I was wondering what the highest sneak damage you could get out of the game is, because I found some Dark Brotherhood armor, and it has a good bit of sneak damage.


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The highest possible (passive) sneak damage multiplier you can get, is 60:

  • Sneak attacks max out at 15x damage, once the 'Assassin's Blade' perk from the Sneak Perk Tree has been attained.

  • Dual wielding daggers will allow your character to do a double sneak attack.

  • Wearing the Shrouded Gloves, sneak attack damage is doubled once more.

This results in (2 x 2 x 15x =) 60x damage.

This can be increased using active powers:

  • As an Orc, you have the racial ability Berserker Rage, which doubles your damage as well (for 60 seconds. Combined with the other factors, this results in a multiplier of 120).

  • The Marked for Death shout damages armor ratings up to 75 points per second: it effectively adds damage multipliers if the enemy's armor rating drops below 0 and into negative numbers.

  • It's unlikely for an enemy to calm down enough to do a sneak attack after a mark of death. I guess you can forcefully calm them after.
    – Nelson
    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:28
  • To be fair, if you have the shadow warrior perk, you can literally sneak attack during active combat by just quickly crouching and timing your attack well (you have about a half second window for it to reliably register as a sneak attack)
    – Aprillomat
    Apr 19, 2019 at 8:02
  • Daggers count as One-Handed weapons for the Armsman perk in the One-Handed skill tree, giving up to 100% extra one handed weapon damage. Does this stack with the other effects listed?
    – Andrew
    May 20, 2019 at 14:57
  • @Andrew I assume it will.
    – Joachim
    May 20, 2019 at 14:59

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