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15 Best Archery & Bow Mods For Skyrim

Archer playthroughs are always a super fun thing. Especially when you install so many mods in your game that firing arrows feels much more realistic and wandering around with your bow becomes much more fun.

As such I’ve made a list of the best archery mods that I’ve found to enhance the archery experience of Skyrim as much as possible.

Bear in mind that the mods I’ve compiled are exclusively meant to enhance archery per se.

You may find other mods that further enhance your experience (for example, customizable camera mods) but the main goal of my list is to provide you with a set of mods that focus on improving arrows, bows, and archery-related stuff only.

15. Difficult Archery

Difficult Archery mod

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The description of this mod couldn’t have said it better – everyone is a master marksman in Skyrim except you.

It seems like every single NPC in the game always has the edge on the player as they never seem to miss a single shot.

With Difficult Archery, however, you’ll be able to see your enemies fire with the same level of inaccuracy as you. Specifically because it adds a higher error margin for the shots of all NPCs in the game.

This mod also makes archery a true challenge – you will need to find cover if you are to survive enemy attacks, as the higher inaccuracy is also accompanied by higher damage (both with your bow and your enemies’ bows).


14. Better Archery Eagle Eye Perk

Better Archery Eagle Eye Perk

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The Eagle Eye perk is basically the equivalent of sniping in Skyrim, but it makes it quite difficult to use the fact that it drains stamina too quickly.

Also the zoom doesn’t feel quite as good.

Well this mod kills two birds with one arrow and fixes just that – you’ll be able to zoom in much more when using the Eagle Eye perk and your stamina will drain much more slowly as well.


13. Better Archery

Better Archery mod

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Better Archery aims to reduce the unrealistic effects of arrows in the game.

Do you know how arrows seems to float in Skyrim when you fire them? Well install this mod and that will happen no longer.

The speed of all arrows will be increased and the effects that gravity has on each of them isn’t as bad. That means that they have better accuracy thanks to improved trajectories.

Shoot your enemies across higher distances and eliminate all of your foes without batting an eye thanks to this amazing mod.


12. Proper Aiming

Proper Aiming in Skyrim

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Proper Aiming makes your arrows go straight to the center of your crosshair.

If you’ve had enough of arrow inaccuracy then this mod is the one you’ll want to try.

It allows your shots to go exactly where you’re aiming, which surprisingly isn’t the case in the vanilla game. Oh well, thankfully we have modders to fix what Bethesda didn’t.


11. Insane Armory – Archery Bows and Crossbows

Insane Armory mod

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This mod is a visual change to the game, but the difference is noticeable and bows and crossbows look much better.

Insane Armory makes bows look much less thick than they do in the game.

I know you don’t think this is a necessary change, but please take a look at the mod page and see how the mod alters the look of bows. They just look much more realistic.

The mod makes it feel like your character is truly holding a comfortable bow and not just some massive weapon that seems too difficult to handle.


10. Whiterun Archery Pro Shop

Whiterun Archery Pro Shop mod

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Whiterun Archery Pro Shop is a new store that just opened in Whiterun, which is owned by Les The Hunter.

As one of the most skillful archers in Skyrim, he’s open to sharing his knowledge of archery if you’re keen to hire an instructor.

The shop sells everything you need to buy as a skilled or newcomer in the world of archery, including weapons and ammunition.

Also as the creator of the mod states, Les is a marriable character.

If you want a hunting companion for the rest of your days or simply someone that has your back with the bow, Les is a good option.


9. Ultra Realistic Bow Shooting Sounds

Realistic Bow Shooting Sounds in Skyrim

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The creator of this mod took time to record the sounds of actual bows being shot on YouTube and simply made sound files for the game with said recordings.

A fantastic mod indeed, using quite a simple yet super effective concept.

It makes shooting a much more enjoyable experience!


8. Extended Archery Skill Tree

Extended Archery Skill Tree

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This mod is meant to be used together with other difficulty-enhancing mods, but it basically allows arrows to do much more damage as you progress through levels in Skyrim.

Many issues with archery in the game come from the fact that arrows become less effective against high-level foes, which causes problems to the player more often than not.


7. Spinning Arrows

Spinning Arrows in Skyrim

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This mod makes arrows spin when you shoot them, much like they do in real life!

In Skyrim whenever you shoot a bow, the arrow simply moves in a straight direction without any sort of rotation movement whatsoever.

