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This page lists all the ammunition (arrows for bows and bolts for crossbows) available in Skyrim.

Arrows[edit]

Arrows are the required ammunition for bows. Arrows cannot be enchanted or tempered.

Unless the Dawnguard add-on has been installed, arrows cannot be created at forges. However, with Dawnguard, it becomes possible to craft standard arrows using 1 piece of firewood plus an appropriate metal ingot. The appropriate Smithing perks are necessary to craft each variety of arrow, but arrows still cannot be tempered. The pages linked in the following table provide more information.

Name (ID) Weight Value Damage Notes Speed Gravity
SR-icon-weapon-AncientNordArrows.png Ancient Nord Arrow
(00034182)
0 1 10

Carried by skeleton and draugr archers.

3600 0.35
Bound Arrow
(0010b0a7)
0 0 24

100 Bound Arrows are acquired when casting the Bound Bow spell, but will disappear once the spell's duration ends.

SR-icon-weapon-DaedricArrows.png Daedric Arrow
(000139c0)
0 8 24

Can be forged using the Daedric Smithing perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-Dragonbone Arrow.png Dragonbone ArrowDG
(xx0176f4)
0 9 25

Can be forged using the Dragon Smithing perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-DwarvenArrows.png Dwarven Arrow
(000139bc)
0 4 14

Can be forged using the Dwarven Smithing perk.DG

Dwarven Sphere Centurion Arrow
(0007b932)
0 0 20

Fired from Dwarven Spheres; not obtainable by the player. An arrow can be found in a display case in the Dwemer Museum of Understone Keep.

SR-icon-weapon-EbonyArrows.png Ebony Arrow
(000139bf)
0 7 20

Can be forged using the Ebony Smithing perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-ElvenArrows.png Elven Arrow
(000139bd)
0 5 16

Can be forged using the Elven Smithing perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-FalmerArrows.png Falmer Arrow
(00038341)
0 1 7

Carried by Falmer archers.

SR-icon-weapon-ForswornArrows.png Forsworn Arrow
(000cee9e)
0 1 7

Carried by Forsworn archers.

SR-icon-weapon-Glass Arrows.png Glass Arrow
(000139be)
0 6 18

Can be forged using the Glass Smithing perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-Iron Arrows.png Iron Arrow
(0001397d)
0 1 8

Can be forged at any level, without the need of any perks.DG

SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroArrows.png Nord Hero Arrow
(000eafdf)
0 5 24

Cannot be obtained.

DB-icon-weapon-Nordic Arrow.png Nordic ArrowDB
(xx02623b)
0 4 14

Can be forged using the Advanced Armors perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-OrcishArrows.png Orcish Arrow
(000139bb)
0 3 12

Can be forged using the Orcish Smithing perk.DG

SR-icon-weapon-Iron Arrows.png Practice Arrow
(000cab52)
0 0 0

Available from Angi; the only type of arrow that can be used for Angi's archery practice.

DB-icon-weapon-Riekling Spear.png Riekling SpearDB
(xx017720)
0 2 10

Used by Rieklings as spears; can be picked off the ground or off of dead Rieklings. They are equipped as arrows by the player and can only be used with bows (cannot be thrown individually).

2000 1.3
SR-icon-weapon-AncientNordArrows.png Rusty Arrow
(000e738a)
0 0 4

Only found on a few draugr occupying Geirmund's Hall and Reachwater Rock.

3600 0.35
SR-icon-weapon-SteelArrows.png Steel Arrow
(0001397f)
0 2 10

Can be forged using the Steel Smithing perk.DG

DB-icon-weapon-Stalhrim Arrow.png Stalhrim ArrowDB
(xx026239)
0 7 20

Can be forged with the Ebony Smithing perkDG after completing A New Source of Stalhrim.

Special Arrows[edit]

With the Dawnguard add-on, two special elven arrows are added; they give different effects when fired at the sun using Auriel's Bow.

