The 10 Best Bows To Get In Skyrim, Ranked!

The 10 Best Bows To Get In Skyrim, Ranked!

Skyrim throws a vast array of weapons at your disposal, but out of these, which can be suitable as long-range bows? Let’s take a look at the best bows in Skyrim.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Shooting a Frostbite Spider with a Bow | Source: Nintendo

It doesn’t matter your playstyle; Skyrim will have an almost infinite amount of resources for you as you go along the game. I used to love playing with swords and daggers, but those are melee weapons, and you have to get in the opponent’s face to inflict damage.

Soon I was looking for something more versatile, something I could use to attack from afar. In comes the bows! But as is Skyrim traditions, there are several bows to choose from. To help you pick the best bow out of the lot, I present you with a spoiler-free list of the best bows in Skyrim.

RankBowDamage*SpeedWhere To Get?
10Dwarven Black Bow of Fate130.75Solstheim (After completing ‘The Kagrumez Gauntlet’ Quest)
9Glass Bow150.625As Loot (After Lvl. 27)
8Gauldur Blackbow140.875‘Forbidden Legend’ Quest
7Zephyr Bow121.0‘Lost to the Ages’ Quest
6 Glass Bow of the Stag Prince160.625Solstheim
5Stalhrim Bow170.5625Can be bought from Balor in Skall or Glover in Raven Rock
4Ebony Bow170.562Loot chests (after Lvl. 36)
3Nightingale Bow190.5‘Blindsighted’ Quest
2Daedric Bow  190.5Random loot chests (after Lvl. 46)/ Dropped by legendary dragons/ Crafting
1Dragonbone Bow200.75Defeat the Soul Cairn Keeper or Forge at Smithing Lvl. 100
*Damage = Base Damage

10. Dwarven Black Bow of Fate

Base Damage – 13

Speed – 0.75

Location – Solstheim(After completing ‘The Kagrumez Gauntlet’ Quest)

Starting with a unique bow in a sense, it is more or less based on in-game RNG! Every shot you fire can have a 1 in 2 shot of absorbing 25 health and stamina with Magicka. Meaning you can deplete the three stats in one shot or none. If you want to try your luck with the in-game RNG gods, then go ahead and pick this bow up. May you have better luck than me!

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Dwarven Black Bow of Fate | Source: Fandom

9. Glass Bow

Base Damage – 15

Speed – 0.625

Location – As Loot(After Lvl. 27)

The Glass bow hits the perfect spot of being available early in the game and having enough punch in its base damage. Honestly, it was my choice early on in the game too. A solid choice when you are just a low-level nobody.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Glass Bow | Source: Fandom

8. Gauldur Blackbow

Base Damage – 14

Speed – 0.875

Location – ‘Forbidden Legend’ Quest

Want to get more damage while still keeping a high enough DPS, then the Gauldur Bow is a perfect choice. Even though it not available during early gameplay is still a choice of many veteran players.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Gauldur Blackbow | Source: Fandom

7. Zephyr Bow

Base Damage – 12

Speed – 1.0

Location – ‘Lost to the Ages’ Quest

In terms of damage, the Zephyr is nothing to boast about, but it has the fastest DPS in Skyrim. I have so much fun whenever I am playing with the Zephyr Bow. The ability to shoot multiple times in quick successions while your enemies dart for cover is quite fun to look at. If you are playing with a fast gameplay style, then this your top pick.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Zephyr Bow | Source: Fandom

6. Glass Bow of the Stag Prince

Base Damage – 16

Speed – 0.625

Location – Solstheim

Another Glass bow, but this time, a more unique version of the standard iteration. This is the bow connected to Deadric Prince Hircine, often seen wearing the stag helmet (hence the name!). The bow has more base damage over the glass bow with a moderate amount of DPS to make it an all-rounder!

5. Stalhrim Bow

Base Damage – 17

Speed – 0.5625

Location – Can be bought from Balor in Skall or Glover in Raven Rock

An exclusive choice, the Stalhrim bow is part of the Dragonborn DLC. Even though it is quite hard to craft and impossible at lower smithing levels, it can be bought at various Skyrim shops. It is the top choice if you want high base damage right off the bat.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Stalhrim Bow | Source: Fandom

4. Ebony Bow

Base Damage – 17

Speed – 0.562

Location – Loot Chests (after Lvl. 36)

This one is for those who prefer to change tactics and positions between those long shots. The Ebony bow is perfect for sneaking in, firing, and then to change up your holdout. Indeed a master ranged weapon.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Ebony Bow | Source: Fandom

3. Nightingale Bow

Base Damage – 19

Speed – 0.5

Location – ‘Blindsighted’ Quest

The nightingale bow is one of the bows that have a damage stat linked to your character’s level, acquire it at or after Level 46, and it becomes one of the most lethal bows in the game. I like the Nightingale bow because it freezes the enemies before giving them shock damage.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Nightingale Bow | Source: Fandom

2. Daedric Bow

Base Damage – 19

Speed – 0.5

Location – Random loot chests (after Lvl. 46)/ Dropped by legendary dragons/ Crafting

A close second to the Dragonbone Bow, the Daedric bow is indeed something out of the depths of eternity. I couldn’t help but be in awe of this piece of badass weaponry. Truly the choice of the bow if you want to take enemies out in a badass fashion.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Daedric Bow | Source: Fandom

1. Dragonbone Bow

Base Damage – 20

Speed – 0.75

Location – Defeat the Soul Cairn Keeper or Forge at Smithing Lvl. 100

The best bow in Skyrim is the Dragonbone Bow. The Dragonbone Bow has the highest base damage (20) among all the bows in Skyrim. Combine this with its damage per second makes it the top-ranking and most deadly bow.

Best Bow To Get in Skyrim, Ranked!
Dragonbone Bow | Source: Fandom

Not to mention that the bow is crafter from actual dragon bones! The top choice could not have been any other. No matter what role you play as the Dragonbone bow will be ready to inflict long-range damage on your side; what’s more, is that you can enhance it further!

I. How To Enhance The Dragonbone Bow?

The Dragonbone Bow can be enhanced using a Dragon Bone at Grindstone or with the Dragon Armour Perk, which will double its improvement.

After crafting your first Dragonbone with two dragon bones and an Ebony ingot, be ready to acquire a few more supplies to upgrade it further and have the best bow in Skyrim!

About The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was developed by Bethesda Game Studios for platforms like Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

The plot of this role-playing action game takes players to the events that took place 200 years after the end of Oblivion.

Set in the land of Skyrim, the story involves Dovah-Kiin aka the Dragon Born who is on a crusade to defeat Alduin or else the entire world will be burned to the ground and be all demolished.