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How far into the Ethereal Plane does the See Invisibility spell let you see?

This question was inspired by comments on this question: "Does the Robe of Eyes extend your vision while on the Ethereal Planes?". Page 48 of the DMG states: The Ethereal Plane is a misty, fog-...
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Does the Robe of Eyes extend your vision while on the Ethereal Planes?

Normally the following rules on the Ethereal Plane apply (DMG page 48): Visibility in the Border Ethereal is limited to 60 feet. The plane's depths comprise a region of swirling mist and fog called ...
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Can the Robe of Eyes let you see into the Material Plane whilst on the Ethereal Plane?

I am running a home campaign and one of my characters is in possession of a robe of eyes. Part of the item's ability is that the wearer can see into the Ethereal Plane as they want out to 120 feet. ...
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Who gets blinded when the Daylight spell is cast on a Robe of Eyes?

In the 3.5 robe of eyes it says that you can cast certain spells on the robe to cause blindness. The specific wording is A light or continual flame spell cast directly on a robe of eyes causes it ...
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How to deal with darkness spells and spell-like abilities, such as Darkness or Deeper Darkness?

Every adventurer lurking through dungeons risks getting caught in one of the darkness spells, such as Darkness or Deeper Darkness. Not being able to see anything because of such spells is a sure way ...
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While I'm in the Border Ethereal, can I use See Invisibility, etc., to see invisible creatures on the Material Plane?

This is an extension to this question on invisibility and the Ethereal Plane. As the question states: While I'm in the Border Ethereal, can I use See Invisibility, True Sight, etc., to see creatures ...
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How exactly do light and darkness spells interfere?

Let's say, I buy a Dull Gray Ioun Stone for 25 gp. I ask my friend to cast Continual Flame upon the stone. Then I venture to a dungeon with the said Ioun Stone floating around my head and suddenly ...
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How far can the various races see in normal daylight?

I've read the entry on How far can you see? and found it useful for my D&D 5e campaign but I'd like some more details as to how this applies to various races, particularly Elves and Half-Elves in ...
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Do moonless nights cause dim light to become darkness, and bright light (e.g. from torches) to become dim light?

A game master told me that moonless nights swallow dim light, and also turn bright light into dim light as well. My game master claims this rule is in the books. Is this correct, by the rules as ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip be used to create advantage? [duplicate]

If I use Minor Illusion to create the image of a brick wall filling the square in front of me, do I have advantage for my attacks with Fire Bolt? I can see through it, but my enemies cannot. Assume ...
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Can you remove a blindfold using the Telekinesis spell?

Suppose a Sorcerer with Subtle Spell is blindfolded, and has their hands tied behind their back. Could they Subtle cast telekinesis to remove the blindfold? The relevant part of the spell ...
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Is there any lore about whether a creature can see themselves and their gear while invisible?

I've separately asked about the mechanics of whether an invisible creature can see themselves and their own gear in D&D 5E. And from a rules perspective, it's pretty clear that they can't. But ...
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Can an invisible creature see themselves and their own gear?

Suppose there's an everyday ordinary human character who becomes invisible, either due to quaffing a potion of invisibility or from somebody casting the invisibility spell on him. These cause both he ...
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How can player characters see into the Ethereal Plane?

How can player characters see into the Ethereal Plane? I'm familiar with the spell Truesight, but I'm wondering if there are other ways.
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Can I see due to the mundane light source that I carry while I'm invisible?

(I found a similar question about seeing with magical light while invisible, but I have a question about mundane light, based on a scenario that came up in today's session.) I'm a human (and so I don'...
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Do you have to hide in order for other creatures to not know your location inside a fog cloud?

Yesterday we had a bit of a conflict about how going and attacking someone inside a Fog Cloud. Does a creature need to use the hide action to avoid enemies knowing his location inside the fog cloud? ...
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When does the Endure Sunlight feat's benefit reset?

