BG3: The 5 BEST Hand Crossbows [80+ Hours Experience]

Here are some of my top picks for the Best Hand Crossbows after spending several weeks in BG3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 features a vast range of weapon types that excel in their own category, and among the many kinds of firearms, one of the deadliest and most stealthy types is the Hand Crossbow. It is a ranged weapon that you can access pretty early in the game.  There are different types of bows available to choose from. So make sure to know about the BG3 best Hand Crossbows that suit your playstyle and fit you the most.

Key Takeaways
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 features many types of Weapons, and Hand Crossbows are one of them.
  • Each Hand Crossbow comes with unique abilities that are useful in different situations and complement different types of builds.
  • Crossbows can be obtained via mission rewards, merchants, or enemy loot.

Best Hand Crossbows In BG3

Here is an overview of the Best Hand Crossbows that you can use in Baldur’s Gate 3 showcased along with Damage, Special Effect, Unlockable Skills, Range, Rarity, Price and Weight stats:

Weapon NameDamageSpecial EffectUnlockable SkillsRangeRarityPrice WeightBest For
Hand Crossbow1d6 Piercing--Piercing Shot
-Mobile Shot
15mCommon700.9Best For Early-Game.
Firestroker1d6 PiercingDeals extra 1d4 Piercing damage to Burning targets-Piercing Shot
-Mobile Shot
15mUncommon1000.9Best For A Drow Sorcerer.
Hellfire Hand Crossbow1d6 PiercingInflicts burning damage when using the weapon on a target while hiding or invisible.
Weapon Enchantment +2
-Piercing Shot
-Mobile Shot
-Scorching Ray
15mVery Rare7700.9Best For Rogues.
Magical Hand Crossbow1d6+3 PiercingShooting a target at close range will follow up with a melee attack as well. Weapon Enchantment +2-Piercing Shot
-Mobile Shot
15mVery Rare7700.9Best Close-Range Hand Crossbow.
Ne’er Misser1d6+2 ForceShoots three magical darts, each dealing 2-5 Force damage with a guaranteed hit on target. Weapon Enchantment +1-Piercing Shot
-Mobile Shot
15mVery Rare4960.9Best Magical Hand Crossbow.

Basic Hand Crossbow

Best For Early-Game.
Bg3 Best Hand Crossbows
Hand Crossbow [Image credits: eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: There is no better hand crossbow that you can pick as you’re just starting out your adventure. This was my go-to choice until I got further into BG3.
Weapon Type Hand Crossbow
Rarity Common
Damage 1d6 Piercing
Range 15m
Unlockable Skills Piercing Shot, Mobile Shot
Weight 0.9
Price 70

Hand Crossbow is a basic type of bow that you can get in early game stages. It is a basic type of crossbow with adequate stats but no special effects. The weapon can prove useful in early engagements but needs to be replaced at advanced stages. You can get the Hand Crossbow from many in-game vendors scattered across various regions.

If you want a Hand Crossbow without spending gold, consider these options:

  • Loot Drops: Hand Crossbows can drop from enemies, but it’s random.
  • Barth in Druid Grove: Increase your chances by hunting Barth for a guaranteed drop.
  • Underdark Exploration: Search dead bodies in the Underdark, especially in the Decrepit Village, for potential loot.
  • Very useful at the start.
  • Easy to get.

 

  • Needs to be replaced later.

 

Firestoker 

Best For A Drow Sorcerer.
Fire Stroker Stats
Fire Stroker [Image by eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: Firestoker was my favorite crossbow during Act 2 because of its amazing range and great special effects. 
Weapon Type Hand Crossbow
Rarity Uncommon
Damage 1d6 Piercing + 1d4 Piercing
Special Effect Deals extra 1d4 Piercing damage to Burning targets.
Range 15m
Unlockable Skills Piercing Shot, Mobile Shot
Weight 0.9
Price 100

Firestroker is a better variant of the basic Hand Crossbow and comes with special effects. It has a fierce look, portraying the abilities of fire. Bg3 describes the weapon as “Though the crossbow’s bolts look burning hot, they are pleasantly warm to the touch.”

  • The bow comes in the Uncommon category and has an effective 15 meters.
  • Adds an extra 1d4 piercing damage to burning enemies, making it ideal for crowd control.
  • With the Crossbow, you unlock the Mobile Shot as well as the Piercing Shot skill.
  • To get the Firestroker Crossbow, you need to visit the Grymforge, where you can find it in an Ornate chest.
  • Buffed damage to burning enemies.
  • Great skills.

 

  • Can be difficult to obtain for new players.

