Questions tagged [vision-and-light]

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Invisibility and Aura of Vitality

During fight a party member tried to use Aura of Vitality while being invisible to stealthily top their HP. It was argued that auras give visual effects similar to light which would allow enemies to ...
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Is Darkness an effective spell for making someone's approach less likely to be noticed in a dark environment?

While brainstorming ways to sneak up on someone, one idea was to go at night and cloak our infiltrator (who can see through magical darkness) with the Darkness spell. The expectation was that being ...
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Does Guiding Bolt reveal a Gloom Stalker ranger in darkness?

The Guiding Bolt says: A flash of light streaks toward a creature of your choice within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 4d6 radiant damage, and the ...
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Does Nature's Mantle work with Pass Without Trace?

Nature's Mantle allows you to use the Hide action if you are lightly obscured. While you are in an area that is lightly obscured, you can Hide as a bonus action even if you are being directly ...
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Can you "avert your eyes" from any creature to avoid looking at it?

Many monsters have sight-based abilities that explicitly allow you to avoid the effect by averting your eyes: Basilisk's Petrifying Gaze: A creature that isn't surprised can avert its eyes to avoid ...
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Can you "avert your eyes" away from the source of your fear to avoid rolling at disadvantage? [duplicate]

The Frightened condition gives the following penalty: A frightened creature has disadvantage on Ability Checks and Attack rolls while the source of its fear is within line of sight. Many monsters ...
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What English definition of Line of Sight is D&D 5e using? [closed]

I find the term "line of sight" to be a bit unclear. According to the Sage Advice Compendium, D&D 5e uses the English meaning of "line of sight": Question: The frightened ...
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Can you see yourself when Invisible?

If you are invisible can you see yourself and things you are holding? For example can you use a scroll whilst invisible assuming you can't see invisible yourself?
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Can an Elven Monk use Shadow Step in dim light? [duplicate]

The monk's Shadow Step ability allows him to 'step' into "an unoccupied space you can see that is also in dim light" (PHB p.80). However, with Darkvision, an elf can see normally in dim ...
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Can See Invisibility and Dispel Magic detect a target affected by Sequester?

Sorry if it's dumb, but my reading of sequester (PHB, 274) suggests that it prevents any locate X spell (target) from detecting the target, as well as scrying (PHB, 273) and clairvoyance (PHB, 222) ...
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How much is darkvision worth compared to a skill pick?

In evaluating homebrew races for how balanced they are, you often have to compare features against each other. One recommended approach that has been used several times for this is the Detect Balance ...
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What does the clause about seeing into the Ethereal Plane in True Seeing accomplish?

True Seeing's text states: For the duration, the creature has truesight, notices secret doors hidden by magic, and can see into the Ethereal Plane, all out to a range of 120 feet. Here is the ...
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Is Gloom Stalker overpowered?

Sharpshooter is considerered to be among the most overpowered feats in D&D 5e. Its gross damage boost is even more disgusting when one has a consistent source for Advantage. Gloom Stalker has the ...
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Can I stop a spellcaster by sticking a bag over their head? [duplicate]

In a recent fight in my campaign, we were tasked with defeating a coven of hags. Not too difficult for our party of level 9 characters but we were held down for some time by their spellcasting. As is ...
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Can I target someone who I can see in a mirror?

Inspired by this question, I'm wondering what happens if want to cast a spell that requires me to see the target, I can see my target in a mirror, and have a clear path to them, but I don't have line ...
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Does truesight see the attacker if they have used Steel Wind Strike?

The spell text of Steel Wind Strike (XGtE, p. 166) states the caster 'vanishes', which some argue means the caster is treated as 'unseen'. If that were the case, does that mean the caster is visible ...
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Can attacking when seeing from an image be beneficial? [duplicate]

I'm mainly thinking about the spells Project Image and Mislead, both of which creates a "illusory copy of yourself" and contain this text: You can see through its eyes and hear through its ...
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What are the options for a PC with cold resistance and darkvision?