Let's say a vampire with the Endure Sunlight feat is fighting another vampire without that feat, and has a way of creating sunlight that can be turned on/off easily. (In the situation that came up in-...
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From how far away can an illusion be investigated?

Question: At what distance is one able to investigate objects and/or their surroundings with the intent of identifying/finding illusions? Context: The party is in a cliché illusion-filled dungeon. ...
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Does the light from a torch under the effects of a Light cantrip blind a creature?

I just finished running a session that acted as a game of cat-and-mouse between my players' party of level 4 characters and an ancient white dragon. It was basically a game of their cunning versus the ...
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What's the meaning of 'relies on senses other than sight' in the Mirror Image spell?

The mirror image spell description says A creature is unaffected by this spell if it can't see, if it relies on senses other than sight, such as blindsight, or if it can perceive illusions as false,...
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Is it possible to use the Mirror Image spell with the Devil's Sight invocation and the Darkness spell effectively?

The Darkness spell gives enemies disadvantage when attacking me (as I'd have devils sight), and I can’t be targeted directly with a save spell in the darkness. The Mirror Image spell gives me a ...
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Are there any general rules that govern the visibility of magical effects?

Are there any general rules that govern the visibility of magical effects? Sometimes it's not clear. Last session one of my players complained when I allowed a bunch enemies to identify his character'...
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How far can a ghost see when they are manifested?

A creature, including a ghost, can see only a limited distance on the ethereal plane, due to the nature of the plane itself. When a ghost is manifested, they are still on the ethereal plane, but are ...
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How can my blind character get temporary sight?

My character in D&D 5e Homebrew as I created her, a 2nd-level pyromancer has her eyes burnt out magically. The DM told me that they cannot be returned by any healing spell. (Of course, the wish ...
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If an Oath of Devotion paladin uses Sacred Weapon on the Shadow Blade spell, do they lose advantage from attacking a target in dim light?

The Oath of Devotion paladin gets the Sacred Weapon Channel Divinity option at 3rd level: As an action, you can imbue one weapon that you are holding with positive energy, using your Channel ...
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Can a rogue use Sneak Attack in a Darkness spell cast by another player?

I was having debate with one of my players about a possible upcoming scenario and I would love some input. He is a multi-classed Sorcerer/Warlock and at some point soon hopes to use the darkness/...
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Can a character with the Polearm Master feat make an opportunity attack against an invisible creature that enters their reach?

The second benefit of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff, or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when ...
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Does the spell Wall of Fire shed light? [duplicate]

This may be a bit of a stupid question, but I wanted some RAW clarity on this spell regarding whether or not the fire creates light or not. Within the body of the spell's description, nowhere does ...
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What are the disadvantages that I can use to punish characters exclusively relying on darkvision?

As a player, I had a history of being bullied for playing a human and being the only one that didn't pick a race that had darkvision. Example quote that illustrates my experiences as a player: tl;...
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How does the Darkness spell react with solid objects obstructing the spell's area?

I recently played with a mob that could cast deeper darkness at will. Up until now the spell seemed very clear to me, because I just considered that there was basically a sphere of 60 feet around the ...
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Is there a benefit to having both truesight and darkvision?

The Avatar of Death (as summoned by the skull card in a deck of many things) has both truesight and darkvision to a range of 60ft. The darkvision seems redundant, because truesight already lets you ...
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What is the maximum distance darkvision you can get without magic? [closed]

You are in the Underdark and need to see as far as you can to scout for your party: What is the maximum distance that you can see, using darkvision, without magic or magical items?
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Do lycanthrope PCs gain darkvision?

The rules for Lycanthropes (MM, p. 207) say (emphasis mine): The character gains the lycanthrope's speeds in nonhumanoid form, damage immunities, traits, and actions that don't involve equipment. ...
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Do I correctly evaluate the effectiveness of a Mystic's abilities in CQC, fighting a Medusa? [closed]

I would like to start this off by saying that I am a fairly new player, and a lot of this is speculation. As such, I may ask some obvious questions. The mystic has several abilities which could allow ...
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What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast, if you have Darkvision past 100 feet?

