The ability to remain undetected by other creatures, either by skill or special effect.

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What are the “normal requirements” to hiding?

I have a Rogue Thief in my campaign, currently leveling up to Level 2. As per his build he has available the following power: Fleeting Ghost Rogue Utility 2 You are stealthy and fleet of foot ...
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Published adventures rewarding an athletic stealthy character

Probably largely inspired by all the time I spent fresh out of high school playing Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, I put one of my players through a solo game in which I encouraged all the physical skills ...
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How does Stealth work after using Bluff in Pathfinder?

Bluff checks enable a creature to move unnoticed while moving stealthily, by creating a diversion, but the RAW is unclear because it states: This check, however, is made at a –10 penalty because ...
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How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight?

In Stealth skill, it is mentioned that; It's impossible to use Stealth while attacking, running, or charging. In a scenario where the attacker has Spring Attack feat or can move after an attack(...
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Sneak attacks in Fate Core

I know that Fate Core is a bit loose with letting you interpret the rules as they make sense in a narrative context, but I want to understand what's written regarding the use of stealth. First, the ...
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How does concealment work?

I'm confused about how concealment in combat works in D&D Fifth Edition. If there are environmental effects that make it difficult to see a character, but do not grant physical cover, how does ...
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Knocking out NPCs

Alright, so I'm thinking up a stealth based mission that involves sneaking into a guarded manor and stealing an artifact. Needless to say, it would be best if this was a quiet affair. I have most of ...
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Ranged attacks from hiding with Advantage?

In D&D 5e, if you are attacking from hiding (successful stealth check) with a bow or spell, do you get advantage? Assuming yes to the above, if during combat you successfully hide again (break ...
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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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Would Star Indigo Seed dyes penalize stealth?

In D&D 4e, would a player marked with ink from star indigo seeds (which are said to shine as bright as candle) be penalized when trying to sneak through the dark or elsewhere? This is from the ...
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How has sneaking changed from 3.5 to Pathfinder?

Was researching this in order to answer How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight? I learned a fair amount about these changes and since they’re pretty significant, I ...
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Doing something sneaky in combat

Let's say I'm a Goliath Barbarian. I want to use my Stone's Endurance racial ability as a minor action, which grants me +5 resist all damage until end of next turn. But, I don't want my opponent to ...
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How to use a wand without being noticed

Let's say a thief wants to use a wand stealthily. Is there any way of using a wand without being noticed? Is a stealth check sufficient? Can he activate the wand under his clothes without being seen? ...
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If a character teleports more than 2 squares while hidden, do they need to reroll stealth with a -5 penalty?

If a character teleports more than 2 squares while hidden, do they need to reroll stealth with a -5 penalty? The rules for stealth specify: Keep Still: If the creature moves more than 2 squares ...
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How do ambush perception mechanics work?

The 2 ambush questions I saw on here are related to 4ed so I want to ask specifically for pathfinder(assuming its any different). If I have players going through a dungeon and they are giving away ...
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How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work?

I have read over a lot of stealth questions in Pathfinder and I have yet to find the answer to a question that seems quite important. How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work? The rules don'...
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Can a tiefling use its darkness ability on itself?

Is it technically possible for a tiefling to use its darkness to affect a large object such as himself? If yes, could this be treated as a stealth bonus in the dark? My level 7 tiefling Dex-based ...
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When does The Drop apply to ranged attacks?

In Savage Worlds, when does a character get The Drop bonus when making a ranged attack? How does this interact with the rules for starting combat with surprise? Should the target get an extra notice ...
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When precisely is stealth lost?

If a foe is unaware of a character's presence due to stealth, and then that character does something that would break stealth, when does the foe become aware of them? Immediately, as an ...
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Chameleon + Cloud of Darkness

My question is about the interaction between the Rogue Utility Chameleon (below and PHB 120) and the Drow racial Cloud of Darkness. Chameleon (Rogue Utility 6) You blend into your ...
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How hidden is “Hidden” in Dresden Files

Sally the thief sees guardsman Bob. They are in the same zone, Sally having just rounded the corner. By default, both are aware of each other. If Sally rolls a block using stealth against Bobs ...
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Can I hide using Cunning Sneak with Wilderness Skirmisher?

The cunning sneak feature allows a creature to make a hidden check if they have any concealment or any cover. The wilderness skirmisher feat enables them to gain partial cover against ranged attacks ...
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Can non-halfling small characters hide behind medium allies?

I know that Halflings can hide behind people, that's their special thing. But could a Small sized character with Skulker hide behind a Normal sized party member and claim the partial concealment ...
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Stealth and Sneak Attack Rogue in combat

I have a rogue in my party who likes to constantly use stealth in combat after he makes an attack, in order to get the CA required for the sneak attack dice. He justifies this by standing far away and ...
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False Appearance, Movement, Surprise, and the Unseen Attacker bonus

Related to How should I implement False Appearance? but that does not answer my questions about surprise and movement... A Darkmantle has the "False Appearance" property which allows it to be ...
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Sniping: How Does It Work?

