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A crossbow is a weapon consisting of a bow mounted onto a stock that shoots projectiles named bolts or quarrels at parabolic arcs. Their 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 be mounted onto rifle receivers, allowing accessories such as optical sights to be easily added.

Battlefield 2[]

"The player can fire the zip line (with a crossbow) at any vertical surface and its end will stick. Once in place, the player can slide along the rope."

— In-game description

The crossbow is the name of two items in Battlefield 2: a handheld weapon, as well as the projectile it fires.


The physical crossbow itself is considered a weapon in game-terms, much like the other gadgets. This is the handheld model of the crossbow itself, and shares the same localized name as the projectile it fires. It does no damage, and serves only to generate the projectile.


Zip Lines, localized in-game as crossbow, are projectiles featured in Battlefield 2: Special Forces, issued to the Special Forces and Sniper classes of all factions.

They are used to move from a higher point to a lower one over a longer range than jumping with a Parachute. When using one, Right Mouse Button activates a crosshair that displays either a circle or a cross within the crosshair.

If the icon is a cross, it means the target is out of range. The Left Mouse Button is used to fire the Zip Line to the intended target. To zip down the line, press E. The zipline can be retrieved after use with G. If it is deployed but not used for a certain duration of time it will disappear and will not be retrievable.


Battlefield Heroes[]

For the modified crossbows seen in the game, see Repeating Crossbow

"Use this cross-bow to fire a deadly burst of arrows into your target!"

— In-game Description

Two crossbow variants are featured in Battlefield Heroes, Carlson's Crossbow for the Royal Army and Albert's Arbalest for the National Army. Available for the Soldier kit, both were introduced in the Knights bundle. Similar to the M16-203 Battle Rifle, both crossbows are capable of three round burst fire.


Battlefield 3[]

"The Xbow fires a variety of different bolts."

— Battlelog description

The XBOW is an improvised crossbow introduced in the Battlefield 3: Aftermath expansion.

According to a post in the Battlefield Blog, the XBOW is described as a jury-rigged weapon made from a malfunctioning M417 rifle, wire from a broken down car, scrap metal for the bow, and an optical sight like the Red Dot Sight or PKS-07 as shown in the trailer and preview screenshots.[1]

The XBOW, with a default Kobra sight, is unlocked after completing the assignment Sticks and Stones. The XBOW Scoped, with a PKS-07 sight, is unlocked by completing the Go Play Close Quarters assignment.

Aside from differences in targeting and scope sway, the two weapons are functionally identical.

Bolt Types[]

See also: Standard Bolt

Standard bolts are the starting ammunition type. These three non-standard bolts are unlocked via assignments. Change fire rate (default  V  on PC,  ↓  on consoles) switches between the bolt types. Bolts can only be changed after the bow is fully loaded.

There are three unlockable specialist bolts. The HE Bolt is a C4-tipped variant with higher drop, lower range and a small blast radius. The HE Bolt can also do damage to vehicles, varying depending on the type. Most helicopters will take enough damage to bring them near their disable thresholds, 36%. MBTs however, will take much less. The Scan Bolt, with its 10-meter radius, scans for enemies on the minimap similar to the T-UGS. The BA Bolt has less drop and higher velocity, giving the XBOW more marksman tendencies.



Main article: Battlefield 3 Achievements and Trophies
Image Name Criteria Achievement Points Trophy Type
BF3 AM Handyman Trophy Icon.png Handyman Unlocked all XBOW parts 20G Bronze Trophy.png
BF3 AM Home Made Javelin Trophy Icon.png Home Made Javelin Destroyed an enemy vehicle using the XBOW 20G Bronze Trophy.png
BF3 AM Pocket Full Of Death Trophy Icon.png Pocket Full of Death Without dying, get a kill with XBOW, primary weapon, and hand grenade 30G Silver Trophy.png

Battlefield Hardline[]

Main article: Zipline#Battlefield Hardline

A Zipline Crossbow appears again in Battlefield Hardline as an all class gadget. It functions similarly to its Battlefield 2 counterpart, but is more modernized with a customized optic that displays the distance to the target. It must also be aimed at a downward angle to actually fire, and is capable of killing players with one hit. It is referred to as the Zipline in all instances, again unlike its Battlefield 2 counterpart.

