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What is the purpose of cross bows?

Gibberling

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What is the purpose of cross bows?

Crossbows are weaker, they are slower, they fire tiny bolts rather than arrows. Big crossbows are slow as hell and the only thing cross bows accomplish is looking nice(which they still suck at).

So whats the purpose of cross bows? At least throwing spears and throwing weapons have skills devoted to them(like the amozan skill tree or barbarian double throws). Crossbows use the same skills as bows, only difference being that bows beat crossbows in every category.
 

middleman35

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Gibberling said:
Crossbows are weaker, they are slower, they fire tiny bolts rather than arrows. Big crossbows are slow as hell and the only thing cross bows accomplish is looking nice(which they still suck at).

So whats the purpose of cross bows? At least throwing spears and throwing weapons have skills devoted to them(like the amozan skill tree or barbarian double throws). Crossbows use the same skills as bows, only difference being that bows beat crossbows in every category.

Well, the purpose is to fire bolts and use bow/xbow skills. They may not do this as well as bows, but it's still what they are intended to do. Note also that a few patches past the Unique Crossbow Buriza-Do-Kyanon (sp?) was the basis of a VERY successful build. And it's still actually a very nice bow, just not quite as good as WF/Faith.
 

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Crossbows do more damage but are slower. Bows do less damage but are faster. I've seen Faith xbow zons on ladder 2 and they were quite strong so it's certainly viable.
 

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Historically crossbows were an answer to (plated) armor because it can pierce armor that normal bows can not. It also required less skill than conventional bows so it allowed an army to have more firepower than the training required. Finally, you can carry a crossbow loaded which you can not with a long bow.

Nothing to do with Diablo of course, but just wanted to spice this thread up :)
 

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Gibberling said:
So whats the purpose of cross bows? At least throwing spears and throwing weapons have skills devoted to them(like the amozan skill tree or barbarian double throws). Crossbows use the same skills as bows, only difference being that bows beat crossbows in every category.

For Amazons, there is little point to crossbows. But to OTHER bow using characters, they're often better than bows. Most other classes have better attack speed with xbows than amazons do, and many of the mods on crossbows make them ideally suited to other characters (e.g. inherent pierce on several of them [good for anyone], +2 Necro skills on Pus Spitter [good for necros], Exploding bolts on Demon Machine [good for anyone, but especially sorcs with enchant])
 

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Xbows tend to have higher strength and lower dexterity requirements, it seems to me. Are Xbows damage increased only increasing dexterity or does an increase in strength help? And are increases equal? If so, this is a benefit of an Xbow; you can increase strength more without having wasted stats and therefore be able to use some equipment not normally worth the investment.
 

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IIRC xbows are dex based so every extra point into str is wasted. However usually Gorgon crossbow is used for Faith (117str/105dex) so you aren't wasting that much str actually.
 

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Crosbows arn't totaly a waste. When I first started diablo 2 ladder for 1.10 I made a strafazon using and uped Buruzia which is IMO is just as good as WF. The nice thing about it is that it does more damage I do belive and you get 100% pierce. Now that faith is around well it doesn't do as well, but it still is a very cheap xbow that can compete with the likes of WF.