Scoped Bows by OutLaw666
Skyrim » Weapons
Added: 31/01/2014 - 01:34PM
Updated: 01/12/2015 - 10:49AM

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Uploaded by OutLaw666


Last updated at 10:49, 1 Dec 2015 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

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Note: Unfortunately all videos are showing outdated mod-versions.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

Short Description

This mod adds craftable scoped counterparts of all Bows to the game. It also replaces some unique bows. You are getting 25 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. Some bows have a third "extra reticle" which lines up when sneaking to give you more accuracy.

All sights are matching the design of the corresponding bow, which makes them lore-friendly.
This mod is made for immersive first person archery. It works best with removed sneak eye and disabled HUD-Crosshair. look under "RECOMMENDATIONS"

Complete List of Bows:


Dwarven Sniper
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

Crafting / Obtaining

Each Scoped Bow requires the corresponding vanilla original to be crafted. In other words:
This mod gives you the ability to upgrade every vanilla bow to a Scoped Bow. All bows can be crafted at any Forge. (respective smithing perk required)
They are improvable and enchantable.

All Bows are included into level lists. You will randomly find them in skyrim, some npcs will have them and vendors and blacksmiths will sell them once you reach the required levels. Since Scoped Bows are considered to be rare items their appearance should be rather low compared to vanilla bows.
The "Dwarven Sniper" is also placed 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.

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)

Install Information

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 comes with an Installer that works with NMM (Nexus Mod Manager) and other mod managers such as MO (Mod Organizer).
If modding is new to you, watch Gophers Beginner's Guide to Modding Skyrim or search for similar tutorials on youtube.

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. -Or use the "Craftables Only" Option and don't care at all.

Recommended Mods and ini Tweaks

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

For the best experience i recommend to use the "Stealth Meter Tweak" that comes with Scoped Bows as well as the mods and ini tweaks below.

->Immersive Hud (MCM: Disable the crosshair for ranged weapons and check the box "force crosshair to hide" to prevent it from flashing.)

->ABT - Arrows and Bolts Tweaks (Installer: Choose 50% faster arrows.) Makes arrows faster, but more important: It gives them a higher range!

TWEAKS: (skyrim.ini)



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 sights are working with all possible values.
But keep in mind: The higher the value, the smaller (further away) the sights will appear. The default fov-value works best! (When playing with high fov values you can use Better Eagle Eye and Steady Hand Redux to increase the "eagle eye" perk zoom factor.

Compatibility and Issues

This Mod is Compatible with Everything, but there are some mods which can make the scopes appear inaccurate or displaced.

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
-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 -Some users reported that changing character scaling size lead to problems. Please read: Compatibility and Troubleshooting
-Skyrim - Enhanced Camera -This mod is 100% compatible but some users had issues. Please read: Compatibility and Troubleshooting

Known Issues:
(only with some of the bows - noticable if your character wears thick armor)
The glass lenses are getting opaque when wearing Ebony Mail armor. -Fix: Use the mod Ebony Mail - Smoke Only

Some bows are causing problems with Dynamic Depth Of Field.
The focus jumps between scope and target. -Fix: Disable DDOF.


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: Change "Skyrim.ini" - [Archive] value to "bInvalidateOlderFiles =1" istead of "bInvalidateOlderFiles =0" and make sure the mod is correctly installed. (If the line is not there add it. The file is located on: Documents/My Games/Skyrim/)

Q: This mod crashes my game.
A: No, it does not. It's either a load order problem, caused by something else or you are using the Legendary file without having all DLCs.

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: There is no zoom therefore this aren't scopes, this are sights. Isn't the mod name inaccurate?
A: Accurate or not, it's a unique name and everybody instantly can imagine what this mod is about. Please read: About the Mod Name

Terms and Conditions

-Users are permitted to use assets of my work, 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, endorsing and donating. Without your support this mod would not exist!

Used Tools

-3ds Max
and also
-Creation Kit

More than 2500 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 introduced bow sights.
Today it is the most popular bow mod on the nexus.

Have Fun, and make every shot count!