If a hidden creature attempts to attack another creature warded with the sanctuary spell and fails the Wisdom save, is the warded creature alerted?

If I'm wandering the woods as a monk with sanctuary and a rogue is chasing me, am I never gonna notice them until they hit me?

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    – NathanS
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 8:45

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No, the warded creature would not be alerted.

I'll emphasize the key text from the Sanctuary spell:

Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or a harmful spell must first make a Wisdom saving throw.

On a failed save, the creature must choose a new target or lose the attack or spell.

From your example, I'm assuming that the rogue has successfully Hidden from you since you imply that you don't know they're there.

If the Rogue fails their Wisdom save, then they are unable to target you. Since targeting happens before the actual attack, and since stealth is only broken as a result of an attack, they'd remain hidden.

Well, unless they did something else to break their stealth of course, such as jumping from the bushes yelling "DIE MONK SCUM!!".

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    \$\begingroup\$ Which monks can cast sanctuary? ;) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 13:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Temple monks! =P \$\endgroup\$
    – aaron9eee
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 13:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Open Hand Monk, beginning at level 11, are under the effects of a Sanctuary spell after a long rest. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 17:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AlexMillette Good point; it's an interesting class feature, tranquility, given that way of the open hand monks are all about kicking and punching ... but I guess they can chill out until someone is unwise enough to attack them ... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 17:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Unwise enough to attack them, but wise enough to pass the saving throw... That's a very specific level of wise (shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=615) ;) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 17:59

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