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Skyrim:Nightingale Bow



Nightingale Bow
Nightingale Bow
Base Damage 19
Speed 0.5
Weight 18
Value 3405
Level 46+
Category Bow
Class -
Variants Karliah's Bow
Skill Archery
Unique Yes
Item ID 000F652C
Game/DLC Skyrim

One of the best bows in Skyrim is the unique Nightingale Bow due to its enchantment which deals a combination of shock and frost damage, slowing the target and making them easier to hit with additional sneak attacks.

Weapon Enchantment

  • The Nightingale Bow has a levelled enchantment that deals between 5-15 points of shock damage 10-30 points of Frost Damage while slowing the target by 50% for 3 seconds, making subsequent sneak attacks easier to hit.
  • The Enchantment can be used 44 times before the weapon needs to be recharged again.
  • You can find full breakdown and information of all Weapon Enchantment Effects Here.
Level Enchantment
1-18 Freezes the target for 10 points and shocks the target for 5 points
19-26 Freezes the target for 15 points and shocks the target for 7 points
27-35 Freezes the target for 20 points and shocks the target for 10 points
36-45 Freezes the target for 25 points and shocks the target for 12 points
46+ Freezes the target for 30 points and shocks the target for 15 points

How to Get the Nightingale Bow?

Where to find the Nightingale Bow Location?

You can get the Nightingale Bow by starting the Thieves Guild Questline. During the quest Hard Answers, Karliah will give the Nightingale Bow to the Dragonborn as a reward for finishing the Thieves Guild Questline. The weapon is obtained after getting the Nightingale Armor Set.


Gameplay Tips

  • It can be worth delaying the completion of the Thieves Guild Questline until the Dragonborn is level 46+ so you can obtain the best version of the Nightingale Bow which deals the most damage and has the most powerful enchantment. If you get the Nightingale Bow too early it will be out levelled by other weapons which deal more damage. The same logic can be applied to only obtaining the Nightingale Armor Set after level 32+. This way you ensure that you have the best version of these unique weapons and armor pieces.
  • The best version of the Nightingale Bow deals a total of 64 damage (19 base damage, 15 shock damage and 30 frost damage).
  • Even though the Nightingales Bow has the same 19 base damage as a Daedric Bow, but its unique encahntment is epsically good for Stealth Archer Builds because it slows the target by 50% with each hit, allowing you more time to hit the enemy with additional 3x damage sneak attacks before they detect you.

Smithing.png Smithing Guide

Strangely the Nightingale Bow is not affected by any smithing perks. This weas addressed in the Unofficial Skyrim Patch to make the bow benefit from the Daedric smithing perk.

Enchanted weapons require the Arcane Blacksmith Perk to upgrade.

Level Upgrade Material Smithing Level Smithing Perk
1-18 Ebony Ingot - -
19-26 Ebony Ingot - -
27-35 Ebony Ingot - -
36-45 Ebony Ingot - -
46+ Ebony Ingot - -

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 Nightingale Bow is a leveled weapon. You can obtain the best version of the Nightingale Bow at level 46+.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment Level ID
1-18 12 9 493 Freezes the target for 10 points and shocks the target for 5 points 0007E5C3
19-26 13 11 838 Freezes the target for 15 points and shocks the target for 7 points 000F6529
27-35 15 13 1409 Freezes the target for 20 points and shocks the target for 10 points 000F652A
36-45 17 15 2240 Freezes the target for 25 points and shocks the target for 12 points 000F652B
46+ 19 18 3405 Freezes the target for 30 points and shocks the target for 15 points 000F652C



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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