Scoped Bows by OutLaw666
Skyrim » Weapons
Added: 31/01/2014 - 01:34PM
Updated: 27/01/2015 - 10:22AM

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Uploaded by OutLaw666


Last updated at 10:22, 27 Jan 2015 Uploaded at 13:34, 31 Jan 2014

Play without crosshair they said
It will be fun they said

Outlaw proudly presents:
Scoped Bows
The Bow Sights Mod for Skyrim

To gain in depth knowledge about the creation of this mod and why it exists, read: Birth of a Legend

Scoped Bows featured in MMOxReview "Skyrim: Top 10 Weapons" (skip to: 2:14)

Review by Skytts.(9:09) * * * Showcase by Gruntlock.
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Review by Gopher.

Note: Some videos are showing outdated mod-versions. Many things have been improved or changed.

What this Mod Does

This mod adds craftable Scoped versions of all Bows to the game and also replaces some unique bows.
Each Scoped Bow requires the corresponding vanilla original to be crafted. In other words:
This mod gives you the ability to upgrade every bow to a Scoped Bow.

You are getting
27 Scoped Bows in total. Each one of it has its own unique appearance and is made as lore-friendly as possible.
Each bow does 3-5 points more base damage than his vanilla counterpart.

These bows are designed for immersive first person archery without HUD-Crosshair.

Complete List of Bows:

Dwarven Sniper
Dwarven Sniper (silver)
Dwarven Sniper (dark)
Daedric Wrath
Nordic Assault Bow [Dragonborn]
Dragonbone Bow - Scoped [Dawnguard]
Glass Bow - Scoped
Hunting Bow - Scoped
Noble Hunting Bow - Scoped
Iron Sight Bow
Orcish Bow - Scoped
Elven - Bow Scoped
Stalhrim Bow - Scoped [Dragonborn]
Ebony Bow - Scoped
Forsworn Bow - Scoped
Improved Wooden Bow
Nordhero Bow - Scoped
Falmer Bow - Scoped

unique (replacer)
Auriel's Bow [Dawnguard]
Glass Bow of the Stag Prince [Dragonborn]
Bound Bow
Dwarven Black Bow of Fate [Dragonborn]
Angi's Bow
Bow of the Hunt
Zephyr [Dawnguard]
Nightingale Bow
Firiniel's End

The Concept

There are at least 2 Sights attached to each bow.
One is used when aiming while standing, the other one is used when sneaking.
Some bows have a third "extra reticle" which lines up when sneaking to give you more accuracy (compensates the swaying of the weapon a bit).

These "scopes" are pointing precisely into the screen center where the overlaying HUD-Crosshair would be. You can aim with the weapon itself, without using an overlaying crosshair, which increases the immersion factor significantly.

How To Get the Bows

Crafting (craftables):
The craftable bows can be crafted at any Forge. (respective smithing perk required)
They are improvable and enchantable.

Finding/Obtaining (replacers):
The Dwarven Sniper Bow is craftable but can also be found on the top Platform of the Hall of Rumination in Blackreach.
All Unique Bows (replacers) can be found on their default vanilla location or are obtainable during their related quest.

Cheating (Console Command):
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)

Install - Notes

This mod adds and replaces a bunch of bows. There is nothing else under the hood.
-Scoped Bows is scriptfree.
-Scoped Bows can not break your game or saves.
-Scoped Bows can be installed and uninstalled at any time.
-Scoped Bows can be affected by other mods (look under "compatibility and issues") but it can not affect other mods.

1.)Download and install one main file
2.)OPTIONAL: Download and install Optionals if you like them
3.)Play and have Fun!

1.)Uninstall all Optional files if you have used any.
2.)Uninstall the Main file.
3.)Go to hell!

Load Order:
Doesn't matter. I would place it somewhere in the middle, in case other mods need to be at the top or bottom.

Upgrade Instruction:
Form id's have not been changed since version 1.3. Therefore a "clean save" is NOT required. Just uninstall the old version and install the new one. You will not lose any bows of previous versions.

Recommended Mods and ini Tweaks

This mod does not necessarily require anything to work, however:

For the best experience i recommend to use all mods and ini tweaks below in combination.

->Immersive Hud Disable the crosshair for ranged weapons. (+other options/MCM) Highly Recommended!

->Simple Crosshair Choose "Oblivion Style Sneak Eye" to move the sneak eye down between health and magicka bar. Highly Recommended!

->ABT - Arrows and Bolts Tweaks (50% faster arrows) Makes arrows faster and reduces the gravity for a higher range. (+other options) Highly Recommended!

TWEAKS: (skyrim.ini) Highly Recommended! (backup your .ini file first)


For information about the ini-tweaks read the "ABT - Arrows and Bolts Tweaks" mod description. (link above) Ini-tweaks are also working without that mod.

Field of View (FOV):
The scopes are working with all possible values.
But keep in mind: The higher the value, the smaller (further away) the scopes will appear.

The default value (65 on 16:9) works best. 70 is a good choice if you want a higher fov. Increasing the default about more than 10 is not recommended.

Compatibility and Issues

This Mod should be Compatible with Everything that does Not change the 1stperson skeleton.
There are some interfering mods which can disturb the scope/reticle calibration. In result the scopes may appear inaccurate or displaced (the don't line up properly), which makes them useless.

Interfering Mods:
Lower 1stperson weapons
Staffs 4 Lighting
Immersive First Person View
Use Skyrim - Enhanced Camera instead
The Joy of Perspective
Use Skyrim - Enhanced Camera instead

Known Issues:
only with some of the bows,- noticable if your character wears thick armor
The glass lenses are fogging up (getting opaque) if you're sneaking while wearing something with Boethiah's Mail enchantment.
Some Bows are causing problems with Dynamic Depth Of Field. The focus will jump between scope and target.
I recommend to disable DDOF for gameplay.

Terms and Conditions

If you are using assets of my work, include a link to the original mod into your mod description, file credits and readme.
Feel free to use any content of my work in your own mods, however you like.

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 of the pages. This mod page contains links to the mod pages of third parties. As the content of these pages is not under my control, i cannot assume any liability for such external content.


I want to say thanks to:
-skysan4298 for his refraction technique, -7hr08ik for helping me in many ways, -everyone who helped me with testing and feedback, -The Nexus community, all the modders and all the users, especially to everyone who motivated me over all that time with nice comments and endorsements. Without your support this mod would not exist!

Used Tools

-3ds Max,
and also:
-Creation Kit,

The Dwarven Sniper, the Nordic Assault Bow and the Daedric Wrath are also available for separate download.

Endorsements, comments, pictures and videos are always appreciated!