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D&D 5E Moving out of concealment to attack - when is stealth broken?


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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
It's not a house rule, it's part of being a DM and deciding when you think advantage and disadvantage should be applied for things not called out in the rules.
Its also tertiary to what you first used it as a reply to.

The questions wasn't how to aply adv/disad. The questions was "does the default position make any sense?"
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Its also tertiary to what you first used it as a reply to.

The questions wasn't how to aply adv/disad. The questions was "does the default position make any sense?"
There can be more than one topic per thread.

As I've said multiple times I think rogues are balanced as long as they get sneak attack most of the time, they don't need advantage.

I also think that it's perfectly within the rules (and I don't care how you label it) that most of the time someone will be at disadvantage to notice a stealthy rogue in combat.

Can you stop the harassment now?
 

nogray

Adventurer
Dodge certainly does stop SA from a hidden archer unless there is an ally within 5 feet of them. If you do not have advantage or an ally within 5 feet you don't get SA and dodge will cancel all advantages regardless of how many there are.
Rogue allies (or, more precisely, rogue-target-enemies) have nothing to do with the situation. If the rogue is hidden from the enemy, Dodge does nothing. It doesn't impose disadvantage on the rogue's attack because the Dodge action says:

"When you take the Dodge action, . . . any attack roll made against you has disadvantage if you can see the attacker, . . . ."

If you can't see the attacker (because they have successfully hidden from you or are otherwise unseen), the Dodge action does not impose disadvantage on the attacker, and the advantage gained from being an unseen attacker is not canceled. The unseen attacker has advantage and, absent some source of disadvantage besides the ineffectual dodge action, has nothing to counter that. Attacking with advantage (whilst armed with a ranged or finesse weapon) means happy-sneak-attack-y rogue.

There are, as you said, usually ways to stop sneak attacks, but in the case of a hidden sniping rogue, the only options are to make the rogue no longer hidden or find a way to impose disadvantage on their attack with something other than dodge. Dropping prone would work, but with its own costs.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
There can be more than one topic per thread.

As I've said multiple times I think rogues are balanced as long as they get sneak attack most of the time, they don't need advantage.

I also think that it's perfectly within the rules (and I don't care how you label it) that most of the time someone will be at disadvantage to notice a stealthy rogue in combat.

Can you stop the harassment now?
LOL Harassment!?

Buddy, either report whatever posts you think show that I'm harassing you and move on (rather than continuing to engage and make arguments and then try to bully me into not replying to your arguments), or stop making absurd accusations and engage with actual arguments.

I can tell you from first hand experience, the mods don't view making the thread about your accusations of bad behavior instead of about the thread topic as a valid forum behavior. It's kindof annoying and backward that they see calling out bad behavior as innapropriate behavior itself, but it is what it is, and in this case...you're just using false accusations to try and bully me into silence, which ain't gonna happen.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
LOL Harassment!?

Buddy, either report whatever posts you think show that I'm harassing you and move on (rather than continuing to engage and make arguments and then try to bully me into not replying to your arguments), or stop making absurd accusations and engage with actual arguments.

I can tell you from first hand experience, the mods don't view making the thread about your accusations of bad behavior instead of about the thread topic as a valid forum behavior. It's kindof annoying and backward that they see calling out bad behavior as innapropriate behavior itself, but it is what it is, and in this case...you're just using false accusations to try and bully me into silence, which ain't gonna happen.
You continue to bring up the disadvantage thing. I wasn't replying to you in my last couple of posts, so why do you give a flying fig? It's a topic being discussed. It has nothing to do with you.
 

auburn2

Explorer
Rogue allies (or, more precisely, rogue-target-enemies) have nothing to do with the situation. If the rogue is hidden from the enemy, Dodge does nothing. It doesn't impose disadvantage on the rogue's attack because the Dodge action says:

"When you take the Dodge action, . . . any attack roll made against you has disadvantage if you can see the attacker, . . . ."

