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Questions tagged [vision-and-light]

Questions about the limits and ranges of visibility.

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How powerful would an always-on Truesight ability be for a PC?

How powerful would an always-on passive ability or magic item or whatever else that could grant truesight to a PC be? Let's say 60 ft. to match the range of races with Darkvision. For reference, here'...
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Does the spell Fog Cloud obscure light sources?

Consider this very basic scenario: I grab a rock, and cast the cantrip Light on it, choosing a violet hue as the color for the light. I set the rock down on the ground I cast Fog Cloud in the area ...
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Can a warlock use the Ghostly Gaze eldritch invocation to see invisible objects or those within a Darkness spell?

Can a warlock use the Ghostly Gaze eldritch invocation to see objects affected by the invisibility spell or those within the area of effect of the darkness spell? More specifically, do the objects ...
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Can a creature with truesight see the invisible sensor created by the Clairvoyance spell?

When you cast clairvoyance: You create an invisible sensor within range in a location familiar to you [...] If you do this near someone with truesight, which gives the following benefit: A ...
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What restrictions are there on casting spells on a point within range that don't require sight?

If I cast a spell like cloudkill that says: You create a 20-foot radius sphere of poisonous, yellow-green fog centered on a point you choose within range. Am I able to cast it inside of a building ...
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Can the Minor Illusion spell hide the “visibly magical” nature of an object conjured by the Minor Conjuration feature?

A Wizard who chooses the School of Conjuration at level 2 can use Minor Conjuration (PHB, p. 116) to conjure a smallish non-magical item that they have seen before such as a hammer, a gem, gold coin ...
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Does a creature with blindsight have disadvantage when attacking an invisible target?

As the question states, if a creature has blindsight, do they have disadvantage on a target that is within the range of their blindsight and not otherwise hidden/covered? The wording of the invisible ...
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Fighting in darkness spell. How does it work?

I play a shadow sorcerer in a group with an arcane trickster. I have been thinking about casting darkness onto the blade of a dagger then sheathing/covering it and giving it to the rogue. The rogue ...
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Does radiant damage work in magical darkness?

The darkness spell description states: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot-radius sphere for the duration. The darkness spreads around corners. A ...
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What happens to lasers entering an area of magical darkness?

This question is inspired by: Is future technology that is indistinguishable from magic considered a "Magical Effect"?. Darkness spells and magical effects block all (non-magical) light. A ...
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Can you cast Planar Binding on a creature that you cannot hear or see?

Most spells state that you "do x to a creature you can see" or "do x at a point you can see within range", but planar binding does not have any such statement. Does this mean that you can cast it on ...
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When attacking with Spiritual Weapon, what can't be seen by the attacker for me to gain advantage?

Spiritual weapon claims that you make a melee spell attack against a target adjacent to your spiritual weapon. The rules for attacking while being unseen state that if the target cannot see you, you ...
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Does Lightbringer illuminate or dispel the Darkness spell?

Lightbringer is a +1 mace that appears in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. The description says: This +1 mace was made for a cleric of Lathander, the god of dawn. The head of the mace is ...
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Do you retain darkvision while polymorphed?

If a character or monster that normally has darkvision is polymorphed into an animal that normally does not, does it still have darkvision?
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Can characters who can't see move through an area just as easily as characters who can see?

PHB ch. 8 states that a creature in a heavily obscured area (e.g. a completely dark area, if the creature does not have darkvision) effectively suffers from the blinded condition. The definition of ...
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Does it take effort/concentration to look through the eyes of a familiar?

More specifically, would I be able to keep watch through the eyes of a familiar, and still get credit for a short rest? Or a long rest?
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Does Robe of Eyes penetrate Darkness?

In AD&D 2e, the Robe of Eyes has this description: This valuable garment appears to be a normal robe until it is put on. Its wearer is able to "see'' in all directions at the same moment due to ...
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Do you need to be hidden to get advantage when attacking while unseen?

I always assumed you needed to be hidden to get advantage when attacking/disadvantage when being attacked, but after looking at the rules I'm fairly certain this is not the case. There's a chance I'm ...
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How do I make a Rules-Legal Glow-in-the-Dark Monster in 3.5?

I'm gearing up to DM an urban d&d 3.5 setting. It's loosely based on cityscape. The party is low level (3) and includes: an urban ranger, a crusader, a rogue/wizard who wants to become a prestige ...
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Can a scourge aasimar's Radiant Consumption dispel magical darkness?

Scourge aasimar (Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 105) have the Radiant Consumption trait, part of which states: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your action to unleash the divine energy within ...
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RAW, does Truesight negate the Disadvantage component of attacking an Invisible Target?

The Invisible condition expressly states that it causes Disadvantage on Attackers trying to attack them, but in doing so, doesn't adjacently make reference to whether the creature in question can see ...
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Does the Guards And Wards's Gust Of Wind effect tamper with the Guards And Wards's fog effect?

In Pathfinder the spell Guards and Wards creates - among many other effects - magical fog inside your fortress or lair. In addition you can add one of five effects, one of which is a Gust Of Wind in a ...
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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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Can I retrieve and then stow away an item every turn without using up my Action?

The context for this question is a Shadow Origin Sorcerer that tries to fight exclusively within the Darkness spell created by their Eyes of the Dark feature (a feature which permits the sorcerer to ...
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Fiendish Glare vs an Invisible Creature currently outlined by Glitterdust?

