I like to have a follower to help me out with fighting and for carrying heavy items. I am worried that since my follower is Vikas from the companions, and Vikas is not a stealthy character, that he may hinder my sneak.

So my question is: Will an unstealthy follower hinder my ability to sneak and be undetected?

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The short answer is yes. Some followers, like Vilkas or Lydia are painfully bad at Sneaking. If you try sneaking with them along they will almost always be noticed. This will pull enemies as normal.

However, the game handles detection independently for you and your follower. With a high enough sneak level it is not uncommon for a follower to be noticed and attacked while the enemy remains blissfully unaware of the player that accompanied the clunky follower. Used cautiously, you can use your follower to draw enemies where you want while you position yourself to do what you want, or to get around to where you can stab them in the back.

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    I have noticed that sometimes my follower has been noticed but not me.
    – Oreo
    Dec 5, 2014 at 0:59
  • Do you know if there are any stealthy followers?
    – Oreo
    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:00
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    @Oreo the wiki has a full description on which followers you can find where, as well as a basic rundown of their skills.
    – Ben
    Dec 5, 2014 at 2:58
  • I was thinking that I can a follower to pull the enemies in to fight the follower while i sneak attack because the enemy focuses on Vikas
    – Oreo
    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:36

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