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Sneak

Description

Sneaking is the ability to progress without detection past one or more enemies.

Update 19 has revised the entire stealth system for players and attackers.

Player Movement and Class/Epic Destiny Changes

Jumping and tumbling while in stealth is now possible, at a -20 penalty to Jump and Tumble skills. If any of these skills are brought to negative scores while in Sneak, they are disabled for the player.

More class enhancement trees offer Faster Sneaking to aid in avoiding being spotted.

With these Update 19 changes, abilities of the Shadowdancer epic destiny and the Ranger class were revised.

  • Shadow Training II (innate ability which formerly gave temporary jumping): Activate: For 30 seconds, while sneaking you gain: Full movement speed, +5 Attack bonus to-hit with Sneak Attacks, +2 Sneak Attack dice, +3 Hide, +3 Move Silently.
  • Hide in Plain Sight (Ranger Feat): You are a master when it comes to hiding in places others think impossible. You gain +1 Hide and +1 Move Silently for every three seconds you stand still, up to +5. While you are sneaking and standing still (for 3 seconds), enemies don't gain Spot bonuses until they get much closer to you, and the bonuses are smaller.

Hide

The more eyes they get, larger the bonus they receive to Spot you.


The Hide skill works against the enemy's Spot check. The higher the Hide, the less likely you will be immediately detected as you get closer to an enemy. However, the new system makes the enemies far more vigilant.

When a stealthed player enters a line-of-sight of the enemy, the Spot check instantly begins. The player will see a series of flashing Spot detection symbols above an enemy's head, changing in color up to three states of eye symbols as the enemy's Spot bonuses increase. The closer the player or the weaker their Hide skill, the more active the "pinging", until the player moves out of the enemy's visual arc or until the enemy's Spot exceeds the player's Hide skill, and has detected the player. The further away the player, the less likely that the Spot condition may change or activate.

Prior to Update 19, the player might see one to three "eye" symbols over their character. In the new system, you'll see only a single eye over your character only when you are in line-of-sight of an enemy (their Spot check is active). If you have an eye over your character while in stealth, you should note quickly how far you are from an enemy (they could be approaching and also hidden), taking cover immediately if required to escape detection.

Move Silently

The Move Silently skill works as before, against the enemy's Listen check. The sensitivity of this check is greater. Breaking objects, the sounds of summoned creatures, or footfalls will instantly get the attention of enemies who are nearby. Enemies who hear something will show a large red question mark over their heads and immediately go to investigate the sound. Using levers, switches and opening doors generally do not make sounds in terms of stealth gameplay.

Red footfalls on a player indicate that something has sensed and is tracking you audibly. This is typical when spiders detect you, using tremor-sense, and oozes. The deeper and redder the red footfalls, the more enemies have found and can hear you.

White footfalls suggest that an enemy is nearby and may soon hear your approach (your Move Silently score is failing).

Enemy Detection, Movement and Player Escape

When a red question mark appears over their head, they have heard something and are going to investigate.

As stated, an enemy's Spot and Listen check is always active.

Enemies walk or run realistically to something suspicious and do not "slide" to you if detected as before Update 19.

An enemy that knows your position while stealthed will show a large red eye over their head. They might have targeted you by sound or sight.

If a player is detected, it is now possible to escape from a pursuer if the player can

  • Place sufficient distance between themselves and the enemy to break their ability to hear them, and
  • Break the line-of-sight to the enemy (going around a corner, for instance) and
  • Successfully go into Sneak or become invisible and remain motionless until the enemy passes.

Even an enemy with a red-eye might not know your precise location but will home in quickly to where you were initially found. If you are still stealthed and invisible, you may still be able to get away if you can sneak fast enough out of the enemy's Spot and Listen range. If you can do so, the enemy will still search for a time, but blindly.

Enemies that are moving and searching for you, while often attacking blindly to fish you out, don't get bonuses to Spot or Listen while in pursuit.

A stealthy player can move away from searching enemies with a good Move Silently skill.

After a time, the enemies will stop their search. Depending on the AI, they may return to their original location or remain in place where they halted the search.

If an enemy hears or sees something new, they will resume their search. If they aren't moving, the enemy regains their Spot bonuses.

Invisibility

Invisibility works truly as being immune to Spot unless you are too close to the enemy (within 2 meters, or a human player's body length). When invisibility is broken, the enemy may instantly spot you if they are facing you.

Invisibility does not make a player soundless. A non-stealthy player has a Move Silently score of 0. If enemies hear footfalls, they will investigate, and will find a loud, invisible player once close enough to see them. Sounds from any summons (even if they seem to float), breakables or levers could also attract enemies to invisible players.

Invisibility guards that activate while at close range may not help if you were already within 2 meters of the enemy and are likely moving loud enough for enemies to hear you at such close proximity.

Pale Masters in Wraith/Shadow forms and Shadowdancers in Shadow Form, while they appear to float, still make footfalls for the purposes of detection.

Limitations

A red eye indicates that the enemy found you.

Stealth cannot work against enemies with

  • Tremor-sense (Spiders, in general: You will see red detection eyes and red footfalls on your player once close enough to any spider.)
  • Life-force sense (some undead)
  • Blindsight (all oozes)

While stealth still works well against beholders, the monster's 360-degree Spot search with the bonus (being a giant, multi-eyed ball) means that a stealthy player has to move faster than before to attack.

Invisibility cannot work against

Again, any enemy is likely to detect you with stealth, invisibility or both if you are closer to 2 meters (one body length) from the enemy, aren't silent, or within the enemy's visual line-of-sight.

Tips

While Bard, Ranger, Monk and Rogue classes have Hide and Move Silently as class skills, it is not impossible to add additional stealth to many classes with some limits.