Here's what doesn't seem to work: Goliath (does not have darkvision) Mountain Dwarf (does not have cold resistance) The only race that seems to have both is the Triton. Any other options for a race /...
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Mounted scouting with darkvision

Are there rules for a character with darkvision riding a mount that does not have darkvision in absolute darkness? Obviously, DCs could be set for this, but is it even possible? Would the mount's mode ...
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How do you handle Perception checks in different levels of obscurement?

How should you handle rolling for perception in areas with different levels of obscurement? E.g in darkness illuminated only by a torch (20ft bright light and 20ft dim light beyond that) or on a field ...
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If you move into a lightly obscured area after hiding in a heavily obscured area, are you automatically seen? [duplicate]

Is there a rule in the game for how much obscurance you need to remain hidden once you are already hidden? If I'm a Goblin in a pitch black cave, and I am fighting an Elf who has Darkvision, and I am ...
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Does the Blind Fighting fighting style mitigate the disadvantage on attacks caused by Sunlight Sensitivity?

I'm making a Duergar fighter character and am wondering if the Blind Fighting fighting style could cancel out Sunlight Sensitivity. The Duergar's Sunlight Sensitivity states You have disadvantage on ...
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What sources of vision/information can a player character utilize while burrowing without taking an action to do so?

Mole-man is a player character with a burrowing speed from Claws of the Umber Hulk and is under the ground. That character is effectively in full cover, blinded and holding their breath. What ...
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On a grid, where does the vision of a creature originate from?

Where does the vision of a creature originate from on a grid? For large or taller creatures, does vision originate from all of the space it occupies? What about height - can a creature see at all ...
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Is there a way to change dim light to darkness?

I play a Gloomstalker whose Umbral Sight feature makes them benefit from darkness, and we're often in areas of dim light. I'd like some way to change the dim light to darkness around myself. It doesn'...
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How does Shadow of Moil interact with Beholder rays?

Shadow of Moil makes the caster heavily obscured. How does this condition interact with save based attacks? For instance, would a warlock with this buff be un-targetable by a beholders eye ray or a ...
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Would spells such as Detect Poison and Disease or Detect Magic work through Familiar vision?

If I were to cast a spell on myself such as Detect Magic or Detect Poison and Disease, and then look through the eyes of my familiar, would the spell continue to take effect through the familiar? As ...
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Experience with character utilizing Darkness

I have an idea for a character who would often use the Darkness spell in combat - with either a Warlock's Devil's Sight or a Sorcerer's Shadow Magic to remain unaffected. That way the character would ...
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Do alternate forms of vision count as being able to see for the purposes of spells that require the target to see the caster?

Certain spells require the target to be able to see the caster. Is a creature that uses blindsight considered able to "see" the caster? What about if they're seeing the caster via darkvision ...
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Do skeletons and Skeletal champions retain or lose senses?

I have a Drider that has recently been given the skeletal champion template. What is the new vision of the creature? Does it retain its 120ft dark vision, or is that lost and replaced with 60ft ...
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I'm on fire and I'm invisible. Can I be seen?

The invisibility rules claim that "An invisible burning torch still gives off light". Does this mean that if I'm invisible and on fire, my position can easily be found by sight alone?
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I can see 60 ft. An object affected by Darkness is 25 ft away from me. Can I see a torch 50 ft away?

Consider a corridor. At one end of the corridor, I stand and can see a torch 50 ft away at the other end. My (completely mundane) vision extends 60 ft. Suddenly, an object affected by Darkness is ...
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Can attacks against an Echo gain advantage for unseen attacker?

Usually, when two creatures can't see each other, and one makes an attack roll against the other, we roll a straight single D20-- advantage from unseen attacker cancels out with disadvantage from ...
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Does wearing a cloak over the Robe of Eyes “close” those eyes, preventing you from seeing out of the robe?

