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«Hiding» (隠蔽(ハイディング), Haidingu?) is a skill in «Sword Art Online» that allows a player to conceal themselves from players and monsters.


The Hiding skill can be activated by pressing on a shortcut button at the right side of the player's field of vision[1] or by selecting the skill via the menu. Once the skill is activated, a small indicator, called the «Hide Rate» (隠れ率(ハイド・レート), Haido Rēto?), appears at the bottom of the player's vision and indicates how well the player blends in with their environment.[1] The rate increases or decreases depending on the type and colour of the armour worn, the brightness and the surrounding terrain as well as the player's movements and hiding skill level.[1] The player's Hide Rate also decreases if someone is gazing at the location where the player is hiding.[1]

While a player is using the Hiding skill, their Color Cursor is hidden from other players' view.[2]


Instance Description
Light Novel Anime Manga
Volume 8, First Day N/A N/A Coper tried to use the skill to hide from Little Nepenthes after piercing a Little Nepent seed, but was discovered and killed due to them not relying on sight.
Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 5 N/A Kirito used the skill to spy on Nezha.
Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 5 N/A N/A Kirito later used the skill to hide from a member of Legend Braves after they got suspicious while he was listening in on their conversation.
Volume 2, The Black Swordsman, Part 3 Episode 4 N/A Rosalia and other members of Titan's Hand used the skill while trying to ambush Kirito and Silica, but Kirito was able to detect them with his «Searching» skill.
Volume 1, Chapter 8 N/A Kirito and Asuna used Hiding to avoid being seen by an Army platoon while on their way to the 74th Floor Labyrinth.


  • The Hiding skill is not effective against monsters which do not rely on sight, for example, Little Nepenthes.[2]
  • If a player's Hide Rate reaches zero, the skill is automatically cancelled.[1]
  • Certain skills can reveal hiding players, such as «Searching».[3]



Skills and Magic
Default Sword Skills
mostly common in SAO, New ALO, UW
Avalanche - Cyclone - Deadly Sins - Embracer - Explode Arrow[1] - Fell Crescent - Flashing Penetrator - Horizontal - Horizontal Arc - Horizontal Square - Howling Octave[2] - Lightning Fall - Linear - Meteor Break - Meteor Fall - Rage Spike - Reaver - Savage Fulcrum - Senda - Sharp Nail - Single Shot - Slant - Snake Bite - Sonic Leap - Spinning Shield - Star Splash[2] - Starburst Stream[3] - Treble Scythe - Tsumujiguruma - Tsujikaze - Ukifune - Vertical - Vertical Arc - Vertical Square - Vorpal Strike - Whirlwind
SAO Dual Blades - Extra Skills - Fishing - Hiding - Holy Sword - Searching - Sewing - Tracking - Unique Skills
ALO Original Sword Skill(Mother's Rosario (OSS))
Magic Butterfly Shield - Cold resistance spell - Concealment - Earth Wall - Fireball - Fire Spear - Healing Magic - Hit Point Buff Magic - Hollow Body - Ice Arrows - Metamorphosis - Moonlight Mirror - Night Vision - Purified Surface - Retrieve Arrow - Sacrifice - Searcher - Smokescreen - Strength Buff Magic - Vacuum Blades - Water Breathing - Wind Needles
Project Alicization Sacred Arts - Incarnation - Synthesis Ritual
  1. Only in ALO.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Only in SAO and ALO
  3. Only in SAO
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