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

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How does Stealth work with Sneak Attack?

So, in Pathfinder, it seems that being able to use stealth in order to gain sneak attacks only works in the surprise round, with the rules as written. So, imagine a scenario where we have a sniper ...
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What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?

A persistent problem in D&D is the implementation and understanding of stealth mechanics. 5e provides for hiding when creatures "can't see" you. How do the obscured rules work with hiding, ...
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5E Trap/Ambush/Stealth Mechanics VS Passive Perception Confusion

I thought I knew, at first, how passive perception versus hidden/invisible creatures and/or well laid traps worked. I have a group of level 2 adventurers that are about to come upon their first trap ...
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Can a sleeping character Hide?

Hiding requires an opposed roll. Can a sleeping character hide at all? If they do so, do they roll Hide when they go to sleep (for hiding their sleeping spot, etc.), or do they make an opposed roll ...
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Can a Wizard cast Shield in reaction to a stealth attack?

Scenario: Rogue is hidden and sneaks up to Wizard. Rogue attacks and hits the wizard with 1 above his AC. Can the wizard take his reaction to Shield from it? Shield's Casting time is 1 reaction, ...
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What advantages does hiding have?

It is possible to use the stealth skill to "hide" in D&D 5e. But are there any mechanical benefits to doing so? In combat, you gain advantage on an attack if your target can't see you, and confer ...
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Does a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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What happens when an invisible creature is detected?

From the PHB, Appendix A on Conditions: INVISIBLE An invisible creature is impossible to see without the aid of magic or a special sense. For the purpose of hiding, the creature is heavily ...
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Does flight warrant Move Silently checks?

I just had a thought concerning a Half-Fae Warlock I'm building: if the Half-Fae template grants him butterfly wings for flight, and butterflies aren't exactly known for having audible flying sounds. ...
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How can a goblin attack and hide in the same turn?

In the basic rules both an attack or going into hiding counts as an action, of which you can only do one per turn. But in the demonstration video of the Starter Box in the very first fight the group ...
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When a creature is invisible, but not hidden, do the enemies know the location of the creature?

When a creature is invisible but not hidden, one could argue that the players still know it's general location. If a creature becomes invisible and not hidden does it remain on the battle-mat?
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Does a single PC who is stealthy get to surprise monsters when the rest of the group is not?

The rules for a surprise round, seem to be focused on the people being surprised. (They lose a turn) rather than being focused on the people doing the surprising (They get an extra turn) The rules ...
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How can I design encounters that appeal more to stealth based characters and are fun for me to run?

I'm currently running a levels 1 to 20 campaign with my friends, and one of them is a Ninja (Pathfinder's class using the Basic Rogue Template). Functionally it's pretty much the same, and the thing ...
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Hide in Plain Sight vs True Seeing

Does casting True Seeing pierce through a Ranger's Hide in Plain Sight? What about a Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight? According to the True Seeing description: True seeing does not help the ...
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Does movement whilst hidden provoke opportunity attacks?

Playing a rogue in my first two D&D Sessions ever thanks to online tabletop (a god send, really!) However, I've come to learn that it's not an easy task (however, my healer has kept me from death ...
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What size shadow does a shadowdancer need in order to Hide in Plain Sight?

Shadowdancer: A shadowdancer can use the Hide skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of some sort of shadow, a shadowdancer can hide herself from view in the open ...
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Understanding stealth and ambushing

I was looking at this map and realized I have a problem understanding stealth. The guys indicated with letters are ambushing. Does that mean that they're using active stealth against passive ...
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Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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Does 'Reactive Stealth' allow a gnome to become hidden using the partial cover of a companion?

Reactive Stealth: If you have any cover or concealment when you make an initiative check, you can make a Stealth check. Our group has a bard gnome that usually starts combat behind the front ...
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Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you?

Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you? So for example, if the character moves into the corridor, where the majority of the monsters can no longer see ...
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Does cover also grant concealment?

One of the PC who plays in my Encounters session has a power that lets him make a stealth check to hide if he has "concealment." Last night we was behind a hard corner in a room without any other ...
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Can hide in plain sight, melee, spring attack, hide work together?

My character has recently obtained the ability to hide in plain sight. And I am having trouble understanding how it all works. So if my character is hiding (using the hide in plain sight ability). And ...
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Does the armor-related disadvantage on Stealth checks apply when standing still?

In the Player's Handbook, the rules on Dexterity (Stealth) checks while wearing certain types of armor are pretty straightforward: Stealth. If the Armor table shows "Disadvantage" in the Stealth ...
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Can I do a double move while moving silently and still avoid the −20 penalty?

Under move silent and hiding it says that you suffer a −20 check penalty, unless you move at half speed. What I'm wondering is, with a Move of 30, can I use my move action to move 15 (half speed), and ...
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Can a mark be maintained when the target succeeds on a Stealth check and becomes Hidden?

