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Category:Skyrim - Ranged Weapons


One of the key combat strategies involves the use of ranged weapons. Ranged weapons in Skyrim primarily include bows and arrows, and crossbows and bolts. These weapons allow players to attack enemies from a distance, providing a strategic advantage in various combat scenarios.

The effectiveness of these weapons is dictated by the Archery Skill. As players progress and their Archery skill improves, they can deal more damage with these weapons. Additionally, the damage output can be further enhanced through smithing, weapon enchantments and Sneak Skill.



Bows


Skyrim Imperial Bow.webp

Bows are a ranged weapon used by archers in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bows come in various types across Skyrim, each differing in damage, arrow speed, weight, how quickly you can shoot, and their value. They are always held with both hands while in use. Below you can compare a list of all the standard and unique bow locations in Skyrim to help you find the best bow for your character build.

The overall damage a bow does is based on the base damage of the bow, the players archery perks and skill level and the base damage of the arrows being used. Arrows can also critical hit the target increasing the damage even further. When sneak attacks are taken into consideration faster attacking bows like Zephyr are capable of outputting more damage than others.



Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill Unique DLC
Ancient Nord Bow Skyrim Ancient Nord Bow.webp 8 0.875 12 45 Enchantable 000302CA 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Angi's Bow Skyrim Angi's Bow.webp 7 0.937 7 50 Cannot be enchanted 000CC392 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Archery Yes Skyrim
Auriel's Bow Skyrim Auriel's Bow.webp 13 1 11 1000 21 points of sun damage. Undead targets take triple damage XX000800 1+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing Archery Yes Dawnguard
Bow of the Hunt Skyrim Bow of the Hunt.webp 10 0.937 7 434 Animals take 20 points of extra damage 000AB705 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Archery Yes Skyrim
Daedric Bow Skyrim Daedric Bow.webp 19 0.5 18 2500 Enchantable 000139B5 47+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Dragonbone Bow Skyrim Dragonbone Bow.webp 20 0.75 20 2725 Enchantable XX0176F1 47+ Dragon Bone Dragon Smithing Archery - Dawnguard
Drainspell Bow Skyrim Drainspell Bow.webp 14 0.875 6 458 Absorb Magicka 15 points 000F82FC 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Archery Yes Skyrim
Dravin's Bow Skyrim Dravin's Bow.webp 7 0.937 7 50 Cannot be enchanted 0006B9AD 1+ Leather Strips Steel Smithing Archery Yes Skyrim
Dwarven Bow Skyrim Dwarven Bow.webp 12 0.75 10 270 Enchantable 00013995 12+ Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Dwarven Black Bow of Fate Skyrim Dwarven Black Bow of Fate.webp 13 0.75 10 1446 50% chance for each attribute to absorb 25 pts. of Health, Stamina, and/or Magicka XX02C01A 1+ Ebony Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery Yes Dragonborn
Ebony Bow Skyrim Ebony Bow.webp 17 0.562 16 1440 Enchantable 000139AD 36+ Ebony Ingot Ebony Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Elven Bow Skyrim Elven Bow.webp 13 0.687 12 470 Enchantable 0001399D 19+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Falmer Bow Skyrim Falmer Bow.webp 12 0.75 15 135 Enchantable 00038340 1+ Chaurus Chitin None Archery - Skyrim
Falmer Supple Bow Skyrim Falmer Supple Bow.webp 15 0.75 20 410 Enchantable 00083167 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Archery - Skyrim
