Crossbows are one type of weapon governed by the Marksman skill. Bolts serve as their ammunition. Complete lists of crossbows and bolts, including enchanted and unique ones, are also available. Other marksman weapons are described at Bows and Arrows and Throwing Weapons.
The Dwemer crossbow is an ingenious device that permits someone with only modest training and skill to fire a missile bolt massive enough to penetrate heavy armor. The Imperial Legion's mass-produced version is somewhat less effective, and most Imperial missile troops and hunters use the more popular short and long bows. - Garothmuk gro-Muzgub
- Unlike a Bow, at point blank range one must aim the crossbow itself, rather than the crosshair, and at close range, a compromise between the crosshair and the crossbow.