If you can't see the attacker (because they have successfully hidden from you or are otherwise unseen), the Dodge action does not impose disadvantage on the attacker, and the advantage gained from being an unseen attacker is not canceled. The unseen attacker has advantage and, absent some source of disadvantage besides the ineffectual dodge action, has nothing to counter that. Attacking with advantage (whilst armed with a ranged or finesse weapon) means happy-sneak-attack-y rogue.

There are, as you said, usually ways to stop sneak attacks, but in the case of a hidden sniping rogue, the only options are to make the rogue no longer hidden or find a way to impose disadvantage on their attack with something other than dodge. Dropping prone would work, but with its own costs.
Well said. Thank you for the correction.
 


Taking double dash like you suggest would have put me well in front of anyone else in the party, made me the target of most of the enemies, and STILL would not have gotten me sneak attack, because I would not have had advantage on the attack, or any ally close enough to trigger it.

1) You're a Rogue capable of moving 60' a round using your bonus action alone. Anyone foolish enough to try and get close to you gets shot in the face and fails.

2) You do have a way to get advantage. Bonus action Hide. Unless this 300' engagement was a flat desert somewhere, there should have been ample places to hide.

Your example kind of seems to be 'Well my Rogue once had an encounter on an open field with nowhere to hide/ where I choose not to Hide, at a range of over 300 feet, and was using a weapon with which he was not proficient, and I didnt try to get sneak attack or kite my targets, so that's why rogues dont get sneak attack all the time'

I think the reason you didnt get much sneak attack in that encounter is due to other reasons.
 
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Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Sure, but it wasn't anywhere close to harassment.
Meh. I'm not too worried about the phrase police. Maybe hectoring, hassling, harrying? May not have been the correct word, if I though it was a big deal I would have simply reported it and not responded.
 

Dodge certainly does stop SA from a hidden archer unless there is an ally within 5 feet of them. If you do not have advantage or an ally within 5 feet you don't get SA and dodge will cancel all advantages regardless of how many there are.
No it doesnt.

When you take the Dodge action, you focus entirely on avoiding attacks. Until the start of your next turn, any Attack roll made against you has disadvantage if you can see the attacker.

Roll20

If you're hidden (unseen and unheard) when you make your attack, you don't reveal yourself until after the attack is resolved (hit or miss).

You cant dodge an attack from a hidden creature.
 

auburn2

Explorer
1) You're a Rogue capable of moving 60' a round using your bonus action alone. Anyone foolish enough to try and get close to you gets shot in the face and fails.

2) You do have a way to get advantage. Bonus action Hide. Unless this 300' engagement was a flat desert somewhere, there should have been ample places to hide.

Your example kind of seems to be 'Well my Rogue once had an encounter on an open field with nowhere to hide/ where I choose not to Hide, at a range of over 300 feet, and was using a weapon with which he was not proficient, and I didnt try to get sneak attack or kite my targets, so that's why rogues dont get sneak attack all the time'

I think the reason you didnt get much sneak attack in that encounter is due to other reasons.
They had bows and were shooting back in the begining of the fight. 60' a round is still over half the battle before I am no longer at long range (and by the way I did use BA dash quite a bit, while the Paladin was using dash as an action). I said I did not want to give up a shot to use double dash and get in front of him and doing so would have been useless.

It was a flat plain in broad daylight (which is why it was a fight at that range) and we were tracking the enemy. Now the DM is pretty RAW on hide, he is not going to let me hide if I am not obscured or can't explain why I should be able to hide. Further at long range BA hide does not enable SA anyway,

There was no way to get sneak attack on over 90% of that battle and no way to get advantage on half of it even if I could have hidden. At least I got to attack almost every round. The Paladin made 3 attacks the whole battle, two of them with thrown javelins.

You act like every single fight is a setup with characters starging from inside 30'. There are some of those, but then a lot of other too.
 

