Hiding allows you to move unnoticed (if successful). The check is made every time, you move while hiding. When hiding your speed (mobility) is halved, except when crawling, where hiding speed is used instead of the slower crawling speed. You can sneak even when skiing. The chance of success is influenced by distance from the target, surroundings (trees, slopes...), your physical penalty and awareness of your target (it is much easier to hide when your target is sleeping and some animals can spot you easier than others, even when sleeping, especially at low mastery). Stealth improves every time the player moves. Hidden melee attacks always hit.
Keep in mind that sneaking around is slow, and that it is almost useless when pursuing animals significantly faster than you. A particularly slow hunter can often be left in the dust by an animal that is simply walking away without even being aware of the hunter stalking it.
thumb|left|link=Quotation from in-game encyclopedia: The ability to move silently and without being detected. Stealth-skill is checked every time your character advances while sneaking. You can start sneaking by using [h]ide command. It should be understood that sneaking doesn't make you invisible. Foremost, stealth is a skill that helps to decrease the noice you make while advancing. To some degree stealth/skill also determines your character's ability to use available cover to avoid being seen directly. If you sneak in from of someone in the open, they probably can see you as well as you can see them. Therefore it's always best practice to sneak upon your target from behind, and along a path that provides reasonable cover. Stealth-skill is also subject to physical penalties for it's more difficult to move silently if you are injured or carrying heavy load. There are also additional factors which may interfere with the success of sneaking upon on your target. Distance to target, available cover and acuity of the observers senses all affect to how easy, or difficult, somebody is to detect. Many animals have superior hearing and sense of smell and therefore sneaking on animals can sometimes result in getting just a few steps closer to your prey before it spots you. But often closing the distance even a little can be crucial advantage in hunting."
How to improve StealthEdit
The best way to improve Stealth is to repeatedly press both arrows (up and down) at the same time (the character will move forward and backward). This is much faster than moving in one direction.