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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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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavily obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

The rules say that creatures in a heavily obscured area "effectively suffer from the blinded condition". The blinded condition states: Attacks rolls against the creature have advantage, and the ...
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I rolled a 20 on a stealth check. What now?

I rolled a 20 on a stealth check and my DM thinks I have to reroll stealth everytime I perform an action. (I.e.: opening a door, walking up stairs, grabbing something.) If this were true I would have ...
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Is Gaseous Form + Invisibility + Nondetection such a powerful combo for scouting and infiltration? How can I make it more challenging for my players?

Some context: I'm a newbie DM running a campaign which requires the party to do a lot of scouting and infiltration missions. Especially in buildings. It's a city campaign happening in Waterdeep so I ...
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Which is the correct rules text for Darkvision?

Reading the PHB sections on races, e.g. Dwarf p. 20, it says ... Darkvision. Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 ...
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At which moment does the 'Surprised' state disappear?

I am trying to figure out if the surprised state ends on a creature after the first attack of a surprise round, or if the surprised state (which I would then see almost as an unofficial condition) ...
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By RAW: when attacking while hidden, what does it mean to "give away your location"?

A creature is Hiding by taking the Hide action. The rules on unseen attackers and targets state: When you attack a target that you can't see, you have disadvantage on the attack roll. This is true ...
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Is the earth elemental's Earth Glide trait as potentially game-breaking as I think it is?

I'm DMing a campaign themed around monsters based on the elements, so making use of the Elementals naturally came to mind. Taking a look at the Earth Elemental, it strikes me that there is some very ...
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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) checks ...
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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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Does a rogue attacking from behind a corner as a creature passes by have advantage?

Reading about the use of the Hide action in the PHB, and reading answers (1, 2, 3) on the topic had me wondering: if a rogue hiding behind a corner attacks a creature passing by with a melee weapon, ...
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Fighting an Invisible Stalker

I'm having trouble understanding the mechanics of invisibility, so I'd like to propose a scenario, as an example, which I don't know exactly how to handle as a GM. Let's say my group is about to ...
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Speeding up combat inside a Darkness spell

So I'm a bit of a jerk when playing 5e. Last game, I was the warlock who cast darkness on the battlefield. I can see in the dark obviously, but no one else could. It did help us survive, but it ...
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How can you get advantage from invisibility if attacking ends it?

Monsters or players can have the ability to become invisible, as per the Invisibility spell. In the rules, it's said that an invisible/unseen creature gets advantage on its attacks, and enemies ...
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Does Invisibility provide cover for the purpose of ending Witch Bolt?

So I have a Warlock using Witch Bolt. For the purpose of ending the spell, does Invisibility provide full cover? If not, doesn't this mean you can use the Witch Bolt to locate the invisible creature? ...
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