Elden Ring: BEST Crossbows [Top 6]

My Best Crossbows guide will showcase the top 6 best crossbows as well as their upgrades along with the stats!

Elden Ring has a small collection of crossbows that you can use, allowing you to carry out ranged attacks toward opponents and eradicate them. Players might want to know which of the Best Crossbows to use, their stats, upgrades, and how to find them; therefore, a detailed guide might be needed! 

Important: Players must invest in Strength and Dexterity for most of the crossbows!
Key Takeaways
  • The Best Crossbows in Elden Ring feature from a list of seven available, such as the Crepus’s Black Key, Arbalest, Full Moon, Pulley, Heavy, and Light Crossbow. 
  • The benefits of using the crossbows are that they provide long-ranged damage, sniping from a distance, excellent damage output, and prevent you from taking close-ranged damage. 
  • While the Crepus’ Black Key in Elden Ring is excellent for sniping, the Arbalest is excellent for damage output, while the Pulley Crossbow provides high aim. 
  • Upgrades can further enhance the performance of the crossbows, most can be upgraded to 10, if not more. 

Best Crossbows In Elden Ring 

Below listed is a summarized version of the Best Crossbows in Elden Ring: 

Elden Ring Best CrossbowsBest ForBenefitsMagicCritRange
Crepus' Black KeyThe Highest Range In CrossbowsSniping, Long-Ranged, Solid Damage output010047
ArbalestThe Highest Base Attack In CrossbowsDexterity and Strength scaling, Excellent damage01042
Full Moon CrossbowThe Best Crossbow For Magic DmgMagic imbuement, good damage5010042
Pulley CrossbowThe Best Crossbow For Multiple ShotsHigh aim, can launch more bolts.010042
Heavy CrossbowThe Best Early-Game CrossbowSolid range, good damage output010042
Light CrossbowThe Lowest Dex Requirement In CrossbowsEasy to use, Good damage010042

1. Crepus’s Black Key In Elden Ring

The Highest Range In Crossbows.
Phy 68
Magic 0
Fire 0
Light 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
Range 47

Kicking things off, the Crepus’s Black Key is known to be one of the Best Crossbows. It is described as a black crossbow with a long stock, and it used to be the weapon of Crepus, who served Two Fingers from the Roundtable by being the head confessor and is of excellent quality build

Elden Ring Crepus's Black Key
Crepus’s Black Key
  • Why I Chose This: Crepus’s Black-Key can be acquired very early and provides the highest range in crossbows, making it an ideal choice for sniping foes.
  • The crossbow is notorious for having a pretty long end, but it also makes it pretty solid as a long-range weapon you can use to unleash damage

The Crossbow has a skill called Kick which allows you to push any opponent back using a high kick, and I must say, it works exceptionally well against opponents that are guarding and can interrupt their stance. Below listed are the Elden Ring Best Crossbow Upgrades

+0 68 32
+1 85 35
+2 102 38
+3 119 41
+4 136 44
+5 153 48
+6 170 51
+7 187 54
+8 204 57
+9 221 60
+10 238 64
  • Has a high Base DMG and the highest range.
  • Can be acquired very easily at the Hub area.
  • Requires Somber Smithing Stones to level up.
  • Needs a Stonesward Key to obtain.

2. Arbalest 

The Highest Base Attack In Crossbows.
+0 69 34
+1 78 35
+2 88 36
+3 97 38
+4 107 39
+5 117 40
+6 126 42
+7 136 43
+8 145 44
+9 155 46
+10 164 47

Regarding the Arbalest, it is yet another crossbow that can be pretty useful. It is essentially a long crossbow that has been crafted from composite materials. 

Elden Ring Arbalest
  • Why I Chose This: Arbalest has the highest DMG in crossbows and so can be used to clear many enemies with comparatively lesser ammo.

It has been built while being pretty pliable at its limbs, but it also makes it insanely useful. 

  • The Arbalest crossbow will not scale with any primary attributes but requires Dexterity and Strength. 
  • You need at least 12 Dexterity and 18 Strength if you ever wish to use it. 
  • Has the highest DMG output in crossbows.
  • Lets you save ammo by providing higher DPS.
  • Requires great STR as well as DEX to wield.
  • Very heavy, and thus requires investment in END as well.

3. Full Moon Crossbow 

The Best Crossbow For Magic Dmg.
Phy 50
Magic 50
Fire 0
Light 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
Range 42

Next, I have is the Full Moon Crossbow. It is described to be an enchanted crossbow that has excellent craftsmanship. 

Elden Ring Full Moon Crossbow
Full Moon Crossbow
  • Why I Chose This: The Full Moon Crossbow is your best choice for mage builds as it increases the damage of magic arrows and also has an innate magic DMG.

The Full Moon crossbow has honored the union between the Raya Lucaria, Leyndell, Erdtree, and Full Moon houses. 

  • The crossbow itself will end up requiring Dexterity, Strength as well as intelligence build as its stats, and you need to invest in it to use it. 
  • You need to have at least 14 Intelligence, 10 Dexterity, and 10 Strength. 

The Full Moon Crossbow has a skill called Kick which grants the ability to cause push-back to an opponent using a swift kick with legs, and it is insanely effective against opponents that are guarding and can break any opponent’s stance. 

