In combat, an element in the environment that provides a measure of protection against incoming attacks.

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How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?

I am running a sci-fi/fantasy game using Pathfinder. The setting is firearms and future weapons focused. It's also being played on a virtual battle-map with tokens and will be run very tactically. ...
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Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?

Someone under the water has total cover from someone on the land. If you are in the water but not under it you have partial cover from a land based opponent. What I'd like to know is if you are in ...
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Does cover also grant concealment?

One of the PC who plays in my Encounters session has a power that lets him make a stealth check to hide if he has "concealment." Last night we was behind a hard corner in a room without any other ...
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When creatures provide cover against attacks, can they be hit?

If one creature is providing cover for another, is it possible that it ends up taking the hit? If so, what are the mechanics for it? I see it like this: 2 goblins (AC 15) are standing in a row. An ...
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Do cover providing powers provide cover from adjacent melee attacks?

My Warden just acquired the level 2 Utility Daily: Nature's Abundance which creates a Zone which provides Cover in a Burst 3 for me and my allies (AWESOME!). To make sure that I fully understand the ...
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Can a creature make a diagonal attack on the other side of a secret door?

I'm not quite sure how to resolve combat around a secret door. I guess it must be like a normal door, but I wonder. Take this example: Red Circle is directly next to an open secret door, and Blue ...
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Can the cantrip Mold Earth create improvised cover?

the cantrip Mold Earth states: If you target an area of loose earth, you can instantaneously excavate it, move it along the ground, and deposit it up to 5 feet away. This movement doesn’t have ...
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Does a prone creature grant cover to its allies against ranged attacks?

It seems like it's a no-brainer that against ranged attacks, prone creatures would not provide cover to allies, but I don't see any specific rules about it. Also I guess you could argue that larger ...
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Do other creatures provide cover?

Assume we have a combat taking place in a big, open, flat field with no furnishings, so we're just dealing with the characters themselves. In this case, how does cover work? Do enemies provide cover ...
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Does Invisibilty provide cover for the purpose of ending Witch Bolt?

So I have a Warlock using Witch Bolt. For the purpose of ending the spell, does Invisibility provide full cover? If not, doesn't this mean you can use the Witch Bolt to locate the invisible creature? ...
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Does cover work both ways for enemies behind a portcullis or similar?

As the RC and DMB say, an enemy behind an obstacle has either partial or superior cover. The example often used is that of a creature fighting behind a portcullis or window (e.g. in DMB page 141). The ...
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What is the difference between “partial cover” and “cover”?

Degrees of cover and concealment are defined in the Player's Handbook (pp 280-281). There it discusses cover, superior cover, concealment, and total concealment. However, many powers and features ...
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Does a slender pillar grant just bonuses or does it also grant other benefits?

Miscellaneous Features on Slender Pillar says These pillars are only a foot or two across, so they don’t occupy a whole square. Place a dot in the center of each square that has a slender pillar ...
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Line of sight & cover along walls and around pillars

In these scenarios in DnD 3.5, do I have line of sight to the target? If so, does the target have cover? (A = attacker, W = wall, T = target, . = empty square) Along a wall: W W W A . T . . . ...
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Does firing a ranged weapon through a doorway give cover?

I understand that cover works by the attacker deciding on a corner of their square and checking if a line to any of the defenders squares hits something that gives cover. But if the attacker is on ...
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How to have Goblins Spring Out of Barrels

I would like to make an encounter in a storage room which is full of barrels and chests. The room is, seemingly, only guarded by goblin archers. When a PC runs past certain barrels, I would like ...
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When using a grid for combat, do corners grant cover?

We are using a grid for combat with D&D 5th. In the diagram below the grey area are walls. If A attacked B, would B have any cover from A?
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Should an Aqueous Orb provide cover for a creature hiding behind it?

There's an Archer in my party, and I'm playing the party Wizard. It's likely going to come up that there will be a time when an enemy ends up behind the 10' diameter sphere of churning water made by ...
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Is a burst attack impossible to shield from with your body?

I was playing a Togorian Elite Soldier wearing a Heavy Battle Armor. He was trying to protect a little girl that was about to get bursted by 3 mercenaries, so he put himself in front of her and kneel ...
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Hiding in a crowd / Hiding behind multiple creatures

When it comes to stealth, 5e is very vague on what can or cannot be done. If we refer to the rules as written: You can’t hide from a creature that can see you,... (PH. p177) This means that ...
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Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...
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Using Total Cover after ranged attack to guarantee stealth check

Is it true that a I would auto-succeed any stealth check if I did the following each round: Starting from prone behind any object large enough to grant total cover against the enemies in front of me. ...