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Hiding and Stealth (5e Rules Clarification)

Adapted from Ronny Hart, Dungeon Master Assistance article "PCs being sneaky. Clarification of Stealth and Hiding Rules."

and the Sage Advice "Stealth" segment on the Dragon Talk podcast (04/27/2017):

For more rules clarifications, please check out our document "5E Rules Clarifications". 

I'm a moderator for the 5th RAW Facebook group and a D&D player and DM since 1986. Follow me on Twitter @benmorrier.


v.1.2  Errata correction : "How do I Hide" section. A Stealth check must *exceed* a creature's Passive Perception score to succeed (not *meet or exceed* as previously stated). It's a contest; check must exceed opposed score or check result. See Contests PHB p. 174).

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TIMOTHY J September 26, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
This looks very helpful, but would it be possible to create a version without the background color? I'd like to print it for reference at the table, and this is going to waste a lot of ink...
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Ben M September 28, 2017 12:30 am UTC
I've uploaded a "printer-friendly" version. Alternatively, here's the printer-friendly link: You can click "Get pdf" (top-right) and then choose either printer or pdf as "destination".
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May 01, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Like every time, I like this document, it's really helpful. But this time there's an error: Stealth check must *meet or exceed* a creature's Passive Perception score to succeed (not only *exceed*).
I link to you an official tweet, (because without it the correction above it's only an opinion).

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Ben M May 06, 2017 8:36 pm UTC
I'd actually written "meet or exceed" in my first version based on that same tweet, but it appears it is the tweet that's erroneous. Mr. Crawford must have been tired when he wrote it! :P At any rate, the ability checks are "contests", meaning one must exceed the other one to succeed. See PHB p. 174. In a recent Dragon Talk podcast (Sage Advice segment) on Stealth and Hiding rules, J. Crawford says "the PP differs from a regular DC in that you don't want to hit the number, you want to exceed it." I have based my correction in that document on that podcast rule clarification. Listen from 15:50 to 17:00.
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