Battlefield 1[]

Main article: Crossbow Launcher

The Crossbow Launcher is a gadget featured in Battlefield 1. As the name suggests, it fires hand grenades instead of bolts.

Battlefield 2042[]

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"An easy-to-handle crossbow that features an integral lever for fast and effective reloading. Deadly, precise and silent."

— In-game description

The Ghostmaker R10 is a crossbow featured in Battlefield 2042, Added in Zero Hour season. Player can unlock the weapon by reaching tier 29 in Battle Pass. It uses lever-action to cock the bowstring; an optional magazine allows additional bolts to be queued by the action.[2]

The Ghostmaker R10 carries only a single standard or explosive bolt, or a 5-bolt magazine. Unlike other weapons, enemies downed by the Ghostmaker do not drop ammo pouches, preventing the player from resupplying in this manner. Pouches dropped by other players will each contribute one bolt for the currently equipped ammo type.

The Ghostmaker will also mark the user on the enemy minimap at all ranges, despite the low noise profile. However, hits by the Ghostmaker are treated the same as Subsonic ammo, using its imprecise HUD damage marker.[3]

Ammo Types[]

Three different ammunition types are available to the player:

Standard Bolt[]

Standard Bolts inflict great damage against infantry, killing in one shot out to 30 meters. Standard bolts can potentially inflict collateral damage on aligned targets.

Bolt Rack[]

The Bolt Rack attaches a five-bolt magazine with stackable ammunition. Although the bolts inflict less damage (with one-hit kill range reduced to five meters), the weapon will load the next bolt while the lever-action is worked. Bolts must be reloaded individually into the magazine once depleted.

Explosive Bolt[]

Explosive Bolts include a charge capable of damaging armor, and will generally kill infantry in one shot. The explosive charge has a one-second time delay.

Weapons Customization again gives conflicting rating and value for range, which is expected to be shorter due to the heavier bolt.

Damage Chart[]

Ammunition types 0-9m 10-39m 40-74m >75m
Standard Bolt 110 110 60 35
Bolt Rack 110 60 35 35



Battlefield 2042 Ghostmaker R10 Factory.png Factory
Battlefield 2042 Ghostmaker R10 Carbon Series.png Carbon Series
Ghostmaker R10 Mastery 1 (T5)
Battlefield 2042 Ghostmaker R10 Tier 1.png Tier 1
Ghostmaker R10 Mastery 40 (T1)
Battlefield 2042 Ghostmaker R10 High Voltage.png High Voltage
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,000 BFC (Stormsurge Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Ghostmaker R10 Spike Slinger.png Spike Slinger
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Savage Skies Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Ghostmaker R10 Seismic Shock.png Seismic Shock
750 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Articles of War Bundle)


Battlefield 2[]

  • Both the zipline and crossbow share the same killmessage, Crossbow. This is not visible in-game because neither item is capable of killing. However, the files are named differently (the crossbow itself is nsrif_crossbow).

Battlefield 3[]

  • The lower part of the XBOW, the M417 receiver, has its ejection port, bolt release button, and magazine well taped shut.
  • The XBOW is the only weapon in Battlefield 3 other than a Shotgun or Grenade Launcher that is capable of switching between different types of ammunition, and the only weapon aside from the mortar capable of doing so in the middle of gameplay.
  • Without HD textures, the first bolt fired out of the XBOW has red fletching, while every successive bolt fired has white fletching in that life.
  • The Kobra's reticle on the standard XBOW is misaligned towards the bottom of the sight. However, the bolt is still accurately shot wherever the reticle is aimed.

Battlefield 2042[]

  • The lever-action sequence re-engages the safety latch, which is immediately disengaged by the character.
  • Using the Ghost Hybrid 1.5–4X scope with explosive bolt, a 300m shot corresponds roughly to the top of the thick bar where a 1100m (11) mark would likely be.[4]