Name (ID) Weight Value Damage Enchantment Notes Speed Gravity
SR-icon-weapon-Bloodcursed Elven Arrow.png Bloodcursed Elven ArrowDG
(xx0098a0)
0 6 16 Shrouds the sun in darkness if shot with Auriel's Bow. Can be made by Serana after completing the quest Kindred Judgment or Touching the Sky, unless she is cured of vampirism. Requires normal elven arrows. 3600 0.35
SR-icon-weapon-Sunhallowed Elven Arrow.png Sunhallowed Elven ArrowDG
(xx0098a1)
0 16 16 Causes sunburst attacks to nearby targets if shot at the sun with Auriel's Bow. Can be made by Knight-Paladin Gelebor after completing the quest Touching the Sky. Requires normal elven arrows.
Appears only with Dawnguard

Bolts[edit]

Bolts (and crossbows) are only available if the Dawnguard add-on has been installed. Bolts are the required ammunition for crossbows. Bolts cannot be enchanted or tempered, but several varieties of bolts can be crafted if you join the Dawnguard and complete a series of side quests.

Name (ID) Weight Value Damage Notes Speed Gravity
SR-icon-weapon-Dwarven Bolt.png Dwarven BoltDG
(xx00d099)
0 3 14 Dropped by Dwarven Automatons if the Dawnguard add-on is installed. 5400 0.35
SR-icon-weapon-Dwarven Bolt.png Exploding Dwarven Bolt of FireDG
(xx00f1b1)
0 15 14 Explodes for 15 points of fire damage.
SR-icon-weapon-Dwarven Bolt.png Exploding Dwarven Bolt of IceDG
(xx00f1b7)
0 15 14 Explodes for 15 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina.
SR-icon-weapon-Dwarven Bolt.png Exploding Dwarven Bolt of ShockDG
(xx00f1b9)
0 15 14 Explodes for 15 points of shock damage to Health and half that to Magicka.
SR-icon-weapon-Steel Bolt.png Exploding Steel Bolt of FireDG
(xx00f1a0)
0 5 10 Explodes for 10 points of fire damage.
SR-icon-weapon-Steel Bolt.png Exploding Steel Bolt of IceDG
(xx00f1bb)
0 5 10 Explodes for 10 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina.
SR-icon-weapon-Steel Bolt.png Exploding Steel Bolt of ShockDG
(xx00f1bc)
0 5 10 Explodes for 10 points of shock damage to Health and half that to Magicka.
SR-icon-weapon-Steel Bolt.png Steel BoltDG
(xx000bb3)
0 1 10 Found on Dawnguard members; can be crafted and/or bought if you join the Dawnguard, without any other quests required.
SR-icon-weapon-Steel Bolt.png Test BoltDG
(xx00590c)
0 1 10 Not available in the game.
Crafting crossbows and exploding bolts is only possible at Gunmar's forge in Fort Dawnguard, which does not appear until after A New Order (must side with the Dawnguard). Normal bolts can be crafted at any forge.
This item can only be acquired or crafted by siding with the Dawnguard. See Ancient Technology for details.

Notes[edit]

SR-graph-Dragonbone Arrow Damage.gif
  • To the right is a chart of damage per second values for Legendary versions of bows firing Dragonbone arrows. The chart does not include bonus damage from the Archery skill, the Overdraw perk, or the Quick Shot perk; however, the first two of these would affect all the values equally and would not change the relative order of bows. Quick Shot does affect them unequally, due to how bow speed works; see the Archery article for a more in-depth analysis and discussion.
  • Giving ammunition to a follower will result in that follower making use of them, provided the given ammunition is better than the follower's default ammunition. In addition, no matter how many times your follower uses this gifted ammunition, the number in their inventory will never decrease; and since you can collect missiles that miss their target, as well as some that hit, you can use this strategy as a good source for free ammunition of your choice.