I want to disprove a claim that Sneak XP can be earned by sneaking around a corpse. However, I may run (or crawl) into complication in measurement. Is the only way to check if I'm gaining (Sneak) skill XP by whether or not it levels up or by visually comparing the Sneak XP bar in the Skills/Stats menu?

Update: I completed the video anyway.

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    Are you on the PC? iirc you can use console commands to get the real values.
    – Ids
    Aug 20, 2014 at 16:08
  • Ah yes, I am playing on PC. player.getav Sneak?
    – NiteCyper
    Aug 20, 2014 at 16:14
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    Um, unfortunately, it seems to only give the level of the Skill and not how much XP it has. Same with getAvInfo.
    – NiteCyper
    Aug 20, 2014 at 16:23
  • damn, that sucks.
    – Ids
    Aug 20, 2014 at 16:38

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The only way you can tell if you gained any xp is first to find out how much skill usage (i.e. xp) it takes you to get to the next level of sneak.

You can do this via trial and error using the command (save first):

player.advskill sneak (number)

Once you figure out the exact number (lets say its X), you can then reload your save and proceed with your experiment. If you have gained experience, then the command:

player.advskill sneak (X-1)

should bump you to the next level. If not, then you haven't gained any xp.

  • Unfortunately, a down-side to this is that the "player.advskill" console command works with floating points and I've gone down to trillionths. Not necessarily impossible, but (more) tedious (than I imagined).
    – NiteCyper
    Sep 7, 2014 at 7:08
  • @NiteCyper you dont' have to worry about floating points I believe most of the skills in game advance by integers.
    – l I
    Sep 7, 2014 at 16:53

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