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Archery is one of the combat skills that are available to choose from in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Press and hold M1 to draw the bow. Release M1 to fire, or press R to cancel the shot. You can also perform a weak bash by tapping M2. It takes a moment to fully draw the bow. A partially drawn bow does less damage.

When you equip a bow, the weakest available arrows are automatically equipped as well, though you can select a different set of arrows if you prefer.

You can select Archery perks that let you hold M2 while the bow is fully drawn to slow down time and zoom in on your target.

PS3 and Xbox commands[ | ]

You can also cancel a shot by pressing square button or the X on the PS3 version, and tapping the X button on the Xbox 360 version.

Perks[ | ]

Perks Requirements Description (Ranks)
Overdraw None Bows do 20% more damage.
Archery 20 Bows do 40% more damage.
Archery 40 Bows do 60% more damage.
Archery 60 Bows do 80% more damage.
Archery 80 Bows do twice as much damage.
Eagle Eye Archery 30, Overdraw Pressing block while aiming will zoom in your view.
Critical Shot Archery 30, Overdraw 10% chance of critical hit.
Archery 60 15% chance of critical hit that does 25% more critical damage.
Archery 90 20% chance of critical hit that does 50% more critical damage.
Steady Hand Archery 40, Eagle Eye Zooming in with a bow slows time by 25%.
Archery 60 Zooming in with a bow slows time by 50%.
Power Shot Archery 50, Eagle Eye Arrows stagger all but the largest opponents 50% of the time.
Hunter's Discipline Archery 50, Critical Shot Recover twice as many arrows from dead bodies.
Ranger Archery 60, Hunter's Discipline Able to move faster with a drawn bow.
Quick Shot Archery 70, Power Shot Can draw a bow 30% faster.
Bullseye Archery 100, Quick Shot or Ranger 15% chance of paralyzing the target for a few seconds.

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Bows[ | ]

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Minor Archery Archery Major Archery Eminent Archery Exteme Archery Peerless Archery