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For questions about "line of effect", a term used in D&D and other RPGs to describe a physically clear and unobstructed path between two points - typically the caster of a spell (or other source of an effect) and the intended target.

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Can spells be cast through a Wall of Force?

The spell description of wall of force is silent on the question of whether spell effects can pass through the wall. The semi-relevant part of the description states: Nothing can physically pass ...
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Do auras require line of effect?

Several in-game effects, such as all the paladin's auras (PHB p. 85) and spells like Aura of Life and Aura of Purity (PHB p. 216), are passive auras that radiate from the point of origin (usually a ...
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Can the Raulothim's Psychic Lance spell hit a creature behind full cover if you utter the creature's name?

The spell Raulothim's Psychic Lance (Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, p. 21) can hit a creature without having to see it, so long as the caster utters the name of the target: You unleash a shimmering ...
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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

The section "A Clear Path to the Target", on page 205 of the PHB states "To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total cover." The description of the Scrying ...
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Does Lightning Bolt affect everyone in its line of effect?

I'm looking for clarification on a spell effect. The specific spell in question is lightning bolt, 3rd-level Sorcerer/Wizard spell. It has an area of a 120-ft line. Does it pass through enemies? If I ...
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Is the point of origin for a persistant AoE spell relevant after casting?

When a spell is cast, it is understood that there must be an obstruction-free line of effect from the point of origin of an area of effect spell for it to affect a location (PHB 204): A spell’s ...
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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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Can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls?

Reading How does a Spiritual Weapon interact with illusions of creatures when it is moved? made me wonder - can a spiritual weapon be moved through walls? The description of the spell reads (emphasis ...
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How does line of effect work with spells targeted through the Sentinel Raven's sight, from the UA Raven Queen warlock patron?

I'm playing a warlock in a D&D 5e campaign. I am playing a multiclassed Rogue 11/Warlock 1. For my one level in warlock, I chose the Raven Queen patron from Unearthed Arcana. According to the ...
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Can the generic teleport Action available to some monsters be used to move through transparent, total cover?

Many monsters have access to the Action, teleport. MM, various statblocks Teleport. The [creature] magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying, up to [distance] to an ...
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Can moonbeam cast through a wall of force? [duplicate]

Moonbeam states that: A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot-radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim light fills the cylinder. There ...
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Consequences of Blindness on casting spells?

Which types of spells can a Blinded caster still target as accurately as usual? Which ones require extra steps or give penalties because of blindness? Which ones can simply not be targeted at all, ...
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What is the difference between line of sight and line of effect?

As the title. I've seen many definitions such as concealment refer to one or both, but I can't find a clear definition of them or how they are different.
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Does Eldritch Blast travel in a straight line?

My DM and I have researched this at length and we can't seem to find an answer anywhere. Eldritch Blast states: A beam of crackling energy streaks toward a creature within range. Make a ranged spell ...
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Does the Hex spell require a Clear Path when moved to a second target?

The Hex spell reads (PHB, p. 251): You place a curse on a creature that you can see within range. [...] If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action ...
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Under what circumstances does an antimagic field suppress the casting of a spell?

The antimagic field spell says that "within the sphere, spells can't be cast", and spells out some more of the specific effects of this: Targeted Effects. Spells and other magical effects, such as ...
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Do enemies block line of effect?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the non-errata-ed rules in the PHB aren't entirely clear on this point, that I can recall. So if an enemy is in directly in front of where your wizard wants to ...
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Can the Dragon's Breath spell damage enemies with no clear path to the caster?

Can Dragon's Breath spell damage enemies that do not have a clear path to the caster? The PHB page 204 says: To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total ...
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