Let's say three combatants are in a line. The goblin is in the first square, the fighter in the second square, and the bard with a whip behind the fighter.

If the bard attacks the goblin with the whip 'over' the fighter, does the goblin get a cover bonus to it's AC?



Per the SRD:


To determine whether your target has cover from your ranged attack, choose a corner of your square. If any line from this corner to any corner of the target’s square passes through a square or border that blocks line of effect or provides cover, or through a square occupied by a creature, the target has cover (+4 to AC).

When making a melee attack against an adjacent target, your target has cover if any line from any corner of your square to the target’s square goes through a wall (including a low wall). When making a melee attack against a target that isn’t adjacent to you (such as with a reach weapon), use the rules for determining cover from ranged attacks.

Emphasis mine. Whip, as a reach weapon, uses ranged attack rules for cover, and ranged rules give +4 AC if there is a creature between attacker and the target.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you! I read the cover rules entry, but somehow missed the second bolded sentence in your answer. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 10 at 13:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ Glad to help! I remembered it only because I forgot it earlier:) \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Jun 10 at 13:10

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