But with this mod you will notice how every arrow moves as you shoot them, enhancing the way it looks by a landslide. Highly recommend this one for any serious archery users.


6. Scoped Bows

Scoped Bows in Skyrim

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Scoped Bows is a mod that adds scopes in the most lore-friendly way possible.

The design of these bows looks very much like any other creation made by the Dunmer, so it does fit quite nicely into Skyrim.

The mod adds a total of 32 bows into the game, which gives you plenty of variety and many more options to complement your archery experience.

If you’ve been playing the game for as long as me, you’ll probably look at this mod with a lot of enthusiasm – and rightly so. Aiming with these weapons is extremely fun!


5. Auto Unequip Ammo

Auto Unequip Ammo in Skyrim

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This mod makes ammo get automatically unequipped from your character’s active slots as soon as you unequip the ranged weapon that you’re using.

For that purpose, the mod remembers exactly which type of ammunition you were using with any bow in the game. Which means that it will get automatically equipped back whenever you use that bow again.

It’s a QOL mod more than anything else.

If you’re like me and you hate that ammo stays when your weapon isn’t in your hands, then this mod is exactly what you need.


4. Nock to Tip

Nock to Tip in Skyrim

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Nock to Tip overhauls the archery system by basically making smithing and archery independent from one another.

Gone are the days of you having to craft random crap to improve your smithing skill and gain access to better arrows.

Now with this mod you’ll be able to fletch your own arrows without having to use grindstones of any sorts.

Instead nocks are now attached to most arrows in the game thanks to the complete rework done by the creator of this mod.

That’s right – this mod changes the way every single arrow in the game looks.

It adds a nock to the tip of every arrow plus it gives arrows a more realistic and elongated look. They will also now be able to penetrate further into the skin and organs of your foes, making them deadlier.


3. Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows

Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows

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This is another mod that shows how short arrows are in vanilla Skyrim.

It makes every single arrow in the game longer, but it also makes the quivers more attached to the body of your character.

Plus it makes n sense for the quiver to be floating in the air, and this is one of the things that has irked Skyrim players the most ever since the release of the game.


2. ABT – Arrow and Bolt Tweaks

Arrow and Bolt Tweaks Skyrim

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This mod makes a lot of subtle changes to the arrow and bolt system of the game, but they all add up to create a much more enjoyable archery experience.

The arrows move better, ammunition is far more useful, progressive damage is introduced to the game, and the overall quality of archery improves by a landslide.

A fantastic mod that compiles many of the best features of other mods on this list. I would recommend trying this one (and the mod that took the first place on this list) before the rest!


1. Archery Gameplay Overhaul

Archery Gameplay Overhaul Skyrim mod

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AGO changes the way your character moves when using a bow. Sounds small but it gets into a lot of detail.

It has basically a full rework of a bunch of the game’s animations to make everything look better and smoother.

Bows are also drawn much faster, cutting the time it takes for you to fire in half, and it even adds the ability for you to enchant arrows and improve your strength as a bowman even further.

There’s bleeding, better crosshairs, progressive damage, and even arm fatigue to make archery a much more pleasant and a tad more challenging activity.

Everything about this mod makes archery a lot more fun.

