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What determines when you do a finishing move?
Skyrim updated to 1.5 but no 'cinematic killcam'

In the latest Skyrim update, killcams for bow/arrows and magic was added.

But it does not happen with every kill.

What determines when the killcam happens? It does not seem to be random and I have heard things like it being the last enemy in the area.

  • Mark: A finishing move is difference from a killcam.
    – Zeno
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 3:17
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    They may not be the same per se, but they always trigger together, so there really is no use distinguishing between them.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 5:22
  • Are there finishing moves for arrows/magic now?
    – Zeno
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 7:42
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    @Zeno Yep, it was added in the 1.5 update.
    – Kredns
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 11:55
  • i had a significant increase when i got my one-handed skill higher, dont know if it is a coincidence Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 1:59

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My only possible theory is that first off, the enemy must be below 75% health. This increases the chance of the killcam although if you are a one hit killer this is pretty much useless. Second off, from what I know, to ensure the highest chance of a killcam, make it a sneak kill. This is all I know so far but I'm testing a lot of different theories.

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