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Can you decide not to sneak into a room after seeing your roll?

The roll represents an attempt to do something; the result of that roll, the result of that attempt. (See PHB p.6, "How to Play.") As such, you can't choose not to attempt to open the door: you've ...
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I rolled a 20 on a stealth check. What now?

Your DM is wrong PHB p.177: 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 ...
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How do I handle players simply un-hiding and re-hiding after a poor Stealth roll?

Don't allow Stealth checks until there is a chance of failure This is the solution that is mentioned in your post-script. If a player is just trying to stealth in an empty field with no enemies ...
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How to handle DM constantly stealing everything from sleeping characters?

I'm just going to rip the band-aid off: Find a new GM. This is weird, off-putting, more than a little creepy ("What's your fixation with stealing our clothes, dude?"), borderline abusive, and ...
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How do I allow the Rogue opportunities to be stealthy with a Druid in the party?

You have a few options. Don't change your stealth missions at all. Instead provide a scenario in which the Druid is the only one that can do something with any reasonable chance of success, while at ...
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How to handle DM constantly stealing everything from sleeping characters?

The only rule for this that I'm aware of is the one you're already using: you can make a listen check at a -10 penalty and you wake up if you succeed. My group, and most other groups, interpret this ...
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What do you roll to sleep in a hidden spot?

Roll a Wisdom (Stealth) check. I have used this many times before (see below to several answers where I talk about my experience in greater detail). We can use the Variant: Skills with Different ...
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How do I handle players simply un-hiding and re-hiding after a poor Stealth roll?

You're missing the most important part of the Hiding rules. The DM decides when circumstances are appropriate for hiding. The players can propose hiding in a particular way but the DM has ...
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Can you decide not to sneak into a room after seeing your roll?

No, and the DM can help weave this into the narrative by saying something like this: A: "I stealthily open the door." DM: "Okay, you stealthily open the door. There's an orc in there. Roll ...
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In a PvP arena, how can other characters deal with a Rogue with Expertise in Stealth?

Two options, but first, something to understand... Acquiring Stealth in combat means your opponent lost track of where you are right now, it does not mean that your previous location was erased from ...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Yes The beneficiary of a nondetection spell: Can’t be targeted by any divination magic, and Can't be perceived through magical scrying sensors. There are only two spells in the PHB that create ...
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How do I allow the Rogue opportunities to be stealthy with a Druid in the party?

Create scenarios that require resource management Your players are right that a wild-shaped druid is a lot better at infiltration than a rogue. However, don't forget that a druid at your party's ...
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How to communicate to my GM that not being allowed to use stealth isn't fun for me?

Talk to your GM. Directly and clearly. Tell him that over the last five game sessions you've only been able to use Stealth, your character defining ability, once. The Wizard has gotten to cast more ...
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How to handle DM constantly stealing everything from sleeping characters?

"Unfair" is the wrong way to look at it. The right way to look at it is that the players and the DM want to play different games, and you need to stop,and talk, and come to an agreement on what kind ...
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Should a sneaking group use group checks?

Use group checks when an individual failure would mean the group fails. First, the rules for group checks: When a number of individuals are trying to accomplish something as a group, the DM might ask ...
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Can the rogue repeatedly hide in combat to sneak attack the same enemy?

No, this doesn't work in melee. At least not the important second half. Yes, they can duck behind the corner and hide. All they need to do to be allowed to hide is break line of sight. No, they can'...
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Does tremorsense see through the Pass without Trace spell?

Tremorsense doesn't negate Pass without Trace Pass without Trace can help in stealth checks against the perception of a creature with Tremorsense. Is stealth useful against Tremorsense? The rules ...
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In a PvP arena, how can other characters deal with a Rogue with Expertise in Stealth?

There are several options, some more devastating than others. I'll list my three favorite ones here: Chase the Rogue As Guildsbounty mentioned, a hidden Rogue isn't invisible: it just means their ...
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Can stealth be consistently successful?

You most likely have forgotten to apply modifiers to sneaking and hiding. Consider your example of Wood Elves in trees. The Elves should have proficiency bonus to stealth, and a bonus from dexterity ...
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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?

This will probably work The Zone of Truth spell's text is fairly unambiguous on the knowledge gained by the caster (PHB p. 289, bold added): Until the spell ends, a creature that enters the spell’...
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How can I showcase characters that aren't stealthy in a stealth-based mission?

Not everyone needs to be stealthy I alluded to this in this other answer. Just because you're not the one sneaking into steal something, doesn't mean you're not helping advance the plan. Think Mission:...
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Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?

Yes, Nondetection does block the Trueseeing spell. Jeremy Crawford gave an unofficial ruling in a tweet. It does beat True Seeing: The nondetection spell hides you from divination magic. True seeing ...
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How does dim light affect passive perception?

PHB, page 175: Passive Checks ... Here's how to determine a character's total for a passive check: 10 + all modifiers that normally apply to the check. If the character has advantage on the check, ...
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Can scale mail be modified to remove disadvantage on Stealth checks?

There is such a thing, but it's not because of cushioning. It's called Mithral armor. Mithral is a light, flexible metal. A mithral chain shirt or breastplate can be worn under normal clothes. If ...
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How to communicate to my GM that not being allowed to use stealth isn't fun for me?

Consult the Chart of Behavioral Problem Resolution As cheesy as it is it's a great tool†. 1. Talk to the GM about it. Don't be confrontational or angry going into the conversation, you will likely ...
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Can you cast a stealth spell on a vehicle?

No, you can't use spells that target creatures on vehicles. A vehicle is not a creature.
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Can stealth be consistently successful?

What mechanics and strategies am I missing that make stealth work? This one (PHB p.175): Group Checks When a number of individuals are trying to accomplish something as a group, the DM ...
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Does being invisible grant advantage on stealth checks by RAW?

No, being invisible does not grant advantage on stealth checks, RAW I was going to present this in my question as evidence of what I'd already looked into, but then decided it was better off as an ...
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Does the Alert feature allow a character to automatically detect pickpockets?

Surprised is a combat condition here, not the plain English word meaning, Alert has zero effect outside of combat The Alert feat is specifically a highly acute danger sense, and being able to respond ...
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With the Skulker feat, can you hide in the cover of darkness even against creatures with darkvision?

You are correct. If you were in total darkness, that would be equivalent to Dim Light/Lightly Obscured to a creature with Dark Vision. However, you would still have to make a stealth check to hide, as ...
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