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I've completed the Thieves' Guild quest line, and been awarded my choice of abilities. One of these abilities is the "Shadowcloak of Nocturnal" which causes me to become invisible if I crouch, but only for a few minutes once a day.

At the top of the Sneak perk tree is something similar called Shadow Warrior, except it is not limited to a few minutes each day.

How do these two abilities compare? Is it worth it to have both?

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You usually have most of the answers to most big games and big games' big questions and none of the simple questions that could be play tested easily. I do not know what to say. If it were anyone else if might think they were looking for reputation. :-) – ヴァイシャリ Apr 5 '12 at 17:40
@desaivv, I came late to the Skyrim party, and the wikis don't really compare these two features that well (or at all) - I figure someone out there was likely to have done the testing and would be willing to share their experiences, and I was right :) – agent86 Apr 5 '12 at 17:46
He is clearly trying to game the system, 28.2K rep isn't enough. – Rapida Apr 5 '12 at 18:27
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They are entirely different. Shadow Warrior will give you a second of invisibility after you crouch, to disrupt remote enemies' lock on you. It cannot be used for getting around unnoticed, only escapes. Nocturnal's Agent of Stealth is pretty weak as greater powers go, unless you're sworn not to use Illusion magic. Personally, I don't feel either ability is worth the investment. Illusion magic is incredibly versatile, and you'll probably want to max it anyway on your quest to level 81. My favorite Nocturnal ability is the Agent of Subterfuge, a high-level area frenzy spell.

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