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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Being Stealthy

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A Quick Overview of Stealth

Being stealthy in Skyrim is very important, as it allows you to pick your fights, perform a bit of skulduggery, and perhaps start out fights with a devastating sneak attack. When you enter sneak mode your status is denoted by the eye in the center of the screen that replaces the crosshair. When the eye is fully closed (looks like a line broken by a dot) you’re completely undetected. The “HIDDEN” text under the icon sometimes appears to remind you of this face.

As others (hostile or not) become aware of you, the eye will begin to open. In combat situations basically any hostile action will arouse suspicion (casting spells, shooting arrows), usually provoking the enemy to investigate, When the eye is fully open (often accompanied by the word “DETECTED”) you’re no longer hidden and may suffer the consequences. Successfully sneaking is dependant upon many factors, including an enemy’s line of sight, proximity, darkness, movement speed and the weight of worn armor (and hence the sound made by moving) all play a role.

Slinking around in the darkness will level your Sneak score (left) which in turn will allow you to remain hidden and perhaps perform devastating sneak attacks.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    24 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

Version 1.2

  • Introduction to the Races.
  • How to complete every storyline quest.
  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
  • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
  • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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