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The amazing Bow Sights Mod

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Play without crosshair they said
It will be fun they said

OutLaw666 proudly presents:

Scoped Bows
The amazing Bow Sights Mod

100% Immersive - 100% Lore-Friendly

Short Description

Scoped Bows is a huge weapons mod that adds scoped variants of all bows to the game, designed to be used without crosshair.
It comes with 4 optional tweaks (scroll down for details) that will greatly improve your archery gameplay experience.

Each scoped bow has two scopes. One is
designed for quick shots (used when standing), the other one is designed for precise shots (used when sneaking).
All scopes are matching the design of the corresponding bow to keep them lore-friendly.

You are getting 32 Scoped Bows
in total.


Scoped bows are seamlessly integrated into the game.

Accordingly to your level scoped bows will randomly appear in the world of skyrim (on npc's, in shop vendor menus or in containers), but you can also craft them yourself if you have the required smithing perks and the corresponding vanilla base bow. Unique bows are already scoped when you find them.

Complete List of Bows

Craftable/Level-Listed Bows
  • Dwarven Sniper
  • Daedric Wrath
  • Nordic Assault Bow
  • Dragonbone Bow - Scoped
  • Glass Bow - Scoped
  • Hunting Bow - Scoped
  • Noble Hunting Bow - Scoped
  • Imperial Bow - Scoped
  • Orcish Bow - Scoped
  • Elven Bow - Scoped
  • Stalhrim Bow - Scoped
  • Ebony Bow - Scoped
  • Forsworn Bow - Scoped
  • Longbow - Scoped
  • Nordhero Bow - Scoped
  • Falmer Bow - Scoped
  • Ancient Nord Bow - Scoped
  • Imperial Legionary Bow
  • Stormcloak Hunting Bow

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
  • Zephyr
  • Nightingale Bow
  • Firiniel's End
  • Drainspell Bow
  • Gauldur Black Bow
  • Froki's Bow
  • Dravin's Bow


Scoped Bows comes with a FOmod scripted Installer and therefore requires a mod manager to be installed.
You can get "NMM" (Nexus Mod Manager) here, or you klick on the link on top of the page.

Load Order:
The lower, the better.

If you are having troubles make sure you read the entire description as well as the Troubleshooting instructions.


For the best gameplay experience (in other words to use this mod how it is intended) you should:

1.) Disable the crosshair in your game settings.
2.) Use all the tweaks that come with the installer.

Optional Tweaks

Scoped Bows comes with the following optional* tweaks: *You can choose inside the installer whether or not you want to use them.

Stealth Meter Tweak:
Moves the Sneak Eye away from the center to enable an unobstructed view through the scopes. - This tweak is incompatible with any mod that changes the hudmenu.gfx file.

ini Tweaks:
Increases the distance arrows fly, removes the aim assist and makes the crosshair or reticle the centre (rather than being slightly above it). They are the same as recommended in "S.T.E.P." ( You don't have to edit your skyrim ini manually. ScopedBows.ini is overwriting the settings without changing the original skyrim.ini. - Ini tweaks should be compatible with everything.

Faster Arrows:
Makes arrows go 50% faster and further. - This tweak is incompatible with any mod that does the same thing.

Better Eagle Eye:
Increases the zoom you get with the Eagle Eye perk. (Vanilla value: 0.6, modded: 0.8) - This tweak is incompatible with any mod that overhauls the archery perk tree.

Compatibility and Issues

Please note that Scoped Bows is script free and therefore should not be able to cause any harm under any circumstances.

The position of the Sights featured in Scoped Bows is carefully tweaked to work with vanilla animations and skeleton. The sights are supposed to point exactly into the center of the screen.
Mods that change the way your character holds the bow in first person mode (first person skeleton/ first person animations), or mods that change the position of the first person camera will most lkely interfere with the alignment of the sights. The sights would no longer appear in the center of your screen, aka: You would no longer look trough the sights when aming which for obvious reasons would make them useless.

When using the mod "Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim"don't install the optional "Eagle Eye Tweak" that comes with Scoped Bows! Ordinator removes that perk and in conjunction with my tweak it breaks the archery perk tree.

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

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


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!). Read Troubleshooting for details.

Q: This mod crashes my game.
A: No, it does not. Read Troubleshooting for details.

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 it require the Hearthfire DLC?
A: Because i'm using Glass, which is a building material added by Hearthfire as a crafting requirement on bows which have target lenses. Makes sense and increases immersion.

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: What armor mods are you using in the shots: "Hunter Cinematic" and "Auriel Cinematic"?
A: Hunter Cinematic: "Crimson Ranger Armor", hood from "Imperial Mage Armor", "cloaks of skyrim", gloves and face cover from "wet and cold".
Auriel Cinematic: Rahgot with retexture from "Apophysis Dragon Priest Masks" and the default vanilla royal vampire armor.

Q: What enb preset are you using in the screenshots and what mods are you using to get this result?
A: In most of the pictures i was using "Kinematic-ENB-Extensiv", the predecessor of today's "Kinematic ENB Southern Light". Other than that i'm using Flora Overhaul, Verdant, Realistic Water Two, HD Detailed Terrain, aMidianBorn Landscape textures and AOF Detailed Mountains.


You are allowed to use all of my assets freely, as long as you don't use them in mods/files that are being sold, for money, credits or any means of payment.
Crediting me with a link to the original page would be appreciated.

Note about Translations shared on Nexusmods:
Your translated file should only contain the esp when sharing it here on the nexus, so that all nexus users still have to download the original mod.


Scoped Bows is a fanmade 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. You are using this mod at your own risk. Scoped Bows partially contains content, such as meshes and textures, from the original game. I do not claim to be the owner of such content. Scoped Bows is, and always will be, free of charge!


Credit goes to Bethesda for this amazing game.

A big "Thanks!" to everyone who gave feedback and helped to keep me motivated with nice words, endorsements and donations. Without your support this mod would not exist!

A big "Thanks!" also goes to all the developers who made the tools which where neccessary to create this mod.

Used Tools

-3ds Max

-Creation Kit

More than 5000 hours of work where necessary to create this mod.
To know more about why this mod exists, read: Development History

Scoped Bows is the first mod ever that brought bow sights to skyrim.
Since its release it is the most popular archery mod on the nexus.

Have fun and make every arrow count!