+0 50 30 50
+1 62 33 62
+2 75 36 75
+3 87 39 87
+4 100 42 100
+5 112 45 112
+6 125 48 125
+7 137 51 137
+8 150 54 150
+9 162 57 162
+10 175 60 175
  • Deals extra magic DMG on every arrow.
  • Greatly increases the damage of magic arrows.
  • Can be quite challenging to acquire.
  • Has considerably low physical damage.

4. Pulley Crossbow 

The Best Crossbow For Multiple Shots.
Phy 65
Magic 0
Fire 0
Light 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
Range 42

As far as the next weapon is concerned, it is essentially the Pulley Crossbow, which is described to have been constructed using power springs as well as pulleys and was known to be insanely difficult to do so. 

It is also known to be crafted by a genius who learned Golden Order fundamentalism. 

Elden Ring Pulley Crossbow
Pulley Crossbow
  • Why I Chose This: Pulley Crossbow is the most unique crossbow with its rapid shots, which makes status ailments easier to inflict.
  • The Pulley Crossbow requires both Dexterities as well as Strength as the stat requirements/ 
  • I suggest you have at least 16 Dexterity as well as 16 Strength to dual wield the weapon. 

Apart from this, the weapon will have the Kick skill mentioned before, and it cannot be infused with Ashes of War, nor can it be enchanted using magic. As far as the Elden Ring Best Crossbow Upgrades for the Pulley are concerned, they are as follows. 

+0 65 30
+1 73 33
+2 81 36
+3 89 39
+4 97 42
+5 105 45
+6 113 48
+7 121 51
+8 130 54
+9 138 57
+10 146 60
  • Shoots multiple arrows at once, making it easy to proc statuses.
  • Has a high hit rate, making it an ideal choice for ranged DPS.
  • The trajectory of the shot may be difficult to aim.
  • Consumes a lot of ammo as it shoots rapidly.

5. Heavy Crossbow 

The Best Early-Game Crossbow.
Phy 64
Magic 0
Fire 0
Light 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
Range 42

As far as the next weapon in the list of Best Crossbows is concerned, it is the Heavy Crossbow, which has been crafted meticulously using iron limbs and was typically used in the Shattering. 

  • When it comes to scaling, while it doesn’t scale off of any primary attribute, you will require both Dexterities as well as Strength to use it. 
  • You need to have 14 Strengths and 10 Dex in order to wield and use it during combat. 
    Elden Ring Heavy Crossbow
    Heavy Crossbow
  • Why I Chose This: Heavy Crossbow, once obtained, remains your main weapon in ranged builds as it provides high DMG as compared to other early crossbows.

As for its skill has the Kick skill, with which you can kick back enemies using your legs, and the weapon cannot be imbued with Ashes of War, nor can it be enchanted using any magic. 

+0 64 33
+1 73 34
+2 82 35
+3 91 36
+4 100 38
+5 109 39
+6 118 40
+7 127 42
+8 136 43
+9 154 44
+10 163 46
  • Provides decent DMG and range.
  • Has a high base attack and can be further upgraded.
  • Requires farming certain enemies to obtain.
  • Has high weight and requires investment in STR.

6. Light Crossbow 

The Lowest Dex Requirement In Crossbows.
Phy 58
Magic 0
Fire 0
Light 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
Range 42

Last but not least, the Light Crossbow is one you can consider using, too, if you can’t find the others at your disposal. The Light Crossbow is pretty simple to use and crafted using simple materials. 

Elden Ring Light Crossbow
Light Crossbow
  • Why I Chose This: Light Crossbow is one of the first crossbows that you can get and provides high dmg output; very useful for inflicting statuses.
  • It ends up scaling with Dexterity and Strength, and you need 12 Strength and 8 Dexterity to use the Light Crossbow. 
+0 58 30
+1 66 31
+2 74 32
+3 82 33
+4 90 34
+5 98 36
+6 106 37
+7 114 38
+8 122 39
+9 131 40
+10 139 42
  • Requires very low stats and thus can be used easily.
  • Is acquired pretty early in the game. 
  • Has considerably low damage overall.
  • Easily replaceable when you get more options.

My Thoughts On Best Crossbows

After experiencing several playthroughs in Elden Ring, I’ve come to the conclusion that Crepus’s Black Key crossbow is one of if not the best crossbows because of its high damage and range, making it ideal for sniping enemies. The Full Moon Crossbow is also worth mentioning as it provides innate magic damage for every arrow. If you just want to use crossbows for status buildup, then the Pulley Crossbow might be the best for that purpose due to its multiple hit count.

And that’s just about it! All that you need to know about the Elden Ring Best Crossbows and with that, let’s wrap up the guide! While you’re here, why not read up on the Elden Ring Twinblade Location guide will showcase the location for the Twinblade! Apart from that, the Elden Ring Best Sacred Seal guide will go into detail about the best sacred seals that are available! Refer to this Reddit post for players wanting to know why crossbows are S-tiered weapons in Elden Ring. 

With that, the Elden Ring Best Ashen Remains guide will tell you all you need to know about the best ones available! Why not check out the Elden Ring Weapons Tier List, which would showcase the rankings for all of them!

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