Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Uses== The crossbow was widely used due to its accuracy, its ease of use, and penetration power. The main drawback of the crossbow was the long time it took to reload, with Heavy Crossbows requiring the use of a windlass device known as a Crannequin. The first crossbows were created in East Asia and were commonly used by the Chinese. The technology traveled westward, allowing the Greeks and Romans to develop their own variations of the weapon. Medieval Europe preferred the crossbow to the normal bow and arrow because of how easy it was to master (most archers requiring significant strength and experience to be effective), and many crossbows could fire their projectiles with more force than a bow: allowing superior armor penetration. The English were one of the few nations in Europe to prefer the longbow over the crossbow. Many bows and archers were seen as cowardly and inferior to the common foot soldier, discouraging bow archers. Because of this, most mainland European armies lacked skillful archers and were dependent on the crossbow. It is generally agreed that Crossbows are superior to Bows in sieges as Crossbows did not require the archer to strain himself while aiming for enemy units to appear. However the English Longbows showed superior range on open battlefields; as seen in the Battle of Crecy in 1346. Portuguese explorers indirectly introduced the crossbow as sailors navigated across the coast of Africa during the early Renaissance. The Fang and Mpongwe peoples of Gabon created lighter crossbows inspired by Portugese design. These crossbows relied on using poison, similar to the [[Botto & Pima]], to compensate for the small size of the bolts. Muskets were just as easy to use as crossbows but had superior armor penetration and smaller ammunition. During the mid Renaissance the crossbow was considered outdated technology and its use slowly faded from battle and into hunting. Some armies today do have modern crossbows for their special forces; primarily for special operations that involve silence. However gun suppressors, while not silent, are more relevant as they can be used on guns that can easily outperform crossbows. The [[Viet Cong]] did create booby-traps involving crossbows that were triggered by trip-wires. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Deadliest Warrior Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://deadliestwarrior.fandom.com/wiki/Crossbow"