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The information on this page does not apply to the current version of the game or the content is not available.

This page contains information about a DayZ item that is currently not spawning/craftable, and/or is not functional - but is not a removed or replaced item, in Stable branch.
The information on this page does not apply to the current version of the game or the content is not available.

Category Weapons > Ranged
Type Bow
Cartridge Crossbow Bolt
Repairable With Gun Cleaning Kit
Size 21 Slots (7x3)
Weight 3 kg (6 lb)
Absorbency 0%
Fire Modes Single Shot
Range 50-75m
Magazines Bolts Quiver
Optics Crossbow Holosight
Pistol Scope
Location Civilian, Hunting
Rarity Uncommon
A type of bow consisting of a horizontal limb assembly mounted on a stock that shoots projectiles, called bolts or quarrels. — In-game description

The Crossbow is a type of ranged weapon, consisting of a bow mounted on a stock, which shoots bolts. The crossbow is a quiet weapon, effective in close ranges -- capable of killing survivors and zombies instantly with a headshot.


The Crossbow can only hold a single bolt at a time, although a quiver can be equipped with it, increasing that number to five. Recovering bolts can be difficult and bolts cannot be recovered from dead bodies or the ground, so make every shot count.

† Currently in Experimental.



  • The Crossbow is based on the real life modern compound crossbow. Crossbow first major usage originates in China around 600 BCE. Although they see very little use in modern militaries, crossbows are still used for hunting and recreational target shooting. Modern crossbows can have rails mounted onto them, allowing accessories such as optical sights to be easily added.
    • The Crossbow in-game is based on the Excalibur Axiom SMF crossbow.
  • Crossbow Bolts are currently not craftable, but there are plans to add craftable bolts in the future.
  • For some time after its introduction, the Crossbow was able to accept optics that fit a Picatinny rail (such as those compatible with the M4A1). This was later changed to its current optics choices.

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