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.

Blessings[edit | edit source]

Main article: Blessings

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

Alchemy[edit | edit source]

Main article: Alchemy (Skyrim)

Effects[edit | edit source]

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.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

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.

Ingredient Primary Effect Secondary Effect Tertiary Effect Quaternary Effect
Abecean Longfin Weakness to Frost Fortify Sneak Weakness to Poison Fortify Restoration
Ashen Grass Pod DR Resist Fire Weakness to Shock Fortify Lockpicking Fortify Sneak
Beehive Husk Resist Poison Fortify Light Armor Fortify Sneak Fortify Destruction
Frost Mirriam Resist Frost Fortify Sneak Ravage Magicka Damage Stamina Regen
Hawk Feathers Cure Disease Fortify Light Armor Fortify One-Handed Fortify Sneak
Human Flesh Damage Health Paralysis Restore Magicka Fortify Sneak
Powdered Mammoth Tusk Restore Stamina Fortify Sneak Weakness to Fire Fear
Purple Mountain Flower Restore Stamina Fortify Sneak Lingering Damage Magicka Resist Frost

Enchanting[edit | edit source]

Main article: Enchanting (Skyrim)

Items[edit | edit source]


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


Bugs[edit | edit source]

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.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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