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Nightingale Bow

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The Nightingale Bow (Level 46)
Base Damage:
19 DamageIcon
18 WeightIcon
Base Value:
3405 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
See Table
Class: Archery, Bow
Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot
Perk: None
FormID: 000F652C

The Nightingale Bow is a unique archery weapon found in Skyrim.

The bow is originally owned by Karliah, but it can be obtained during the Thieves Guild questline. Because the bow is leveled, the magnitude of the enchantments, the base strength and value of the bow are based on character level; meaning that with every level the Dragonborn has advanced when the bow is obtained, the bow does more damage, weighs more, and is worth more.


It is a reward given to the Dragonborn by Karliah, after they complete the Thieves Guild quest Blindsighted.


The enchantment is named "Nightingale Storm" and for all versions of the bow is:

Like many unique items, it cannot be disenchanted at an arcane enchanter.


The Nightingale bow can be upgraded with an ebony ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, 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.


The damage and value as well as the magnitude of the enchantment are based on the Dragonborn's level when the bow is acquired. The best possible version is available at level 46.

Level DamageIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Effect ItemID
1-18 12 9 420 Freezes the target for 10 points and shocks the target for 5 points 0007E5C3
19-26 13 11 877 Freezes the target for 15 points and shocks the target for 7 points 000F6529
27-35 15 13 1620 Freezes the target for 20 points and shocks the target for 10 points 000F652A
36-45 17 15 2655 Freezes the target for 25 points and shocks the target for 12 points 000F652B
46+ 19 18 3700 Freezes the target for 30 points and shocks the target for 15 points 000F652C



This section contains bugs related to Nightingale Bow. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  It may not show up in the grindstone menu if it is already in the highest tier, like the Nightingale Blade.
  •  PC   The final tier bow appears to reveal a sneaking character much more easily than other, non-enchanted bows. Even with 100 Sneak in light armor, in very dark lighting conditions and under the effects of muffle, shooting this bow will reveal the user immediately at short range and very rapidly at long range (assuming that enemies investigate). This is in surprising comparison to unenchanted bows which can be fired nearly point blank and not reveal the shooter's location at 100 Sneak. This is because the sound is incorrectly set to "normal" instead of "silent" (verified with the Creation Kit.)
  •  360   When firing any type of arrow, even when fully drawn, it may not reach the maximum range a normal bow could achieve.

See alsoEdit


Start a Discussion Discussions about Nightingale Bow

  • Nightingale Bow

    6 messages
    • I found that having high Destruction spell cost reduction from armour and such (-177% cost) causes enchantments to last forever if they're ...
    • ve to get the bow at lvl 46 to get the max dmg from it, if you get the bow at lower lvl, it won't scale with you
  • Nightingale Bow bug

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    • Is this bug already been approved and is it only for the final tier bow? " PC Final tier bow appears to reveal players much more easily t...
    • I've had a similar problem with a second/third tier bow on the 360 version of the game. I've done a comparison with a standard glass bow; ...

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