I was wondering about this from How does multiplying damage work in Skyrim? I'm not sure if the perk Savage Strike applies to the damage while standing still and sneaking. By the perk description, it increases all "standing" power attacks by 25%. However, while sneak attacking and standing still you aren't "standing" more than you are crouching.

tldr; Does Savage Strike work on "crouching" sneak power attacks?

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A Sneak Attack is not the same thing as a Power Attack. However, you can perform a power attack while sneaking. These power attacks are affected by all of the normal modifiers.

  • Does "normal modifers" include the sneak attack modifier?
    – Arkive
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 16:19
  • I was interested in how the perk in question was worded. If you are standing still while power-attacking you get the 25% bonus? Or is it a more literal meaning - you have to be standing up and standing still to get the 25% bonus. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 16:39
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    @Skizzlefrits: Power attacks are directional. To see what I mean, switch to third person view, and perform a power attack while standing still, walking backwards, walking forwards, or side to side. This is particularly easy to see with dagger animations. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 17:07
  • so what you are saying is that Savage Strike does work while sneaking.Good to know, as it will add a lot of damage(33 base + shrouded gloves sneak attack x30 = 990 + powerattack 2.25x = 2227 + orc berzerk 2x = 4455). thats almost 500 extra damage. thank you for answering my question. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 17:28
  • dual sneaking attacks waste less time than standing ones, so if you have to pick, choose the +50% to dual power attacks. Commented Dec 3, 2011 at 3:33

Yes, I have the back stab perk and I snuck a dragon with the marked for death shout I took 95% of his health.

  • This one is actually a good answer. You can get 30x damage if you do sneak power attack with dagger
    – user4951
    Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 3:32

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