Part of the description of the robe of eyes magic item says: The robe lets you see in all directions [...] The eyes on the robe can't be closed or averted. Although you can close or avert your own ...
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Can dim light be used to activate the wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait?

Because of a dispute with our DM, I'd like to confirm the following. The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain,...
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Do you have disadvantage in dim light on attack rolls?

On p183 of the PHB under Vison and light it says: The most fundamental tasks of adventuring— noticing danger, finding hidden Objects, hitting an enemy in Combat, and targeting a spell, to name just a ...
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Can you cast spells requiring sight on targets that aren't perfectly defined?

In D&D 5e, some spells (such as Enlarge/Reduce) specify that you cast the spell on a target you can see. I attempted to cast it on my team mate who was in darkness but whose silhouette I could see ...
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If I cast light on an arrow and hit a creature, then it becomes invisible, does it reveal where they are?

Spells like invisibility say the objects that the creature is carrying also become invisible, but does that mean the invisible object stops shedding light? Or will my embedded light arrow reveal their ...
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Is there a way to carry dim light/darkness around with me permanently?

In Pathfinder 1e, there were options (e.g. Palelight Torch) to provide a long-term/permanent reduction of light in your vicinity. My 2nd edition Shadowdancer would love some portable darkness that is ...
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Putting a sack over an enemy's head

One of my players asked me a interesting question today that I don't have an answer for. He asked if it is possible to use an action to try and put a sack or bag over a creature's head to prevent that ...
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Can someone with Devil's Sight see inside a Fog Cloud spell while a sphere of Darkness remains at the centre of the fog?

Basically, in a session, we had the party come up against a group of Bugbears who attacked the party in an ambush. In a moment of haste, the party's warlock cast Fog Cloud to help obscure against the ...
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Does darkvision granted by a magic item affect what a caster can see in a dark location using the Clairvoyance spell?

The description of the clairvoyance spell states: When you cast the spell, you choose seeing or hearing. You can use the chosen sense through the sensor as if you were in its space. The wording &...
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Bullseye Lantern: does pointing one away from you keep you in darkness?

Suppose my character is in darkness. I light up a bullseye lantern: A bullseye lantern casts bright light in a 60-foot cone and dim light for an additional 60 feet If I point the bullseye lantern ...
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Does a large or larger creature, only partially in darkness, see?

If a large or larger creature is partially in darkness (magic or mundane), can it see out of it? Imagine a 4x4 zone of darkness, a large creature who's by half into the darkness, and the same creature ...
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How do Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight, Hellcat Stealth, and enemies' darkvision interact?

I recently had a game where there was some uncertainty, so I'm here to ask you how this interaction works. I have a character, a Shadowdancer. This character has also got the Hellcat Stealth feat. The ...
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Does the wording of Darkvision align with accepted rules?

For this question let's consider Dwarf racial feature Darkvision although the same wording is used for a number of different races. The Dwarven Darkvision racial feature reads: Darkvision Accustomed ...
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Can the Ring of X-Ray vision prevent Shadow Step?

The Ring of X-Ray vision states: To you, solid objects within that radius [...] don't prevent light from passing through them. The Way of the Shadow Monk has a level 6 feature that states: When you ...
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Can the Ring of X-ray Vision make a dark interior appear lit?

The Ring of X-Ray Vision (Dungeon Master's Guide, pg. 193) says: While wearing this ring, you can use an action to speak its command word. When you do so, you can see into and through solid matter ...
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Can a twilight domain cleric see colors in dim light?

The description for the Eyes of night feature states: You can see through the deepest gloom. You have darkvision out to a range of 300 feet. In that radius, you can see in dim light as if it were ...
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Eldritch Devil Sight and Darkness spell

Situation: Drow Warlock casts darkness. Moves out of the effect area then uses devil sight to see through the darkness to use ranged combat against enemies. Devil Sight description states "You ...
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