A creature cast invisibility on itself. We successfully covered it with glitterdust. Can our Warlock/Acolyte of the Skin target the outlined creature with his Fiendish Glare? The source of ...
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Balance implications of removing unseen-attacker advantage when mutually unseen

The rules for unseen attackers (PHB p. 194-195) specify that attacking a creature that cannot see you = advantage, and attacking a creature you cannot see = disadvantage: When you attack a target ...
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What methods are there to cause a Blinded (but not Deafened) creature to lose track of my position?

The scenario. I'm playing a level 3 Sorcerer, using the Shadow Sorcer Origin provided by Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Before combat began (or in the immediately previous round, if you like) I ...
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Do creatures in an area of heavy obscurement created by a spell know the contours of the spell's area of effect?

Spells like fog cloud (PHB p. 243) and darkness (PHB p. 230) create areas of heavy obscurement. Because the point of these spells is mostly to obscure vision, ordinarily (at least in my experience) ...
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Can you see clearly against the light if you have Darkvision?

If a D&D 5th Edition character with darkvision, such as a half-elf, is standing in light looking into darkness, does darkvision still work, or would the light negatively impact it? For instance,...
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Can Alchemist's Fire be used as a permanent torch?

Very much related: How long does Alchemist's Fire burn? An answer on the linked post leads to suggest that Alchemist's Fire burns as long as it is not actively extinguished by somebody. However, ...
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How to let people see different things based on distance, abilities etc

I am using roll20 to play with some friends, and there is an issue we cannot solve. The problem is that we don't know how the game master can let different players see different portions of the map. ...
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How wide is the arc of the medusa's Petrifying Gaze?

I asked this question some time ago, and after a while I figured out more specifically what I want to ask. The medusa has the Petrifying Gaze trait: When a creature that can see the medusa's eyes ...
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Improving the Light spell… with lanterns? [closed]

The light spell provides a 20-foot radius of bright light and 20 additional feet of dim light. But a hooded lantern provides 30 feet of bright and 30 more feet of dim light (and a Bullseye Lantern ...
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What happens when you cast Continual Flame on a Familiar?

Continual flame does not produce heat nor require oxygen and lasts until dispelled: A flame, equivalent in brightness to a torch, springs forth from an object that you touch. The effect looks like ...
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Is it harder to see a Gelatinous Cube with darkvision?

The description of a Gelatinous Cube reads: Transparent: Even when the cube is in plain sight, it takes a successful DC 15 Wisdom (Perception) check to spot a cube that has neither moved nor ...
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When is a vampire in sunlight?

I am the DM of a group of players that are planning some crazy ways to fight a vampire. I'm looking for a general rule (or rulings) on what counts as sunlight to deal with some of the possibilities. ...
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Fog Cloud and attacks of opportunity

Quickly summarizing the situation so people may be able to understand it a little more. Our party was forced to brawl against a group of orcs in order to gain their respect to speak with their ...
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Does hidden just mean unseen and unheard?

Exactly what "hidden" means in game is not completely obvious. Hiding When you try to hide, make a Dexterity (Stealth) check. Until you are discovered or you stop hiding, that check’s total is ...
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Does making an attack while Hidden reveal your position to a blind & deaf creature?

The rules on attacking creatures from hiding are: When a creature can't see you, you have advantage on attack rolls against it. If you are hidden–both unseen and unheard–when you make an attack, ...
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In combat, do creatures have complete knowledge of the locations of all other non-Hidden creatures in the combat?

In my question about Hiding I realised in the comments that I was resting on the following assumption: In combat, every creature knows exactly (to the square) where every other creature in the ...
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Can you Hide from some but not all enemies?

One of my players is asking if he can use Wall of Fire to block off the line of sight of enemy archers. The spell description says the wall is "opaque", so this seems like a valid thing to try. ...
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Is Darkvision a physical or mental trait?

My dwarf fighter died, but was brought back using the "Reincarnate" spell, and was turned into a bronze dragonborn. He has lost his physical attributes (Poison resistance, Constitution bonus) because ...
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How can I get around a dragon’s blindsight?

Does anyone know any legit ways to get around blindsight? With Tremorsense, it has a built in way to get around it. A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin of ...
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What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast?

Darkvision enables you to see in darkness as if it were dim light (within the first 60/120/180 feet, of course, depending on the quality of your darkvision). The Eagle totem for the 6th-level Totem ...
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Can creatures without darkvision discern color in dim light?

For creatures without Darkvision, can they discern colors in dim light? I can't find anything that explicitly say so, only the part about Darkvision that seems to hint that Darkvision "upgrades" the ...
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Can Mage Hand extinguish exposed flame light sources?

I want the ability to extinguish exposed flame light sources for my character and I was wondering if Mage Hand would be sufficient for the task. Staying within the scope of the actions a Mage Hand is ...
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Are there any specific non-magical ways to create areas of heavily obscured vision?

Inspired by this comment which states that beholders can't use eye rays in heavily obscured areas I started thinking that things like fog cloud would be cleared by their anti-magic eye which would ...
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Interaction between fog cloud and new vision errata rule

I am trying to understand from a RAW point of view as to how the interaction between the spell Fog Cloud interacts with the errata'd rules of vision and lighting. First, we have the normal vision ...
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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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What happens if I can't see a space within 10 feet for the purposes of Blink?

The blink spell states: At the start of you next turn, and when the spell ends if you are on the Ethereal Plane, you return to an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see within 10 feet of ...