Archery | Skills

This page of the TES V: Skyrim World Atlas focuses on the Archery skills, which are associated with the warrior and Archer archetypes. Our guide not only describes the skills, but also provides tips on how to develop them and what perks are worth unlocking.

Increasing the Archery skill can be achieved by hitting targets with arrows and dealing damage to enemies. The growth of the skill depends on the amount of damage dealt with each hit, with only arrows that have caused injury being counted.

The main purpose of developing this skill is to increase the damage dealt with bows and arrows.

There are 16 available perks, with the top three being Overdraw, Eagle Eye, and Power Shot.

Here are some additional comments:

  1. Different types of arrows have varying levels of damage, so it is important to switch between them based on the opponent’s strength. Better arrows are rare, so use them sparingly and try to retrieve them from fallen enemies.
  2. Activate the crosshair option in the game’s menu for easier aiming, and remember that arrows do not fly in a straight line, so adjust your aim accordingly.
  3. Complete sets of light armor are recommended over individual pieces, as they provide better defense and allow activation of perks that grant bonuses for wearing armor sets.

  • OVERDRAW
  • EAGLE EYE
  • STEADY HAND
  • POWER SHOT
  • QUICK SHOT
  • CRITICAL SHOT
  • HUNTER’S DISCIPLINE
  • RANGER
  • BULLSEYE
  • AGILE DEFENDER
  • CUSTOM FIT
  • UNHINDERED
  • WIND WALKER
  • MATCHING SET
  • DEFT MOVEMENT

OVERDRAW

The Overdraw perk has five ranks, with each rank providing an increase in damage dealt with bows.

Requirements for Rank 1: None.

Requirements for Rank 2: Archery skill increased to at least 20 points.

Requirements for Rank 3: Archery skill increased to at least 40 points.

Requirements for Rank 4: Archery skill increased to at least 60 points.

Requirements for Rank 5: Archery skill increased to at least 80 points.

Rank 1 Description: 20% increase in damage dealt with bows.

Rank 2 Description: 40% increase in damage dealt with bows.

Rank 3 Description: 60% increase in damage dealt with bows.

Rank 4 Description: 80% increase in damage dealt with bows.

The perk at rank 5 allows you to deal 100% more damage using bows.

If you want to increase the effectiveness of your ranged attacks, it’s a good idea to unlock new perks from this group regularly.

EAGLE EYE

To unlock this perk, you need to have an Archery skill of at least 30 points and have already unlocked the Overdraw perk at rank 1.

This perk allows you to zoom in on your target while aiming with a bow by pressing the block key.

Unlocking this perk is highly recommended as it makes aiming a much easier process, especially when attacking someone by surprise.

STEADY HAND

This perk has two ranks and unlocking the second rank makes it better.

To unlock the first rank, you need to have an Archery skill of at least 40 points and have already unlocked the Eagle Eye perk.

To unlock the second rank, you need an Archery skill of at least 60 points.

At rank 1, this perk slows down time by 25% when you aim with a zoomed-in view. At rank 2, it slows down time by a total of 50%.

Both ranks of this perk are a perfect match with Eagle Eye and are useful for taking down targets from large distances or eliminating fast-moving targets.

POWER SHOT

To unlock this perk, you need to have an Archery skill of at least 50 points and have already unlocked the Eagle Eye perk.

This perk gives you a 50% chance of staggering an opponent when hit with an arrow.

Power Shot is one of the most useful perks in the skill tree as it allows you to perform other attacks without risking failure or quickly move away from the enemy to prepare for the next attack.

QUICK SHOT

To unlock this perk, you need to have an Archery skill of at least 70 points and have already unlocked the Power Shot perk.

This perk allows you to draw a bow 30% faster.

Quick Shot is only useful if you prefer to fire as many arrows as possible. It’s not necessary for assassins who rely on single, deadly hits.

CRITICAL SHOT

This perk has three ranks, each time you unlock a new rank it gets better.

To unlock the first rank, you need an Archery skill of at least 30 points and have already unlocked the Overdraw perk at rank 1.

To unlock the second rank, you need an Archery skill of at least 60 points.

To unlock the third rank, you need an Archery skill of at least 90 points.

At rank 1, you have a 10% chance of inflicting critical damage with a bow. At rank 2, it’s a 15% chance, and at rank 3, it’s a 20% chance.

It’s wise to unlock all three ranks of this perk as it increases the chances of a successful critical shot and the amount of damage inflicted by it.

HUNTER’S DISCIPLINE

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Archery skill to at least 50 points and unlock the Critical Shot perk (rank 1). Once unlocked, you have the ability to recover twice as many arrows from the body of a killed enemy.

Although not very useful at the beginning of the game, this perk becomes more important later on when rare arrows become necessary, and each arrow should be preserved for the best possible conditions.

