The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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How do I be a Stealth Assassin?
So, I got Skyrim during the Summer Steam Sale. Well, I'm on my way to that place (White-ville?) that you go after Redwood (that first place). Anyway, I'm level 2 and I put one perk thing into pickpocketing. I want play Skyrim as if it's Assassin's Creed. I dropped all my heavy armor, so now I only have lots of light armor and a♥♥♥♥♥♥ton of food. Anyway, any tips on how I should be an assassin dude? I'm not sure if I should invest in the archery thing so I can be a "Sniper" or a close up melee backstabber. Also, when I crouch into steak-mode, I always somehow get detected, even when I'm behind people. How is that possible?
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Amycus Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:06pm 
When you have a low sneak skill, it is REALLY hard to sneak on people,especially if you are right behind them in broad daylight. Also, at lower levels, ANY armor worn makes you give out a lot of noise. And with a low sneak level, pickpocketing is pretty much impossible. So, invest in the sneak tree until it is actually possible for you to sneak behind someone.

So, start by removing everything you wear - ALL of it. Then you wait until the night, and walk into a town. try to spot an NPC somewhere that is standing still outside. Start by going into sneak mode a good distance away, and then hold sift to sneak slowly. Try to get as close as possible without the "eye" in your interface opening up completely. As you successfully sneak close to an NPC, your skill in sneaking increases, and you become better at it. -And yes,eventually you can sneak with clothes or armor too:p
Bobby Digital™ Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:06pm 
you will need both, something for long range and for when you are fighting people up close. obviously it is up to you how to play and build your dude but i would say an assassin would be a bow and dagger character.

i would recommend getting up your bow or one hand skill up to 60 and using your perk points on making those stronger before you start using perks on stuff like pickpocket etc... once you can dish out some decent damage then you can broaden you perk points distribution.

also it is wise to not use perk points just because you have one. hold out until you can spend it on what would be relavent for your char.

imho, i would not put more than one perk point in to the first stealth tree perk. one point will give you 20% and anything after the first is only a 5% increase so i think that is really not worth it.
FromanSK ☕ Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:06pm 
There's a guy on YouTube who makes some incredible assassin videos. I'll link you to a few of them; maybe you'll get some ideas. I regret to say that you're not going to get much of an Assassin's Creed-like experience in Skyrim though.
PitbullVEVO Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:12pm 
being an "assassin" in skyrim is kindof a complicated thing to do but heres my advice
step 1: be a khajiit. the khajiit specialize in stealth and pickpoketing you couldve picked this class at the begining when making your character but if you didnt follow step2
step 2: activate the theif stone the theif stone is a bonus for sneaking abbilities It is located southwest of Riverwood, and north-northwest of Helgen close to the river.
step 3: as you said being a "sniper" will help in situations (pro tip if you press ctrl to sneak well sniping it will do more damage!)
step 4: if you are in combat use some sort of dagger you can use it for backstabbing in sneaky situations and it is a very fast weopen and you can upgrade it at any forge and you can enchant it since your new to skyrim if you want to know how to enchant google it.
step 5: use the right perks for example try to get perks in one handed, archery, sneak, pickpocket, and lockpicking this could help you
step 6: join the dark brotherhood you will not really get to join them until you progress A LOT in the game it is kinda complicated to get in so if you want to learn more google it they can make you a much better assassin! theres my guide to being a stealth assassin!
Last edited by PitbullVEVO; Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:15pm
shiva7663 Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:31pm 
Yes, those videos are great.
FromanSK ☕ Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:35pm 
Originally posted by shiva7663:
Yes, those videos are great.
Yeah. He inspired me to create a similar character and I can say that it was a blast to play.
Sarnai Jul 24, 2013 @ 8:37pm 
if you want to spam up your sneak skill then try getting as many assasination's as possible while sneaking. you get +1 in sneak skill for every time you get a kill while sneaking with a dagger until about sneak skill 40-45.
Crimson Shadow Jul 24, 2013 @ 9:17pm 
i raised my sneak skill by sneaking everywhere, all the time. joining the theives guild in riften is good as well because you can do the pickpocket missons to raise your skill. once you get gold you can be trained to sneak or pickpocket better. I think the guild has to be the best way to raise the sneak and pickpocket skills.
King Ultima I Jul 24, 2013 @ 11:17pm 
Use daggers, bows, practice pickpocketing lots, go to windhelm and do the dark brotherhood quest, and use your save function! practice every dingeon in total stealth, do only stealh kills, steal from occupied houses for fun, get creative
SirNobjockey Jul 24, 2013 @ 11:48pm 
Originally posted by tpearson801:
Use daggers, bows, practice pickpocketing lots, go to windhelm and do the dark brotherhood quest, and use your save function! practice every dingeon in total stealth, do only stealh kills, steal from occupied houses for fun, get creative

Yep...pickpocketing is a great way to increase stealth and pickpocketing. It's also great for fast levelling. Spent a couple of hours pickpocketing pretty much everyone I saw once, and I was level 30 and a pickpocket skill level of 95 without starting any of the major quest lines!
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King Ultima I Jul 24, 2013 @ 11:50pm 
hahaha yeah its funny taking everything someone has/wears and walking away like thats even remotely possible
Thanks everyone for the great tips! Yes, I did choose a Khajit as my race. Right now, I'm just focusing on being good with the bow by shooting at random people and animals.
Gralzeim Jul 25, 2013 @ 9:47am 
Clothing doesn't negatively affect your sneaking success, so don't worry about that, you don't have to be an underwear assassin. As long as it's just clothes (no armor value) then you're fine, till your Sneak skill gets higher (especially after you take the perk that reduces the noise penalty from armor).

Sneak attacks (dealing damage with a ranged or melee weapon to an enemy unaware of your presence, while you're sneaking) do bonus damage, by default this is double damage, but perks in the Sneaking skill tree can increase this (especially for daggers, later on they can do massive damage on a sneak attack with the right perk). Simply doing a successful sneak attack will net you Stealth skill xp, you don't need to get a kill from it.

As others have noted, keep in mind that lighting plays a part, and spellcasting will make noise which can be heard as well (unless you have the perk in the Illusion tree that makes spellcasting silent). The Muffle spell (when you can get that) helps both with sneaking (makes your footsteps silent), and being a fairly efficient way to level Illusion (recast it as your magicka regenerates) for the early skill levels.
I know that this topic is a bit old, but I have to add something that might be overlooked : While sneaking, donc use armors that are above your overall armor skill level.

You actually get a penality for wearing armor that are high in quality while having low skill in that type of armor. Thought it might require a high amount in the skill, I have tested and seen that, for the light armor, you should not wear Glass armor before you get a skill rank of 50 in light armor. (even more if you can unlock the Unhindered perk)
At a skill base of 30-40 in the light armor, you should not wear anything better than the elven armor. The Scale dragon armor should not be wear before reaching 60 in light armor.

Otherwise, your stealth will be greatly reduced.

With 98 in Sneak (including all the perks except for the last one) and between 30 and 40 in Light armor, you can get noticed in day light from 50 meters on Adept difficulty while wearing a single piece of glass armor while with the Elven armors, you can stay 5 meter in front of the same enemies and they won't notice you unless you attack or move something around them.
The Guy Mar 12, 2014 @ 5:27pm 
This smells suspiciously of troll, particularly for the fact that he mentioned "Whiteville" and "Redwood".
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