In a similar vein to my previous question , can a mark from a Fighter, Battlemind, etc. be maintained when the target succeeds on a Stealth check vs. a Defender's passive Perception and becomes Hidden ...
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Does the combination of the Blinded and Deafened status effects make other creatures effectively hidden?

If an item and or attack power in 4e gives a creature both the blinded and deafened status effects and the creature has no alternative senses (blind sight, tremor sight) is it mechanically accurate to ...
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How can I recreate an “ambush in the night” scenario?

The "ambush in the night" is a staple of adventure fiction: Arrows fly through the night, but the heroes can't see who is shooting. I'm interested in recreating such a scenario in D&D 4e, but the ...
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What do you have to roll to successfully steal a health potion from a store? [closed]

Some friends and I are running a campaign and we are in a small town. I was wondering if I walked into a potion shop, what would I have to roll for, and how high would my roll roughly have to be, to ...
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Stealthing and hiding

So I've been DMing a 5e game lvl 1-3 so far. And I have a question about stealth for my rogue. My player has been hiding behind/stealthing behind another PC. So this is what usually happens. PCs ...
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How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?

Here’s the basic rule for Surprise (Player’s Basic Rules, p. 69): If neither side tries to be stealthy, they automatically notice each other. Otherwise, the DM compares the Dexterity (Stealth) ...
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How do I know who can see me when I'm invisible?

Invisibility and Stealth are one of the great cat & mouse games within Pathfinder. There are lots of ways to cancel Invisibility or Stealth, but it's not always clear if the opponent has them. So ...
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Would someone sustaining a spell effect negate their Stealth?

Would someone sustaining a spell effect negate their Hidden status acquired by a successful Stealth roll? I've checked the Essentials, and it mentions Keep Quiet under the requirements for Remaining ...
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If I can just get Fleeting Ghost as a rogue at lvl 2, is there any point to taking Cunning Sneak?

Fleeting Ghost, as an At will move action, I can move up to my speed and make a stealth check to hide, and I take no penalty to stealth check for the movement. Fleeting Ghost is a level 2 Rogue ...
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Does a hidden creature trigger powers from those it's hidden from?

Of what I searched in, I haven't found a clear indication as to the answer of this question: When a creature is Hidden from another creature, let's call them "Heidie" and "Attacky" respectively, does ...
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Does Mirror image hinder the capacity to take the Hide action?

Let's say a PC has a Mirror image spell active on him and attempts the Hide action on it's turn. As per the spell description, the mirrored images occupy the PC's space, usually a 5'x 5' square : ...
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How do stealth rules work in fog?

If I understsand it right: A goblin hides in a bush, and a player must make a passive perception check to notice them, when they are within the vision of the player. Or they can make an active ...
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What are some ways you can defeat extra senses?

Specifically from the point of view of a rogue, it's kinda disheartening to realise that around paragon your best trick will be neutralised. What are some useful, viable ways to defeat things like ...
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Can a hidden attacker shoot around the corner?

In our D&D 5e games, I am not sure how to handle the following situation relating to stealth: Enemies are in a room. The rogue stays outside, stepping to the side in order to be able to hide. ...
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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area ...
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Stealing near sleeping people

How does stealing near sleeping people work in D&D 3.5e? I couldn’t find anything in the Player’s Handbook when looking for “pickpocket” or “steal”. A concrete situation is the following: A ...
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What are the Rules of Hidden Club?

I'm playing a rogue in a 4th edition game. It hasn't come up yet, but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to need to hide, possibly in combat, at some point in the near future. I'm aware that there are a ...
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Is rolling Stealth in Combat an Action?

This was the subject of much discussion during the Savage Worlds session I ran last night, since 3 out of 5 members of my group are rules lawyers, counting me. Having read through the relevant ...
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What type of action is hiding in plain sight

In the PHB it says that hiding takes no action and usually is performed as part of a move action. However if I'm playing a rogue/ranger or rogue/shadowdancer and I have the hide in plain sight ability ...
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Can a power with “target: one creature” be used on an empty square in an attempt to hit a hidden creature?

Say that I'm in the midst of a battle, and I know that there's an Invisible and Hidden creature somewhere. Am I allowed to use a power that says "Target: One creature" on a random square in an attempt ...
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Are there any good alternatives to the Move Silently skill, preferably magic or spell based?

I want to create a spellcaster who specializes in stealth. I know that I can substitute spells like Invisibility for the Hide skill, and I can use either the Mindsight feat or the Tremorsense spell to ...
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Does Create a Diversion to Hide come with all the Rules of Hidden Club, or bypass them?

In D&D 4e, characters have a couple of straightforward ways to become Hidden through their skills. The first is to use the Stealth skill. This is a check usually made at the end of a move. Using ...
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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 ...