Sleight of Hand

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Wield nimble fingers. Steal stuff.

Sleight of Hand is a Dexterity skill. It helps you pick locks, pick pockets, and disarm traps. The higher your Dexterity score, the more likely you are to succeed on Sleight of Hand ability checks.

Proficiency[edit | edit source]

Characters who are proficient in Sleight of Hand can add their proficiency bonus when making ability checks.

The following backgrounds grant proficiency in Sleight of Hand:

The following classes can choose to select Sleight of Hand as a proficient skill at Level 1:

Uses[edit | edit source]

Pickpocketing and stealing tips[edit | edit source]

Picking pockets and stealing items in crowded areas can be difficult due to NPCs in the area having overlapping sight cones or moving around. A trick around this is to use your party members to start conversations with the NPCs that are causing you trouble. Typically the NPC will turn to face the party member they are in a conversation with and thus you can turn their sight cone away from the mark you are intending to pickpocket or the item you wish to steal. This can also be used to hold an NPC still while you attempt to pickpocket them.

Another technique to pickpocket in crowded areas is to go Invisible first. If you're invisible, you will always successfully Hide, which will let you attempt to pickpocket even in a crowded room. You will be seen as soon as you pickpocket one item, though, as Invisibility will drop (unless you cast Greater Invisibility, which just has a chance to drop). However, if you quickly go invisible again, or Go to Camp, the NPC you stole from won't be able to find you to accuse you of stealing. You can use this to slowly clear out the inventory of an NPC in a crowd.

An additional technique is to fire an Arrow of Darkness near an NPC, activating turn-based mode, Cunning Action: Hide and then begin your pickpocket attempts. In some scenarios, you may need to pass a Stealth Check, but in most cases, this will allow an easy pickpocket in more crowded areas.

The maximum DC of a pickpocket attempt is 30, so if you build up your Sleight of Hand bonuses high enough, it's possible to make even the most difficult pickpocket attempts always succeed. To do this, get your Sleight of Hand bonus to +8 from Expertise, +6 from Dexterity (using The Graceful Cloth, feats, and/or various permanent bonuses to reach 22 Dexterity), and +4 from Unlucky Thief's Gloves and Smuggler's Ring, for a total bonus of +18 displayed in the character sheet. Then add +2d4 from Guidance and Shapeshifter's Boon Ring, and be a level 11 Rogue with Reliable Talent, so you can't roll below 10. This makes the target roll in the pickpocket interface max out at 12 (DC 30 - 18 = 12), which you can't fail because you'll never roll below 10, and you'll get at least +2 on top of that from the d4s.

Related items[edit | edit source]

+1 to Skill Checks[edit | edit source]

+2 to Skill checks[edit | edit source]

+1d4 to All Skill Checks[edit | edit source]

Shapeshifter's Boon Ring while Shapeshifted or Disguised

Advantage on Skill Checks[edit | edit source]

Advantage on All Dexterity Checks[edit | edit source]

Related spells[edit | edit source]