I have looked in the player handbook and it does not seem very clear on character vision. In Bright light how far can characters see? For example if I have a player with the feat sharpshooter and have a long bow I can shoot 600'. Is there anywhere that talks about how far you can see in bright light? Dim light? Also for example if a character can read lips it doesn't specify distance away in which this is possible.

  • \$\begingroup\$ possible duplicate of How far away can you see light? \$\endgroup\$
    – DuckTapeAl
    Jul 25, 2015 at 22:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ I can see the Andromeda Galaxy at 2.25 million light years; is that far enough? \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Jul 25, 2015 at 23:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Your question title is misleading. You are not asking how far you can see but at what distance you can make out details to either shoot the target or make out lip movement. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric
    Jul 26, 2015 at 20:15

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The 5e player's handbook does not have rules on visibility, but the DMG does. They can be found on page 243, under the "Visibility Outdoors" heading.

The basic summary of it is that, on a clear day, you can see 2 miles, or until your view is obscured by terrain features. If it's raining, it usually cuts it down to 1 mile. Fog cuts it down to 100 to 300 feet. And standing on a mountain or similarly elevated place will give you a visibility of 40 miles. For comparison, the horizon on earth is 2.9 miles away at ground level.

Dim light isn't mentioned as diminishing your visibility (beyond giving disadvantage on Perception checks), so dim versus bright light doesn't change anything.

As for the range at which you can read lips, there's no specific rules on this. Ask your DM if you can read the lips, or if you need to get closer.

  • \$\begingroup\$ How far can you see in a super dense fog? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 17, 2017 at 19:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ That depends on just how dense the fog is. It might be 5 feet, it might be 20 feet, or it might be more. Ask your DM. If you're the DM, it's up to you. \$\endgroup\$
    – xanderh
    Apr 18, 2017 at 20:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Regarding lip-reading, you may want to note that this is a specific benefit of the "Observant" feat: "If you can see a creature's mouth while it is speaking a language you understand, you can interpret what it's saying by reading its lips." \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Jun 15, 2018 at 15:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Spellcaster for example, in the module Wateerdeep: Dragon Heist, there is a Weather Effect called "Thick Fog" and the following description: From midnight until noon, the city is engulfed in thick fog. Creatures in the fog have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight. Visibility is reduced to 30 feet. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tarod
    Mar 31 at 12:29

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