Bows in Skyrim refer to one of the ranged weapons that players can equip and use to deal physical damage. Bows allow players to deal physical from afar and can even be done while sneaking to kill targets without being detected. Bows receive bonuses from the Archery skills and perks with a variety of bonuses and additions allowing players to even get time slow effects. Bows need arrows that they fire at enemies and do not work when out of arrows. 

 

The Best Bows in Skyrim

The following is a short list of the best bows in Skyrim for the players to find and use

  • Auriel's Bow: Deals additional Sun damage with increased damage to undead
  • Nightingale Bow: High base damage with additional Shock and Frost damages on hit
  • Dwarven Black Bow of Fate: Has a 50% chance to absorb 25 points of Health, Stamina and Magicka on hitting an enemy
  • Dragonbone Bow: Highest base damage bow that can be crafted and enchanted
  • Bound Bow: High damage bow that comes with 100 arrows as strong as deadric arrows

 

Skyrim Bow Tips

Bows are ranged weapons used in Skyrim that players can use to their advantage:

  • Benefits from Sneak perk Deadly Aim to increase sneak attack damage with bows to 3 times damage
  • The Eagle Eye perk allows players to zoom in while aiming but will consume Stamina while doing so
  • Use poisons on the bow to make the next arrow fire poison coated
  • Bring enough arrows to not run out during fights
  • Headshots do not do more damage
  • The Conjuration spell Bound Bow can provide a good bow with 100 arrows to use

 

 

 

All Skyrim Bows

 

Quick Search of All Skyrim Bows 

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Name Damage Effects
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Ancient Nord Bow
8

Can be found on Draugr and Skeletons in ancient Nordic Tombs

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Angi's Bow
7

Can be obtained from the Quest Composure, Speed and Precision

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Auriel's Bow
13

20 points of sun damage.

Undead targets take triple damage

Can block out the sun until the next morning by firing the Bloodcursed Elven Arrows at the sun

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Bow of the Hunt
10

Deals 20 extra damage to Animals

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Daedric Bow
19

Can be made with the Daedric Smithing perk and Smithing level 90

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Dragonbone Bow
20

Can be made with the Dragon Armor perk and Smithing level 100

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Drainspell Bow
14

Absorb Magicka 15 points.

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Dravin's Bow
7

Can be obtained during the quest Bow to the Master

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Dwarven Bow
12

Can be made with the Dwarven Smithing perk and Smithing level 30

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Dwarven Black Bow of Fate
13

50% chance for each attribute to absorb 25 pts. of HealthStamina, and/or Magicka.

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Ebony Bow
17

Can be made with the Ebony Smithing perk and Smithing level 80

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Elven Bow
13

Can be made with the Elven Smithing perk and Smithing level 30

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Falmer Bow
12

Can be found on most Falmer.

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Falmer Supple Bow
15

Can be found on boss type Falmer like Falmer Shadowmasters and Falmer Gloomlurkers

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Firiniel's End
13

Target takes 20 points of frost damage to Magicka Health and Stamina.

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Forsworn Bow
12

Can be found on most types of Forsworn.

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Froki's Bow
5

Does 10 points of Stamina damage.

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Gauldur Blackbow
8-14

Absorbs 10-30 points of Magicka damage.

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Glass Bow
15

Can be made with the Glass Smithing perk and Smithing level 70

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Glass Bow of the Stag Prince
16

Wielder receives an increasingly powerful blessing for every 20 animals killed by the bow..

The blessing grants an additional 5 points of Health and Stamina at start and increases by 5 for each 20 animals kills. Maxes out at 25

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Hunting Bow

7

Can be found throughout Skyrim starting level 1.

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Imperial Bow
9

Can be found on Imperial Soldiers

Can be found in locations all over Skyrim

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Karliah's Bow
25

Can only be obtained through console commands

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Long Bow
6

Can be found in bandit camps

Commonly sold by merchants and blacksmiths

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Nord Hero Bow
11

Can only be crafted at the Skyforge after completing the Companions questline

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Nordic Bow
13

Can be made with the Advanced Armors perk and a Smithing level of 50

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Orcish Bow
10

Can be made with the Orcish Smithing perk and Smithing level 50

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Stalhrim Bow
17

The Frost Damage enchantment is 25% stronger on this weapon.

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Supple Ancient Nord Bow
14

Can be found Draugrs and Skeletons in ancient Nordic Tombs

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Nightingale Bow
12-19

Nightingale Storm: Freezes the target for 10-30 points and shocks the target for 5-15 points.

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Zephyr
14

Fires 30% faster than a standard bow.




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