An archer is trained in the use of bows and arrows. The greater the skill, the more deadly the shot. - In game description


[edit] Basic Information

Archery is the skill that allows the player to use bows and crossbows (In Dawnguard) effectively. The higher your skill at Archery, the more damage done in every shot.

[edit] Perks

There are total of nine perks, requiring 16 perk points.

Perk Skill Level Requirement Perk Requirement Effect
Overdraw (5 levels) 0/20/40/60/80 Bows do 20/40/60/80/100% more damage.
Critical Shot 30/60/90 Overdraw 10%/15%/20% chance of a critical hit that does extra damage.
Hunter's Discipline 50 Critical Shot Recover twice as many arrows from dead bodies.
Ranger 60 Hunter's Discipline Able to move faster with a drawn bow.
Eagle Eye 30 Overdraw Pressing Block while aiming will zoom in your view.
Power Shot 50 Eagle Eye Arrows stagger all but the largest opponents 50% of the time.
Quick Shot 70 Power Shot Can draw a bow 30% faster.
Bullseye 100 Ranger or Quick Shot 15% chance of paralyzing the target for a few seconds.
Steady Hand 40/60 Eagle Eye Zooming in with a bow slows time by 25%/50%.

[edit] Skill Increase

You can level up Archery the conventional way but there are other methods of doing it.

[edit] Character Creation

The following Races give a boost in Archery:

Bosmer +10 Khajiit, Redguard +5

[edit] Skill Books

Each of these increase your Archery skill by one:

  • Father Of The Niben
  • The Black Arrow, v2
  • The Gold Ribbon of Merit
  • The Marksmanship Lesson
  • Vernaccus and Bourlor

[edit] Skill Trainers

There are several trainers around Skyrim that will increase your Archery skill, some better than others.

  • Faendal in Riverwood (Common)
  • Aela the Huntress of the Companions in *Whiterun (Expert)
  • Niruin in the Thieves Guild of Riften (Master)

Related Threads

The Skyrim Archery Appreciation Thread - last post by @ Mar 4, 2014
Archery help? - last post by @ Jan 9, 2012
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Archery enchantments - last post by @ Jan 23, 2012
Last edited by Beta on 18 August 2012 at 00:16
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