Scoped Bows by OutLaw666
Skyrim » Weapons
Added: 31/01/2014 - 01:34PM
Updated: 15/09/2016 - 04:42PM

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Last updated at 17:42, 15 Sep 2016 Uploaded at 14:34, 31 Jan 2014

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OutLaw666 proudly presents:
Scoped Bows
The amazing Bow Sights Mod

100% Immersive - 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 early versions. All issues have been fixed! Everything has been improved!

Short Description

Scoped Bows is a huge weapons mod that adds scoped variants of all Bows to the game. You are getting 30 Scoped Bows in total.

Each scoped bow has two sights. 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"


Scoped Bows comes with a FOmod scripted Installer and therefore requires a mod manager to be installed.
Choose "NMM" (Nexus Mod Manager) if you are an average Joe or "MO" (Mod Organizer) if you are a mod addicted maniac.

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 should watch Gophers Beginner's Guide to Modding Skyrim. If you are still having troubles make sure you read the entire description as well as the Troubleshooting instructions.


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 (they are leveling parallel to the vanilla bows).
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.

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
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

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
Gauldur Black Bow
Froki's Bow
Dravin's Bow


If possible you should use Scoped Bows on a new game so that you can enjoy your progress getting from weak bows to better ones.

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.

Alternatively to disabling the crosshair you can use the mod Immersive Hud and disable the crosshair only for ranged weapons. 

The following optional tweaks are included into the installer:

Stealth Meter-Tweak:
Moves the Sneak Eye away from the center to enable an unobstructed view through the scopes. When using mods like "Less Intrusive HUD II" or "Minimal HUD" that let you manually customize position of HUD elements you obviously don't this tweak. Just make sure you move the Sneak Eye away from the center. This tweak is incompatible with any mod that changes the hudmenu.gfx file.

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. There are other mods such as "ABT-Arrows and Bolts Tweaks" which can be used instead. 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). There are other mods such as "Better Eagle Eye and Steady Hands Redux" which can be used instead. This tweak is incompatible with any mod that does the same thing.

Compatibility and Issues

Scoped Bows is script free!

Scoped bows are tweaked to work with vanilla animations and skeleton. Every mod that changes 1stperson skeleton, 1stperson animations or 1stperson camera can potentially interfere with the alignment of the sights, which makes them unusable.

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
-Archery Gameplay Overhaul

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 Ebony Mail - Smoke Only

DOF jumping when playing with Dynamic Depth Of Field
 -Fix: Disable D-DOF. Read Troubleshooting for details.

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!


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 the LEGENDARY Option 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.

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!


-7hr08ik for giving me permission to use his "Leveled Lists Addon" and all the help he provided me.
-andrelo1 for giving me permission to use his "Stealth Meter Tweak".

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!

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 shot count!