They had bows and were shooting back in the begining of the fight. 60' a round is still over half the battle before I am no longer at long range (and by the way I did use BA dash quite a bit, while the Paladin was using dash as an action). I said I did not want to give up a shot to use double dash and get in front of him and doing so would have been useless.

It was a flat plain in broad daylight (which is why it was a fight at that range) and we were tracking the enemy. Now the DM is pretty RAW on hide, he is not going to let me hide if I am not obscured or can't explain why I should be able to hide. Further at long range BA hide does not enable SA anyway,

There was no way to get sneak attack on over 90% of that battle and no way to get advantage on half of it even if I could have hidden. At least I got to attack almost every round. The Paladin made 3 attacks the whole battle, two of them with thrown javelins.

You act like every single fight is a setup with characters starging from inside 30'. There are some of those, but then a lot of other too.

So you fought on a featureless and flat plain at the extreme range of 300' with a weapon you were not proficient with and a DM that is harsh with his Hiding rulings?

And this rather ridiculous outlier is your example of why Rogues don't often get to apply sneak attack to their damage rolls?
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
They had bows and were shooting back in the begining of the fight. 60' a round is still over half the battle before I am no longer at long range (and by the way I did use BA dash quite a bit, while the Paladin was using dash as an action). I said I did not want to give up a shot to use double dash and get in front of him and doing so would have been useless.

It was a flat plain in broad daylight (which is why it was a fight at that range) and we were tracking the enemy. Now the DM is pretty RAW on hide, he is not going to let me hide if I am not obscured or can't explain why I should be able to hide. Further at long range BA hide does not enable SA anyway,

There was no way to get sneak attack on over 90% of that battle and no way to get advantage on half of it even if I could have hidden. At least I got to attack almost every round. The Paladin made 3 attacks the whole battle, two of them with thrown javelins.

You act like every single fight is a setup with characters starging from inside 30'. There are some of those, but then a lot of other too.
But at that distance, many builds are relatively ineffective. Any strength based build is screwed until they close the gap. Guess I don't see the point. If this describes every combat then yes, it's an issue with the DM. Otherwise? Some combats some builds will be more effective than others.
 


auburn2

Explorer
So you fought on a featureless and flat plain at the extreme range of 300' with a weapon you were not proficient with and a DM that is harsh with his Hiding rulings?

And this rather ridiculous outlier is your example of why Rogues don't often get to apply sneak attack to their damage rolls?
I am proficient in heavy crossbow.

Rogues regularly get to apply SA damage, just not 95% of the time like you opined earlier, especially when you amortize that number across all the battles they will fight, with all the weapons they will be using and all the conditions and situations they will be in.
 

Rogues regularly get to apply SA damage, just not 95% of the time like you opined earlier, especially when you amortize that number across all the battles they will fight, with all the weapons they will be using and all the conditions and situations they will be in.

I disagree. Your mileage may vary. My encounters tend to be dungeons and similar areas (the scale of a standard battle map with minis) in groups of 5 PCs, and with ample terrain to allow Hiding.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I think 95% is still pretty close to accurate. Running, shooting fights are pretty rare. Far more often are fights in dungeons or other places where you can get on the enemy round 1 and the rogue gets sneak attack for 100% of his attacks. The rare running fights where the rogue gets sneak attack on 0% of his attacks are just part of the 5% of attacks where he doesn't get it.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
But at that distance, many builds are relatively ineffective. Any strength based build is screwed until they close the gap. Guess I don't see the point. If this describes every combat then yes, it's an issue with the DM. Otherwise? Some combats some builds will be more effective than others.
That’s one of the primary things that made me realize I wanted to do atributes differently in my game.
For 5e, I just make bows finesse.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
You continue to bring up the disadvantage thing. I wasn't replying to you in my last couple of posts, so why do you give a flying fig? It's a topic being discussed. It has nothing to do with you.
I think you may have replied to the wrong post?
 

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