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DynDOLOD 3.00 Alpha 49

By sheson

I will keep this post brief. Make use of the Help buttons and hover over settings. Do not hesitate to ask questions and provide feedback.
This is early ALPHA to test things and iron out bugs. Certain things may be incomplete, not work as expected or change considerably between versions. Read the documentation included in the Standalone archive. In case of error messages, click "Help for this message" if available. Ask questions (also about 3rd party mods) or report any problems or issue in this thread only since any question or problem can only be properly answered or addressed by the developers.
If making posts or reporting errors, upload/paste these files (if they exist) to a file or text sharing service:
..\DynDOLOD\Logs\[DynDOLOD|TexGen]_[TES5|ENDERAL|SSE|TES5VR|ENDERALSE]_log.txt (truncate large log files to the entire last meaningful generation)
If issue involves LODGen upload/paste
If the option "Copy this message to clipboard" is available, copy and paste the text instead posting a screenshot. Consider search for the text of the error message to find similar questions and answers.
DynDOLOD Standalone 3.00 Alpha-49 (Mega) DynDOLOD Resources 3.00 Alpha-15 (Mega) for Skyrim/Enderal or DynDOLOD Resources SE 3.00 Alpha-15 (Mega) for Skyrim SE/Skyrim VR/Enderal SE Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019 For dynamic LOD: SKSE, SKSE64, SKSEVR and PapyrusUtil, PapyrusUtil SE, PapyrusUtil VR  or DynDOLOD DLL For grass LOD: A warm precache from No Grass In Objects. See next post for details. For Majestic Mountains: Majestic Mountains LOD Pack for DynDOLOD 3. Obviously do not install LOD meshes from older versions made for DynDOLOD 2.x.  
Install the requirements as usual. Install the Core Files from either DynDOLOD Resources or DynDOLOD Resources SE depending on the used game version. Typically overwrite any files or refer to Load/Overwrite Orders. Install other options as desired. Unpack the DynDOLOD Standalone archive into a new empty 'DynDOLOD' directory that is outside of special OS folders like 'Programs Files' or 'Program Files (x86)', User, Documents, Desktop, Download and also not in SteamApps, game or any mod manager folders. If the tools are started without setting a Game Mode with a command line argument (-tes5 for Skyrim, -sse for Skyrim Special Edition etc.), a message window will prompt for the desired Game Mode. Since TexGen now generates billboards do not install any 3rd party billboards.
LOD Generation
Use TexGen to generate object LOD textures and tree/grass LOD billboards into a dedicated output folder and then install as a mod. Use DynDOLOD to generate object LOD (includes grass LOD if enabled), tree and optional dynamic LOD into a dedicated output folder and then install as a mod.  
Major Feature Changes
Generate high quality tree/grass LOD billboards with TexGen. No need to install any billboards. Optional ultra tree LOD is now a checkbox - remember to update the tree mesh rule as desired. Optional billboard Grass LOD in object LOD Level 4. See next post for details. Generate some pre-rendered object LOD textures, including all cities. Optional generate an underside terrain mesh to block sun rays. Automatic texture replacements for stitched object LOD textures. Optional Grass LOD generation is now a checkbox Optional occlusion generation is now a checkbox and can generate Occlusion.esp in the same session, eliminating the step with xLODGen Option terrain underside generation is now a checkbox  
Changelog 3.00 Alpha 49
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed a potential race condition
LODGen.exe - fixed sometimes not properly setting third texture for internal billboard
3.00 Alpha 48
DynDOLOD.exe - improve billboard txt/dds discovery
DynDOLOD.exe - print CRC32 of full model to Tree/Object Report for convenience
TexGen.exe - scan references to find maximum scale to supersede TreeModelHeightMultiplier for each tree LOD billboard
LODGen.exe - clamp UV coordinates according to shader setting
LODGen.exe - improve fault tolerance by not stopping if header block size is smaller than actual expected size
3.00 Alpha 47
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not using the highest overwrite material shader when upconverting the form version of records for not properly converted plugins
3.00 Alpha 46
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed -Inf to floating point conversion
3.00 Alpha 45
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes assigning wrong LOD levels for duplicate LOD filenames
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes not adding a required master
DynDOLOD.exe - add warning messages for missing script properties, invalid or missing scripts
TexGen.exe - preemptively free texture memory
3.00 Alpha 44
DynDOLOD.exe - check for injected worldspace
LODGen.exe - fixed not creating terrain underside for certain game modes
3.00 Alpha 43
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed item not found for occlusion generation
3.00 Alpha 42
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not packing Occlusion.esp into archive
DynDOLOD.exe - automatically enable terrain underside generation in case DVLaSS is installed
DynDOLOD.exe - check for worldspace Editor ID changes
3.00 Alpha 41
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed argument out of range
3.00 Alpha 40
DynDOLOD.exe - added occlusion generation as a GUI option
DynDOLOD.exe - added option to generate Occlusion.esp equivalent to xLODGen
DynDOLOD.exe - added grass LOD generation as a GUI option
DynDOLOD.exe - added terrain underside generation as a GUI option
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not adding all required masters for object activators
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed LODGen_Options file path
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not setting all flags when creating dynamic base record
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not setting neverfade flag on object activator
LODGen.exe - improved using atlas for shapes without normal map texture
3.00 Alpha 39
