I play The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited a lot and in the forums there has been a (ridiculous) demand of enabling locational damage for bows.

As this is not possible, because in that MMO the character always auto-aims at the chest, I asked myself:

In which games of The Elder Scrolls series were Headshots possible?

I've spent my whole youth in Morrowind, walked through Cyrodiil and have slain dragons across Skyrim. Though I was never used to a bow - sure, I tested them to see how physics are working and how they implemented it, but I mostly sticked to a "Mage blade" character.

And now I'm curious: Have there been games in the series that used locational damage? Like less damage on the toes, but more on the head.

  • In elder scrolls unlimited, you can, in fact, aim manually. Auto aim is there as an aid.
    – user106385
    Jun 28, 2015 at 0:53

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This has never been possible (vanilla). However, there are quite a few mods which achieve this, in Skyrim and Oblivion.

Interesting fact : Fallout 3 and New Vegas are using nearly the same engine as Oblivion, and they do localize damage.

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    Yes, I was also thinking about Bethesta's other games and I liked that feature. And I knew of Oblivion mods. Thanks for your answer!
    – Trollwut
    Jun 25, 2015 at 16:36
  • Im calling this out. In oblivion I would guarantee instant kills with a headshot but do half the damage for a body shot on the same enemy
    – user106385
    Jun 28, 2015 at 0:51
  • @Timelord64 : that would be a mod. Only sneak attacks have increased damage. I'm definitely checking this today, though. Just wait till I find the CD !
    – Ealhad
    Jun 28, 2015 at 6:25
  • Maybe I was just scoring extra crit damage by luck? I never used mods. Though they would have had to set up localised damage for fallout regardless for VATS to work
    – user106385
    Jun 28, 2015 at 6:57
  • @Timelord64 Well, in Oblivion I always aim for the head anyway.
    – Ealhad
    Jun 28, 2015 at 6:59

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