- For ammunition used with siege engines, see Siege engine.
Ammunition is the collective term for projectiles that can be fired from ranged weapons such as crossbows and blowguns. Ammunition is stored in ammunition stockpiles and carried in quivers. Ammunition may also refer to the stones and ballista arrows fired from siege engines; for more information about these weapons, see the siege engine article.
Ammunition for foreign weapons like bows and blowguns is also considered foreign and cannot be manufactured in the fortress.
All ammunition has "EDGE" attack types; this means that sharper metal or other sharp materials are better for ammunition purposes. As projectiles, however, ammunition is also affected by the density of the material and the volume of the individual arrow, bolt, or dart.
 Ammunition table
There are three types of ammunition in Dwarf Fortress: bolts, arrows, and blowdarts, each fired from a different weapon.
|Type||Size||Contact Area||Penetration||Weapon Used||Skill Used||Craftable||Used by|
|Bolt||150||2||2000||Crossbow||Crossbowman||Yes (metal, wood, bone)||Dwarf, Goblin, Human|
|Arrow||150||2||2000||Bow||Bowman||No||Elf, Goblin, Human, Kobold|
Projectiles made of different materials have different levels of effectiveness, depending on the situation. Likely factors in this are the weight of the ammunition and the physical properties of the material in combat. The type of ammunition and the weapon used to fire the ammunition may also have an effect on the potential damage possible.
In practice, almost all metal bolts perform well, though there is some advantage in using a bolt of a "better" weapon material than the opponent's armor (quicker lethality), and some advantage in using a bolt with a higher density (faster incapacitation). The forum thread Dwarven Research: A Comparison Study on the Effectiveness of Bolts vs Armors has a comprehensive comparison and discussion.
- Crossbows can regularly pierce even adamantine armor with wooden bolts. Copper and other low-grade metals can do so virtually every time.Bug:5516
 See also
|Ranged||Blowgun & Blowdarts • Bow & Arrows • Crossbow & Bolts|
|Blunt||Flail • Mace • Maul • War hammer • Whip|
|Edged: Slashing||Battle axe • Great axe • Halberd • Long sword • Scimitar • Scourge • Short sword • Two-handed sword|
|Edged: Piercing||Dagger • Morningstar • Pick • Pike • Spear|