A ranged weapon is any weapon which can attack a monster not adjacent to you. Technically, any item in the game could be a ranged weapon, if thrown. However, the source code officially designates some weapons as ranged[1]:

This is the order in which monsters will try to use a ranged weapon, unless a polearm is available, in which case it will try to apply that first.

Colloquially, any item which can be used to damage a monster at a distance could be considered a ranged weapon. This includes items like attack wands, hurled potions and spells.

Source code referencesEdit

  1. weapon.c#line341

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