Ioakim.EO Mar 28 @ 8:47pm
Stealth Builds
Hey. Just wanna know what your guys' favorite stealth playstyles/builds are because i am looking into one. :)
Thanks
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MorningLightMountain Mar 28 @ 9:03pm 
Orc archer due to the racial ability favouring the Dawnguard crossbows
Theoran Mar 28 @ 9:07pm 
I moddled my build off of this blog.

http://theskyrimblog.ning.com/group/character-building/forum/topics/character-build-the-assassins-of-skyrim

I chose Brenton for the magic resistance as well.
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minoravatar Mar 28 @ 9:18pm 
I like to use the Khajiit race so I can use Night-Eye and they start with a +10 to the Sneak Skill. For Skills I go with Archery, Light Armor, Lock picking, Sneak, Speech, Smithing (light armor side), Enchanting, and Illusion. For weapons I use a bow mostly but also a dagger to get the backstab bonus perks with Sneak and the Dark Brotherhood armor double backstab damage bonus. Very deadly combo when used together.
MorningLightMountain Mar 28 @ 9:22pm 
That's why I like the orc racial ability as it stacks with the sneak attack perks.
Dragoon Mar 28 @ 10:22pm 
It's some sort of tradition for me in Elder Scrolls on my first play though go full sneak and bow. I love to explore the world and this means usually to put my nose where it don't belong.
I found in Skyrim race doesn't matter so much because skill increase come fast and the game world is huge. Why bother about the first 10 hours when you're going to spent playing more than 200 hours anyway. So my race decision depends more on who's butt I'm willing to stare for the next few hundredth hours. :)

Anyway, lets talk about sneak. Light armor is a must because the noise you do depends on the weight of your armor. There is perk on both armor skill trees that negates this, but it comes very late in the heavy armor tree. Thanks to smiting, in the end, the difference between light and heavy armor is minimal.
If you want do early melee stealth kills you should use only daggers, as far I know only daggers are completely silent. For a example, if you use a sword your target or a bystander may hear you swinging that weapon, breaking stealth before you can even land a hit.
Until you get your sneak skill high enough consider sneaking around barefoot to make less noise, and even use the walk speed toggle. Yeah I know, you will be really slow, but 30 sneak is then often enough to get close.
This all doesn't matter if use a bow, but know, sneak not only rise from successful sneaking but also from doing damage while hidden. Because of the dagger high crit bonus this will give you larger skill increases when you land a hit.
A little trick if you want to know if someone is hostile or not from a distance. Fire an arrow next to them in the ground or a wall. (Do not hit them! Nobody likes an arrow to the knee.) If they are hostile they will get into an alerted state. Friendlies instead don't bother.

Edit: My spelling and grammar is so horrible. Sorry for that. :)
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Incunabulum Mar 28 @ 11:26pm 
Marksmanship, One-Handed, Stealth, Illusion, Light Armor/Alteration.

Sneak in, arrow to the head, arrow to the head, they start to realize something is wrong, arrow to the head - 3 guys down, stabstabstab the last two. 5 dead guys, fight lasted 30 seconds. Use Illusion to buff Sneak at the lower levels and for some fun spells.

Wear LA (because they look bad-♥♥♥♥ abd you wouldn't actually wander around the countryside in platemail) or go up the Alteration tree for armor spells.

Race matters not one whit since the racial abilities and skill bonuses are so miniscule they're irrelevent by the time you reach level 10 (which will be about the time you're leaving Riverwood to warn the Jarl about the dragon attack with vanilla leveling speed).

Forget daggers until you get the x15 SA bonus - until you get this you can just whack the sleeping guys a couple of times with a sword. If you have to get into melee to do a SA on a awake mob then you're doing it wrong.
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MorningLightMountain Mar 28 @ 11:45pm 
Depends what you're up against as Berzkerer rage turns that x15 or x3 multiplier into x30 or x6
@ Sophia, so your a brown noser.
Jk, no offense intended.
BelphegorATS Mar 29 @ 4:38pm 
Sophia and Incunabulum both raise good points. I think what you should also do for a stealth build is find mods to enhance your experience while playing the game from this persepctive. For me, Elianora's Assassin's Lair fits the bill for assassins and her Thieves' Den goes well with thieves. I have both mods (the former is no longer available on Workshop if I'm correct), and they are marvoulous. Another good mod to try out is Dark Brotherhood Resurrection if you're playing as an assassin because it adds a new questline for that faction. I also have a mod that enhances the Dawnstar Sanctuary, but I forget what it's called. Anyway, hope this advice helps.
Dragoon Mar 29 @ 5:03pm 
Originally posted by BelphegorATS:
I also have a mod that enhances the Dawnstar Sanctuary, but I forget what it's called. Anyway, hope this advice helps.

I'm just wondering because I don't remember. Does the Brotherhood Sanctuary improve overtime, as you finish mission for them, or was that only the Thief Guild Headquarter.
Dallas Mar 29 @ 5:04pm 
hit the crouch button and use a dagger with the 15x damage bonus :)
MorningLightMountain Mar 29 @ 5:05pm 
Originally posted by Sophia ~ღ:
Originally posted by BelphegorATS:
I also have a mod that enhances the Dawnstar Sanctuary, but I forget what it's called. Anyway, hope this advice helps.

I'm just wondering because I don't remember. Does the Brotherhood Sanctuary improve overtime, as you finish mission for them, or was that only the Thief Guild Headquarter.

I think once you complete the main Dark Brotherhood questline you can pay Nazir to do some decorating.
Dallas Mar 29 @ 5:08pm 
you can also destroy the dark brother hood (its a quest) if you want some quick cash and some quick unique armour
BelphegorATS Mar 29 @ 5:12pm 
Originally posted by MorningLightMountain:
Originally posted by Sophia ~ღ:

I'm just wondering because I don't remember. Does the Brotherhood Sanctuary improve overtime, as you finish mission for them, or was that only the Thief Guild Headquarter.

I think once you complete the main Dark Brotherhood questline you can pay Nazir to do some decorating.

You can indeed buy decorations for the Dawnstar Sanctuary, but you get them from Delvin, not Nazir. The mod I'm currently using adds some more content to the Dawnstar Sanctuary and I also think it improves the graphics of the place as well (though that may actually be the dungeon texture mod I'm using which is also available on the Workshop).
BelphegorATS Mar 29 @ 5:14pm 
Just looked at the mods I'm subscribed to; the name of the mod I've been talking about is called Dawnstar Sanctuary Overhaul.
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