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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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 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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Hiding in a crowd / Hiding behind multiple creatures

When it comes to stealth, 5e is very vague on what can or cannot be done. If we refer to the rules as written: You can’t hide from a creature that can see you,... (PH. p177) This means that being ...
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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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Can a hidden character make an attack with the Spiritual Weapon spell and still remain hidden?

If my multi-classed Rogue (4)/Warlock (5) casts Spiritual Weapon, and then Hides... Can he continue to control the Spiritual Weapon on his subsequent turns and remain Hidden? Or does attacking the ...
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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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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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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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Is it really possible to hide behind another player character?

So I've been DMing a 5e game lvl 1-3 so far. And I have a question about stealth for my rogue. My player has been hiding behind/stealthing behind another PC. So this is what usually happens. PCs ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Nondetection says it hides the target from all divination spells. Invisibility hides you from normal sight. When combining both effects on one target, are they hidden from true seeing?
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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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Can the rogue repeatedly hide in combat to sneak attack the same enemy?

One of my players is a rogue and has been, on his turn, using Cunning Action to hide as a bonus action and immediately afterwards attacking. I have been ruling that this does work to grant him ...
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Can you cast a stealth spell on a vehicle?

Our party is traveling through the desert in a boat-like vehicle and we want to hide its tracks. We're not sure how to do that. Right now we're looking at spells that might help such as pass without ...
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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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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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Does a single PC who is stealthy get to surprise monsters when the rest of the group is not?

The rules for a surprise round, seem to be focused on the people being surprised. (They lose a turn) rather than being focused on the people doing the surprising (They get an extra turn) The rules ...
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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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Invisible Rogue snuck in, stole an item, and dashed away. Did I miss any rules while handling this?

My players love putting me in situations where I have to quickly adjudicate without being able to deeply consult the rules. The downside is that we are using 5e, and most of my experience is in 3.x, ...
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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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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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In combat, do creatures have complete knowledge of the locations of all other non-Hidden creatures in the combat?

In my question about Hiding I realised in the comments that I was resting on the following assumption: In combat, every creature knows exactly (to the square) where every other creature in the ...
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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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What happens when an invisible creature is detected?

From the PHB, Appendix A on Conditions: INVISIBLE An invisible creature is impossible to see without the aid of magic or a special sense. For the purpose of hiding, the creature is heavily ...
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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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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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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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Does hidden just mean unseen and unheard?

Exactly what "hidden" means in game is not completely obvious. Hiding When you try to hide, make a Dexterity (Stealth) check. Until you are discovered or you stop hiding, that check’s total is ...
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Can a hidden attacker shoot around the corner?

In our D&D 5e games, I am not sure how to handle the following situation relating to stealth: Enemies are in a room. The rogue stays outside, stepping to the side in order to be able to hide. Now,...
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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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Ranged attacks from hiding with Advantage?

In D&D 5e, if you are attacking from hiding (successful stealth check) with a bow or spell, do you get advantage? Assuming yes to the above, if during combat you successfully hide again (break ...
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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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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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Can a monk attack an enemy and then immediately hide?

We have a monk in the party who believes that he can run up to an enemy, hit them in the back of the head, and then dive into the grass to hide until the next round. His argument is that: He is a ...
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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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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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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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Can non-halfling Small characters hide behind Medium allies?

I know that halflings can hide behind people, that's their special thing. But could a Small-sized non-halfling with Skulker hide behind a Normal-sized party member and claim the partial concealment ...
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Can you Hide from some but not all enemies?

One of my players is asking if he can use Wall of Fire to block off the line of sight of enemy archers. The spell description says the wall is "opaque", so this seems like a valid thing to try. ...

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