I'm getting miffed with archery in Skyrim. I'm used to arcing my shots to hit distant targets, but in Skyrim, there's an automatic arc-correct that means when I aim above a bandit's head... I actually hit the space above his head.

Is there any way to disable the Archery Auto-aim in skyrim?

  • I don't necessarily think it's auto aiming, I think the cursor's just off for certain distances. Like close range and long range it hits the target, but mid range it hits above the target (arcing over his head), as sometimes I have to aim at a bandits chest to hit his head.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:32
  • @MrSmooth The reason the cursor is off is because it is auto-correcting. Distance to target is the determining factor. Nov 13, 2011 at 5:34
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    Wait, does this mean that in order to hit where you want, you aim where you want? Always?
    – Konerak
    Nov 13, 2011 at 14:26
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    @RavenDreamer according to the answer, it seems that it's actually just got an arc like I said, not auto aim.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 14, 2011 at 6:56
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    No, there is in fact autoaim. Sometimes when attacking a moving target the arrow will aim even higher and move left or right (depending on the lead)... it always overshoots. Very annoying.
    – user15784
    Dec 3, 2011 at 12:42

2 Answers 2


Open up Skyrim.ini in your MyGames/Skyrim folder.

Search for [Combat]
Add one or both of the following lines:


The first line is for first person. The second line is for third person.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/skyrim/comments/m8pv2/bow_auto_aim/c2z1omo

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    What are the defaults for this? I changed mine and decided I don't like it, but mine didn't have it to begin with, I had to add it, so I don't know what the default was.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 14, 2011 at 6:57
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    @MrSmooth simply removing it should set it back to the default, no? Nov 14, 2011 at 13:33
  • @RavenDreamer I doubt it will, because it's not running any new commands, so it won't really be changing anything. I'll give it a go though.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 14, 2011 at 13:43
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    anyways, there's the reason you allways should backup a file or comment out the original lines
    – HTDutchy
    Nov 20, 2011 at 20:30
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    Per spookyfx (the author of Duke Patrick's Combat Archery, the Oblivion mod that Skyrim archery is (very loosely) based on), you should set both of those values to 0.7 for the arrow to fire straight through the crosshairs; 0.0 fires a bit low. Nov 28, 2011 at 15:23

There is now a mod that disables autoaim.

  • I wonder if this mod works just by setting the values above, in which case I would still recommend a simple ini tweak.
    – Resorath
    Mar 15, 2012 at 7:34
  • @Resorath: From what I've read, the tweaks in Zeno's answer do not actually disable auto-aim, they disable arcing of bows. To disable autoaim, you need to use fMagnetismLookingMult=0.0 and fMagnetismStrafeHeadingMult=0.0. Or you can just download this mod. Mar 15, 2012 at 7:44

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