The The Army Scythe (The Army Scythe +1 in-game), also called the Light Crossbow of Speed, is a powerful light crossbow +1. It has a bonus of +1 to speed, THAC0, a speed factor of 3 and a weight of 5 lbs. It also has bonus to rate of fire of +1, which doubles the rate of fire of this crossbow. It requires a Strength of 8 to be used. This item appears in
BGnoglow1 Baldur's Gate (1998)
This icon stands for classic Baldur's Gate without Tales of the Sword Coast installed
BGEEglow BG: EE (2012)
This icon stands for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition without Siege of Dragonspear installed
SoDglow BG: EE: SoD
This icon stands for the Siege of Dragonspear campaign of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
This icon stands for the Shadows of Amn campaign of classic Baldur's Gate II
This icon stands for the Shadows of Amn campaign of Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
(SoA), it falls under the crossbow proficiency, except in classic Baldur's Gate, where it's listed under missile weapons.


Baldur's GateEdit

The Thunderhammer Smithy sells this crossbow.  It's one of the most powerful crossbows in the game (along with The Guide, which adds more damage and THAC0 to projectiles, but has the normal rate of fire). Like many powerful weapons, it is also quite expensive.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnEdit

Bernard in the Copper Coronet sells the weapon.  However, in the Underdark, there are Drow Crossbows of Speed available. They are +3 weapons and have better stats, but they will turn into adamantine dust when taken out of the Underdark.


Light crossbow of speed: 'The Army Scythe'. A short-lived human outpost in the Frozen Forest unearthed this weapon, and many others, from the ruins of an ancient settlement deep within that cold land. Never knowing the names of their extinct benefactors, the colonists used these "tools" to carve a large territory for themselves, though in the end it was for naught. Crushed by a superior number of hobgoblins, these unfortunate souls have joined the ancients in their anonymity.