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Scoped Bows by OutLaw666
Skyrim » Weapons
Added: 31/01/2014 - 01:34PM
Updated: 28/04/2016 - 06:18PM

25,269 Endorsements

3.0.1 Latest version

242,654 Unique D/Ls

460,279 Total D/Ls

1,285,455 Total Views

Uploaded by OutLaw666


Last updated at 18:18, 28 Apr 2016 Uploaded at 13:34, 31 Jan 2014

Play without crosshair they said
It will be fun they said

OutLaw666 proudly presents:
Scoped Bows
The amazing Bow Sights Mod

Pure Immersion - 100% Lore-Friendly

* * * Review by MxR. (skip to: 2:14) * * * Review by Gopher. * * * * * * * * * * *

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More videos under the videos tab. Please note that all videos are showing outdated mod-versions. Many things have been improved or changed.

Short Description

This mod adds scoped counterparts of all Bows to the game.  You are getting 27 Scoped Bows in total.

There are 2 Sights attached to each bow.  One sight is used when aiming while standing, the other one is used when sneaking.

All sights are matching the design of the corresponding bow to keep them lore-friendly.
This mod is made for immersive first person archery and works best with disabled Crosshair. look under "RECOMMENDATIONS"

Complete List of Bows:

Craftable Bows

Dwarven Sniper
Daedric Wrath
Nordic Assault Bow
Dragonbone Bow - Scoped
Glass Bow - Scoped
Hunting Bow - Scoped
Noble Hunting Bow - Scoped
Iron Sight Bow
Orcish Bow - Scoped
Elven Bow - Scoped
Stalhrim Bow - Scoped
Ebony Bow - Scoped
Forsworn Bow - Scoped
Improved Wooden Bow
Nordhero Bow - Scoped
Falmer Bow - Scoped
Ancient Nord Bow - Scoped

Unique Bows
Auriel's Bow
Glass Bow of the Stag Prince
Bound Bow
Dwarven Black Bow of Fate
Angi's Bow
Bow of the Hunt
Nightingale Bow
Firiniel's End
Drainspell Bow


All Scoped Bows can be crafted at any Forge once you have the required smithing perks.
Scoped Bows can also be improved at sharpening wheels and enchanted at enchanting tables.

Looting / Buying:
All Scoped Bows are included into level lists.
Accordingly to your level they will randomly appear in the world of skyrim (npc's, vendors, containers).

Unique Bows are scoped too and can be obtained like in the vanilla game.

Note: When using the "Ranger Edition" Scoped Bows can only be crafted and Unique Bows are untouched.

Console Command (Cheating):
open the console with
help "name of the bow" it will show up with it's id (instead of "name of the bow" type its complete name accordingly to the list above)
player.additem xxxxxxxx 1 (instead of x type the numbers of the id - the 1 at the end stands for the number of bows that you will get)


This mod comes with an Installer that works with NMM (Nexus Mod Manager) or other mod managers such as MO (Mod Organizer).
I don't support manual installation. When deciding to install manually you better know what you are doing.

Load Order:
Doesn't matter unless you are using another mod which is replacing unique bows. In that case place "ScopedBows.esp" below it to get my scoped versions or place it above to get the bows from the other mod.

If you are new to modding you might want to watch Gophers Beginner's Guide to Modding Skyrim.

Recommended Mods and ini Tweaks

For the best experience i recommend to disable the crosshair and use all tweaks inside the installer.
Alternatively to disabling the crosshair you can use the mod Immersive Hud and disable the crosshair only for ranged weapons. 

This are the ini Tweaks i am using in the "ScopedBows.ini":



You don't have to edit your skyrim ini manually. ScopedBows.ini is overwriting the settings without changing the original skyrim.ini.

The ini tweaks are the same as recommended in "S.T.E.P." (

Field of View (FOV):
The sights are working with all possible values.
But keep in mind: The higher the value, the smaller (further away) the sights will appear. I recommend to use the default fov-value!

Compatibility and Issues

This is a simple weapons mod that includes smithing recipes and level lists. There is nothing else under the hood.

Scoped Bows...
-is script free!
-can not make your game crash.
-can not break your game or saves.
-can be installed and uninstalled at any time.
-has no effect on other mods.

This Mod is Compatible with Everything, but there are some mods which can make the scopes appear inaccurate or displaced.
Everything that changes 1stperson skeleton or 1stperson animations can potentially cause problems.

