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Skyrim:Auriel's Bow

Auriel's Bow
Auriel's Bow
Base Damage 13
Speed 1
Weight 11
Value 1000
Level 1+
Category Bow
Class Elven
Variants -
Skill Archery
Unique Yes
Item ID XX000800
Game/DLC Dawnguard

Auriel's Bow is the best Bow in Skyrim due to its innate effect that deals an addental 20 damage to any target it hits, or triple to undead, this makes it the strongest and fastest firing bows in the game. The bow is also incredibly powerful in the hands of a Vampire.

Weapon Enchantment

Auriel's Bows enchantment does 20 points of innate sun damage to any target it hits, if the target is undead it will deal 60 damage. Note that this effect is also tripled again when stealth attacking with the Deadly Aim perk.

In addition to the enchantment, Auriel's Bow appears to have faster draw speed than a regular bow. Fully nocking an arrow with the Quick Shot perk takes less than a second.

The bows enchantment can be used 26 times before it must be recharged.

You can find full breakdown and information of all Weapon Enchantment Effects.

21 points of sun damage. Undead targets take triple damage

How to Get the Auriel's Bow?

Where to find the Auriel's Bow Location?

You can get Auriel's Bow at the end of the Dawnguard Questline. The bow is obtained at the end of the quest "Touching the Sky," after defeating Arch-Curate Vyrthur in the Forgotten Vale.

Gameplay Tips and Tricks

  • Auriel's Bow has the secound fastest firing speed in the game, after the Zephyr Bow, with the Quick Shot Perk it takes less than a second to nock and fire an arrow.
  • While Autiels bow may appear to have a low base damage of 13, its innate enchantment allowes it to deal an additional 20 sun damage for a total damage of 33, or 73 damage against undead.
  • Its possible to deal 9x damage to undead targets with stealth attacks and the Deadly Aim perk in the Sneak Skill Tree.
  • The weapon damage effect can be increases by 100% with the Overdraw perk in the Archery Skill tree.
  • Obtaining Auriel's Bow still counts towards the Oblivion Walker achievement, even though it is not a Daedric Artifact.

Unique Arrows

Auriel's bow can use unique arrows obtained by talking to Serana that have special effects when used with Auriel's Bow:

Sunhallowed Arrows

  • Firing a Sunhallowed Elven Arrow from Auriel's Bow towards the sun creates a sunburst attack causeing the sun to explode and damage nearby targets (including innocents), similar to the Storm Call shout.
  • When fired directly into an enemy, from Auriel's Bow, a bright explosion is created on impact dealing 40 sunlight damage in a 15 foot radius, akin to the effect of Vampire's Bane.

Bloodcursed Arrows

  • Using Auriel's Bow to shoot a Bloodcursed Elven Arrow at the sun creates a sudden darkness, turning the day into a false-night with a black hole-like anomaly eclipsing the sun. This effect lasts for an entire in-game day, allowing vampires to operate without being affected by daylight. This can also lead to vampire attacks occurring within towns during the day.
  • Note that Bloodcursed elven arrows cannot be obtained if you have convinced Serana to cure herself of vampirism, her mother Valerica will also refuse to make them, explaining that she never wanted any part in the prophecy.
  • Aiming the bow at the direction of the sun makes the screen briefly turn yellow of red. This helps you aim at the sun, even if it's behind mountains or clouds.

Smithing.png Smithing Guide

Enchanted weapons require the Arcane Blacksmith Perk to upgrade.

Crafting Materials Upgrade Materials Smithing Level Smithing Perk
Cannot be crafted Refined Moonstone - Elven Smithing

Item tier.png Weapon Levels

Some weapons in Skyrim are Levelled. The power of a levelled weapon is based on your charcters level when you get them. Some get stronger in both physical and magical aspects, while others only improve their enchantments. These items don't get better as your character levels up.

The Auriels Bow is not a leveled weapon.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment Level ID
1+ 13 11 1000 21 points of sun damage. Undead targets take triple damage XX000800

Ranged Weapon Categories

All Unique Bows

Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill DLC
Angi's Bow Skyrim Angi's Bow.webp 7 0.937 7 50 Cannot be enchanted 000CC392 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Archery 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 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 Skyrim
Drainspell Bow Skyrim Drainspell Bow.webp 14 0.875 6 458 Absorb Magicka 15 points 000F82FC 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Archery Skyrim
Dravin's Bow Skyrim Dravin's Bow.webp 7 0.937 7 50 Cannot be enchanted 0006B9AD 1+ Leather Strips Steel 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 Dragonborn
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 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 Skyrim
Gauldur Blackbow Skyrim Gauldur Blackbow.webp 14 0.875 18 972 Absorb 30 points of magicka 000F5D22 36+ Steel Ingot Dwarven 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 Dragonborn
Karliah's Bow Skyrim Karliah's Bow.webp 25 0.625 9 5 Cannot be enchanted 000DEED8 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 Skyrim
Zephyr Skyrim Zephyr.webp 12 1 10 670 Fires 30% faster than a standard bow XX00CFB6 1+ Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing Archery 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 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 Creation Club

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