  • Wear light armor or no armor. Medium and Heavy Armor increase your Armor Check Penalty, reducing your effectiveness in stealth, Jump, Swim and Tumble.
  • Equip stealth-granting items such as the Cloak of Shadows to add Competence bonuses to your Hide and Move Silently skill.
  • Invisibility is immunity to Spot as long as you keep greater than 2 meters from a target, and provided they do not have True Seeing or See Invisibility. Invisibility does not make you silent. If you are adding cross-class points, add to Move Silently first if you can make yourself invisible.
  • Add more points to Jump if you sneak regularly as you have a -20 penalty while sneaking. While a score of 40 or more gives no advantages to any character while not stealthed, the extra points make the difference while sneaking. Enhancements and Competence bonus items can aid here.
  • If possible, train the Faster Sneaking enhancements, available in the Deepwood Stalker, Ninja Spy and Assassin Rogue enhancement trees.
  • Have a Ranger in your party. They can cast Camouflage, a +10 Circunstance bonus to Hide that stacks with other bonuses. They also can cast Pass Without Trace, a stacking +5 Enhancement bonus to Move Silently if you're wearing items with Competence bonuses.

Creature Entries

The following creatures have been confirmed to be capable of sneaking (there might be more - research continues - be on your guard). To detect these enemies faster and farther away, increase your own Spot skill with action points, feats, enhancements and items. It's often beneficial to wear your high-Spot items while in Sneak.

  1. Air Mephit
  2. Air Mephit Gladiator
  3. Air Mephit Warrior
  4. Arzag-Khor Mutt
  5. Astral Harrower
  6. Bandit Dastard
  7. Black Twilight Wolf
  8. Blood Tide Creeper
  9. Blood Tide Skulker
  10. Bonegnawer Ghoul
  11. Boro Charldon
  12. Brush Creeper
  13. Champion Prantag
  14. Champion Tarkar
  15. Crimson Foot Scout
  16. Crimson Foot Slayer
  17. Darksting
  18. Deqren Marzat
  19. Desert Scorpion
  20. Dire Wolf
  21. Dolnozz
  22. Drow Archer
  23. Drow Assassin
  24. Drow Barbarian Shaman
  25. Drow Fanatic
  26. Drow Hunter
  27. Drow Necromancer (Forgotten Realms)
  28. Drow Scorpion
  29. Drow Slaver
  30. Drow Slayer
  31. Drow Stalker
  32. Dryad
  33. Duskspur
  34. Dust Mephit Warrior
  35. Dwarf Thug
  36. Ebony
  37. Ecru
  38. Elf Footpad
  39. Ess'k
  40. Failed Voidmind
  41. Fallen Giant
  42. Fen Cat
  43. Fiend-Blood Lion
  44. Fiend-Blood Troglodyte Stalker
  45. Fiendish Lion
  46. Fiendish Troglodyte Scout
  47. Fiendish Troglodyte Skirmisher
  48. Fiendish Troglodyte Sniper
  49. Fire Mephit
  50. Ga'khat
  51. Gelatinous Cube
  52. Ghast of Gerard Dryden
  53. Ghelere
  54. Grataun
  55. Gray Ooze
  56. Greater Air Mephit
  57. Greater Dust Mephit
  58. Greater Fire Mephit
  59. Greater Hell Hound
  60. Greater Ice Mephit
  61. Greater Salt Mephit
  62. Greater Sand Mephit
  63. Gwydion Dogbane
  64. Halfling Bandit
  65. Hell Hound
  66. Hobgoblin Infiltrator
  67. Hobgoblin Witch Doctor
  68. Hosha Sollego
  69. Human Footpad
  70. Human Thug
  71. Ice Flenser
  72. Island Wolf
  73. Jarilith
  74. Jukree
  75. Kharik
  76. Kobold Rogue
  77. Large Monstrous Scorpion
  78. Maelstrom Mephit
  79. Menechtarun Ghoul
  80. Menechtarun Hyena
  81. Menechtarun Packmaster
  82. Mephit of Fernia
  83. Mephit of Lamannia
  84. Mephit of Risia
  85. Monarch Scorpion
  86. Mummy
  87. Mummy Avenger
  88. Mummy Guardian
  89. Mummy Warden
  90. Mutinous First Mate Shakra
  91. Mutiny
  92. Night Scorpion
  93. Nodeborn Sand Mephit
  94. Ophur
  95. Oran Zatlo
  96. Palumak the Scourer
  97. Pet Wolf
  98. Pride Leader Xilic
  99. Prison Guard
  100. Pure Air Mephit
  101. Pure Dust Mephit
  102. Pure Salt Mephit
  103. Pure Sand Mephit
  104. Purebred Hellhound
  105. Qualar
  106. Quickfoot Caster
  107. Quickfoot Fighter
  108. Rancor
  109. Ravenous
  110. Rhath
  111. Rhyolite
  112. Roving Wolf
  113. Royal Guard
  114. Sand Mephit Warrior
  115. Satyr
  116. Scorrow Raider
  117. Sekkekh
  118. Sellsword Footpad
  119. Shavarath Assassin
  120. Sizzle
  121. Teargon
  122. Thumok the Mad
  123. Tiefling Infiltrator
  124. Tiefling Scout
  125. Twilight Lion
  126. Twilight Lioness
  127. Twilight Wolf
  128. Undead Necromancer
  129. Utach Sandcrawl
  130. Utheo Myar
  131. Vile Twilight Scorpion
  132. Vine Horror
  133. Vulkoorim Shepherd
  134. Wadsworth
  135. Wight
  136. Wight Priest
  137. Wokran-Kull
  138. Wolf
  139. Worg Sentinel
  140. Yurtik
  141. Zerisenz

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