Radiance of the Dawn is a cleric feature that dispels magical darkness in a range. The darkness spell consists of magical darkness spreading from a point.

If the center point is not within the range of Radiance of the Dawn, but some of the darkness that has spread is, is that portion of darkness's area of effect permanently eliminated or will it just be filled by the spell again? Is the entire spell dispelled?

If the center point is on an object and some of the darkness (but not all of it) is permanently dispelled, what happens if I rotate that object?


If one section of the darkness is dispelled, the entire thing is

Radiance of the Dawn says:

As an action, you present your holy symbol, and any magical darkness within 30 feet of you is dispelled.

There is no way to dispel part of an effect. Thus, if any part of a magical darkness effect is within 30 feet of you when you activate this ability, then that entire effect will be dispelled.

This is very similar to the effect of daylight:

If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of darkness created by a spell of 3rd level or lower, the spell that created the darkness is dispelled.

Despite the wording difference, there should be only two functional differences between the abilities - which is that Radiance of the Dawn is actually a bit more versatile than daylight. For one, it can negate darkness effects that are not caused by spells as well as ones that are, and second, it can dispel darkness caused by any spell level, not just 3rd or lower.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That was why I was confused. The wording is highly different between daylight and Radiance of the Dawn. daylight says "the spell" is dispelled. Radiance of the Dawn does not \$\endgroup\$ – David Coffron Apr 8 '18 at 0:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DavidCoffron: The fact is, there is no way to dispel part of an effect. So, though worded differently, they will act the same. In fact, RoD is a bit more versatile since it also works on magical darkness not from spells \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Apr 8 '18 at 0:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ What about anti-magic field? It allows partial suppression of effects. That's not too different from a partial dispel and shows it's possible to only partially affect an effect. \$\endgroup\$ – Voromir Kadien Apr 8 '18 at 5:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ I extended your last paragraph to include the fact that Radiance of the Dawn can also dispel any spell-created darkness, regardless of the spell's level. \$\endgroup\$ – PixelMaster Apr 8 '18 at 10:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @VoromirKadien: I'll have to consider this, but suppress is definitely different from dispel in a significant way that makes the comparison not super impactful, but the ability to affect part of an effect is noted. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Apr 8 '18 at 14:26

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