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Sneak Perk Tree


Sneaking is the art of moving unseen and unheard.  Highly skilled sneaks can even hide in plain sight.

Crouch to enter sneak mode.  Your current state will be displayed on your reticle.

Sneak States:

  • Closed Eye = No one can see you
  • Opening Eye = Enemies are alert and searching for you
  • Open Eye = Someone has detected you
  • DETECTED = You have been stopped and about to be attacked
  • HIDDEN = Enemies have lost track of you and stopped searching

Sneak Attacks do extra damage and occur when the eye is closed or partially closed.

The fastest way to level sneak is to get sneak attack bonuses.

Sneak Factors:

  • Movement - Like a T-Rex, enemies have trouble detecting you while motionless.
  • Line of Sight - If they can't see you, they can't detect you.
  • Light Level - The darker it is the harder you are to see.  Spells produce light.
  • Sound - Attacking and casting makes noise, heavier weapons make more noise.
  • Armor - Heavier armor makes more noise when moving

Enemies will also hear other sounds like arrows and traps, so you can use this to lure them.

Sneak Trainers:

Master: Delvin Mallory Thieves Guild, Ragged Flagon, Riften
Expert: Garvey The Warren, Markarth
Adept: Khayla (Locations vary) Khajiit Caravans

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