Despite all this weapon's hate, I just can't it down. Currently using it in my left hand instead of a shield as a simple poke tool, not really as a damage dealer. As a crossbow, it does low damage (only barely stronger then the light crossbow) but has low stamina consumption. It does have low durability but this isn't really a problem because most stages can be done without it breaking and repair powder is quite easy to obtain. It is heavy however, tied for the heaviest available, and it has some notable stat requirements. These are notable weaknesses and is something to consider. The light crossbow has similar stats offensively, is easier to obtain and is much lighter, but I think the repeating crossbow has a much better WA (I guess being compared to tackle, that isn't saying much). As stated below, it's weapon art is situational but can really prove itself useful if used sparingly but effectively. Exploding bolts, if manually aimed toward the opponents feet will create multiple "firebomb" like explosions that are hard to dodge and can be a great way to close a duel. Keep in mind that they do low damage. It's more then a throwing knife, but should still be used when an opponent is greatly damaged. The WA itself has quite a slow startup and when facing players, is easily telegraphed. It can be formidable at close range with splintering bolts however, and can stagger opponents with ease. I have found that lightning bolts have helped me a lot in PvE, and do respectable damage (unless the enemy is resistant to lightning, then use explosive bolts). In the end, it all comes down to mastering the weapon art, otherwise I find it hard to recommend this weapon. I picked it up because I like the weapon design and heard all the hate about it, and thought I'd try it myself. Now it is honestly one of my favorite weapons.