|The Nightingale Bow (Level 46)|
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|Class: Archery, Bow|
|Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot|
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 contingent upon 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:
A side effect of the frost damage is that the target will be slowed by 50% for three seconds. 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.
- It can be seen in a loading screen wielded by a female Wood Elf wearing leather armor and nocking a steel arrow.
- Nightingale Blade. It may not show up in the grindstone menu if it is already in the highest tier, like the
- 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.) The final tier bow appears to reveal a
- When firing any type of arrow, even when fully drawn, it may not reach the maximum range a normal bow could achieve.