The Player's Handbook says the following about sniping: Sniping: If you’ve already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide ...
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Is there a way for spark holders to sneak up on one another?

As the gods have an automatic sense spark (thus sense all supernats) within one mile and I only saw dragons have a special rule there that they can hide themselves. Is there any possibility as to how ...
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What are the modifiers to a Hide check in combat, while under the effects of Greater Invisibility?

The modifiers I could find are When moving at a speed greater than one-half but less than your normal speed, you take a -5 penalty. It’s practically impossible (-20 penalty) to hide while ...
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If a foe's perception check beats your stealth check, do you still get CA against them?

If a character is stealthing, let's say in total concealment, and its target perceives it by beating its stealth roll, then does the stealthing character have CA against the target?
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Can I sneak attack after using Hide in Plain Sight?

I'm currently playing a TWF Rogue, and am looking to take a level in Shadowdancer for the HiPS ability. My line of thinking is I could sneak attack an enemy and use HiPS to effectively disappear ...
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Hiding in Plain Sight (not the feat)

I currently have a character who is a large mass of insects in vaguely human form. Due to vagaries of Insubstantial and Growth, he can spread himself out over a large area but, by the book, he'd be ...
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Is there a better way to conceal armor?

Is there a way to raise the notice/search DC of armor past what is listed in the armor table? As far as I can tell, the only way to make armor hard to notice is to wear armor that is listed "as ...
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Sneaking up on sleeping giants

There's this dwarf that might want to sneak up next to a sleeping giant and slay it or steal its coins (from a sack near the giant). How would you handle this? Some tools the rules offer: Dexterity ...
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How should a stealthy attack start combat?

Say, a PC fires a longbow at an enemy without their knowledge before combat has begun, how should combat start? Should there be a stealth/perception opposed check? Should a successful/unsuccessful ...
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Sneaking through areas people are watching closely

If a Rogue is attempting to sneak (stealth) past 3 Orcs who are standing guard watching that very place, can this Rogue sneak past with a disadvantaged stealth attempt? Do the orcs get a chance at ...
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Hiding in a crowd / Hiding behind multiple creatures

When it comes to stealth, 5e is very vague on what can or cannot be done. If we refer to the rules as written: You can’t hide from a creature that can see you,... (PH. p177) This means that ...
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How would a large character use stealth?

Being that a large creature is larger than most things on the battlefield (and even in normal circumstances), how can one reasonably say that they were unable to see it? Even if it moves quietly, its ...
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Murder and thievery near sleeping foes

I may soon encounter a situation where player characters might sneak up on some sleeping giants and try to murder them or steal their coins, which are stored in bags near the sleeping giants. ...
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Stealthing after a ranged attack

I have been trying to wrap my head around how stealth works in particular with a ranged character I am trying to build. I have a level 5 rogue, with one level in Shadow Dancer, so I have "Sneak ...
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D&D 4e Stealth Ambush Question

Okay so I am rather confused about a particular part of the stealth mechanic in regards to Elves of the Valley Adventure from Dungeon Mag #178. In the 1st encounter, it says the elves (enemies) get a ...
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How does hiding work in combat? [duplicate]

Last session, I was running, as DM, the adventure from the Starter Set(Lost Mine of Phandelver) and one of the pregenerated characters is a Lightfoot Halfing Rogue with the Naturally Stealthy ability, ...
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What are some good stealth rules for D&D 3/Pathfinder [closed]

So I'm going to run a lone wolf pathfinder campaign with a friend soon, and they want to play a half-orc rogue. I think they're aiming to play kind of a stealthy game, but the pathfinder stealth rules ...
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Does “Pass Without Trace” enable a character to hide in plain sight?

Scenario: A group is in a room and the Druid amongst them casts the spell "Pass Without Trace" on the whole group, boosting their Dex (stealth) checks by 10. There is nothing in the room to hide ...
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D&D4e Thri-Kreen Chameleon Chitin

I have a question based on the wording of a Thri-Kreen power. Chameleon Chitin Your powerful mind can rapidly change your exoskeleton to match the light and objects around you, allowing you ...
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Using Total Cover after ranged attack to guarantee stealth check

Is it true that a I would auto-succeed any stealth check if I did the following each round: Starting from prone behind any object large enough to grant total cover against the enemies in front of me. ...
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Daylight vs Bright Illumination vs Shadowy Illumination

Primary Questions Is there a difference between "daylight" and "bright illumination"? Where is the dividing line between bright and shadowy illumination? My Interpretation Daylight seems pretty ...
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Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...
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Does Shadow Blend make your opponent flat-footed? [duplicate]

Shadow Blend from Lords of Madness pg 168 says: In any conditions other than full daylight, a shadow creature can disappear into the shadows, giving it total concealment The SRD states that ...
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How does the Shot on the Run feat work with a rogue's stealth skill?

Specifically, the Fast Stealth rogue talent. In the core rulebook, it says it is impossible to use stealth while attacking, and that generally stealth checks are made during movement. I want to know ...