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Does finesse-based equipment (i.e. leather) make you harder to detect?

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Nope. The only thing that has an effect on your stealth skill is... well, your stealth skill itself.

It can go from 0-10, but this value is the only thing that matters outside of Smoke Bombs (which keep you hidden for 5 seconds regardless of what armor you're wearing).

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    There are some unique/set finesse items that have +X to sneak, but aside from that pedantic nitpick, you are 100% correct.
    – agent86
    Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 0:47
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    Even if an armor item increases the stealth skill... it's still increasing the stealth skill, not providing some other bonus. Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 0:53
  • It's still finesse-based equipment that makes it easier to sneak - I've found it more likely that finesse equipment will have this type of enchantment. Like I said, though, it's a pretty pedantic/nitpicky distinction. In the general case, you're absolutely correct.
    – agent86
    Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 15:20

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