The device was first used onboard a Trooper ship (her first non-hostage appearance). She has continued to use this for her entire career as a Freedom Fighter, although has slipped into using a gun (albeit loaded with darts) on occasion in Sonic the Comic Online. A couple of stories showed Amy having to cope in a situation without her bow, such as when the Snownik encased it in a block of ice. Early appearances substituted the crossbow for a longbow, with Amy using it to great effect on the Emerald Valley Bridge and during a raid on a Badnik Processing Plant.
On a day off, Amy decided to try and teach Tails how to use a crossbow, should anything ever happen to the team's expert marksman. Tails proved to be completely incapable of hitting a can from a not-very-great distance and moaned that they didn't need another crossbow expert. Indeed, Amy's ability to hit any target from seemingly any distance could not be bested by anyone. She showed deep dismay when Sonic told her she had missed a target (although Sonic had actually just caught the arrow to save the life of an innocent civilian).