Firiniel's End Skyrim Firiniel's End.webp 13 0.687 12 785 Target takes 20 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina 00017059 1+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing Archery Yes Skyrim
Forsworn Bow Skyrim Forsworn Bow.webp 12 0.875 11 145 Enchantable 000CEE9B 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Froki's Bow Skyrim Froki's Bow.webp 6 1 5 307 Does 10 points of Stamina damage 000C0186 1+ Iron Ingot None Archery Yes Skyrim
Gauldur Blackbow Skyrim Gauldur Blackbow.webp 14 0.875 18 972 Absorb 30 points of magicka 000F5D22 36+ Steel Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery Yes Skyrim
Glass Bow Skyrim Glass Bow.webp 15 0.625 14 820 Enchantable 000139A5 27+ Refined Malachite Glass Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Glass Bow of the Stag Prince Skyrim Glass Bow of the Stag Prince.webp 16 0.625 14 375 Wielder receives an increasingly powerful blessing for every 20 animals killed by the bow XX018ED5 1+ Refined Malachite Glass Smithing Archery Yes Dragonborn
Hunting Bow Skyrim Hunting Bow.webp 7 0.937 7 50 Enchantable 0010E2DD 1+ Leather Strips Steel Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Imperial Bow Skyrim Imperial Bow.webp 9 0.75 8 90 Enchantable 00013841 1+ Steel Ingot None Archery - Skyrim
Karliah's Bow Skyrim Karliah's Bow.webp 25 0.625 9 5 Cannot be enchanted 000DEED8 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Archery Yes Skyrim
Long Bow Skyrim Long Bow.webp 6 1 5 30 Enchantable 0003B562 1+ Firewood None Archery - Skyrim
Nord Hero Bow Skyrim Nord Hero Bow.webp 11 0.875 7 200 Enchantable 00068C57 1+ Steel Ingot None Archery - Skyrim
Nordic Bow Skyrim Nordic Bow.webp 13 0.6875 11 580 Enchantable XX026232 26+ Quicksilver Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Dragonborn
Orcish Bow Skyrim Orcish Bow.webp 10 0.812 9 150 Enchantable 0001398D 7+ Orichalcum Ingot Orcish Smithing Archery - Skyrim
Stalhrim Bow Skyrim Stalhrim Bow.webp 17 0.5625 15 1800 Frost Enchants are 25% stronger XX026231 35+ Stalhrim Ebony Smithing Archery - Dragonborn
Supple Ancient Nord Bow Skyrim Supple Ancient Nord Bow.webp 14 0.875 18 235 Enchantable 0005D179 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Archery - Skyrim
Nightingale Bow Skyrim Nightingale Bow.webp 19 0.5 18 3405 Freezes the target for 30 points and shocks the target for 15 points 000F652C 46+ Ebony Ingot None Archery Yes Skyrim
Zephyr Skyrim Zephyr.webp 12 1 10 670 Fires 30% faster than a standard bow XX00CFB6 1+ Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery Yes Dawnguard
Bow of Shadows Skyrim Bow of Shadows.webp 19 18 2500 Weapon draw is 20% faster and casts invisibility for 30 seconds. XX000807 1+ Ebony Ingot Arcane Blacksmith Archery Yes Creation Club
Ruin's Edge Skyrim Ruin's Edge.webp 12 0.875 7 750 Randomly applies one of these effects to the target: - Demoralize, 100 pts for 20 seconds
- Drain Magicka, 1000 pts for 20 seconds
- Frenzy, 100 pts for 20 seconds
Frost Damage, 25 pts
- Paralyze, for 15 seconds
Paralyze, for 1 second
FEXXXD63 1+ Daedra Heart Daedric Smithing Archery Yes Creation Club
Madness Bow File:Skyrim Madness Bow.webp 21 0.5 21 3050 Enchantable XX000BE5 1+ Madness Ingot Quest Archery - Creation Club
Amber Bow File:Skyrim Amber Bow.webp 20 0.5 14 2925 Enchantable XX000BDC 1+ Amber Ingot Quest Archery - Creation Club
Dark Bow File:Skyrim Dark Bow.webp 13 0.5 10 495 Enchantable XX000802 1+ Quicksilver Ingot Daedric Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Golden Bow Skyrim Golden Bow.webp 11 1 10 495 Enchantable XX00080F 1+ Gold Ingot Daedric Smithing Archery - Creation Club

Crossbows


Skyrim Crossbow.webp

Crossbow are the most powerful ranged weapons found in The Elder Scrolls: V Skyrim that use bolts as ammunition. Below you can find a list of all the Crossbow locations in Skyrim.