Directly based off of the question, What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast?, what happens if your Darkvision extends past 100 feet? This question is focused ...
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Does the Darkness spell dispel the Color Spray and Flaming Sphere spells?

The last sentence of the Darkness spell has the following text: If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell of 2nd level or lower, the spell that created the light ...
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Does the Arcane Archer fighter's Curving Shot feature require you to see the second creature if you missed the first?

When you miss an attack as an Arcane Archer fighter, the Curving Shot feature (XGtE, p. 28) lets you use a bonus action to reroll that attack against another creature within 60ft of the first. ...
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Does the “Pierce Magical Concealment” feat allow a character to see magically concealed characters?

One of the players of the oneshot campaign that I'm writing chose the feat Pierce Magical Concealment (Complete Arcane, p.81), as a DM I'm not sure how it would work in an encounter I am planning. ...
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Can I cast the Scrying spell to see from places I've only seen using the Scrying spell?

The scrying spell allows you to place an invisible sensor anywhere you've seen before. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there Imagine this scenario: I've seen the top of a ...
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Does casting Light, or a similar spell, have any effect when the caster is swallowed by a monster?

So you've been swallowed by a Giant Toad. Oops. Your fellows are sure to kill it soon enough, but you want to do something in the meantime. "Well," you say, "perhaps I'll attack the toad from the ...
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Does the Maddening Darkness spell affect creatures in its radius if they have 9th-level magical light illuminating it?

The description of the maddening darkness spell (XGtE, p. 160) says [emphasis mine]: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 60 foot-radius sphere until the spell ...
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How powerful is the invisibility granted by the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature?

The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature, which is granted when a ranger chooses the Gloom Stalker archetype at level 3, states: You are also adept at evading creatures that rely on ...
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Does True Seeing see through Wild Shape? [duplicate]

Since Wild Shape can't be dispelled, which implies that it's not "inherently magical", can the spell True Seeing allow someone to see through a Wild Shape transformation?
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If a character has darkvision, can they see through an area of nonmagical darkness filled with lightly obscuring gas?

I'm running a premade campaign which states that all the rooms are filled with a gas that makes the whole area lightly obscured (disadvantage on Perception checks). A character with darkvision ...
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Is the Darkness Spell visible? [duplicate]

Just to be very clear, this question is very much related to, but distinct from a previous question I asked a few years ago: Does Darkness cast a shadow? - I still am not quite satisfied with ...
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Does Truesight encompass Detect Magic's awareness?

The description of Truesight says: A monster with truesight can, out to a specific range, see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, automatically detect visual ...
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Does the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Eyes of the Dark feature work on all Darkness spells or just his/her own?

Shadow Magic sorcerers get the Eyes of the Dark feature (XGtE, p. 51): When you reach 3rd level in this class you learn the darkness spell [...] If you cast it with sorcery points, you can see ...
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Do I still retain my own vision type while seeing through my familiar's eyes?

Suppose my familiar doesn't have darkvision, I have darkvision, and I use my action go see through my familiar's eyes. Can I see into the darkness even though my familiar can't? Furthermore, does ...
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Is there a way for a sprite familiar to gain the senses of a Warlock such as darkvision?

A third level High Elf Pact of the Chain Warlock with an Archfey patron casts the find familiar spell and then chooses a sprite form for the spirit to take. The Warlock commands the familiar to enter ...
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Does a warlock using the Darkness/Devil's Sight combo still have advantage on ranged attacks against a target outside the Darkness?

I've seen a number of sources cite Darkness/Devil's Sight as a combo for Warlocks in which the Warlock's attacks get advantage and attacks on them have disadvantage, due to the heavily obscured effect ...