TexGen.exe - improved detecting max available render resolution
3.00 Alpha 38 TexGen.exe - fixed not detecting DLC properly and not ignoring files equally in the render folders
TexGen.exe - try to always use better NVIDIA/AMD graphics card for OpenGL
3.00 Alpha 37
DynDOLOD.exe - improved texture discovery while generating the export file for LODGen
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not adding the NOLOD identifier to EditorID for references added by patches
3.00 Alpha 36
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed a race condition detecting duplicate tree references
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed a race condition while creating empty BTT
DynDOLOD.exe - do not wait for existing on-demand object LOD texture to be created
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed issue with existing LAND records when updating DynDOLOD plugins
TexGen.exe/DynDOLOD.exe - default some settings based on resolution found in Prefs, Custom or Display Tweaks INI
TexGen.exe/DynDOLOD.exe - added option to create a zip file of the content in the output folder
TexGen.exe - fixed not being able to render alpha channel from output resolution instead of downsampled alpha
Texconv.exe - updated to latest version
Texconv.exe - if runing under wine force -nowic and use "%Iu" instead of "%zu"
LODGen.exe - fixed not reading 4th flat texture
LODGen.exe - updated lz4 package
3.00 Alpha 35
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not updating Mesh Mask/Reference list view
DynDOLOD.exe - improved reporting and ignoring of some missing textures
3.00 Alpha 34
TexGen.exe/DynDOLOD.exe - added game mode selection window if started without game mode command line argument
DynDOLOD.exe - improved automatic texture replacements for stitched object LOD textures
DynDOLOD.exe - do not warn about missing textures if they are being replaced
DynDOLOD.exe - automatically create stitched object LOD texture for replaced textures if required
DynDOLOD.exe - automatically create non alpha texture of full texture if required
DynDOLOD.exe - improved mini atlas export data
DynDOLOD.exe - improved worldspace bounds warning/error settings
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed and improved mesh rules loading order
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes ignoring Reference Enable mesh rule setting
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed a case of wrongly setting LOD Levels to None
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not updating reference rules internally
DynDOLOD.exe - improved detection of childworld copies
DynDOLOD.exe - never list child worldspaces that use parent worldspace for LOD even if they have a lodsettings file
TexGen.exe - added/updated rendered object LOD textures
TexGen.exe - fixed wrong output path for rendered billboards found in data folder
TexGen.exe - do not try to render textures for DLC if DLC is missing
TexGen.exe - improved config file reading for records in ESL flagged plugins
TexGen.exe - added CreateMod INI setting to generate textures to include in a mod that won't prompt to uninstall old TexGen output
LODGen.exe - fixed an issue with sometimes not combining crown and trunk when generating hybrids
LODGen.exe - fixed a random grass LOD exception
LODGen.exe - fixed grass LOD not being generated for grasses added by ESL flagged plugins
LODGen.exe - default threadsplit to number of physical cores
DynDOLOD Resources - updated meshes and textures for better compatibility
DynDOLOD Resources SE - updated meshes and textures for better compatibility
3.00 Alpha 33
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed an issue with adding grass LOD billboards to object LOD atlas
3.00 Alpha 32
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed wrong INI settings
3.00 Alpha 31
DynDOLOD.exe - added Enderal SE Steam support, start with -enderalse command line argument
DynDOLOD.exe - added INI settings CrownBrightness, TrunkBrightness, FlatTrunkBrightness vertex color multipliers to control brightness of 3D tree models in object LOD
DynDOLOD.exe - never ignore neverfades in child worlds for upgrading to static or dynamic LOD
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed accidentally adding material shader to glow LOD
DynDOLOD.exe - do not use empty list item from lists in INI
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not always disabling some dynamic LOD correctly in scanned childworlds that also have their own LOD (e.g. Markarth)
TexGen.exe - added rendered object LOD textures - most notably Solitude, Markarth, Riften, Windhelm and College of Winterhold
LODGen.exe - CrownBrightness*=, TrunkBrightness*=, FlatTrunkBrightness*= added
DynDOLOD Resources SE - updated meshes and texture for better compatibility
3.00 Alpha 30
TexGen.exe - fixed sometimes wrongly applying specular 3.00 Alpha 29
TexGen.exe - improved loading of cubemap textures
3.00 Alpha 28
TexGen.exe/DynDOLOD.exe - added Enderal SE support, uses its own config files in anticipation of Steam version
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed accidentally generating tree LOD instead of object LOD for child world copies
DynDOLOD.exe - add full-model-CRC32 matching for object/dynamic LOD models for automatic support of "dumb" mesh replacer mods
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not adding center cell data for first dynamic LOD activation
DynDOLOD.exe - added/updated rules for better compatibility
TexGen.exe - properly ignore trees without models or deleted base records
TexGen.exe - added environment/cubemap shader
TexGen.exe - added rendered object LOD textures - most notably vanilla Whiterun and Dwemer Ruins, DynDOLOD Dawnguard castle and more
LODGen.exe - improved parsing of txt files
Texconv.exe - updated to latest version
DynDOLOD_Manual.html - updated explanations information for Enderal
DynDOLOD Resources SE - updated meshes and texture for better compatibility
3.00 Alpha 27
DynDOLOD.exe - added INI setting TerrainUndersideIgnoreWorlds=
LODGen.exe - optimize underside terrain by removing triangles for default terrain height
DynDOLOD-Resources-SE - added patch to enable grass for Whiterun exterior