 

Hellfire Hand Crossbow

Best For Rogues.
Bg3 Best Hand Crossbows
Hellfire Hand Crossbow [Screenshot grab: eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: I prefer this because of its amazing perks. The synergy is also great between Hellfire Hand Crossbow and things that do burning damage.
Weapon Type Hand Crossbow
Rarity Very Rare
Damage 1d6 Piercing
Special Effect Inflicts burning damage when using the weapon on a target while hiding or invisible.

Weapon Enchantment +2

Range 15m
Unlockable Skills Piercing Shot, Mobile Shot, Scorching Ray
Weight 0.9
Price 770

The Hellfire Hand Crossbow is a rare type of bow and has exceptional perks. It grants you special effects like Scorching Ray, in addition to Piercing and Mobile Shot. If you use the weapon while hiding or being invisible, the bow will inflict burning damage on the targets.

  • Ideal for stealth missions, keeping you covert while accomplishing objectives.
  • +2 Weapon Enhancement: Synergizes exceptionally with items that cause burning damage.
  • Acquire through a rare loot drop, obtainable by facing Yurgir, the Orthon demon, as part of the “Find the Nightsong” quest line.
  • Scorching Ray can cast a level 3 spell.
  • Does burning damage if used while invisible or hiding.

 

  • There are better bows for ranged combat.

 

Magical Hand Crossbow

Best Close-Range Hand Crossbow.
Magical Hand Crossbow Gameplay
Magical Hand Crossbow [Image by eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: This bow might be hard to find, but it was worth every minute I spent obtaining it. The follow-up melee attack you get is very strong. It also has piercing and mobile shot skills. 
Weapon Type Hand Crossbow
Rarity Very Rare
Damage 1d6+3 Piercing
Special Effect Shooting a target at close range will follow up with a melee attack as well.

Weapon Enchantment +2

Range 15m
Unlockable Skills Piercing Shot, Mobile Shot
Weight 0.9
Price 770

Magical Hand Crossbow is a powerful bow with impressive abilities and reliable performance. The bow comes in a very rare category. The most impressive trait of the weapon is that you can also use it at close range. The Magical Bow comes with a “Cunning Comb” special ability that enables the character to perform a follow-up melee attack whenever he targets an enemy at close range.

  • Magical Bow also comes with an effective range of 15 meters, just like all other Hand Crossbows.
  • You also get the Piercing and Mobile Shot abilities with the crossbow.
  • It has a selling value of 770 gold, but it is recommended to keep the weapon and use its exceptional capabilities.
  • Adds +2 to weapon enchantment.
  • Close-ranged shot gives a follow-up melee attack.

 

  • One of the hardest things to find in BG3.

 

Ne’er Misser

Best Magical Hand Crossbow.
Ne'er Misser stats
Ne’er Misser [Image credits: eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: I’m a massive fan of Magic Missiles. It’s a level 3 ability that will automatically hit your target. You also get a buff on normal attacks you do with the Ne’er Misser. 
Weapon Type Hand Crossbow
Rarity Very Rare
Damage 1d6+2 Force
Special Effect Shoots three magical darts, each dealing 2-5 Force damage with a guaranteed hit on target.

Weapon Enchantment +1

Range 15m
Unlockable Skills Piercing Shot, Mobile Shot
Weight 0.9
Price 496

Ne’er Misser is an exceptional Hand Crossbow and features impressive stats. It is a Magical Crossbow that possesses the ability to cast Force damage and unleash Magic Missiles. It comes in rare category and has a weight of 0.9. The weapon comes with Piercing and Mobile Shot abilities.

  • Effective range: 15 meters, suitable for mid to long-range combat.
  • Magic Missile Ability – Fires three Magic Missiles with perfect accuracy.
  • Obtainable at the Moonrise Tower from the Roah Moonglow Merchant.
  • Does force damage.
  • Magic Missile is an amazing ability.
  • Buffed normal attacks dealt with this hand crossbow. 

 

  • None.

 

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My Thoughts

For me, the obvious choice has to be the Ne’er Misser. Magic Missiles give you a guaranteed hit while Force damage can destroy walls and chests too. It might be tricky to obtain, but the usefulness makes up for it.

That sums up my guide in BG3 Best Hand Crossbows. Each bow is different in its own way and complements different types of build. Once you select your desired Hand Crossbow, make sure to go through the All Acts in BG3 guide to understand the game better. In addition to that, you can also get to know about different classes, including Cleric, Githyaki, and Druid. Lastly, don’t forget to check out Gandrel Choices in BG3 and Selune Chest in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Ibrahim Akhtar is a guides & features writer at eXputer. He uses his passion for gaming to provide insightful takes in his articles. Ibrahim spends most of his time defending Baldur's Gate from the forces of the Absolute. He has accumulated more than 15 years of gaming experience, having 1000 hours in The Witcher 3 and twice as much on Skyrim V. Ibrahim has previously worked at TopTierList. You can keep up with his Steam account to stay up to date on his latest explorations.

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