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Discussion in 'Skyrim Help' started by Mitchell, Jan 2, 2012.
Ok I have a wood elf archer what is the best bow and where can I find it
I'm pretty sure the Daedric Bow is the bow in the game. You have to craft it through Smithing. Just look it up.
You can't in the beginning of the game. A Daedric Bow would have the best base damage but you wont find it as loot or from merchants until level 48, and even if you could find the materials to make it at a blacksmiths forge you need 90 in Smithing skill and 5 Heavy Armor perks to do it.
On top of that using heavy armor is not practical for an archer build as you will want to use sneak ranged attacks and heavy armor makes too much noise to do so well.
Bow base base damage from low to high is as follows:
Nord Hero Bow
As you level each bow will become available as random loot or from merchants. You can also make them if you have the appropriate perk from the Smithing skill tree. It gets more complicated than that when you take improvement of weapons through smithing into account but that should be enough to get you started.
You don't have to craft it. The Daedric Bow becomes available as loot or from merchants at level 48.
A bound bow has a base value of 19 damage. You upgrade this by getting the mythic binding perk. On a side note, bound arrows do the same amount of damage as daedric arrows, and are easier to come by, as they are summoned every-time you use the weapon.
A daedric bow also has a base damage of 19. Upgradeable by potions and smithing.
The best bow in the game is the Daedric Bow, also what Level are you?
You could also do the majority of the Thieves quest line and use the Nightingale Bow. You would be able to have this in your hands way before you could get a daedric bow.
The Nightingale Bow is a leveled item so the lower level you are when you get it the weaker it will be.
good to know does the bow level with your conjuration skill too?
No. Conjured weapons don't level.
Thanks for that
As it's sooo easy to level; turn around and you're level 10, I remember getting an Ebony version of the Nightingale Bow relatively quickly. Just can't remember what lvl I was when I got it.
At what character lvl does ebony become available?
There's no such thing as an "Ebony" version of the Nightingale Bow. It requires an ebony ingot to be smithed no matter when you receive it, but it's not an ebony weapon and the Ebony Smithing perk will not improve it. The best Nightingale Bow is awarded after you reach level 46.
Could have sworn.....damn Skooma. Thanks for the info.
why would u need any heavy armour perks to craft a bow regardless that its deadric, its a bow all u need is the perk for deadric smithing- which a level 90 would be needed intht- but your armour perks deal w your ability to use it and its specific class bonuses not your ability to smith anything, regardless if its armour, weapons, or the materials needed for tht matter. and wheres acient nord bow, and imperial bow on your list? and... if his sneak tree is filled in perks would it not matter his armour type while sneaking(just something else to point out)
where can i find bound bow and arrow spells?
a decent and helping point, i hope he sees this
I meant Smithing perks up the Heavy Armor side of the Smithing perk tree. The point is he just made his character and if he wants to get the best bow in the game that's not realistic or possible as a low level character.
They aren't level locked, they're mob specific drops. Again the point is to show the OP there is a level progression in terms of what becomes available in the game as loot or merchandise.
He wont have those perks or high sneaking skill as a low level character. In general making an archer build and using Heavy Armor is not an intelligent approach, and it's even less so for a Wood Elf. Heavy Armor offers no appreciable advantage for an archer build. Light armor can eventually be smithed to 567 which is where damage reduction caps for armor.
There is no Bound Arrow spell. The arrows come with your bow when you cast the Bound Bow spell.
You can buy the tome from any of the following court mages:
Calcemo in Markarth
Falion in Morthal
Phinis Gestor at the College of Winterhold