3.00 Alpha 26
DynDOLOD.exe - add terrain underside references to ESP so they work in all worldspaces
3.00 Alpha 25
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed a problem with thread control
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed patches sometimes being confused about the destination plugin
DynDOLOD.exe - improved enabling/disabling of underside mesh
Papyrus Script - updated objectenabler script
3.00 Alpha 24
DynDOLOD.exe - enable/disable terrain underside meshes in child worldspaces
DynDOLOD.exe - only generate terrain underside meshes for worldspaces that have LOD level 32
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed ignoring skinned meshes for dynamic LOD
Papyrus Script - new objectenabler script for terrain underside meshes
LODGen.exe - do not fail if optional billboard txt file is not present
LODGen.exe - fixed sometimes not automatically setting passthru for glow shader
LODGen.exe - fixed sometimes not applying replacement textures
3.00 Alpha 23
DynDOLOD.exe/TexGen.exe - fixed not using SSE config files for TES5VR
DynDOLOD.exe - added INI settings TerrainUnderside, TerrainUndersideQuality and TerrainUndersideHeigth to automatically generate and place a terrain NIF that aids in blocking sun rays
3.00 Alpha 22
DynDOLOD.exe - added INI settings DoubleSidedTextureMask and DoubleSidedMeshMask to force double sided flag for specfic meshes or textures
LODGen.exe - DoubleSidedTextureMask= and DoubleSidedMeshMask= added
3.00 Alpha 21
DynDOLOD.exe - ignore billboards without txt files so LODGen does not fail later
LODGen.exe - added GrassDensity= to allow for lower density of grass LOD billboards in object LOD
LODGen.exe - added ThreadSplit= to control ratio of main to sub threads for object LOD generation
3.00 Alpha 20
LODGen.exe - fixed looking up wrong path in BSA for billboard txt
3.00 Alpha 19
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed skipping over some references using LIGH
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed ignoring overwrites from patches
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not always copying XEMI record from child world to existing parent LOD representations
DynDOLOD.exe - ignore references with only a notice that have been moved out of their original worldspace
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed ignoring XESP parent configuration not working as intended
TexGen.exe - do not leave orphaned billboard files in case they are filtered out
3.00 Alpha 18
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed wrong tree LOD atlas coordinates
3.00 Alpha 17
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed index out of bounds while generating tree LOD texture atlas
3.00 Alpha 16
DynDOLOD.exe - ignore duplicate patches
3.00 Alpha 15
DynDOLOD.exe - default to -memory instead of -speed
DynDOLOD.exe - added duplicate texture removal to object LOD atlas generation
DynDOLOD.exe - added thread limit settings for some Occlusion operations
LODGen.exe - fixed an indexing error
LODGen.exe - added Threads= to limit number of concurrent LOD generation threads, defaults to number of cores
3.00 Alpha 14
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not ignoring player enable parent for tree LOD
TexGen.exe - fixed a case of not ignoring case
3.00 Alpha 13
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes leaving ITM records
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed removing alpha channel from texture if NiAlphaProperty threshold is 0
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes setting unresolved material links
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not overwriting earlier rules
TexGen.exe - maximize and trim billboard texture based on render instead of vertex bounding box
TexGen.exe - do not generate billboard if textures are missing
LODGen.exe - fixed sometimes not using side-view billboard
3.00 Alpha 12
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed wrong load order detection for ESP only generation
3.00 Alpha 11
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes modifying other plugins
TexGen.exe - added separate MaxSuperSamples options for grass, tree and objects
LODGen.exe - fixed sometimes not discovering grass billboards correctly
3.00 Alpha 10
DynDOLOD.exe - removed a left over debug check stopping things for no reason
3.00 Alpha 9
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes copying wrong overwrite record
3.00 Alpha 8
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes not matching LOD models
3.00 Alpha 7
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed sometimes adding a duplicate textures on atlas
3.00 Alpha 6
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not adding master for direct childworld copies
3.00 Alpha 5
DynDOLOD.exe - demoted duplicate cell exception to a warning
DynDOLOD.exe - check for childless worldspaces 
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed not adding master for enable parent of object activators
DynDOLOD.exe - improved reading of grass data
DynDOLOD.exe - added INI setting AlphaFactor= to control internal mipmap alpha coverage
DynDOLOD.exe - improved normalization of assets paths
TexGen.exe - ^^which means finding textures with rooted texture paths found in NIF
3.00 Alpha 4
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed trying to add references for empty parent models for glow LOD
DynDOLOD.exe - report missing base record LOD definitions if automatic matching fails
DynDOLOD.exe - do not add worshippers to cells added by ESP
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed forced load order resulting in orphaned records 
DynDOLOD.exe - double check if there are duplicate cells
DynDOLOD.exe - monitor for duplicate triplets
DynDOLOD.exe - properly blame ESP not setting MSTT DATA - Flags 0x4 
TexGen.exe - fixed localization preventing rendering
TexGen.exe - fixed sometimes writing wrong CRC32 for textures
3.00 Alpha 3
DynDOLOD.exe - ignore inconsequential unresovled errors in DLC and paid mods
3.00 Alpha 2
DynDOLOD.exe - fixed INI setting typo
DynDOLOD Help - updated grass LOD settings information for No Grass In Objects version 6

