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The hunger of Hadar spell creates a black void of darkness, which cannot be penetrated by light. This means that no one can see in, and those inside cannot see at all, which is a handy way to damage and control enemies since they don't know which way is out.

This also means that characters cannot easily attack those inside.

The Devil's Sight eldritch invocation, however, enables a warlock to see normally in magical and non-magical darkness.

Does this enable the warlock to see into the area of blackness created by hunger of Hadar and attack creatures inside? Are there any other sight mechanics that allow someone to see in or out of the spell?

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If the Warlock is inside, NO. If they are outside, Maybe.

The real key here is the wording on Hunger of Hadar. The spell breaks itself down into being inside the sphere, and being on the outside looking in. We'll use that same breakdown as well.

(emphasis mine)

A 20-foot-radius sphere of blackness and bitter cold appears, centered on a point with range and lasting for the duration. ... No light, magical or otherwise, can illuminate the area, and creatures fully within the area are blinded. - *Hunger of Hadar, Player's Handbook

Inside

If you are fully inside of the sphere you have the blinded condition. Devil's Sight does nothing to counteract that condition.

A blinded creature can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight

Outside

This is where the RAW gets fuzzy. As Justin T mentioned,it would be a DM discretion issue on "blackness" being the same as "darkness". Within the flavor text of Hunger of Hadar it mentions opening "a gateway to the dark between the stars". This uses the word dark, so I would probably rule that you can see into it. At the end of the day though, it would be up to your DM.

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Jeremy Crawford has ruled No:

Devil's Sight is meant to pierce the dark created by a spell like darkness, not the void of hunger of Hadar.

Reference: Twitter

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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you copy the text of his response into your answer? Link-only answers are generally frowned upon here. \$\endgroup\$ – DuckTapeAl Mar 2 '16 at 0:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well too bad, Jeremy, I've been looking into the void almost every session haha. Thanks for getting an authority on this \$\endgroup\$ – Premier Bromanov Mar 2 '16 at 17:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PremierBromanov be careful with that technique. If you gaze too long into it, it will gaze back. Unless you make a dex save. \$\endgroup\$ – Liesmith Sep 12 '16 at 17:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Since Crawford tweets are no longer official rulings is this answer still valid? \$\endgroup\$ – J. A. Streich May 28 at 17:34
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You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical, to a distance of 120 feet. - Devil's Sight, Player's Handbook

A 20-foot-radius sphere of blackness and bitter cold appears, centered on a point with range and lasting for the duration. ... No light, magical or otherwise, can illuminate the area, and creatures fully within the area are blinded. - *Hunger of Hadar, Player's Handbook

The answer to this question hinges upon whether darkness and blackness are equivalent for the purposes of Devil's Sight. I would rule that they are, but your DM may feel differently.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, I can see blackness being more of a "fog" thing than an absence of light. \$\endgroup\$ – Premier Bromanov Apr 22 '15 at 20:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ "fog"? Like Ether? Note that the blackness of space is due to nothingness, light moves "straight" instead of bouncing on matter and reflecting that information back to us (or coming directly to our eyes like the Sun does). \$\endgroup\$ – Alexis Wilke Mar 5 '16 at 22:42
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Hunger of Hadar says:

A 20-foot-radius void appears on a point you choose. Its filled with whispers and slurping that can be heard up to 30 feet away. No light can illuminate the area, and creatures fully in it are blinded. The void's area is difficult terrain. Any creature that starts its turn in the area takes 2d6 cold damage. Any creature that ends its turn there must succeed on a Dexterity save or take 2d6 acid damage.

Almost anyone can see in

Hunger of Hadar doesn't prevent people with darkvision from seeing into it. The only thing that stops people outside from seeing in is that the area is unlit. Devil's Sight thusly confers no advantage in this situation, beyond the additional range with the darkvision as compared to most races. The only people who can't see in, then, are those who few weirdos who lack darkvision (i.e. halflings, humans, and dragonborn without class features to the contrary).

It's important to remember that spells only do what they say they do; while Darkness creates magical darkvision-stopping darkness, it does so because it says it does. Other magically created darkness is just dark.

Almost no one can see out

Hunger of Hadar doesn't stop you from seeing out cause it's dark. Hunger of Hadar stops you from seeing out because it inflicts the 'blinded' condition. That's a much stronger condition that just 'I can't see'; even with blindsight you are still subject to "Attack rolls against the creature have advantage, and the creature’s Attack rolls have disadvantage."

Indeed, rather than mere blindsight or tremorsense, a more powerful ability like immunity to the blinded condition would be needed to render Hunger of Hadar ineffective against a target.

So, Devil's Sight doesn't really matter

Like was said on twitter:

Devil's Sight is meant to pierce the dark created by a spell like darkness, not the void of hunger of Hadar.

That's not because you can't see in with it; that's because you'd be able to see into it anyways. The cool thing Devil's sight lets you do is see through magic darkness you otherwise wouldn't have been able to. The rest of the time it's just fancy darkvision.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "That's not because you can't see in with it; that's because you'd be able to see into it anyways" I feel like this isn't what Crawford meant with his Tweet at all. If you could see into it regardless, he would say something pertaining to that. Instead he mentions how Devil Sight doesn't pierce it, which would implicate you can't see into it regardless...not that you can see into it all the time. Otherwise you would need no reason to use devil sight. Thinking this applies to only the inside devalues the answer and the question asked to him via tweet. \$\endgroup\$ – Jihelu Jul 2 '18 at 6:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ "It's important to remember that spells only do what they say they do; while Darkness creates magical darkvision-stopping darkness, it does so because it says it does." Can you show me the part where Hunger of Hadar creates darkness? \$\endgroup\$ – Premier Bromanov Jul 2 '18 at 14:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jihelu he doesn't say it doesn't pierce it. He says the intent of the ability is to interact with darkness from spells like darkness, not stuff like Hunger of Hadar. I don't know why you would think that that means it's cause the darkness is even-more-special darkness you can't see through, which nothing says, rather than the spell just not having much to do with darkness, which the spell says and the tweet supports. \$\endgroup\$ – the dark wanderer Jul 2 '18 at 20:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PremierBromanov sure! I put the spell text at the top now. The part where the inside is dark is the part where "no light can illuminate the area" (technically it might not be dark, but that's outside the scope of this question; usually most areas not illuminated by light are dark. Obviously if it's not dark, everyone who isn't blind can see in without issue and people inside still can't see unless they're immune to blindness) \$\endgroup\$ – the dark wanderer Jul 2 '18 at 20:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PremierBromanov The void it creates is an area of 'Blackness' As the spell describes. Wanderer seems to be ignoring that text. The part that clarifies it is 'special darkness' is that the question asked to Jeremy Crawford was "Can you see into or out of the void using Devil Sight" to which the answer was "No, it doesn't pierce it". There would be no reason to say "it doesn't pierce it" if there was no need to pierce it to begin with. You are ignoring the big ole "Into" part of the question posed and the "Blackness" described with the spell. If there was no reason the answer would say. \$\endgroup\$ – Jihelu Jul 2 '18 at 21:45

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