RANGER

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Archery skill to at least 60 points and unlock the Hunter’s Discipline perk. Once unlocked, you have the ability to move fast with a drawn bow.

However, it’s not a priority to obtain this perk since it’s better to avoid aiming and quickly run somewhere else if the main character is in danger.

BULLSEYE

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Archery skill to 100 points and unlock the Quick Shot or Ranger perk. Once unlocked, you have a 15% chance of paralyzing the target with an arrow.

Although this perk may seem appealing, it’s better to focus on increasing overall damage and chances of inflicting critical hits. Paralyzing targets can also be achieved with spells or poisons.

Light Armor

To increase your Light Armor skill, you need to receive damage during battles while wearing light armor. The growth of the skill depends on how much damage your character has taken and how many pieces of light armor they are wearing, preferably an entire set.

The main purpose of developing this skill is to increase your character’s defense and receive less damage.

There are 10 available perks, with the best ones being Agile Defender, Custom Fit, and Wind Walker.

AGILE DEFENDER

This perk has five ranks, with each rank improving the previous one. To unlock each rank, you need to increase your Light Armor skill to certain points.

Rank 1: Armor rating increased by 20% (only for light armors).

Rank 2: Armor rating increased by a total of 40% (only for light armors).

Rank 3: Armor rating increased by a total of 60% (only for light armors).

Rank 4: Armor rating increased by a total of 80% (only for light armors).

Rank 5: Armor rating increased by a total of 100% (only for light armors).

It’s important to unlock all five ranks of this perk as light armors usually have weak standard armor ratings, and improving it is crucial for your character’s defense.

CUSTOM FIT

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Light Armor skill to at least 30 points and unlock the Agile Defender perk (rank 1). Once unlocked, the armor rating is increased by an additional 25% if your character is wearing a complete light armor set.

Comment: This perk is highly valuable as it adds to the bonus provided by all Agile Defender perks. It is important to wear a complete set of light armor (headgear, bodygear, hands and legs protection – four items in total) to benefit from the increased armor rating.

UNHINDERED

Requirements: Light Armor skill at least 50 points and Custom Fit perk unlocked.

Description: Eliminates the agility penalties associated with wearing light armor.

Comment: This perk is less valuable than its Heavy Armor counterpart, Conditioning, because light armor doesn’t significantly affect character movement. Purchasing this perk doesn’t increase carrying capacity.

WIND WALKER

Requirements: Light Armor skill at least 60 points and Unhindered perk unlocked.

Description: Increases stamina regeneration by 50% when wearing a complete set of light armor.

Comment: This perk is useful for those who use a bow or frequently perform power attacks with a melee weapon, as these actions consume stamina quickly.

MATCHING SET

Requirements: Light Armor skill at least 70 points and Custom Fit perk unlocked.

Description: Increases armor rating by 25% when wearing a complete, matched set of light armor.

Comment: This perk is similar to Custom Fit, but requires a matched set of light armor, meaning all four pieces must be from the same manufacturer. This perk may be less interesting due to its restrictions, but is still valuable if a good matched set is available.

DEFT MOVEMENT

Requirements: Light Armor skill at least 100 points and either Wind Walker or Matching Set perk unlocked.

Description: Provides a 10% chance to avoid damage in melee combat.

Comment: This perk is not as useful as other automatic light armor perks and relies on luck. It is better to allocate skill points elsewhere.

FAQ

1. What is archery?

Archery is a skill that involves using a bow to shoot arrows at a target. This sport has been around for thousands of years and is often associated with hunting and warfare. However, in modern times, archery has become a popular recreational activity and competitive sport.

2. What are the basic skills needed for archery?

The basic skills needed for archery include proper stance, grip, and posture. You also need to learn how to nock the arrow, draw the bowstring, and release the arrow with accuracy and precision. Additionally, you need to be able to judge distance, aim at your target, and adjust for wind and weather conditions.

3. What are the benefits of practicing archery?

Practicing archery offers a wide range of physical and mental benefits. This activity requires concentration, focus, and patience, which can help improve your mental clarity and reduce stress levels. Archery also strengthens your upper body, improves your balance and coordination, and can be a fun way to stay active and fit.

4. What types of archery are there?

There are several types of archery, including target archery, field archery, 3D archery, and traditional archery. Target archery involves shooting at a fixed target from a set distance, while field archery involves shooting at targets placed at different distances in a natural setting. 3D archery involves shooting at life-sized animal targets, and traditional archery involves using traditional equipment and techniques.

5. How can I get started with archery?

If you’re interested in getting started with archery, the first step is to find a local archery club or range. Many places offer beginner classes and equipment rentals, which can help you learn the basics and determine if this activity is right for you. It’s also important to invest in quality equipment and practice regularly to improve your skills and confidence.

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