If a character or monster that normally has darkvision is polymorphed into an animal that normally does not, does it still have darkvision?

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    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 6:13

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You don't retain darkvision if polymorphed into a creature without darkvision.

Polymorph states:

The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and personality.

A creature's senses (vision) are a part of its game statistics. Therefore, your darkvision would be replaced by the creature's normal vision.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Maybe add a note concerning Wildshape - you'd still lose the darkvision gained from your race, but features such as a Warlock's Devil's Sight would still apply - seeing as it's a class feature, which functions normally during Wildshape (but not Polymorph). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 6:48

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