts, but excluding enchanted bolts). It cannot fire broad-tipped bolts. It has a negative Prayer bonus, but wielding a prayer book, Falador shield 2 or Falador shield 3 in the shield slot cancels that out.

The special attack, Defiance, takes up 50% of the special attack bar and deals increased damage (3-15) to players using prayers and/or equipment marked by the gods. When used, lightning seems to blast out from the crossbow.

Under the right conditions, the special attack can hit for a max of 59.

Should players lose the crossbow, they may retrieve it from Oldak in exchange for an adamant crossbow.

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The special attack of Zanik's Crossbow: Defiance
The special attack of Zanik's Crossbow: Defiance
  Attack bonus  
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged
0 0 0 0 +78
  Defence bonus  
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged Summoning
0 0 0 0 0 0
Other bonuses
Strength Ranged Strength Prayer Magic Damage (%)
0 0 -5 0
Speed: File:speed6.gif


  • It is one of only two pieces of equipment to have a negative Prayer bonus, the other being the Ancient staff. The reason of the negative prayer bonus of Zanik's crossbow might be because it's designed to kill the Bandos Avatar.
  • Although there is no Ranged requirement for The chosen commander the requirement for the crossbow is 48 which is two higher than the adamant crossbow; its closest equivalent.
  • It is a good alternative for training Ranged because it can fire Bone bolts, which are only 33 coins each in the Grand Exchange.
  • Its rough price is the same as an adamant crossbow, which means it is strong yet cheap to replace.
  • In the first few hours of the release the player would receive a debug message when using the Special Attack;
  • Although all enchanted bolts up to and including Diamond are considered to be up to Adamant, they are unable to be used with Zanik's Crossbow.
  • Zanik's crossbow and the Dorgeshuun Crossbow are the only crossbows with special attacks.
  • While it looks like the Dorgeshuun Crossbow, the holding positions are slightly different with Zanik's crossbow being held slightly closer to the body.
  • It can use the Mith grapple.
  • There is a common glitch that if you activate the special attack, your character would keep the crossbow at his side as though he weren't firing, and the bolt of electricity would come out of nowhere.

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