It's unclear to me whether "two-handed" means just two-handed melee weapons, or if it includes bows.

Logically, a bow is used with two hands, so it should work, but I want to make sure before I waste a black soul gem on a 13% fortify two-handed magic ring.

So, does "Two-handed attacks do 13% more damage" apply to bows, or just melee weapons?

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Bows are not considered 'Two-handed weapons' in this sense because they're based on the Archery skill, not the Two-Handed skill.

If it makes it easier, think of the skill as being named Two-Handed Melee and abbreviated.

  • Makes sense. Thanks. I was thinking of Two-Handed as a weapon property instead of the skill.
    – dpatchery
    Nov 14 '11 at 4:18
  • I thought the same thing, that a bow is a "two-handed" weapon. But all the enchantments, equipment and potions I tried out, did not make any difference for me. I was doing just fine with poisons applied, so I took off all one handed and two handed perks in the skill tree and put them into Archery and Alchemy.
    – user47576
    Apr 26 '13 at 5:25

Yes. Bows are included in the two-handed skill tree even though it has a skill tree of its own.

It's because the bow requires two hands to wield, and the game mechanic is a tribute to real life, since it's impossible to fire a bow and arrow with one hand.

In Skyrim, you also can't fire a bow and arrow with one hand. But, by using a bow, you only gain half the XP for the two-handed skill tree that you would gain from a hammer or great sword

  • 3
    Punctuation is your friend! Also, do you have a source for this? It sounds flat-out wrong.
    – Frank
    Jun 15 '12 at 14:51
  • @Matthew This thread disagrees with you.
    – kalina
    Jun 15 '12 at 14:57
  • My personal experience totally disagrees with this. i have 100 in archery and like 20 ish in two-handed (more or less where it started). So, no xp gain on my end.
    – TrewTzu
    Jun 15 '12 at 15:41
  • Down vote. This is just plain wrong. Dec 21 '12 at 11:16

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