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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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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How to handle DM constantly stealing everything from sleeping characters? [closed]

In past campaigns, the DM has had a habit of stealing from our characters while they sleep impulsively without any sort of story reason. And not just regular stealing either, they manage to remove all ...
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Do Boots of Elvenkind Negate Tremorsense?

Tremorsense detects material-based vibrations. Obviously, this refers to sound waves (“tremors”) in the real world. Interestingly, it specifically excludes flying creatures, which could be interpreted ...
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Does re-stealthing gain a bonus on roll if the NPC is engaged in other combat?

In Pathfinder. As a rogue, if I make a successful ranged sneak attack and attempt to re-stealth (purpose I want to make another sneak attack) If that enemy is engaged in combat (let's say with other ...
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Do sorcerers' Subtle Spells require a skill check to be unseen?

I have a guest player who is secretly an evil "plant" inside the party causing trouble. He's a sorcerer who wants to use Subtle Spell metamagic to stop the party from delving into his master's old ...
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If you attempt to grapple an opponent that you are hidden from, do they roll at disadvantage?

Quick and to the point, I'm aware that if you make an attack (which a grapple is) against an opponent you are hidden from you gain advantage, but since a grapple also is a contest roll, does the ...
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Is a Perception Check against an Invisible Target made with Disadvantage?

Here's the scenario: Creature A is invisible, in an empty room, in an arbitrary location in the room The room is adequately lit (call it Bright Light, for the sake of argument) Creature A is trying ...
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Do perception checks to locate Invisible / Hiding creatures auto fail? [duplicate]

The Invisibility condition states: For the purpose of Hiding, the creature is heavily obscured. Rules for The Environment state: A heavily obscured area—such as Darkness, opaque fog, or dense ...
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What are the balance implications behind making invisible things auto-hide?

This question was inspired by a comment on this question. Normally when a 'thing' (Usually creature, but type in my games doesn't always mean as much as it should by RAW) turns invisible anyone ...
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In this scenario, how do I determine whether the enemies are surprised?

Being new to D&D and planning to do some DM'ing in the near future, I found myself struggling with "Surprise" in combat. To educate myself on this topic, I first want to understand the surprise ...
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Is the +10 Stealth bonus of the Pass without Trace spell in addition to a character's current Stealth bonus?

I know the pass without trace spell is strong, but it seems absolutely ridiculous if characters can add +10 to their already high Stealth bonus. For instance, with a Stealth bonus of +8 (which is ...
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Can Shadow Demons hide in melee combat to gain advantage on attacks?

Shadow Demons (MM, p. 64) have two abilities that seem to want to work in conjunction with each other: Shadow Stealth - While in dim light or darkness, the demon can take the Hide action as a bonus ...
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Would being hidden grant advantage on both Bracers of Flying Daggers attacks?

Assuming that I'm using the Bracers of Flying Daggers magic item (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 190): This armband appears to have thin daggers strapped to it. As an action, you can pull up to ...
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Adding up the ability score? [duplicate]

D&D 5e If it says that I have a +7 to Stealth, do I add my Dexterity bonus (which is 3) plus my proficiency x 2 (which is 2x2 = 4) because of being an expert to it, or, is the + 7 just the number ...
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Is being unseen an equivalent to being hidden? [duplicate]

For example, if I am using a longbow, and my party is ~50ft in front of me, and I have made no actions other then getting up to a high point, am I able to shoot with advantage, and if so, can I use ...
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How should I adjudicate a player character's Wisdom (Perception) check against monsters lying in ambush?

Example: A fighter is concerned by the potential of ambush and scans the suspected area. For certain, there are goblins hiding in the thicket he suspects. Should the DM have the fighter roll a ...
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If I'm invisible and use stealth, but the enemy has See Invisibility, what can I do without being detected?

I'm preparing for a large encounter in my campaign. Unfortunately, the DM likes to be a jerk to me when I try to do something spectacular, such as casting darkness over an area of enemies and then ...
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Is there anything in the rules giving Loxodons disadvantage on Stealth checks?

