Elder Scrolls
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For other uses, see Elven Bow.

The Elven Bow is an Archery weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Unenchanted Elven Bows will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 19 and enchanted bows can be found at level 20. These locations include:

Fixed locations[]

  • Northwatch Archers carry this weapon when at levels 20+.
  • One can be found in Aela's room, a locked (Expert) display case, inside the Living Quarters of Jorrvaskr. Sometimes there is a bug where you can pick up the bow without opening the case by hovering the cursor around the right side of the case (worked on PC, 360, and Switch).
  • Carried by Redoran guards in Dragonborn.
  • Can be looted from the dead Redoran guards outside Ashfallow Citadel during the quest "Served Cold."



An Elven Bow requires a Smithing level of 30 and the Elven Smithing perk to create. It can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

It can be upgraded with a Refined Moonstone ingot at a grindstone. The Elven Smithing perk doubles the improvement.


  • The Elven Bow is the only elven weapon not to require an iron ingot to create.

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