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When hiding behind something, can you even make a ranged attack with advantage?

I have interpreted the rules so far, that if for example a rogue is fully concealed behind a tree and is hidden, he can make a ranged attack with advantage. Because it makes intuitive sense. But after ...
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How (if at all) are the PHB rules on Hiding affected by the Skulker feat and the Mask of the Wild trait?

Hiding is very important in D&D 5th Edition as it may allow you to avoid combat entirely or engage in combat where the first turn you have advantage and your opponent effectively loses their turn ...
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How do you handle plain sight while sneaking?

As I understand it, once a character successfully rolls a Dexterity (Stealth) ability check, they are successfully hidden and moving stealthily. Others will need to succeed on a Wisdom (Perception) ...
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How close do I have to be to the thing I Hide behind?

During a game when I tried to use Distracting Shadows I was told that I need to be adjacent to the creature I want to use as cover. The feat itself does not say anything like this: You have learned ...
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How does the Scrying spell interact with Stealth?

If someone targets a creature with a Scrying spell, I'm assuming the target's current Stealth check doesn't matter, since the spell states you just see the target. You can see and hear a particular ...
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Does a wood elf's Mask of the Wild feature allow hiding in plain sight in dim light/darkness? [duplicate]

Can a wood elf hide in plain sight in dim light/darkness? Why I believe this could be the case: The wood elf Mask of the Wild description says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly ...
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Can I smuggle a shield on me when I'm infiltrating a place?

I'm working on a zealot vigilante whose primary role is to be a face/infiltrator with combat being a secondary focus, just enough to be a viable threat. I settled on a simple sword and boarder, but ...
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How do I run combat when an enemy is hidden from the players?

Pretty simple situation. Next week my players are going to be fighting a black abishai. The black abishai has two abilities that concern this. First as an action it can cast darkness, second as a ...
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In this scenario are my players surprised? [duplicate]

I'll lay out the scenario as plain as possible. I am running a session tomorrow that I have planned for my 4 players. This encounter has them finding a vault of gold. There are 2 entrances to this ...
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Casting spells while out of hearing and sight

There are other questions addressing how casting attack spells while hidden blows your cover, but what if you are out of the range of perception for the target? Some additional background: based on ...
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Does the attacker automatically know where Archfey Warlock teleports to with Misty Escape?

[...] you can vanish in a puff of mist in response to harm. When you take damage, you can use your reaction to turn invisible and teleport up to 60 feet to an unoccupied space you can see. [...] To ...
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Is there any advantage just for moving without sound?

Boots of Elvenkind grant these benefits: While you wear these boots, your steps make no sound, regardless of the surface you are moving across. You also have advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks ...
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How do I run stealth and perception? Passive perception vs active perception

I'm a new dm and I want to introduce some ambush style encounters in my game. I told my players recently that I will not ask them if they want to be steathly when moving around a dungeon because I ...
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Does the Alert feature allow a character to automatically detect pickpockets?

The Alert feature states the following : Always on the lookout for danger, you gain the following benefits: You can't be surprised while you are conscious. You gain a +5 bonus to initiative. Other ...
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Do you still need to perceive a hidden transformed creature before Truesight shows the creature for what it really is?

If a druid wildshapes he magically changes his physical appearance. Let's say he turns into a spider. If he uses "pass without a trace" he gets flat +10 stealth. If he then proceeds to cling ...
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What rolls would the party make to avoid being noticed/recognized?

My party currently is actively hiding from the law. To put it into context, they've murdered 4 civilians and about two dozen guards in their recent exploits. Reasonably, the various villages, towns ...
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How much light do psychic blades give off?

The description for a Soulknife's psychic blades says, Also at 3rd level, You can manifest your psionic power as shimmering blades of psychic energy. Are there similarly described items that have ...
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How can I showcase characters that aren't stealthy in a stealth-based mission?

I will soon be running the one-shots from Keys from the Golden Vault in order as a "campaign". These missions are all set up like heists and, while they obviously favor stealth, I don't want ...
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Hiding in combat in complete cover [duplicate]

We had a situation: Rogue broke line of sight to enemies by running around the corner in complete cover a round ago. Next round, the enemies move closer, two engage melee fighters and two stop in the ...
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How long does the hide action last? [duplicate]

Does the character's "action" take each round to maintain the ambush action used in the first turn? This question arose as a consequence of the fact that every other "Action" is ...
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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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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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Does the Help Action reveal the location of a Hidden and Invisible creature?

Let's say I have a Pact of the Chain imp who is invisible and takes the Hide action to gain extra protection (harder to direct attack rolls to an unknown location). Then, he uses the Help action. Is ...
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If my party is near a fortress, can they stealth past it?

I use D&D 5e at my table, and I want my party to sneak past a fortress of goblins behind arrow slits, and the arrow slits are shielding part of their vision. I'm a new Dungeon Master and I would ...
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Is there a way to beat Blindsight? [duplicate]

Blindsight allows creatures to see invisible creatures (p. 183 PHB): A creature with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without relying on sight, within a specific radius. We are currently ...
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Are there spells which cause hidden creatures to make a sound?

Inspired by this question about a homebrew spell, I was wondering if there are any official spells or abilities which cause either a target creature or creatures within an area to involuntarily make ...
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Can invisibility be countered by "ramming" the whole room with lots of conjured animals?

We're running Dragon Heist and having a quite dramatic encounter where a very important & powerful villain is trying to escape the sewers with 1 hp left. The villain became invisible as the most ...
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What's the Perception DC to hear a creature dying from sneak attack?