I'm curious if there is a ruling on this topic. Specifically the debate was over whether a Loxodon Way of the Shadow Monk could benefit from the massive stealth advantages and ninja-teleportation. ...
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How to Fairly and Consistently Handle Silent Sentry Removal / Assassinations / etc.?

The Situations Fiction is full of moments when instead of facing an enemy head-on in an open Conflict, an attacker prefers a sneaky approach that, if fully successful, bypasses combat. Whether it's ...
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Does relocation/teleportation while hidden require a new Stealth check?

I've been looking around, and from what I understand, the Stealth rules seems to be kind of a sore point in D&D/Pathfinder systems. What I'm getting at will require two separate questions (other ...
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Can scale mail be modified to remove disadvantage on Stealth checks?

One of my players in D&D 5e asked the Blacksmith if he could create some kind of small cushion to muffle the armor and not get disadvantage on stealth anymore. Is this possible? If so, how much ...
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Can a part of the group remain stealthy when combat starts?

A group of 4 PCs roll Dexterity (Stealth) checks. They sneak around and 3 of them get noticed by the enemy (because of line of sight or just bad Dexterity (Stealth) rolls). Combat starts, everyone ...
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How does the Wood Elf's Mask of the Wild trait work, in terms of flavor?

Just a flavor question (with perhaps slight gameplay influence): How does a wood elf use the Mask of the Wild trait to hide? The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide ...
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Mechanics for one-shot (stealth) incapacitation [closed]

I feel like the rules of 5e (I'm not familiar with other editions) are really lacking in department of stealth opportunities. I'm mostly talking about one shot kills, but not necessarily. Examples: A ...
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Can my familiar hide in the same space as me?

Let's take an example: I am standing with my cat familiar next to an enemy. It turns out that this enemy hates cats and want to attack it. Can my familiar, without provoking opportunity attacks, ...
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If the party is hidden prior to attacking enemies, do they surprise the enemies and/or get advantage on their attacks?

Our adroit heroes tracked the goblins back to a small camp in the woods. Completely unaware of the threat around them, the goblins sit around a fire, easy prey to the hidden band of adventurers ...
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Do Sleight of Hand checks cover stealthiness?

The PHB and basic rules describe Sleight of Hand checks as follows: Whenever you attempt an act of legerdemain or manual trickery, such as planting something on someone else or concealing an object ...
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How quiet is a creature that's not moving?

A typical adventurer in a breastplate and employing a heavy wooden shield suffers a −6 armor check penalty on appropriate skills, including the Move Silently skill. But, with that in mind, what's the ...
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How do hidden enemies interact with the soft cover rules?

A pack of wolves are fleeing from the PCs, who are shooting at them with longbows from an entrenched position. One of the wolves is injured and has abandoned stealth in favor of a more rapid escape: ...
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When does a hidden opponent that is moving become visible?

Directly inspired by the question, When does a hidden opponent that is attacking become visible?. From the Player's Handbook, page 194: If you are hidden -- both unseen and unheard -- when you ...
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Is there a mechanic for an instant stealth kill?

I've read D&D 3.5 core books and haven't found anything useful in such a scenario - a player is approaching an unaware opponent (for instance with a dagger) and is trying to kill him by cutting ...
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Can a centaur move stealthily while someone rides on him?

Can a centaur (from Unearthed Arcana: Centaurs and Minotaurs) with a rider use Stealth/move stealthily?
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Can a lightfoot halfling use the ability to hide behind a larger creature while otherwise being observed?

Lightfoot halflings have the Naturally Stealthy trait: You can attempt to hide even when you are obscured only by a creature that is at least one size larger than you. Can a lightfoot halfling use ...
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In a PvP arena, how can other characters deal with a Rogue with Expertise in Stealth?

I'm running an arena-style fight between a lot of PCs. It's now getting to the point that there are few enough PCs that they are beginning to take levels to counter one another. One of the players ...
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Does a Hidden character who casts Booming Blade with the benefit of Subtle Spell metamagic get revealed?

A Sorcerer is hiding in a bush, giving them Cover, and last round, they used the Hide action to obscure their location. An unremarkable Orc is standing adjacent to the bush. This round, the Sorcerer ...