Fortify Sneak is both an Alchemical Effect (found on certain ingredients) and an enchantment effect in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Potions/Enchanted armor with this effect may be created at an Alchemy Labs/Enchanting Table or purchased from alchemist merchants/Blacksmiths.


Main article: Blessings

The Blessing of Nocturnal provides 10% Fortify Sneak for 8 in-game hours (24 real-life minutes.)


Main article: Alchemy (Skyrim)


Potions with Fortify Sneak increase the target's Sneak skill by making the target harder to detect for a certain length of time. The strength of the effect is determined by the Alchemy skill of the alchemist that brewed the potion.


Main article: Ingredients (Skyrim)

Combining any 2 or more of the following ingredients at an Alchemy Lab produces a potion or poison with the Fortify Sneak effect.


Main article: Enchanting (Skyrim)



  • Boots, Gauntlets, Necklaces, and Rings of (Major/Minor/Extreme/Eminent/Peerless) Sneaking



This section contains bugs related to Fortify Sneak. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If you have fortify sneak enchants under 'active effects' that accumulate to over an extra 100%, every percent over 100 will cause it to reverse making you less stealthy. e.g.: if you have a fortify sneak effects cumulated to 150%, your sneak effectiveness will be of 50% (confirmed on Xbox 360)
    • This may also occur with a few other select skills such as: lockpicking; pickpocket and speech (speech unconfirmed) (also unconfirmed if the issue is fixed with a patch)
  • As of Skyrim Official Patch 1.3 the enchantment version of Fortify Sneak has been fixed, decreasing the likelihood of being detected, rather than increasing it.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Fortify Sneak

  • Fortify Sneak X Muffle?

    5 messages
    • Actually, it is exactly that. The noise you make depends on your armor, so the heavier the armor, the more noticeable you are. This means that...
    • Pre-existing muffle enchants in the game have a Magnitude of 0.5(reduce sound by half) but custom made enchants have a value of 1.0(tota...
  • About PC over 100% bug

    2 messages
    • I made some tests, and seems like it was fixed. I tested it on statinary arch necromanser near Bousderfall cave. With all sneak tree maxed. W...
    • The unofficial patch fixes it i think.
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