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This page refers to the Stealth skill. You may have been looking for the Stealth armour ego.

The Stealth skill is a representation of how well your character understands the art of moving silently. Until your adventurer blunders into the Dungeon and starts killing everything, most monsters spend their time sleeping or wandering about peacefully. It's only after they've caught sight of you that they try to kill you, and by taking precautions to remain unseen, you can avoid dangerous opponents or sneak up on the enemy and initiate combat by stabbing them for incredible amounts of damage. However, understanding the art of stealth is not the only factor in being stealthy; a nimble spriggan dressed in robes will almost always make less noise than a lumbering troll in gold dragon armour. A high Stealth skill would help minimize these handicaps, but in the end knights make terrible ninjas no matter what. As such, most character builds that involve wearing heavy armour ignore stealth entirely, but any other character type can benefit from avoiding fights that aren't in their favor.

Different characters will have different Stealth Scores, based on a wide variety of factors. Likewise, each monster has a Monster Awareness Score. Each time you move or perform an action, all monsters in your line of sight have a (Monster Awareness + 1) / (Your Stealth) chance of spotting you. Once they've spotted you, they'll only lose track of you once you've left their line of sight for a while; this occurs much sooner for mindless enemies than for intelligent ones.

Stealth Score

The measure of a character's stealthiness is its Stealth Score. This is determined by taking your character's Base Stealth Score, and then tacking on several modifiers to determine its final Stealth Score.

Your Base Stealth Score equals

(3 × Dexterity) + (Stealth skill × 15)

Once you've calculated your Base Stealth Score, two adjustments are made for special cases:

Finally, the following flat modifiers are applied. Some of these factors may look much larger numerically than the components of the Base Stealth Score, but the interaction between a high dexterity score, high Stealth skill level, and a good Stealth Factor can result in very large Base Stealth Scores before any modifiers get involved:

Positive Factors

Negative Factors

If your Stealth score is < 0, it is treated as though it were 0.

In-Game Display

Although you cannot display your exact Stealth Score, you can get an idea of it by pressing the % or @ buttons. You'll see a description of your stealthiness which correlates to the following Stealth Scores:

  • 0- 9: "Extremely unstealthy"
  • 10-29: "Very unstealthy"
  • 30-59: "Unstealthy"
  • 60-89: "Fairly stealthy"
  • 90-119: "Stealthy"
  • 120-159: "Quite stealthy"
  • 160-219: "Very stealthy"
  • 220-299: "Extremely stealthy"
  • 300-399: "Extraordinarily stealthy"
  • 400-519: "Incredibly stealthy"
  • 520+: "Uncannily stealthy"

Monster Awareness

Your chance of going unseen is a ratio between your Stealth Score and each monster's Monster Awareness Score + 1. Monster Awareness is equal to 10, modified as follows:

Positive Factors

  • Monster intelligence: +0 for plants/jellies/zombies, +4 for insects, +8 for animals, +12 for humanoids, +16 for highly intelligent monsters
  • Hit dice: +1 per HD
  • Sense invisible: +5
  • If the monster is wandering instead of sleeping: +15
  • Demons, the undead, holy beings, golems, and plants: +10

Negative Factors

  • Monsters under the effects of Ensorcelled Hibernation: -10
  • If the player is invisible and the monster can't see invisible, or can sense invisible and the distance between the monster and the player is greater than 4: -75

If Monster Awareness is < 0, it is treated as though it were 0.

Other Uses of the Stealth Skill

The most important additional effect of your Stealth skill is the role it plays in the calculations of stabbing bonuses. See the stabbing page for more information.

A high Stealth skill also contributes to your ability to open doors soundlessly. Each time you open a door, the chance of it making noise is:

1 in (Dexterity + Stealth)

Therefore, characters with skill in Stealth and high dexterity are much less likely to alert enemies while opening doors than those only skilled in Stealth.


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The average aptitude of all species, excluding coloured draconian, is 1.630.

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