I make a sneak attack against a lone target, with a spell or bow, killing the target in one hit. How difficult is it for the target's allies in the next room to notice? The Perception DC to hear the ...
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False appearance and hiding mid combat

As per the title, I'm having a hard time to understand how these two abilities interact, more specifically in a case of a homebrewed monster that can blind creatures that failed a save. It goes as ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker ranger continuously use Dread Ambusher if they knock-out or eliminate enemy after enemy, as long as it happens in one turn?

In D&D 5e, if a gloom stalker (ranger) is infiltrating somewhere while in stealth. Would it be possible for them to attack one enemy, potentially eliminate them, re-enter stealth and proceed to do ...
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If a guard is "on guard", should the "Active Perception" be rolled by the guard, instead of the "Passive Perception"?

Say we have 2 veteran guards, standing inside a room in a mansion, guarding the guild's treasure. These guards are "on duty"/"on guard" 'cause their job is obviously to constantly ...
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Casting long-casting-time spells undetected

The objective is to cast a long casting time spells like Tiny Hut or Private Sanctum that can give you a battlefield advantage. For example Tiny Hut allows your team to have a position from which you ...
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Are there any rules for using Stealth after attacking?

The 3E Stealth rules for hiding read as follows: HIDING If you have cover or concealment, make a Stealth check, opposed by an observer’s Perception check, to hide and go unnoticed. If others are ...
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In combat, does a hidden character lose half their speed?

Last session, my bard polymorphed a fellow party member into a T-Rex to fight another T-Rex. As concentration had to be kept, I made my bard take the hide action, which succeeded. My bard had no ...
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Is Darkness an effective spell for making someone's approach less likely to be noticed in a dark environment?

While brainstorming ways to sneak up on someone, one idea was to go at night and cloak our infiltrator (who can see through magical darkness) with the Darkness spell. The expectation was that being ...
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Does Nature's Mantle work with Pass Without Trace?

Nature's Mantle allows you to use the Hide action if you are lightly obscured. While you are in an area that is lightly obscured, you can Hide as a bonus action even if you are being directly ...
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Casting scrolls while hiding?

How do you rule on a rogue that is invisible (superior invisibility), incorporeal, hiding in plain sight (sop) casting from scrolls? Does he get penalties to hide? Does the scroll emit lights which ...
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Is it impossible to spot an invisible character from farther than 30 feet?

The Rule Compendium, page 76 (invisibility) introduces the concept that it is possible to spot an invisible character within 30 feet (with a spot check that would be minimum 20+20= DC40). Does this ...
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Does a rogue need to Hide after every attack of a full round attack ranged? [closed]

Based on the answer from KRyan to my previous question about full round attacks done by a rogue hiding in plain sight I know that the rogue needs to roll for hide after every melee attack. so if the ...
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If a hidden Order of Scribes wizard uses the Manifest Mind feature to cast a spell with an attack roll from the spectral mind's space, what happens?

Say I'm playing an Order Of Scribes wizard with the Manifest Mind feature (TCoE, p. 77-78). My wizard has successfully hidden from an enemy. I've already used Manifest Mind to make my spectral mind ...
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Are spot enhancements inferior to hide enhancements?

I have been searching ways (with spells and items) to enhance the spot check and ways to enhance the hide check (with spells and items). We have a PC in our campaign maxing out his spot and another ...
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What's the procedure for monsters/NPCs using stealth?

I've been GMing PF2e for a few months, but I still struggle with understanding stealth, especially when it comes to enemies. An example from an upcoming dungeon I'm planning: There's a room with an ...
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Ways to become dazzled

The Dazzled Condition is quite useful for my rogue since if a creature is dazzled I am concealed. So I can make a Hide Action to become Hidden and so I can make a Sneak Attack. My question would be ...
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How to spot a sneaky character that uses Hide in Plain sight + leaves no trace + has high "hide" ability

I see this question as the continuation to a previous question (best-ways-to-spot-sneaky-characters). What are all the possible ways to spot an NPC or a player that has Hide in Plain sight (HiPs), ...
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Hide in Plain sight (HiPs) - does it work if I cast light on myself?

Could a rogue with Hide in Plain sight (SP- e.g. shadowdancer) (HiPs) cast on themselves the spell light just to create shadows to hide in? Reading "light and darkness" in the rule ...
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Hide in Plain sights (HiPs)- is there any need to bluff or distract the observer?

Can a player with HiPs ignore the need to make a distraction or use bluff to avoid the observer having a clue on where they hide? For example, at the start of their turn they declare to hide with HipS,...
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Does a rogue need to Hide after every attack of a full attack action in melee?

After reviewing various topics (see below for reference) I was unable to find an answer. A rogue shadowdancer approaches their target using Hips to hide, is now in front of the target. Attacks melee ...
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How to detect an Unseen Servant?

Relevant parts of Unseen Servant spell: This spell creates an invisible, mindless, shapeless, Medium force that performs simple tasks at your command until the spell ends. The servant springs into ...
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Does casting Mislead within enemy eyesight reveal the illusion to be false?

When you cast Mislead, you become invisible while an image appears where you were standing. Invisibility causes you to be impossible to see without magical means, but it does not cause you to be ...
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Stealth when blind

The blinded condition says: The creature cannot see. It takes a –2 penalty to Armor Class, loses its Dexterity bonus to AC (if any), and takes a –4 penalty on most Strength– and Dexterity-based skill ...
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