Would you be able to hide your mount with Hide in Plain Sight (assuming you've got a way to quiet the noise (like magical barding/horse shoes), which to be honest, is not particularly hard to get a hold of, unless you've got a game that's low on the magic side)?

If I remember correctly, you could make skill checks for others (perhaps from some feat, I forget where I saw it. Maybe Complete Rogue/Adventure). If this is true, then even if you wouldn't normally be able to use HiPS on a mount, would it then apply?

EDIT: I found the spell: Small as Mice in the Book of Roguish Luck, which shares your ability to hide with one or more creatures traveling with you that are within range. If the answers are true, this spell + HiPS would mean that you could turn your entire team invisible...for 30 gold each cast. but still, that's less than an invisibility wand or potion, and potentially affects more people than that.

Step Under My Shadow (same book) also serves the purpose of the question asked...by actually giving your mount HiPS. It's also free, but restricted to 1/2 it's normal speed.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Another factor: Unless you have a very well-trained horse, even if you managed to hide it would it stay hidden?? \$\endgroup\$ Mar 21, 2015 at 2:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LorenPechtel point to a stealth related spell of any description, or stealth related enchantments. There's your answer. But, since you're already using magic, why not just go all out and cast invisiblity and what have you? Meh. Just because. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 22, 2015 at 11:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SangoProductions Sure, magic can be applied to the horse. Skills are another matter, though. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 22, 2015 at 17:36

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YES, if there is an ability that lets you make skill checks for your mount, as you posit in your question.

Otherwise, NO.

Hide in Plain Sight lets you make certain checks in situations you otherwise couldn't. It doesn't, on it's own, let you hide your mount, as a mount is a separate creature. You could use the skill while riding it however.

If you are, via another ability, allowed to make skill checks for your mount, you would then be able to use Hide in Plain Sight in conjunction with that ability to hide your mount.

To prevent misconceptions:


Familiars and many other similar creatures (like mounts ridden by a Wild Plains Outrider) can make checks using their master's skill total. They are still making the check, however, and thus don't benefit from their master's Hide in Plain Sight, should he or she have that ability.

Small as Mice:

A few rare abilities in splatbooks (such as the spells Small as Mice and Silent as Rats from the third party Book of Roguish Luck) allow for group hide checks to made. All of the examples I have seen phrase this as "the group makes a single check based on your skill modifier". If this was instead phrased as "you make a single check for the group", you would be able to apply Hide in Plain Sight. As it is, you may actually lose Hide in Plain Sight when you cast this spell, as the hide check is made by the 'group' and so Hide in Plain sight would only apply if the 'group' had it. It is most probable that abilities modifying your stealth roll will need to be applied to each member of the group in order for the 'group' roll to be modified. This is an extrapolation from the rules, however, and your GM may very well rule that if any member possesses an ability the 'group' roll benefits from it or that if at least half the members possess the ability the 'group' roll can benefit. A particularly interesting possibility is adjudication similar to Shadow Evocation, such that whether or not each ability applies is determined by a d100 roll and the percentage of the group with access to the ability. In any case, with the wording the way it is now, this basically comes down to GM discretion as to what the 'group' having an ability means.


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