The Long Bow is the lowest tier bow available. It is quite basic in appearance and follows a straight bow design. It is the lightest bow available, thus its draw speed is the fastest, though this is offset by its low damage. It is the only type of bow in the game that does not vibrate in the Dragonborn's hand when shot.
- Can be found in bandit camps, even at higher levels.
- Commonly sold by general goods merchants and blacksmiths.
- One is given to the Dragonborn, along with iron arrows, near the end of their escape from Helgen.
- Sometimes found in chests.
The Long Bow can be upgraded with a piece of firewood at a grindstone, however, it does not benefit from any Smithing perks. This means that the weapon cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to fortify Smithing.