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Questions tagged [cover]

In combat, an element in the environment that provides a measure of protection against incoming attacks.

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If a creature is attacking my character and another shoots from behind, does my character get half cover?

I was fighting against 3 human (A,B,C). The first one (A) was attacking just in front of me, the second (B) was 10 feet at the left side but was engaged with my partner, and the third (C) was 15 feet ...
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Can you aim for something behind an invisible creature to avoid the disadvantage?

Inspired by the question here. I wanted to ask if someone knows that there is an invisible creature in front of him can the person declare an attack on something behind the invisible creature in order ...
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How are attacks that hit invisible creatures acting as cover resolved?

| Y | - | C | - | T | Y = You C = Invisible Creature T = Target The DM rules that C provides half cover for T. The table uses the optional rules for hitting cover: If a creature is ...
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How do hidden enemies interact with the soft cover rules?

A pack of wolves are fleeing from the PCs, who are shooting at them with longbows from an entrenched position. One of the wolves is injured and has abandoned stealth in favor of a more rapid escape: ...
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Using the Hitting Cover variant rule, is it impossible to hit the covering creature if its AC is 2 higher than the target's?

After reading the optional rule of Hitting Cover, it strikes me that the rule is flawed. The Hitting Cover variant rule states (DMG p. 272): When a ranged attack misses a target that has cover, ...
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Could a strong character wield an object that gives them full cover?

My question is mostly in the title, but here's an example. Jeff, a STR 19 Bear Totem Barbarian wants cover as he advances towards enemies. To do so, he rips a heavy wooden door off its hinges, and ...
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How does Wall of Force grant cover?

Which mechanic of wall of force gives cover to creatures on either side of the wall? It grants a attributes similar to cover. It specifically states cover-like effects against physical and astral ...
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Is there an example of a damage type (cold, fire, lightning, psychic, force, etc) explicity granting cover?

Wall of force is generally assumed to grant cover because it creates a "wall." The spell itself does not specifically grant the cover condition to those on either side of the wall. That means it is ...
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Can an Illusion of a wall of glass grant cover? [closed]

If I were to create the illusion of a transparent wall (of glass for example) 1/4 thick in a box surrounding my character, does this wall grant me full cover? This question is different from: Can an ...
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Can Dissonant Whispers target an enemy I can't see and who has total cover?

In my last D&D session I thought I was very clever when, while in ranged combat with an enemy, I ducked behind some large boulders (providing full cover) and then targeted him with Dissonant ...
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Does cover protect against an aura if it only has a gap outside the aura?

I understand that the aura originates from the target and moves with it, and that as long as the center of a creature is within the radius of the aura it is subjected to the aura's effect. There is ...
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What constitutes the most protective degree of cover?

The rules for cover state: If a target is behind multiple sources of cover, only the most protective degree of cover applies In most situations, determining which cover is most protective is ...
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How much cover does Wall of Stone give against a dragon's breath weapon if arrow slits are included in the wall?

I am currently a sorcerer in the Rise of Tiamat campaign (plenty of dragons to come I assume). I am obviously asking this as a player; I am not a DM and never go through the DMG/Monster Manual (so ...
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Can an illusion give a player partial cover?

I'm in an argument with a player at my table, he says hiding behind some bushes while shooting arrows at my monsters gives him partial cover because they can only see his head and shoulders. So they'...
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Does Minor Illusion break only when someone spends an action to investigate it?

Using Minor Illusion to create a 5x5' cube of stone, one of my players who was a 6'4" ranger claimed it gave him three quarters cover and that he was shooting over it. I was okay with that. But after ...
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Is hiding different when invisible than when behind total cover?

A character rolls stealth with advantage if he is invisible, because he can't be seen. Why doesn't a character get advantage for being behind total cover? The senses you rely on to detect the ...
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Which dexterity save spells are made easier to resist because of “half cover” bonus to dexterity saves [closed]

I was rereading the Player’s Handbook section on partial cover and I came to this statement: A target with half cover has a +2 bonus to AC and Dexterity saving throws. If the PC/NPC has half cover ...
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Does hiding under a bedsheet provide Total Cover by RAW?

The Situation I am a high level caster surrounded by multiple high level archmages, all ready to 9th-level counterspell me if I cast a spell. For reasons unimportant to this question, I have no time ...
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Can a Fireball be cast at the air to bypass cover?

I was sitting here, thinking to myself, "How does one hit multiple enemies that are behind total cover and low to the ground?" Fireball states that it targets "a point you choose within range", and ...
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Readied actions vs spells

If a kineticst were to ready an action to use Kinetic Cover when an opponent acts aggressively towards him, how would that interact with a Cleric casting Blindness/Deafness on the kineticist? ...
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Shooting at larger creature behind the smaller creatures crowd

In a recent gaming session the PCs were shooting a Medium-size slaver ghoul over the heads of Small-size kobold crowd (say, a dozen of them). The Ghoul was obviously an enemy but the kobolds were ...
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Obscurement encounter advice with size differences

I would like to run a 5e encounter in a grassy plains, with tall grass about 3–4ft high. Based on the RAW in the PHB, I am taken to thinking that small creatures (goblins) are effectively under heavy ...
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Does using a tree trunk for Cover work no matter what direction of the attack on Battle Maps?

Combat is characterized in the game as a series of feints, parries, and footwork until finally a character gets an opportunity to attack. The Initiative systems are proposed as an abstraction of those ...
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Can a steed provide cover while riding it?

