Questions tagged [stealth]

For questions about the ability to remain undetected by other creatures, either by skill or special effect. (See also: the [concealment] tag.)

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What are the mechanics for hiding something that is not yourself?

How can a cleric hide a living body? asked for cleric spells that would keep the body of an unconscious but live comrade unseen. I considered Pass without Trace, since it targets creatures with no ...
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Spell attacks while hidden

I've had a thought experiment regarding spellcasting, targeting, and hiding. It's known that casting a non-attack spell while unseen is not perceptible by the target, regardless of whether the spell ...
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Is there a way to deal damage to a target without them knowing?

I'm playing a sneaky Poison Dusk Lizardfolk who dabbles a lot in poisons. I want to use a blowgun to inflict poisons on my targets, but I don't want them to know they've been damaged. Basically, ...
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Does attacking from your echo knight while hidden give you advantage or reveal your position?

If I'm a rogue/fighter multiclass, and I attack with my echo knight (which is out in the open) while I am hidden, does the attack have advantage, and does it reveal my position?
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How do I adjudicate PCs trying to use Stealth in a crowd?

I recently ran an encounter on a "restaurant boat" where my players had to obtain info from a noble on board. They successfully bluffed/bribed/sneaked their way on board. Certain areas of the ship ...
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What is my rogue's Stealth modifier?

What is my rogue's Stealth modifier? Here's my attempt to calculate it: My Dexterity modifier is +4. I have proficiency in Stealth and Dex saving throws, so I think that’s another +4 (+2 and +2). ...
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How do I handle players simply un-hiding and re-hiding after a poor Stealth roll?

Recently I've faced with the following situation and was really surprised with the rules: Let's consider the following situation: A party is located in a quite deep forest. They know that there is an ...
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Does attacking from your echo knight while hidden give you advantage/Reveal your position? [closed]

The title says it all. If I'm a rogue/fighter multiclass, and I attack with my echo knight while hidden, does the attack have advantage?
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Should I use characters' passive Perception scores or ask for an active Perception check to detect hiding enemies?

I'm DMing for a party that constantly says stuff like "We'll walk slowly and carefully," or "We'll look around as we walk, to make sure there's nothing threatening or out of the ordinary." Say there'...
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Does a Will-O'-Wisp need to use the hide action after turning invisible to be hidden?

This question's solution says that as long as any part of the creature or clothing its wearing makes a noise it can be detected. A Will-O'-Wisp is ephemeral, has Incorporeal Movement,and flies. With ...
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Is there anyway to make Stealth an int based skill?

In pathfinder, there are many ways to substitute skills to use other ability modifiers. Is there a way to use intelligence in place of dex for stealth checks?
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Is there any reason to think that hiding creatures can be detected by sound? [closed]

After reading the rules related to hiding several times, it seems like when hiding you have to keep quiet, and thus detecting hiding creatures by hearing alone doesn't work. I see a lot of places in ...
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At what point is someone, who has attempted to hide, considered to be hidden, when resolving tied contests?

Inspired by discussion in the comments on this question. Successfully hiding is normally the result of a 'contest' sometimes known as an 'opposed check'. The person attempting to hide makes a ...
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When hiding, what value is the Stealth check compared against?

I've just bought a starter set, and I'm struggling a little to understand the concept of hiding. Do I roll 1d20 + Dexterity (Stealth) when I first want to hide, and note down the number - then, for ...
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Since the caster of the Zone of Truth spell knows whether a creature failed the save, can they use it to detect hidden/invisible creatures?

I'm DMing for a 5e party that includes a cleric, as many parties do. This cleric has found (what appears to be) an interpretation of the wording of the "Zone of Truth" spell that makes it even more ...
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Entropic Ward Sneak Attack [closed]

Are you able to entropic ward an attack from stealth? Or would it just be assumed that you didn’t know it was coming therefore you can’t cast a reaction. For reference the Great Old One Warlock gets ...
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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 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 ...
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A Rogue dilemma: to roll for Stealth, or not to roll?

I need some guidance about how to best use Stealth checks for a campaign. When it comes to Stealth, say of a Rogue*, would it be better to allow players to roll for their own Stealth skill check, or,...
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Does the spell See Invisibility enable you to see a hidden creature?

Does the spell See Invisibility allow you to see a hidden creature (not one that is invisible)? Assume that the creature has already hidden successfully (i.e. its stealth roll beat your passive ...
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Which of these surprise mechanics is correct?

I've been reading information about the surprise mechanic and still confused on which to use. There are 3 methods of Surprise that I see all over the internet. First: Group Surprise Check To make a ...
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What happens if the party is noticed while attempting to surprise this character in the LMoP adventure?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver (the Starter Set adventure), you have the opportunity to What happens if Will he be able to escape? Since you are blocking the door for his escape, does he fight you now (...
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How does ambushing / surprise work?

I have perused the Core rulebook to figure out how to handle an ambush. What I found seems very underpowered, and I am not sure if I have missed something or this is intentional and all there is to it....
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Does the warlock's Ghostly Gaze eldritch invocation automatically reveal hidden creatures?

Can a Warlock in D&D 5e with the Ghostly Gaze eldritch invocation automatically detect hidden creatures, considering that their cover is now transparent? Is it even possible to hide from a ...
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Does being invisible grant advantage on stealth checks by RAW?

A few DMs I play with all seem to believe that being invisible (such as via the invisibility or greater invisibility spells) grants advantage on stealth checks. However, I could not find any support ...
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Would the Disguise Self spell benefit Stealth checks made to hide?

