How To Get The Most Out Of Your Arrow Shooting

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Arrow Shooting

Make archery target practice – Arrow Shooting

A good arrow shooting game is a great way to spend time with your family. However, after several hours of practicing the same routine over and over again, it can become very easy for things to become monotonous. Although shooting targets is useful in improving archery skills such as accuracy and precision, making the activity more interesting will make it easier to stay motivated when it comes time to fire up Skyrim once more!


Archery challenges are a great way of adding an extra dimension to proceedings – particularly if you’re a completionist who needs all the help they can get when maximizing their archery potential. Here are a few suggestions of fun ways in which you can level up your archery post in Skyrim… the list goes on so there’ll be plenty to suit all tastes!

Highest number of arrows fired from a single shot

By studying the trajectory of your arrows, it’s possible to take aim from an elevated position and bounce shots off several targets and walls in order to hit and kill enemies hiding behind cover (watch out for friendly fire!). Obviously, this takes a lot of time and patience to perfect – but there are plenty of other more important things you can be doing instead… I like finishing this list.

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Goal – Hit 10 targets within 2 minutes

These challenges are simple and easy to complete, but very effective in helping you work on improving your accuracy and speed with a bow or crossbow. This is a great way to get targeted practice when it comes to firing off explosive shots such as the flame, frost, and shock magic types that require charges. There’s also a chance that they may trigger an effect that will damage surrounding enemies too, but this is risky considering the time constraint!

Goal – Reach 100 before hitting anything else

Target practice is a great way of working on your archery skills, but it does get boring after a while. That’s why we recommend turning the experience into a game of dodgeball. Equip your shield and get ready to throw yourself in the line of fire as you hold ‘block’ and avoid being hit by arrows coming from all directions.


Possible locations: Anywhere with archery targets. There’s no shortage!

Goal – Reach 100 with 5 Different arrow types

It can be frustrating having to keep swapping arrows, but this challenge is great for helping you identify what kind of ammunition works best against certain enemies. For example, using Fire or Ice Arrows against Dragons is going to help a lot more than using standard arrows that deal a low amount of damage over time. To make things easier on yourself, remember that it’s possible to buy each type of arrow from vendors across Skyrim so there’s no need to search for materials.


Possible locations: All blacksmiths and general vendors should have at least 3-5 of each arrow type in stock.

Goal – Get 100 perfect shots in a row

It’s not so easy firing arrows and getting everyone to hit the intended target, but keeping track of how many you’ve landed can make this challenge very interesting indeed! Since Skyrim doesn’t keep track of accuracy statistics, it’s highly likely that you’ll lose count after hitting multiple targets with a single shot – which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to come back later with your newfound archery skills!

Possible locations: Anywhere with free-standing archery targets. There are hundreds all over Skyrim!

Goal – Hit a target from 90 meters away

Skyrim may not have any long-distance challenges to offer, but there are plenty of ways to make the going tough. One way is to equip yourself with a bow that has a low draw weight, decreasing your chances of hitting anything with each shot as you’ll need more time for the arrow to travel further distances. Alternatively, you could use magic or alchemy to increase the speed and damage of enemy projectiles so they come flying towards you faster than usual – making it harder for you to counterattack.

Possible locations: Anywhere! Just be careful…

Goal – Reach 100 with a bow you haven’t used before

It’s always good to learn how to use a new weapon in case you ever come across one, but there are much better ways of doing so than making this challenge overly complicated. Do yourself a favor and do some heavy research on each type of bow in Skyrim to find out what it’s capable of, put your findings into practice, and be amazed at how quickly it all makes sense once you’ve been playing for a while!

Possible locations: All blacksmiths and general vendors should have at least 3-5 bows in stock.

Goal – Perform a six-hit combo

You’re going to need the misdirection perk for this one because it will allow you to deal some damage without having to spend any stamina points. There are three different ways of doing things here, but they all follow the same general principle of keeping enemies on their toes. The ‘main’ combo is basically a combination of light attacks while your shield is equipped alongside a Bound Sword, which deals additional damage with each hit – making it easier for you to get 6 in a row just before engaging another opponent. You may also want to try switching between bows and daggers/swords depending on what’s available at the time

Possible locations: Anywhere! Just be careful…

Goal – Get 100 headshots

It’s never easy taking down enemies without giving them the opportunity to strike back, but it can be done through careful planning. One of the best ways is to pickpocket your enemy instead of attacking them directly by aiming for their heads while trying not to get detected. This will force you into using stealth even more often, which obviously makes life easier when all you need to do is pop off a few shots!

Possible locations: Anywhere with free-standing archery targets. There are hundreds all over Skyrim!

Goal – Reach level 25 in Archery

If you’re looking for an incredibly difficult challenge, try stopping at nothing until you reach your goal! For everyone else, there’s no point in rushing things and easier ways of doing so: Get the ‘overdraw’ perk and start working your way towards 100 in a row (while looking for ways to increase damage)-Get the ‘misdirection’ perk and start pickpocketing everyone you come across (while looking for better gear that will allow you to sneak undetected much easier)-Complete quests, slay bandits/dragons/giants/ice wraiths, etc. (while looking for rare items)-do everything at once!

Possible locations: Anywhere! Just be careful…

Goal – Reach level 50 in Archery

The best thing about Skyrim is how easy it is leveling up without having to worry too much about anything else. Once you’ve reached level 50, there’s only one way of going any higher – by completing quests. Don’t worry about wandering around aimlessly for hours on end because it won’t happen! Just follow the main quest line and you’ll be amazed at how quickly everything falls into place. At this point, all you need to do is reach 80 in a row without missing a single shot…

Possible locations: Anywhere! Just be careful…

Goal – Reach level 80 in Archery

In case you’re wondering why I’ve been emphasizing the importance of picking up as much loot as possible after each kill, now is when it will finally come in handy. Once your target drops dead, you’ll have just enough time to equip whatever’s available before taking your shot. Even if you hit the back of their heads without it equipped, you’ll still get credit for it since they’re technically already dead!

