(DEX; ARMOR CHECK
Your Hide check
is opposed by the Spot check
of anyone who might see you. You can move up to one-half your normal speed
and hide at no penalty. When moving at a speed
greater than one-half but less than your normal speed
, you take a -5 penalty. It's practically impossible (-20 penalty) to hide while attacking, running or charging.
A creature larger or smaller than Medium takes a size bonus or penalty on Hide checks depending on its size category: Fine +16, Diminutive +12, Tiny +8, Small +4, Large -4, Huge -8, Gargantuan -12, Colossal -16.
If people are observing you, even casually, you can't hide. You can run
around a corner or behind cover
so that you're out of sight and then hide, but the others then know at least where you went.
If your observers are momentarily distracted (such as by a Bluff check
; see below), though, you can attempt to hide. While the others turn their attention from you, you can attempt a Hide check
if you can get to a hiding place of some kind. (As a general guideline, the hiding place has to be within 1 foot per rank you have in Hide.) This check
, however, is made at a -10 penalty because you have to move fast.
If you've already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide again. You take a -20 penalty on your Hide check
to conceal yourself after the shot.
Creating a Diversion to Hide:
You can use Bluff
to help you hide. A successful Bluff check
can give you the momentary diversion you need to attempt a Hide check
while people are aware of you.
Usually none. Normally, you make a Hide check
as part of movement
, so it doesn't take a separate action
. However, hiding immediately after a ranged attack (see Sniping, above) is a move action
If you are invisible, you gain a +40 bonus on Hide checks if you are immobile, or a +20 bonus on Hide checks if you're moving.
If you have the Stealthy
feat, you get a +2 bonus on Hide checks.
A 13th-level ranger
can attempt a Hide check
in any sort of natural terrain, even if it doesn't grant cover
. A 17thlevel ranger
can do this even while being observed.
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