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SKILL LINE

BOW

BOW

Category: Weapon
Other skill lines in Weapon : Destruction Staff, Dual Wield, One Hand and Shield, Restoration Staff and Two Handed

The Bow skill-line is part of the "Weapons" category in the Elder Scrolls Online. The Bow skill-line has active skills that you can activate during combat and passive skills that are always active as long as you have a Bow weapon slotted. The skill-line is also often referred to as Archery.

How do you unlock the Bow skill-line?


The Bow skill-line is granted to you after killing an enemy with a Bow weapon. You can use any random Bow that you bought or picked up from a monster to uncover the Bow skill-line. 

How do you level up the Bow skill-line?


To level up the Bow skill-line in the Elder Scrolls Online you have to either equip a Bow or slot skills from the Bow skill-line. Having more Bow skills slotted on your active bar will increase the amount of experience that you gain towards the skill-line. To level up the Bow skill-line, you can simply kill monsters or complete quests to gain experience points. Reading books from bookshelves in the Elder Scrolls Online can also sometimes increase your level in the Bow skill-line.

The damage numbers of the skills that you see below are used for comparison. The numbers are based on a naked level 50 character without any skills, passives, attributes and champion points allocated. Your damage numbers will change depending on what gear, skills, attributes, champion points, enchantments or buffs your character has.
Ultimate abilities
Rapid Fire header Rapid Fire Rapid Fire
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Unleash a barrage of arrows at an enemy, dealing 17420 Physical Damage over 4 seconds. You can move at full speed and are immune to all disabling effects while channeling this attack.
arrow Ballista header Ballista Ballista
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Summon a turret to unleash a barrage of arrows at an enemy, dealing 15587 Physical Damage over 5 seconds.

Summon a turret to channel the attack for you, but for less damage.
arrow Toxic Barrage header Toxic Barrage Toxic Barrage
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Unleash a barrage of arrows at an enemy, dealing 17420 Poison Damage over 4 seconds. After dealing damage you poison the enemy, dealing an additional 8995 Poison Damage over 8 seconds after a 1 second delay. You can move at full speed and are immune to all disabling effects while channeling this attack.

Deals Poison Damage. Dealing damage with the attack injects them with poison, dealing additional damage over time.
Active abilities
Snipe header Snipe Snipe
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Plant a masterfully aimed arrow in an enemy's vital spot, dealing 2404 Physical Damage.
arrow Focused Aim header Focused Aim Focused Aim
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Plant a masterfully aimed arrow in an enemy's vital spot, dealing 2404 Physical Damage. Also inflicts Minor Breach on the enemy, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 2974 for 10 seconds.

Increases the range. Enemies who are hit are inflicted with Minor Breach, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance. Reduces cost as ability ranks up.
arrow Lethal Arrow header Lethal Arrow Lethal Arrow
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Plant a masterfully aimed arrow in an enemy's vital spot, dealing 2483 Poison Damage and applying the Poisoned status effect. Also afflicts enemy with Minor Defile, which reduces their healing received and Health Recovery by 8% for 4 seconds.

Deals Poison Damage and always applies the Poisoned status effect. Also applies Minor Defile to the enemy, reducing their healing received.
Volley header Volley Volley
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Launch a multitude of arrows into the sky to rain down, dealing 386 Physical Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second for 8 seconds, after a 2 second delay.
arrow Arrow Barrage header Arrow Barrage Arrow Barrage
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Launch a multitude of arrows into the sky to rain down, dealing 478 Physical Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second for 8 seconds, after a 2 second delay.

Increases the radius and damage done.
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Launch a multitude of arrows into the sky to rain down, dealing 386 Physical Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second for 12 seconds, after a 2 second delay.

Increases the duration.
Scatter Shot header Scatter Shot Scatter Shot
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Blast an enemy with an explosive arrow, dealing 1392 Physical Damage, knocking them back 8 meters.
arrow Draining Shot header Draining Shot Draining Shot
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Blast an enemy with an enchanted arrow, dealing 1393 Physical Damage and reducing their movement speed by 60% for 3 seconds. If the enemy is hit, you heal for 2399.

Heals you if enemy is successfully hit, but snares them instead of stunning.
arrow Magnum Shot header Magnum Shot Magnum Shot
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Blast an enemy with an explosive arrow, dealing 1727 Physical Damage and knocking them back 8 meters.

Deals increased damage and reduces the cost.
Arrow Spray header Arrow Spray Arrow Spray
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Fire a burst of arrows in one shot, dealing 1742 Physical Damage to enemies in front of you.
arrow Acid Spray header Acid Spray Acid Spray
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Fire a burst of arrows in one shot, dealing 1742 Poison Damage to enemies in front of you, and dealing an additional 1296 Poison Damage over 4 seconds.

Deals Poison Damage and adds additional damage over time.
arrow Bombard header Bombard Bombard
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Fire a burst of arrows in one shot, dealing 1742 Physical Damage to enemies in front of you. Enemies afflicted are immobilized and have their Movement Speed reduced by 40% for 4 seconds.

Snares and immobilizes enemies hit.
Poison Arrow header Poison Arrow Poison Arrow
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Shoot an arrow coated in Baandari poison at an enemy, dealing 1161 Poison Damage and an additional 2310 Poison Damage over 10 seconds.
arrow Poison Injection header Poison Injection Poison Injection
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Shoot an arrow coated in Baandari poison at an enemy, dealing 1161 Poison Damage and an additional 2315 Poison Damage over 10 seconds. Deals up to 100% more damage to enemies under 50% Health.

Deals additional damage to low health enemies.
arrow Venom Arrow header Venom Arrow Venom Arrow
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Shoot an arrow coated in Shadowscale poison at an enemy, dealing 1161 Poison Damage and an additional 2315 Poison Damage over 10 seconds. If the enemy hit is casting an ability they are interrupted, set Off Balance, and stunned for 3 seconds.

If the enemy hit is casting an ability they are interrupted, set Off Balance, and stunned. Reduces cost as ability ranks up.
Passive abilities
Long Shots header Long Shots Long Shots
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Gives you a damage bonus of up to 12% against enemies at longer range.
Accuracy header Accuracy Accuracy
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Increases your Critical Chance rating by 1314.
Ranger header Ranger Ranger
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Reduces the Stamina cost of Bow abilities by 15%.
Hawk Eye header Hawk Eye Hawk Eye
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Dealing damage with a Light or Heavy Attack increases the damage of your Bow abilities by 5% for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
Hasty Retreat header Hasty Retreat Hasty Retreat
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Grants you Major Expedition for 4 seconds after you use Roll Dodge. Major Expedition increases your Movement Speed by 30%.

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