Quick Test:
To test if the mod is working properly alongside your mod selection, use the console to get the "Dwarven Sniper". Go in sneak-mode (crouch) and aim at the horizon. The front reticle must appear exactly in the middle of the big lens.

Interfering Mods:
-Lower 1stperson Weapons
-Meridia's Light
-Customizable Camera
-Immersive First Person View -Fix: Use Skyrim - Enhanced Camera instead
-The Joy of Perspective -Fix: Use Skyrim - Enhanced Camera instead
-Nock to Tip
Sneak sights are not usable. -Fix: unpack the .bsa and delete the 1stperson animation
-RaceMenu -changing character scaling size leads to problems. Please read: Compatibility and Troubleshooting
-Skyrim - Enhanced Camera -Please read: Compatibility and Troubleshooting

Known Issues:
Only with some of the bows - Primarely when using thick armor. -Fix: None, but i's barely noticeable after getting the "quick shot" perk.
Opaque glass lenses with Ebony Mail armor. -Fix: Use the mod Ebony Mail - Smoke Only

Dynamic Depth Of Field
On some bows the focus jumps between scope and target. -Fix: Disable D-DOF. For details read: Compatibility and Troubleshooting


Q: I don't know how to install mods. Help?
A: Watch gopher's Beginner's Guide to Modding Skyrim.

Q: The bows are invisible. What can i do?
A: Make sure the mod is correctly installed (use a mod manager!) and check if the esp activated. (invisible = missing meshes / purple = missing textures / not showing up at all = missing or not activated esp)

Q: This mod crashes my game.
A: No, it does not. For details read: Compatibility and Troubleshooting

Q: I consoled auriels bow and the sunshots are not working.
A: You have to play the quest to make sun shots work.

Q: Will you be doing scoped crossbows?
A: No. Crossbows don't line up with your line of sight while aiming. The only right way to do it, would require to change the 1st person aim animation. But that's beyond my capabilities.

Q: Can you add a scope to the bow of mod xy?
A: No. I think mod authors know best how their weapon should look like. Ask them if they want to release a scoped version. Scoped Bows aims to add scoped versions of all vanilla bows.

Q: Why does the LEGENDARY Option require the Hearthfire DLC?
A: Glass is a building material added by hearthfire. I think it makes perfect sense to use it as a crafting requirement on bows which have target lenses. #Lore

Q: Where can i get "Glass"?
A: Belethor in Whiterun has it always on offer. Other general goods merchants or Khajiit traders are selling it randomly.

Q: Why is the mod called scoped bows? There is no zoom. This are not scopes this are sights.
A: Please read: About the Mod Name

Q: What armor are you using in the "Hunter Cinematic" shot?
A: The outfit used in that picture was a combination of many mods. The armor is "Crimson Ranger Armor", the hood is from "Imperial Mage Armor", the cloak is called "crimson hide" from the mod "cloaks of skyrim", the gloves and face cover came with "wet and cold".

Q: What enb presets are you using in the screenshots and which enb is your favorite?
A: In most of the pictures i was using "Kinematic-ENB-Extensiv", the predecessor of today's "Kinematic ENB Southern Light". Some pictures where shot using "Grim and Somber" which is available in many different variations. My favorite gamplay/performance enb is "Zoners High Performance ENB".

Terms and Conditions

-Users are permitted to use assets of my work in there own mods without asking, as long as they credit me.
-Users are not permitted to use my assets in any mods/files that are being sold, for money!

This is a modification ("mod") for the pc game "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim". A legal copy of the original game is required in order to use this mod. This mod contains content of the original game. I do not claim to be the owner of such content. All credit goes to Bethesda. I am sharing this modification only on nexusmods. I am sharing it for free and without any beneficial interest.

You are using this mod at your own risk. I cannot assume any liability for the up-to-dateness, completeness or accuracy of any shared information or content.


Credit goes to 7hr08ik for giving me permission to use his "Leveled Lists Addon" which is now an integral part of Scoped Bows.
Credit also goes to andrelo1 for giving me permission to use his "Stealth Meter Tweak".
A big Thanks to everyone who helped me with testing and feedback!
Thanks also to all who helped to keep me motivated by commenting and endorsing. Without your support this mod would not exist!

Used Tools

-3ds Max
and also
-Creation Kit

More than 5000 hours of work where necessary to create this mod.
For Development History and to know why this mod exists, read: Creation and Development

Scoped Bows was the first mod ever that brought bow sights to skyrim.
Today it is the most popular bow mod on the nexus.

Have Fun, and make every shot count!