Using a bow and arrow or crossbow in Elden Ring can sometimes be a bit difficult to understand the controls. However, it is important to know the controls of these weapons as they have the ability to aim and zoom for precision shots. In this guide, we are going to tell you how to aim and zoom with bows and crossbows in Elden Ring.

The basics of bows and crossbows in Elden Ring

To use the bow or crossbow in Elden Ring, you obviously need to equip the item. And it can be in your left or right hand as a primary or secondary item. If you’re using a bow, you won’t be able to use any of your secondary weapons like shields between attacks, but crossbow shields are a bit easier to use.

For either of these items, you also need to have Bolts, Arrows, or Large Arrows equipped so you have something to shoot.

Assuming you got it all figured out: you can shoot the bow, greatbow, or crossbow just like you would use any other weapon. You can either manually aim a shot (which is difficult) or lock on the target and the shot will follow the target.

How to aim with a bow and crossbow

To manually aim, just press the LB button / L1 button. This will bring up a crosshair that you can use to line up your shots. Since this item will effectively replace your shield or second weapon, you actually use this button to aim the bow. On PC, you simply equip the bow you want to aim with and right-click to use both hands on the bow, then right-click again to bring up the aiming reticle.

And that’s all you need to know about aiming bows and crossbows in Elden Ring. For more gameplay tips, check out our Elden Ring Guides section on AOTF.

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