The Best Stealth Build in Skyrim
There are a lot of approaches to problem solving in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. You can smash your opponents apart with swords and axes, fry them with arcane magic, or knock them right off cliffs with the power of your Shout. But, for those that wish for a more subtle approach to besting your enemies, you can follow the path of the ninja.
Any race can be a stealth fighter, but not every race is well-suited to the role. During character creation, you should pick a Wood Elf, Argonian or Khajiit. All of these races are well-suited to the ninja role. Wood Elves are particularly good at archery; Argonians are particularly good at lockpicking and can breathe underwater; Khajiit are particularly stealthy.
To strike at your enemies from the shadows, you'll need to improve the following skills:
Stealth: Stealth is perhaps the most important skill you'll need. By crouching, sticking to the shadows and moving slowly, you can stay hidden from your enemies. Also, if you strike at your enemy while hidden, you will receive an attack bonus multiplier.
Archery or One-handed: You'll want to learn one of these weapon styles. Archery has the obvious benefit of distance; one-handed weapons are quick and, with the right perks, you can rack up a very high damage modifier while hidden.
Lockpicking and Pickpocketing: Both of these skills can get you money and, just as importantly, can help you complete quests. By pickpocketing keys and other quest items, and by picking locks on doors and safes, you can complete quests without direct confrontation.
Alchemy: The Alchemy skill lets you create poisons. By coating your sword's blade or the tip of your arrow in different poisons, you can drain health, magicka or stamina from your targets, either all at once or through slow-acting poisons.
Light Armor: You'll need armor if you want to stay alive in the dangerous land of Skyrim. However, you don't need heavy, clunky armor weighing you down. The Light Armor skill allows you to use light armor more efficiently. As a stealth character, you should stick to using light armor exclusively.