The Disguise Self spell description says "You make yourself [...] look different until the spell ends". So, assuming a woodlands setting, and your "different" includes basically turning yourself into ...
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If one creature detects a hiding creature, do all other creatures automatically detect you too?

The rules for Hiding state: Until you are discovered or you stop hiding, that check's total is contested by the Wisdom (Perception) check of any creature that actively searches for signs of your ...
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Can “Get Away” be used to hide?

Can the second tier Stealth flavour ability Get Away (p. 51) be used to hide, such as to allow a character to do a surprise attack each round? The text of the ability is: Get Away (2 Speed points): ...
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Can a creature be surprised if it is aware of possible danger, but does not perceive an immediate threat?

From the section on Surprise in the PHB: The GM determines who might be surprised. If neither side tries to be stealthy, they automatically notice each other. Otherwise, the GM compares the ...
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By RAW: Does Hide prevent you from being seen, or located, or both?

The question: does Hide make you difficult to see, or difficult to locate? Some additional questions to (hopefully) help lead to an answer: A Rogue, attempts to Hide and makes a Dexterity (Stealth) ...
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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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Can you move while Hidden?

Assuming you have successfully Hidden, can you: Continue to be not 'clearly visible' while moving and remain Hidden? Become 'clearly visible' while moving and remain Hidden? In the description of ...
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By RAW: Does a creature know that it is hidden?

When a creature attempts to Hide it makes a Stealth check, which is compared to the passive Perception of opposing creatures that may notice it, or a group check if there is more than one. Does the ...
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Can you decide not to sneak into a room after seeing your roll?

If someone asks to stealthily open a door but rolls poorly, can they just choose not to do it, and let someone else open the door?
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What is the maximum possible Stealth bonus?

I realised we do not have a version of this rather (in)famous optimization problem: What is the maximum possible bonus to a Dexterity (Stealth) check? Bonus is here taken to mean anything that is ...
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Does Mage Hand give away the caster's position?

I was thinking about casting mage hand while hidden to do things like, for example, pulling a lever behind a guard's back. But if I'm not an Arcane Trickster, the hand is visible and the question is, ...
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Do Area of Effect spells reveal hidden or invisible enemies?

As a question that came up from this discussion about whether Mind Blank foils all attempts to gain information about the target, can area of effect spells be used to reveal enemies? In the example ...
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Does an enemy lose its Dex bonus to AC if it has a miss chance against me?

If I am invisible, the enemy loses its Dex bonus against me, and has a 50% miss chance. If I use Displacement, it also has 50% miss chance against me. Does it also lose its Dex bonus against my ...
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If a player run behind a wall, use Hide, then comes out, they will still be “hidden”? [duplicate]

If a player run behind a wall, use Hide (as an action), then comes out, they will still be "hidden"? I'm the DM at this table (Lost Mine of Phandelver, 5e), and our Halfling Rogue, is doing that to ...
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Can you hide in a Giant Frog's stomach?

In D&D, it is possible to get a Giant Frog companion (as a Beast Master ranger). I was wondering what would happen if your companion swallowed you. Would you take damage? Can you ride in its ...
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Do you have to hide in order for other creatures to not know your location inside a fog cloud?

Yesterday we had a bit of a conflict about how going and attacking someone inside a Fog Cloud. Does a creature need to use the hide action to avoid enemies knowing his location inside the fog cloud? ...
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How does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature interact with this silent magic dagger?

I'm currently playing a ranger in a 5e module, and have gained a magic dagger that doesn’t make noise when it hits or cuts something. The dagger is The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight ...
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How does burrowing interact with surprise and attacks from hiding?

I'm running a campaign that the players are about to encounter several burrowing creatures. The creatures in question do have Tremorsense so they'll be able to tell where the players are and with ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack in a Darkness spell cast by another player?

I was having debate with one of my players about a possible upcoming scenario and I would love some input. He is a multi-classed Sorcerer/Warlock and at some point soon hopes to use the darkness/...
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How to communicate to my GM that not being allowed to use stealth isn't fun for me?

I started with a group some times ago a new campaign. I made a thief that used a bow and was very very stealth based (level 3 thief having +21 on stealth with all effects applied). The intent was ...
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When stealing something, do you need to roll both Stealth and Sleight of Hand checks?

Scenario: An Arcane Trickster casts disguise self to appear as a blind old man. In a crowded room, his accomplice distracts the target, while the Arcane Trickster tries to steal his pouch of gold. ...
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Enemies Abound: When to choose a new target?

It's unclear when/how often an affected creature picks a new target during the spell enemies abound ...On a failed save, the target loses the ability to distinguish friend from foe, regarding all ...
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If I am hiding and moving silently at the same time, what is my total movement penalty?

In D&D 3.5, according to page 79 of the PHB under the move silently skill: You can move up to one-half your normal speed at no penalty. When moving at a speed greater than one-half but less ...
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Do the beneficiaries of the Pass Without Trace spell change depending on who is in the 30-foot radius throughout the duration?

The pass without trace spell description reads: A veil of shadows and silence radiates from you, masking you and your companions from detection. For the duration, each creature you choose ...
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Is there any official hair dagger or spike weapon, using long hair as a whip?

Is there any official (WotC, Dungeon, Dragon, Official websites, etc., ) weapon that is a dagger or spike used in the hair as a whip-style weapon? This shows up as a surprise hidden weapon in some ...
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How does the racial feature Mask of the Wild apply in practice (how is it beneficial?)

My interpretation of Mask of the Wild is that players with this feature are able to hide in situations that other players are unable to. For example, a wood elf can attempt a stealth roll in heavy ...

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