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Stealth is a stat which can be utilized within The Forest. It can be used to avoid enemies, to help perform Stealth Kills, or any other activity in which the player avoids detection.


To decrease the chance of being spotted by the cannibals, it may be a good start to crouch in foliage, such as a bush or a fern. In addition, there are mud piles which the player can collect to cover his skin, causing a dramatic increase in camouflage. However, mud will wash off in the rain, if you enter a body of water, or if enough time passes. Similar to what mud will do, as of v0.12 Stealth Armor will help disguise the player.

Be warned, even if the player uses both mud and a flora hiding spot, it is still possible to get spotted if the mutants are too close. It is considerably easier to hide if the player crouches behind an unmovable object, such as a boulder or tree.

In v0.08 Stealth was greatly expanded upon; decreasing both vision range and cones of view of the cannibals. Bushes will now also hide the player from enemy vision when crouched and the player is now less visible at night, unless his lighter is out, making him more visible. But enemies will bash bushes looking for the player when hidden from them.

Hard Survival Penalty[]

In hard survival mode, the players stealth is penalized. A player can only have a max of 50% stealth, even if they have mud, max stealth armor and rabbit fur boots on, all at the same time.

How to increase stealth[]

Note that the green on the armor meter is not an indicator of stealth, it is only an indicator that you are wearing stealth armor or lizard skin. Wearing lizard skin has no effect on stealth.


Noise made by the player can give away the players location. When enemies detect a noise, they will check the area of where the noise was made. It is unknown how this mechanic operates exactly, though it seems to be fairly accurate in terms of a real life situation. Noise can be used as a positive or negative for the player, depending on what the player wants to achieve. A positive example, placing a cassette player on a trap could lure enemies into the trap. A negative example, setting explosives while farming logs, and it causes mutants to harass the player. Here is a list of what creates noise:

  • Sprinting
  • Walking/Sprinting through bushes - This makes a noise, but if the player crouches and hangs still, enemies may lose sight of them.
  • Tree cutting, when the logs separate upon hitting the ground, enemies nearby will check out where it landed
  • Hunting game
  • Detonating explosives
  • Throwable Rocks - Can be used to distract enemies
  • Cassette Player - Will draw enemies to its location, can be used as a distraction device if placed on a tree or trap
  • Flare Gun - shooting flare gun ammo will create noise and bright visuals that will draw in enemies
  • Flares
  • There are likely more actions that will create noise, though it will require further testing to identify them.


Update history[]

Version Changes
v1.0 Stealth icon is no longer visible while on rope
v0.68 Setup stats page for new layout + added stealth + changed font
v0.58 New stealth meter icon
v0.58 Tweaked stealth values, player is now more visible when holding a light
v0.38 Lowered opacity of stealth icon and lowered position on screen

Added small rock pickups to caves to aid with stealth (hint: try throwing them as a distraction)

v0.34 Fixed slight delay on stealth icon removal when standing up from crouch

Made stealth eye icon less opaque

v0.33 New armor formula based on armor HP, lizard & stealth armor take 20 damage, bone armor takes 40, following damage goes to the next armor piece and to player when there’s no armor left
v0.32 New item: Rabbit Fur Boots ! (craft with 3 rabbit skins and 2 ropes, wear on feet to gain some protection from cold and slightly increased stealth)
v0.31 Fixed burning player not removing leaves of stealth armor
v0.31 Added option to hide stealth meter
v0.30 (Balance) Balanced stealth so hiding is more effective
v0.30 Increased length of player stealth bar

Added mud back in game – spawns after rain on dirt terrain only – use mud to decrease your visibility to enemies, improve stealth

v0.29c Fixed a bug with stealth icon not operating correctly in some old save games
v0.19 Smaller scale on stealth armor leaves to make things easier to see
v0.18b Improved enemy pacing, less chance of being found when hidden, less skinnies active in world and less patrolling enemies.
v0.18 Stealth kills can now be performed with any axe/rock/stick type weapon
v0.12 New upgrade recipe: LizardSkin + tree sap + 15 Leaves = Stealth armour!
v0.11 Player can now attack whilst crouched improving stealth kills
v0.08 Stealth added to the game

Stealth gameplay! Lowered vision range on enemies and gave them a smaller cone of vision.

Stealth kills added! If player attacks an enemy from behind with rock or axe type weapon and enemy is unaware of player it will be an instant kill

Enemies will bash away bushes looking for player when hidden from them