It is certainly a glorious update for those who have dabbled in range, or even those who have decided that it was worth their investment to level up woodcutting or fletching. If you haven’t yet heard because you have been living under a Volcano, Jagex has once again reestablished the combat triangle by balancing range against mage once again. Not to say that mages now have absolutely no chance, but now with the introduction of bakriminel bolts, it really makes mages a lot easier to kill. When using these special bolts, instead of getting the option of shooting accurately, or rapidly, or from longrange (it is quite useless I’m not gonna lie), you get can choose a specific body part of your target, head, chest, and legs. In those corresponding slots, if you chose a slot that has mage armor equipped, there is a chance that you can inflict very crippling status’. These effects are not sure-fire every time, but because these bolts automatically hit in rapid style (the most deadly in my opinion) you will be landing many shots of 125 ammo strength, which by all regards is EXTREMELY powerful, these bolts are even STRONGER than Onyx tipped rune bolts in terms of raw ammo damage. Anyways, if you hit the head, there is a fair chance that you will cripple their magic output by effecting their accuracy and spell frequency, if you hit the chest there is a chance that you will make them bleed out for a minute doing small, but effective damage, and if you hit the legs you will sap them of run energy even to a point in which they won’t be able to move for 10 seconds. By introducing these bolts, Runescape has given its players truly a breath of fresh air. As these bolts are still a new introduction, the effect on PvP probably still hasn’t left its mark yet, but I would definitely think twice about using magic against other people because of this update. These bolts require 80 range to use, but can be shot out of a very easy to obtain rune crossbow, or the stronger alternative dragon crossbow.
However nothing this strong is without drawbacks. For one, these bolts are a one shot only type of deal. They can’t be picked up after being used and they can’t be retrieved from Ava’s devices. Also, the only way to obtain these bolts other than buying them (market price is around 1.3k a pop) is to run into the deep wilderness and cut bloodwood trees, which require 85 woodcutting. Now I know what you devious people are thinking. “Ok, I’m going to camp near these trees, and then when some woodcutter comes I’m going to kill him and loot all the logs to make a profit! After all if each freaking bolt is 1.3k then imagine how much money I can get if I go mug the harvesters!” Well Jagex has made it so these logs are untradeable so you might get the satisfaction of being an ass, but you aren’t really going to profit. My advice, let the woodcutters do their jobs and provide the rest of Runescape with these new arrows so Runescape can evolve even further, and if you haven’t yet become a member so you can take advantage of this revolutionary combat update.