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For other uses, see Heavy Crossbow.

The Heavy Crossbow is a crossbow in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

A large, powerful crossbow. Must be readied before firing.
Bolts must be equipped in order to use crossbows. Up to two kinds of bolts can be equipped at a time, and these can be switched as necessary.
Skill: Tackle
Lunge into a shoulder tackle, pushing back enemies to create distance.


Dropped by the crossbow-wielding Cathedral Knight found on the rafters of the Cathedral of the Deep.


The Heavy Crossbow is a very rare weapon, as it can only be dropped by a single enemy in the entire game. However, it is a very useful addition to one's arsenal, especially as an invader, due to its well-balanced attributes.

It is 25% lighter than the Arbalest, and only marginally heavier than the Knight's Crossbow, while dealing a respectable amount of pure physical damage. As well, it has better range than the Knight's Crossbow, allowing it to maintain its damage output against enemies that are farther away. Its lack of split damage allows it to take advantage of specialized ammunition more easily, rather than relying on maximizing Lightning damage output by using Lightning Bolts, which makes it a more flexible weapon. The only drawback is that it requires more Strength to wield than the Knight's Crossbow.

Its combination of light weight and respectable damage makes the Heavy Crossbow a favorite for players that do not wish to invest in the Vitality to wield an off-hand Avelyn.


Upgrade Level Attack Values Aux. Effects Bonuses
Physical Magic Fire Lightning Dark Bleed Poison DSIIIWFrost Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith
Heavy Crossbow 72
Heavy Crossbow +1 (Titanite Shard ×2 & 480 souls) 90
Heavy Crossbow +2 (Titanite Shard ×4 & 576 souls) 108
Heavy Crossbow +3 (Titanite Shard ×6 & 672 souls) 126
Heavy Crossbow +4 (L. Titanite Shard ×2 & 768 souls) 144
Heavy Crossbow +5 (L. Titanite Shard ×4 & 864 souls) 162
Heavy Crossbow +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×6 & 960 souls) 180
Heavy Crossbow +7 (Titanite Chunk ×2 & 1056 souls) 198
Heavy Crossbow +8 (Titanite Chunk ×4 & 1152 souls) 216
Heavy Crossbow +9 (Titanite Chunk ×6 & 1248 souls) 234
Heavy Crossbow +10 (Titanite Slab ×1 & 1440 souls) 252

The data displayed above are current as of Patch App 1.15 Regulation 1.35.

ArbalestAvelynHeavy CrossbowKnight's CrossbowLight CrossbowSniper Crossbow
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Repeating Crossbow