3.00 Alpha 1
DynDOLOD.exe - converted all remaining external pas scripts to native code
DynDOLOD.exe - added ultra LOD as a GUI option
DynDOLOD.exe - export binary terrain file for LODGen
DynDOLOD.exe - export grass LOD billboard file for LODGen
TexGen.exe - converted all remaining external pas scripts to native code
TexGen.exe - added OpenGl renderer and options to generate object LOD textures and tree/grass LOD billboards from models
LODGen.exe - added support for reading Skyrim Special Edition CGID grass data files to place grass billboards in static object LOD meshes
LODGen.exe - PathGrass= path to folder with xy.cgid files
LODGen.exe - GrassMap= file with simple (NIF_FormID) billboard filename to fully qualified (textures\terrain\LODGen\...) billboard filename
LODGen.exe - GrassBrightness*= vertex color multipliers to control overall brightness of grass
LODGen.exe - use optional binary terrain file for pre-pass removing unseen faces for object LOD, TerrainData= as for terrain LOD

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Being an archer in Skyrim is somewhat special.

In a game where most enemies prefer to get up close and personal, there’s something satisfying in being able to land a kill-shot from afar and enjoy seeing your opponent dying way before they even know what hit them.

It also certainly doesn’t hurt that the slow-motion animation is so awesome.

Plus, when you consider how bows in Skyrim weight next to nothing and the arrows are basically free items, there’s a lot of reasons to take up Archery in Skyrim.

Unfortunately, while Archery in Skyrim is awesome, the weapons available for archers aren’t quite so.

There really isn’t that wide of a selection for bows in Skyrim, which severely limits archers to choosing only from a select few that are deemed both good-looking and powerful enough to be worthy of the dragonborn.

Luckily, we have mods to sort this kind of thing.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best bow mods available in Skyrim, for you to use as a reference for when you need to know which bow to use.

Get “Real Bows” and “Tweaked Arrows” First

There are relatively few mods that help address bows in Skyrim and make long-range combat better if not more realistic.

Real Bows and Tweaked Arrows are two that are especially worth mentioning.

Real Bows is a mod that you can add to Skyrim that helps make all of the in-game bows more realistic.

Created by someone who actually knows a thing or two about bows, the mod is a great way to drastically improve how each bow in Skyrim looks.

On the other hand, Tweaked Arrows changes how the arrows work, including their trajectory, the arch when shot, as well as how many arrows can appear stuck in an NPC or enemy and how long they stay before disappearing.

All in all, both mods help add a bit more realism to using a bow for combat in Skyrim.

Scoped Bows and Archer Overhaul are two other mods addressing bows in Skyrim that are worth mentioning as well.

The Best Bow Mods in Skyrim

1. The Huntsman

the huntsman best bow mods skyrim

Forgeable and looking like it actually belongs in Skyrim, this bow has been re-worked already for Skyrim: Special Edition, which means that the newer version, created by Ruddy88 should be better than the original by InsanitySorrow.

