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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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If a tiny creature is inside the space of a medium creature, does it gain cover against a second medium creature adjacent to the first one?

I'm the GM in a game, and a player and I have been using a rule for a while now, and suddenly neither of us can remember where we found it. The rough wording of it is something like "If a Tiny or ...
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Making attacks through a cage-shaped Forcecage

A PC traps an enemy inside a cage-shaped Forcecage: A prison in the shape of a cage can be up to 20 feet on a side and is made from 1/2-inch diameter bars spaced 1/2 inch apart. How should ranged ...
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Is providing cover to an ally too powerful?

According to the rules on cover, when a creature provides cover to an ally or an enemy, it cannot be hit by an attacker and the covered target obtains +2 AC bonus (my group does not use the optional ...
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What wizard spells can create cover for allies without preventing them from moving or attacking? [closed]

Cover is great when you can get it. The +2 bonus to AC/saves for ½ cover and +5 bonus to AC/saves with ¾ cover can be godsends with bounded accuracy when fighting against spellcasters and archers. ...
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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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Does the Eyebite Spell Work Through a Wall of Force?

Does the Eyebite spell work through a Wall of Force? Or is it blocked by Full Cover, even if the target can be seen? This question is similar to this, but contrarily to Gaze effects the spell Eyebite ...
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Does a slender pillar grant just bonuses or does it also grant other benefits?

Miscellaneous Features on Slender Pillar says These pillars are only a foot or two across, so they don’t occupy a whole square. Place a dot in the center of each square that has a slender pillar ...
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Can I benefit from cover against an effect that destroys that cover? [duplicate]

The wall of ice spell creates a destructible wall, with each 10-foot section having 30 hit points: The wall is an object that can be damaged and thus breached. It has AC 12 and 30 hit points per 10-...
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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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Line of sight & cover along walls and around pillars

In these scenarios in DnD 3.5, do I have line of sight to the target? If so, does the target have cover? (A = attacker, W = ...
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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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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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Does firing a ranged weapon through a doorway give cover?

I understand that cover works by the attacker deciding on a corner of their square and checking if a line to any of the defenders squares hits something that gives cover. But if the attacker is on ...
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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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Should an Aqueous Orb provide cover for a creature hiding behind it?

There's an Archer in my party, and I'm playing the party Wizard. It's likely going to come up that there will be a time when an enemy ends up behind the 10' diameter sphere of churning water made by ...
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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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Does a metal box with eye holes count as total cover?

I wish to play as a necromancer. However, despite the undead hordes protecting me, if someone were to snipe me I would be knocked out of the fight due to my low health as a squishy wizard. As a ...
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How to have Goblins Spring Out of Barrels

I would like to make an encounter in a storage room which is full of barrels and chests. The room is, seemingly, only guarded by goblin archers. When a PC runs past certain barrels, I would like ...
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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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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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Can allies take cover behind my tower shield?

I am a champion who is wielding a tower shield. I raise my shield, and then Take Cover. On their turns, can my allies attempt to take cover behind my tower shield also? The Take Cover action requires:...
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Can I somehow set the tower shield down as cover?

Is it possible to set a tower shield in a place to gain cover but without the the need to hold it with one arm?
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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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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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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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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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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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Hiding in a crowd / Hiding behind multiple creatures

When it comes to stealth, 5e is very vague on what can or cannot be done. If we refer to the rules as written: You can’t hide from a creature that can see you,... (PH. p177) This means that being ...
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Is a burst attack impossible to shield from with your body?

I was playing a Togorian Elite Soldier wearing a Heavy Battle Armor. He was trying to protect a little girl that was about to get bursted by 3 mercenaries, so he put himself in front of her and kneel ...
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How much cover do non-Medium tower shields provide?

Per the tower shield description, it's possible to deploy a tower shield to effectively create a wall along one edge of your space. This makes sense for Medium creatures wielding Medium tower shields, ...
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How does attacking through water work?

Related:How is shooting into water handled? But that's for D&D Next, not 5e, and is for shooting into a presumably fairly deep body of water. A subquestion of: How does animated water work? When ...
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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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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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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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Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...
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Can the Phantasmal Killer spell be cast on a target on the other side of a Wall of Force? [duplicate]

Wizard 1 casts wall of force which surrounds Wizard 2. Now both wizards have full cover against each other. For example, now they cannot cast fireball against each other, because "nothing can ...
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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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Is light shed from a spell blocked by total (transparent) cover? [duplicate]

Many spells shed light as one of their effects, such as the Sunbeam spell, which says: For the Duration, a mote of brilliant radiance shines in your hand. It sheds bright light in a 30-foot radius ...
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Does cover help against spells/effects that spread around corners (like fireball)?

The rules for cover state that half and 3/4 cover grant a bonus to both AC and (importantly for this question) Dexterity saving throws. However, some spells, like fireball, state that the area of ...
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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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Using Total Cover after ranged attack to guarantee stealth check

Is it true that a I would auto-succeed any stealth check if I did the following each round: Starting from prone behind any object large enough to grant total cover against the enemies in front of me. ...
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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 the total cover provided by being swallowed work both ways? [duplicate]

Say a character ends up being swallowed by a monster, for the sake of an example say the monster is a Kraken. The rules for being swallowed by a Kraken include this sentence: While swallowed, the ...
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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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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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How can I hit what I can't see? [closed]

In reference, and expansion on, This Question How does one tell where that point in the air is. Meaning If I target a place above a wall, and there just so happens to be a Mountain behind it, How do I ...
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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 ...