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Skill, Move Silently (Dexterity; Armour Check penalty)

Puss Cat Kitten Sneak Up On Stalk  - rihaij / Pixabay, Move Silently
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You can use this skill to sneak up behind an enemy or to slink away without being noticed.

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Your Move Silently check is opposed by the Listen check of anyone who might hear you. You can move up to one-half your normal speed at no penalty. When moving at a speed greater than one-half but less than your full speed, you take a -5 penalty. It’s practically impossible (-20 penalty) to move silently while running or charging.

Noisy surfaces, such as bogs or undergrowth, are tough to move silently across. When you try to sneak across such a surface, you take a penalty on your Move Silently check as indicated below.

SurfaceCheck Modifier
Noisy (scree, shallow or deep bog, undergrowth, dense rubble)-2
Very noisy (dense undergrowth, deep snow)-5


None. A Move Silently check is included in your movement or other activity, so it is part of another action.


  • The master of a cat familiar gains a +3 bonus on Move Silently checks.
  • If you have the Stealthy feat, you get a +2 bonus on Move Silently checks.
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