Either of the bows are fine though, regardless of which you prefer.

The Huntsman is a powerful and unique bow that grows along with the player.

In addition to its beautiful frame, The Huntsman can be upgraded multiple times by finding Upgraded Kits scattered all over the game’s world.

Also, The Huntsman’s appearance changes as it evolves as well as becomes more powerful, making sure that the bow remains as relevant from when you picked it up or forged it up until the later stages of the game.

2. Dragonslayer Bows

Dragonslayer Bows best bow mods skyrim

Realism takes quite a bit of a backseat in Skyrim, especially during the later stages of the game.

For example, at the start, dragons actually feel like the all-powerful creatures that they should be.

Taking one down requires a lot of effort.

Using bows, in particular, seem like a foolish notion as they seem to just shrug each shot off as if they were nothing.

Then, you, the dragonborn, becomes more powerful, and eventually, what used to take ages when facing off against dragons now no longer takes more than a couple of arrows.

That would’ve probably been fine and all if not for your bows and arrows looking measly and small compared to the majestic dragons that they supposedly can take down.

Even the most powerful bow in Skyrim, the Dragonbone Bow, doesn’t look menacing and capable of taking down a dragon at all.

Thankfully, someone notice, and we now have the Dragonslayer Bows.

These supersized and uber-powerful bows actually look like the kind of bows that can take down ginormous dragons in one shot.

Paired with their harpoon-like arrows, the Dragonslayer Bows feel like they should have been part of Skyrim right from the get go.

As powerful as the Dragonslayer Bows are, you might want to be careful about using them – the long draw-time means that you’ll be left vulnerable if in case you miss.

In any case, for those looking for a bow befitting that of the grand stature of the dragonborn, the Dragonslayer Bows are your best bet.

3. Dragon’s Bane

Dragon’s Bane best bow mods skyrim

Seldom are weapon mods in Skyrim made with enough regard for the lore.

After all, why would modders go through such a trouble, right? It’s not as if Skyrim was lacking in lore in any way in the first place.

Apparently, someone did not tell TheWorldofRipX and company that.

Seeing as to how there isn’t a bow in Skyrim that had awesome power and an even better lore behind it, RipX and VenjHammet decided to create the strongest bow in Skyrim and named it the Dragon’s Bane.

Far more powerful than ever the endgame-level weapon, the Dragonbone Bow, the Dragon’s Bane absorbs health and has fire as its enchantments right from the moment that you get it.

But, it’s not just the sheer power than makes the Dragon’s Bane the best bow in Skyrim, it’s also the made-up lore behind it as well.

Supposedly owned by a powerful warrior who once used it to take down an all-powerful dragon, the Dragon’s Bane isn’t something that’s just easily found.

Instead, if you want to get your hands on it, you’ll have to find the multiple books that tell the story of this so-called warrior and his powerful bow and follow the clues before you can get your hands on the Dragon’s Bane.

Because there are no quest markets that indicate where and how you’ll find the Dragon’s Bane, you can expect quite the challenge.

Making an effort to find the Dragon’s Bane is well worth it, however, because of how borderline OP it is.

Honourable Mentions

Not all from the modding community took the time to create specific bow mods for Skyrim, but several did create weapon sets that included bows that are worth picking up and adding to vanilla Skyrim if the default crop of weapons have started to bore you.

The Immersive Weapons mod adds some dozen of weapons, including bows, into Skyrim, each of which coming with their own lore.

Ars Metallica is another mod for archers, albeit it doesn’t really address bows but rather the lack of variety in the arrows that archers can craft and use for themselves in Skyrim.

The LOTRD Weapon Collection mod also adds a couple of notable weapons from The Lord of the Rings franchise into Skyrim, including Legolas’ Bow.

Other bow mods, or weapon mods in general, for Skyrim that are worth mentioning include: Unique Uniques, Warmonger Armory, Belt Fastened Quivers, as well as Zim’s Immersive Artifacts.

Final Thoughts

Being an archer in Skyrim isn’t for everybody, but for those who find this path worth their while, adding these mods can help make the journey more memorable and rewarding.

From helping you take down even the biggest dragons in one swoop, or helping your character look better as you take down one dragon after another, there’s enough variety in the bow weapon mods for Skyrim that we rounded up that there should be something for everybody.

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