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Is wii crossbow.png
Icon of the crossbow from Radiant Dawn.

A moderately powerful crossbow. It can also hit adjacent enemies.



First game

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

The Crossbow (Japanese: クロスボウ Crossbow) is a common crossbow weapon which appears only in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. It is more powerful than the basic Bowgun, and like the other crossbows but unlike regular bows, it can attack adjacent and distant enemies alike. In exchange its damage calculation completely ignores the user's strength stat and is based only on the Crossbow's own might, giving it a fixed, mostly consistent damage output no matter who uses it. The Crossbow can only be used by members of the Sniper, Marksman, Warrior, and Reaver classes, like all crossbows.


Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Radiant Dawn Is wii crossbow.png -- 28 14 100 0 1-2 35 3,500 -- Ignores the user's strength. Like all bows, it deals bonus damage to Is gcn pegasus.png flying units.


Radiant Dawn

Dropped by Part 3: Prologue, enemy SilvanoChapter 8, enemy Warrior
Armory Part 3: Chapter 6Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Endgame
Part 4: PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Endgame

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

The Crossbow is present as a skill on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher: B05-059HN Furiously Piercing Bow, Leonardo. It is a manual-activation skill which, for the cost of flipping one bond card, increases Leonardo's range to 1-2 and gives him a +10 attack bonus until the end of the turn.


  • In Fire Emblem Gaiden, while the Crossbow itself is not present as an item, enemy Snipers are depicted as wielding crossbows instead of regular bows.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Crossbow --
Japanese クロスボウ Romanized as CROSSBOW in its internal file name.
Spanish Ballesta Crossbow
French Grande arbalète Big crossbow. Abbreviated to Grande arbal. in gameplay for space reasons.
German Armbrust Crossbow
Italian Balestra Crossbow



Bows and Crossbows
Basic bows BowBowgunBroken BowBronze BowClarisse's BowEmblem BowGlass BowGordin's BowGreat BowInnes' BowIron BowKiller BowLong BowRaian's BowRienflecheRubber BowRusted BowShort BowSilencerSilver BowSlack BowSteel BowToy Bow
Bows with secondary effects Anna's BowAstraBeacon BowBlessed BowBrave BowCleave BowCrescent BowCupid BowHunter's BowLaguz BowLunaMaster BowMila's BowNiles's BowQuick BowPython's BowSuperior BowUnderdog BowVenin BowViolin BowWolt's Bow
Magic-based bows Radiant BowShining Bow
Ranged bows Double BowIron LongbowLongbowSilver LongbowSteel LongbowTowering Bow
Close-range bows Double BowIron ShortbowMini BowSilver ShortbowSteel Shortbow
Crossbows AqqarArbalestBowgunCrossbowTaksh
Regalia and personal bows LughnasadhMulagirNidhoggParthiaRolf's BowYewfelle