The crossbow is a Sniper Rifle that is mainly designed to do gargantuan damage to the head. If you have good aim with snipers, then the Crossbow is for you.
With amazing Head Damage, you can easily one-hit-kill a high-level Assassin, Medic or Commando, as well as a medium-level Tank. Using Vital Sight with this weapon will deal 218 damage to the head, since headshots deal 45% more damage, along with Vital Sight, which deals an extra 25% damage, and the Crossbow, which deals an extra 150% damage. It also has much ammo for a sniper, but only one shot and a slow reload, so you have to be careful while aiming. Also, try to use a secondary weapon with lots of ammo if you are in danger of being killed.
The Crossbow has higher accuracy, reserve ammo and headshot damage than the AWP, but lower bodyshot damage.
The crossbow is among the most unforgiving of weapons in the game and to make matters worse requires a high skill level from the player as well as a high character level to really bring out its accuracy and critical buffs. However these drawbacks can be nullified and with its advantage of not suffering the same drawbacks that most other snipers do such ammo and accuracy, the crossbow is among the deadliest of sniper rifles in the Assassin's armory.
- It bears a striking resemblence to an AWP.