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In most games, when a player goes into stealth mode, he becomes completely invisible to his enemies. In an Elder Scrolls game however a player does not stealth in the typical sense. That is, he does not become invisible. Rather he crouches and is given some type of feedback by which to gage whether or not, or to what degree, his enemies have detected his presence. Lighter armors allow a player to move about undetected more easily, while heavier armors provide higher defensive bonuses but make a player more easy to detect. One unique aspect about Elder Scrolls Online is the fact that any player can stealth, regardless of class or specialization. Still, the Nightblade possesses several skills which either enhance stealth or allow him to remain undetected in situations where other classes might find themselves spotted.
Of the Nightblade’s three available skill lines, only the Shadow tree deals directly with stealth. Its Veiled Strike ability requires stealth to activate, and its Shadow Cloak ability grants the Nightblade full invisibility for a short time. Beyond these skills, the Nightblade’s benefits to stealth come predominantly from his weapon and armor choices as a class.
When thinking about stealth as a combat tactic in any Elder Scrolls game, consider the following four factors:
1. Footsteps count. An enemy doesn’t need to see the Nightblade to detect him. Lighter armor means lighter footsteps, faster movement and less endurance drain. The Nightblade should choose armor that supports his style of combat, be it taking the hits in face-to-face melee brawls or avoiding the damage entirely by finishing the opponent with a single stealthy blow.
2. Weapons matter. Certain weapons like daggers and similar one-handed instruments of death have innate bonuses to damage done while undetected. The Nightblade should choose his weapons carefully and carry several kinds so that he is prepared for every situation.
3. Location, location, location. If attacking from stealth with a bow, a headshot will do more damage than a body shot. Similarly with one-handed weapons, attacks while undetected will deal more damage if the Nightblade attacks from behind.
4. Turn off the lights. It’s easier for the Nightblade to remain undetected in a dark room. It’s also easier to avoid detection if the enemy has no direct line-of-sight on the Nightblade, so the Nightblade should make use of corners, tables and other obstacles whenever possible. He should always attempt to stay behind his target.
The article above is a summary on only some aspects of the Nightblade. If you need something more extensive and comprehensive, this Elder Scrolls Online Nightblade Manual is your best bet. It helped me build a powerful nightblade and reach the level cap in a week's time. The included up-to-date, in-depth section on strategies will perfect your game, just as it did with mine.