The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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drach Jun 4, 2014 @ 7:48am
Minor tutorial please!
In real life, in high school, to many years ago to count, my gym teacher said I had a natural gift for archery. Unfortunately, that gift did not cross over to gaming. Any game I ever played, I sucked at archery.

So advice would be great. I line up the crosshairs and fire, and even with overpowered bows, I have never hit a target. (obviously, this is a bit diffrent than the real thing) (kinda like music, been playing bass, guitar and harmonica for over 35 tears, but can't play 'rockstar', go figure).

What am I doing wrong?

If my gaming swordsmanship was as bad as my gaming archery, I would die in Helgen on the easiest level, lol.
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Ace Voyage Jun 4, 2014 @ 7:51am 
try to level up with swords/daggers and use the perks for archery: if you aim you can zoom in and maybe that will helps you better being an archer. Use the perks for archery ;)
drach Jun 4, 2014 @ 7:54am 
Ty,will try it
Elppan Jun 4, 2014 @ 7:59am 
Make sure you also hold down the draw button for a full draw of your bow. If you don't, obviously your bow won't reach maximum distance.
gnewna Jun 4, 2014 @ 8:00am 
You can only use perks if you have a high enough skill level, although you can pay for training if you ask the right people.

How far are you from the people you're aiming at? And whereabouts are you aiming? You don't get more damage for a headshot, for example, so aim for the torso as it's the biggest target.
John Gromorg Jun 4, 2014 @ 8:00am 
I see you're getting double entry on comments. I have the same Steam glitch today.
drach Jun 4, 2014 @ 8:42am 
When I last tried it, I maxed out the riverwood elf training and had 2 or 3 in the first perk,and about 20 feet away from the first bandit at valteim keep. I forgot to hold down the button the first shot, I fired a 2nd time even though she detected me, held it down long enough and still missed. I had to draw my sword to kill her, and by that time the whole keep was alerted.

One thing I noticed about this game, if you want to just be a hack and slash fighter, you can be quite successful. Any other skills take a little patients to build up perks.
Aim a little lower with your crosshair than where you want to hit. Arrows/bolts (if you're using a crossbow) actually fire slightly higher up than the center of your crosshair.

As you can probably guess, arrows have travel time, so predict where your target is going to move.
Ryika Jun 4, 2014 @ 9:14am 
For training purposes I'd recommend this mod:

It makes it really easy to see where arrows land and how far your arrows fly and to get a feel for where you have to aim at.
rafaelherschel Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:47am 
I find archery easier with the crosshair disabled. Study the way arrows rise and fall. Depending on the range you have to aim lower or higher.

You can practice on trees. The arrows will stick into a tree.

Stating the obvious: always make sure the bow is completely drawn before releasing.

I noticed that it's easier to aim with a mouse than with a controller.
All of these suggestions are good. The games archery works pretty much the same as in real life. Distance from the target affects flight and drop of the arrows. I'd use the cross hair first and practice on a target in the courtyard at Solitude or any target you find. There is a woman you come across who trains you with practice arrows and tests your skill as well. Crossbows are slightly different in the real world, firing with more power and range. Haven't used a crossbow in Skyrim yet.
YoYoduh Jun 4, 2014 @ 11:06pm 
Always shoot in sneak ( Crouched ) position , this moves your bow in a horizontal position
use crosshairs , make sure you hold button down long enough to get full draw on bow,
look at my pic's on my Steam account they show long shot kills I made without Zoom.and
even at these long shots I only had my crosshairs slightly above target so unliuke in real
life there is not much of a drop in the arrow.
YouRackDisciprine Jun 4, 2014 @ 11:11pm 
If you're playing on higher difficulties, this is a useful read. It explains the archery mechanics and more.

Side note: Gee, I wished my high school had an archery club.
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