Bows Vs Crossbows:

  • Damage: Crossbows have higher base damage than bows.
  • Fire Rate: Crossbows have a slower fire rate than bows.
  • Accuracy: Crossbows are slightly less accurate than bows.
  • Enchantment: Crossbows ignore 50% of enemies armor, have a 50% chance to stagger, and can be enchanted in addition.
  • Noise: Crossbows create more noise when fired than bows, making it hard to sneak with.


Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill Unique DLC
Crossbow Skyrim Crossbow.webp 19 1 14 120 Enchantable XX000801 1+ Steel Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Dawnguard
Dwarven Crossbow Skyrim Dwarven Crossbow.webp 22 1 20 350 Enchantable XX00B647 12+ Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery - Dawnguard
Enhanced Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Crossbow.webp 19 1 15 200 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable XX00F19E 1+ Steel Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Dawnguard
Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow.webp 22 1 21 550 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable XX00F19F 12+ Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery - Dawnguard
Ebony Crossbow Skyrim Ebony Crossbow.webp 23 1 25 610 Enchantable FEXXX8A6 36+ Ebony Ingot Ebony Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Ebony Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Ebony Crossbow.webp 24 1 25 870 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX8AE 36+ Ebony Ingot Ebony Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Elven Crossbow Skyrim Elven Crossbow.webp 21 1 23 480 Enchantable FEXXX801 19+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Elven Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Elven Crossbow.webp 22 1 23 630 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX809 19+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Daedric Crossbow Skyrim Daedric Crossbow.webp 28 1 20 1400 Enchantable FEXXX808 46+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Dragonbone Crossbow Skyrim Dragonbone Crossbow.webp 30 1 22 1500 Enchantable FEXXX809 46+ Dragon Bone Dragon Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Glass Crossbow Skyrim Glass Crossbow.webp 25 1 16 800 Enchantable FEXXX80A 27+ Refined Malachite Glass Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Imperial Crossbow Skyrim Imperial Crossbow.webp 20 1 14 200 Enchantable FEXXX80B 1+ Steel Ingot None Archery - Creation Club
Nordic Crossbow Skyrim Nordic Crossbow.webp 23 1 15 400 Enchantable FEXXX80C 18+ Quicksilver Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Creation Club
Orcish Crossbow Skyrim Orcish Crossbow.webp 22 1 15 700 Enchantable FEXXX80D 6+ Orichalcum Ingot Orcish Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Silver Crossbow Skyrim Silver Crossbow.webp 21 1 14 600 Enchantable FEXXX80E 1+ Quicksilver Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Creation Club
Stalhrim Crossbow Skyrim Stalhrim Crossbow.webp 27 1 18 1100 Enchantable, Frost Enchants are 25% stronger FEXXX80F 35+ Stalhrim Ebony Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Daedric Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Daedric Crossbow.webp 28 1 20 1700 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX814 46+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Dragonbone Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Dragonbone Crossbow.webp 30 1 22 2000 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX815 46+ Dragon Bone Dragon Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Glass Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Glass Crossbow.webp 25 1 16 1000 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX816 27+ Refined Malachite Glass Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Imperial Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Imperial Crossbow.webp 20 1 14 400 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX817 1+ Steel Ingot None Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Nordic Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Nordic Crossbow.webp 23 1 15 700 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX818 18+ Quicksilver Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Orcish Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Orcish Crossbow.webp 22 1 15 900 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX819 6+ Orichalcum Ingot Orcish Smithing Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Silver Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Silver Crossbow.webp 21 1 14 700 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable FEXXX81A 1+ Quicksilver Ingot Advanced Armors Archery - Creation Club
Enhanced Stalhrim Crossbow Skyrim Enhanced Stalhrim Crossbow.webp 27 1 18 1300 Attacks ignore 50% of armor, Enchantable, Frost Enchants are 25% stronger FEXXX81B 35+ Stalhrim Ebony Smithing Archery - Creation Club

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