Sneak is a great skill to utilize when trying to pick off enemies while minimizing damage taken. It's fairly difficult to pull off a stealth attack with a hand-to-hand weapon when sneak is low, but an archer can pull off such an attack with ease at just about any level. Considering a perk available at 40 sneak puts a multiplier of 3 onto a sneak arrow, it's well worth leveling that far for an archer-focused character.
That being said, it's very easy to train sneak. It's so easy to train sneak that I'm not even going to include a sneak trainer guide in this article.
Step one to train sneak: acquire an iron dagger
This step should not require any more explanation. You may use another weak weapon, like an iron short sword. I personally had a woodcutter's axe on hand the last time I trained sneak, and that worked out fine.
Step two to train sneak: follow the main plot
After the initial dragon fight, you will be summoned to High Hrothgar by the Greybeards. Go there, and meet them. Once you do, crouch behind any of them and make sure you are undetected. Attack, make sure you weren't detected, and repeat. You should be able to maximize sneak within a few minutes. This works, because you acquire a huge amount of experience, the Greybeards cannot die, and they do not become hostile. This was a huge oversight by the developers of the game. There may be other npc characters in the game on whom you may use this method.
Conclusion on training sneak
If you discover other methods to train sneak, please feel free to comment below. I may have chosen to exclude certain tactics to train sneak (e.g. skill books), because those methods require a lot of research or are more convoluted than this simple tutorial. I may choose to update this article with more advise in the future. In the meantime, please consider following some of my other Skyrim tutorials!
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