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Archery is the skill in Ultima Online which states how good a character is with ranged weapons. The two main weapon classes in this skill are bows and crossbows. This skill is together with Fencing, Mace Fighting and Swordsmanship is one of the main weapon skills.

The main gain from this skill is an increased chance to hit the target, instead of missing, and the chance to evade an enemy's projectile. It does not determine damage and speed of the attack. A high archery level also opens up new special moves -two for each weapon- with 70 for the first and 90 for the second move. Note that the Tactics skill is also needed.

Of note is that Gargoyles can not learn Archery.


Training is the same for all weapon classes. First, buy training from a Warrior Guildmaster until reaching 30 points. After that, only real battle can help to improve. Therefore here the best battlegrounds for the varying skill levels.

Skill Level Enemies to battle
30 - 60 Skeletons, preferably 1-3 at a time these can be found in any graveyard
60 - 70 Lizardmen such as you'd find in the top level of Despise
70 - 85 Ogres, again in Despise but at lowest level this time (avoid the Ogre Lords)
85 - 100 Earth Elementals found in Shame or Despise level 2
100 - 110 Cyclopean Warriors found in Cyclops Valley in the Lost Lands and Despise level 3
110 - 120 Troglodytes found in the Painted Caves

Alternatively, you can use the Pet Golem Trick to gain experience.