Divinity: Original Sin (Classic)

Divinity: Original Sin (Classic)

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Zalbag88 Mar 22, 2014 @ 8:14am
Bow or crossbow which one is truly better?
As headline says which one of those two is better weapon. For me bow has always been bit traditional choice. In this game it seem that bow is faster weapon given it's lower ap cost, but crossbow clearly does more damage but has higher ap cost.

So which one is better?
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Stabbey Mar 22, 2014 @ 9:08am 
It's hard to say. Crossbows have a much higher base requirement - you need DEX 10 just to be able to use the earliest model available, but they do a crazy amount of damage. I suppose it depends on whether you want to be more flexible and move around more, or stay mostly stationary and do large amounts of damage.
Nahadoth Mar 23, 2014 @ 3:58pm 
It's always weird to me when games require a higher DEX stat for the use of crossbows than for regular bows. Crossbows were invented to be an easy to use alternative for longbows which required years of training and physical strength to be effective.
Noble Ten Mar 24, 2014 @ 10:27am 
yeah, that is true. Crossbows were ideal for untrained soldiers to handle easier than bows. But I guess the high dex requirement is more for a balancing. I like the use of crossbows over the bows in general (more so in games), so I prefer it. My ideal setup is Rodack as my crossbowman and Scarlet as my spearman knight (maybe a sythe if its implemented?). So I go with the crossbow regardless
Last edited by Noble Ten; Mar 24, 2014 @ 10:30am
DeathKnight  [developer] Mar 29, 2014 @ 4:48am 
There is a scythe in the game.

Yes, crossbows do a lot damage, and for that reason have a higher requirement. Same as why a 2H sword or 2H axe has a higher requirement than a sword or a club. I know the background of the crossbow, but it's a game. We once tried more "realistic" settings for equipment (I'm a sucker for all things medieval), but it kind of broke gameplay and most of all FUN. Sure, it's easy enough just to switch the bow and crossbow around (concerning damage and requirement and all that), but your character just looks more badass with a crossbow than with a bow...
[Q]uik Mar 30, 2014 @ 12:53am 
Can't agree as far as "more badass with a crossbow than a bow"
I've always found bows more charming, while crossbows just look odd and clumsy, it feels like the "dumb soldiers choice" ^^
Nahadoth Mar 30, 2014 @ 6:54am 
I disagree on the crossbows are more badass than bows too. From all the great archers in fiction and history/folklore there aren't very many that use crossbows. Even Rambo uses a bow. Don't tell me he isn't a badass. :p

For 2-handed melee weapons vs 1-handed it makes sense to increase the (str) requirements, since they're a lot heavier and more unwieldy. Personally I prefer it if bows and crossbows have similar effective performances in games (crossbows being slower but hitting harder, bows reloading faster but a bit less damage resulting in the same dps for both, or in the case of TBS crossbows using more AP or being able to be used later in the turn), so it all comes down to user's preference of aesthetics and the 'feel' of the item and the character concept they're going for.

Yes, I'm the sort of gamer who gets annoyed when the character concept he has in mind is ineffective because the weapon he wants to use just doesn't do the damage to be effective. Or when his helmet looks silly. I don't do well in MMO's.
Rival Jul 4, 2014 @ 2:45pm 
Dual-wielding hand crossbows? now that is badass.
Velimirius Jul 4, 2014 @ 2:47pm 
well i use xbow on my marksman sniper and bow on wayfarer :)
thrakkemarn Jul 4, 2014 @ 2:50pm 
i think crossbows because of the huge damage on your abilities which are independent from AP. It's basically burst damage vs DPS and i tend to like burst.
N O r Jul 4, 2014 @ 2:50pm 
Originally posted by SENATE:
Dual-wielding hand crossbows? now that is badass.

Larian get on it! next patch better be there >:)
Turbo Torsten Jul 13, 2014 @ 5:39am 
Dual wielding is one of the most useless things in RPG's imo and dualwielding crossbows is even dumber (how will you effectively reload this ♥♥♥♥). I just want a large siege crossbow for my fallen paladin character... this would be awesome.
Pringles Jul 13, 2014 @ 5:57am 
Bow is better by far, don't bother at all with crossbows.

1) bow needs 4 (later on 3) points to shoot. after using skills and moving, you'll RARELY have 6 (later on 5) points left for even one shot of a crossbow.
2) the more shots, the better the chance of actually hitting, hence bows are better
3) the more shots, the better the chance of doing critical damage, hence bows are better
4) crossbows don't really do much more damage when compared to bows. Definily not enough to warrant 2 more AP.

so there u go
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Date Posted: Mar 22, 2014 @ 8:14am
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