If I cast Greater Steed and fly straight up directly over my foe, can I get a cover bonus to my AC if the foe attacks me with a ranged weapon?
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Cover with reach weapons

If I have a reach weapon will the target get a cover with this setup: T is target X is me F is Friend I feel not, as I can do a straight line from the X square to the target, without crossing the F. ...
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Does Spiritual Weapon ignore cover?

A tree is between me and the enemy. It provides half cover to an enemy. If I cast Spiritual Weapon adjacent to him, does Spiritual Weapon ignore the cover provided by the tree? Or, because my line of ...
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Can I deny a counterspell by readying my spell behind full cover?

Suppose I am within counterspell range of an enemy mage (who has counterspell) and want to guarantee that my spell won't be countered. Could I do so entirely on my turn by moving behind full cover, ...
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Can sacred flame target someone that is behind total cover?

One of the rules for targeting spells in the Player's Handbook says that spells must have a clear path to the target: A Clear Path to the Target To target something, you must have a clear path ...
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Does breaking cover/concealment end stealth, post-errata?

Once again, stealth is causing problems in Pathfinder, with the stealth errata adding the following line: When you start your turn using Stealth, you can leave cover or concealment and remain ...
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How do you attack a creature behind a Wall of Sand?

The spell Wall of Sand reads: Creatures with reach can attempt to attack through the wall, but targets have total concealment and total cover, and the attacker must have a general idea where ...
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How do mortar shells interact with walls?

So, in a recent Pathfinder game, there was a character with an Aasen mortar launcher. Said launcher states: After the point of impact is determined, the shell explodes and deals 6d6 points of ...
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Does a ranged attack around a corner incur cover penalties?

In case A attacks B with a ranged attack, does B get cover? I ask because it seems to me that he might not. In the image above I assumed that A has chosen the upper right corner of his square as ...
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Can I shoot an enemy through a keyhole or small crack of a door with sharpshooter?

In a game last week there were two enemies trying to break down a door to get to us. We were at the end of the hall and our Sharpshooter archery Ranger was trying to hit them through a small crack in ...
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Is there a penalty for attacking THROUGH an ally's position while in Melee?

You can move through an ally's position (as difficult terrain), but can you attack through it at no cost? If you have 10' reach, but there is an ally between you and the target, does the target get ...
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Using a mount as cover and attacking

Ok so using your mount as cover (taken from WOTC website) says Get Cover from Your Mount: Because you and your mount share a space on the battlefield, you normally cannot claim cover from your ...
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Is the dragon fouling the horse-monster's attack?

A is a Large (tall) creature armed with a longspear, giving the creature a reach of 20 ft. B, a Small creature that's hovering 5 ft. above the ground, has 10 ft. between him and the the Large (tall) ...
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Does cover work for both ways for enemies?

So Starfinder is out, and I feel like my life is complete, as it is just great. I am used to playing D&D 5e, and while I have some experience with 3.5e, I have never played Pathfinder. As such, ...
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How does a PC make an attack from behind cover and continue to receive cover?

The Background I'm a DM for a 3.5 campaign, and I use things like trees and rocks to give my PCs something to hide behind and have to move around as obstacles and simple terrain pieces. One of my PCs ...
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Do ranged attacks pass through Web?

Web on page 287 of the PHB says (emphasis mine): You conjure a mass of thick, sticky webbing at a point of your choice within range. The webs fill a 20-foot cube from that point for the ...
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Can an Elf take cover behind a 3-foot square wall?

Given a three-foot square wall produced by a conjuration wizard's minor conjuration feature, what PC races, including those in SCAG, EE, and Volo's, can duck behind it and gain total cover? ...
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Do prone creatures provide cover?

So in RAW, having a creature between the attacker and a target grants the target half cover, but I'm a grappler that likes to shove down my victims while grappling. Do I still get the cover bonus for ...
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Can a tower shield provide cover for more than one person?

If a tower shield is used to provide total cover as a wall does anyone standing behind the person using the tower shield also have cover from an attack such as a dragons breath weapon? Would there be ...
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Can I use an enemy as a shield, thus gaining benefits from cover?

Can I grapple the enemy and then use him for cover?
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Does transparent cover negate paladin Divine Sense?

Some background: I want to have the bad guy necromancer have a trap in front of the secret entrance to his lair. He has a small frozen lake that abuts the entrance. To invade, the players would have ...
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Does a Tower Shield providing Total Cover in a 5-foot doorway block Channel Energy from going through?

So, like the title is asking, does a Tower Shield providing Total Cover in a 5-foot doorway block Channel Energy from going through? Aka, can a party heal safely if the tower-shield fighter blocks ...
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How does attacking from cover work?

A goblin is behind a rock that gives it half cover. It shoots its crossbow at an adventurer in the open, and the adventurer returns fire with a bow. For the sake of argument, the goblin, the rock, and ...
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Star Wars Saga Edition; Cover and blocking LoS

My group encountered a big problem. Our DM made us fight some enemies (level 5 or so) that used to take cover behind crates/walls/even cars, and used the following order of actions: -move to cover -...
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D&D 4th edition - area/line of effects

I have just recently picked up the D&D 4th edition rulebooks and I’m a little confused about certain aspects of the rules regarding how to combine the rules regarding line of sight, cover, and ...
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From which squares does a Tower Shield provide Total Cover?

When a character uses a tower shield for total cover, which squares does that protect against? Obviously the square on the other side of the shield, but what about the diagonals? Total Cover: If ...
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Can single target spells be blocked by friendly characters? (IE Provide cover to the target) [duplicate]

Been utilizing the knowledge on these forums for a long time, but rarely post. Hope this isn't repetitive, as I've seen many posts to be similar. I understand burning hands and fireballs will hit ...