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The Secrets of Stealth

How To See In The Dark

Last updated on December 20th, 2016

The Secrets of Stealth (in the dark)

Stealth is the art of remaining undetected; the art of being ‘invisible’. To be ‘invisible’, the ninja has to understand how a person’s presence is detected.

A person detects presence by his eyes and ears. The ninja must learn to fool the enemy’s sense of sight and hearing. In addition, when there are dogs guarding the premises, a ninja should avoid being detected by the dog’s sense of smell.

How do the eyes see

To isolate how the eyes detect presence, let us pretend that it is dark. The first way to detect a person’s presence in the dark is movement. The second way is the shadow or outline of a person’s silhouette. Lastly is colour because the darkness inhibits the detection of colour.

Using this concept, you are also able to see in the dark; more accurately, you will be able to detect someone’s presence in the dark.

So, the eyes see these things in the following order:

  • Movement
  • Silhouette
  • Colour

Next, when we hear a noise, our eyes tend to look for the disturbance at our eye level. Very seldom would our eyes look up or low down to seek the cause of the noise.

How To Fool The Eyes

To avoid detection, slow down your movement when sneaking in the dark. If someone is facing you, stop moving. Blend in with the silhouette of natural elements in the environment (trees, huge rocks, furniture). His eyes will be fooled and he will not see you. Unless of course, it is bright enough to see colour.

Conceal yourself in the darkest portion of the shadows while sneaking and hide behind objects and crouch to make yourself appear small.

Be aware of light sources. You do not want to stand in front of a lamp and show your moving shadow. Remember! the eyes see movement first.

How Do The Ears Hear

Hearing ability varies among human beings. But one thing is for sure. When we hear something unfamiliar, it naturally arouses our curiousity. If we are reassured that the noise was imagined or came from something we know, we would cease investigating the source of the noise.

How To Fool The Ears

By not making noise of course! There are several techniques to walk silently, which will be shared in other articles.

What if the terrain you are walking on doesn’t allow you to move silently? Here are some methods to counter the noise.

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Ninja Tactic 1 : Take Advantage of Natural Noise

Make use of natural noise to mask your footsteps. A passing aeroplane can cover the sound of footsteps. Take advantage of it to move faster. Don’t do this if someone is directly facing you though. You movement will be noticed.

Ninja Tactic 2 : Walk Over a Piece of Cloth

If you need only walk a short distance over noisy surfaces, throw a piece of cloth over the surface to walk on. The cloth will muffle most of the noise.

Ninja Tactic 3 : Using Animal Companions

Bring an animal companion to distract the sentry.

While moving in the dark, you accidentally made some noise. The guard’s curiosity will ensure that he investigates the source of the noise. You could let out an animal (maybe a rat) from your bag. When the guard sees the animal, he would think the noise was caused by the animal.

Fooling A Dog’s Nose

This is common knowledge for hunters. Make sure that the wind is blowing your scent away from the dog (not towards), when sneaking around.

Conclusion On Stealth

These are some of the principles of stealth. Think out of the box to conceal your presence.

About Logen Lanka 184 Articles

Logen is a the founder and editor of WayOfNinja.com. Before his shoulder injury, he was actively involved in street calisthenics, Aikido and obstacle course racing. He has also served his 2-years conscription with the Singapore Armed Forces as an Armoured Infantry Trooper.

  • Oni

    Color: Grey or Maroon blend well in the dark, especially in shadows. Despite most movies and cartoons, the color black actually stands out in the night.

  • wahahaha but idont like rats but i can bring another animals isn’t?

  • The Chosen One

    thank you for this leason! it will come in great need sometime!

  • deadpool

    to jimar: just make sure what animal you bring is native to the area you take it to, and make sure it is not a pet, as a pet may go back to you and give you away, a non pet will run from you and take attention away from you. also be careful because dogs can see better in the dark then humans can and when trying to go after the animal you use, they could see you as a larger danger and give you away again. learning to imitate animals could save you too. watch videos on how night animals move and sound, learn where they go and mimic their moves and habits to blend in.

  • Bradley

    thanks! me and my cousin are training and need stealth help! this should help a little. do you have advice for being unseen in the light????

    • octavius

      funny

    • Starlight

      Stay out of sight

  • melvin

    what if someone is also in the dark? is there a way to see better in a dark area?

  • to Bradley :if the light source is a light bulb ,brake it or find the main power of the house and brake the switches so they cant turn it back on.If your a kid and you pretend with your cousin like me (we are training so we will be better when we’re in our teens)then use tape over the switches as a symbol that its broken or put a thick cloth over the lamp.if the light source is the sun then try to stay out of sight ,wait till it gets darker or where an outfit to blend in with the guards or take the guards outfit and find the objective(what your looking for).

  • Bradley Winkler

    not pretending as you say. But more as testing our skills. While we did this, our grandmas or someone else would be in the room and of course breaking them isn’t that much of option unless it was a legit mission. We are trying to conceal ourselves in the light and leaving the light on. But thanks for the help.:) think with this and the forum, i have figured it out. 😀

  • Favian Gonzalez

    Interesting… Well, I know what I’m doing! :3

  • Kofuku Ebisu

    I have read multiple sites but this is worse. Use soft sole shoes, walk the middle of a wood stairs (if any), run by the balls of your feet. Where are those?