Possible locations: Anywhere! Just be careful…


Final thoughts: If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of my life, it’s that everything is possible as long as(you) don’t give up! No matter what happens during any given game session, always remember that you can do anything with enough practice and patience! You never know how far (you’ve come) until (you’ve gone). So go out there and show me what you’re made of – I’m rooting for (you)!

Archery Tips For Beginners

Diy bow target

If you want something a little more realistic to shoot at, try crafting your own DIY bow target! No one will be able to stop (you) once (you’ve) finished, that’s for sure! Just remember to take breaks once in a while so that (your arm doesn’t fall off)-Here are some steps(to follow) if (you) decide on building one:

1. Make sure all materials are readily available

2. Decide the dimensions of what you’d like it to be – I recommend 8×8 feet

3. Clear out any excess furniture or objects located within the area

4. Build basic frame using 1×2 inch lumber

5. Smooth edges with a detailed sander

6. Nail pieces together using a hammer and nails

7. Apply black paint to the frame so it appears more realistic 8. Now try shooting at it!

Cardboard archery target

Since most players won’t really care about archery, it’s hard to come across a lot of targets. Try visiting the tavern in any town and you’ve got a 50/50 chance of finding one inside – usually in the corner. Cardboard arrow location: You can find these lying around just about anywhere with an archery target! I recommend holding onto your best arrows and only using the free ones if necessary… Or not, whatever works for (you)! Don’t forget to practice often so that bow-specific skills work more efficiently when fighting enemies

How to hold a compound bow?

The best way to hold a compound bow is with an open stance, meaning feet shoulder-width apart. The more stable the better. With your arm slightly bent, bend at the elbow and rest your wrist on the pocket of the grip. Point towards where you are aiming with your head.

How to hold a recurve bow?

The best way to hold a recurve bow is with an open stance with feet shoulder-width apart. The more stable the better. With your arm slightly bent, bend at the elbow and rest your wrist on the thumb-ring of the bow grip. Point towards where you are aiming with your head.


If you’re right-handed: Point left (with arrow knocking). Point left will give you more clearance around the string when you release it with your fingers – resulting in less friction between string & finger which helps your fingers slide off the string quicker & easier. To avoid “string pinch” point left, straighten out your pinky, and loosen up your grip so it stays at a 90-degree angle with the string.


If you’re left-handed: Point right (with arrow knocking). Point right will give you more clearance around the string when you release it with your fingers – resulting in less friction between string & finger which helps your fingers slide off the string quicker & easier. To avoid “string pinch” point right, straighten out your ring and middle fingers, and loosen up your grip so they stay at a 90-degree angle with the string.

How to hold a longbow?

The best way to hold a longbow is with an open stance, with feet shoulder-width apart. The more stable the better. With your arm slightly bent, bend at the elbow and rest your wrist on the thumb-ring of the bow grip. Point towards where you are aiming with your head.


If you’re right-handed:

Point left (with arrow knocking). Point left will give you more clearance around the string when you release it with your fingers – resulting in less friction between string & finger which helps your fingers slide off the string quicker & easier. To avoid “string pinch” point left, straighten out your pinky, and loosen up your grip so it stays at a 90-degree angle with the string.


If you’re left-handed:  

Point right (with arrow knocking). Point right will give you more clearance around the string when you release it with your fingers – resulting in less friction between string & finger which helps your fingers slide off the string quicker & easier. To avoid “string pinch” point right, straighten out your ring and middle fingers, and loosen up your grip so they stay at a 90-degree angle with the string.

How to shoot a compound bow?

Once you’ve set up your stance and drawn back the string, remember to maintain proper form. Look down your arrow line to make sure everything is lined up. Before you release the bowstring, make sure that everything stays in position: arms still slightly bent, head looking forward & eyes fixed on a target.

Keep aiming at the target throughout the shot until…After all, this has been done, take a deep breath then slowly release the string! Make sure that you don’t flinch when releasing it because that could cause the arrow to veer off course.

How to shoot a recurve bow?

Once you’ve set up your stance and drawn back the string, remember to maintain proper form. Look down your arrow line to make sure everything is lined up. Before you release the bowstring, make sure that everything stays in position: arms still slightly bent, head looking forward & eyes fixed on a target.

Keep aiming at the target throughout the shot until…After all, this has been done, take a deep breath then slowly release the string! Make sure that you don’t flinch when releasing it because that could cause the arrow to veer off course.

How to shoot a longbow?

Once you’ve set up your stance and drawn back the string, remember to maintain proper form. Look down your arrow line to make sure everything is lined up. Remember to keep your core engaged during this time so not all of your energy is pointed towards your arms or shoulders. Before you release the bowstring, make sure that everything stays in position: arms still slightly bent, head looking forward & eyes fixed on a target.


Keep aiming at your intended spot through the shot until…After all, this has been done, take a deep breath then slowly release the string! Make sure that you don’t flinch when releasing it because that could cause the arrow to veer off course.

How to shoot an arrow?

Once you’ve set up your stance and drawn back the string, remember to maintain proper form. Look down your arrow line to make sure everything is lined up. Remember to keep your core engaged during this time so not all of your energy is pointed towards your arms or shoulders. Before you release the bowstring, make sure that everything stays in position: arms still slightly bent, head looking forward & eyes fixed on a target. Keep aiming at your intended spot through the shot until…


After all, this has been done, take a deep breath then slowly release the string! Make sure that you don’t flinch when releasing it because that could cause the arrow to veer off course.

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