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Questions tagged [vision-and-light]

Questions about the limits and ranges of visibility.

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Do objects illuminated by the Light cantrip have to stay within a certain distance of the caster to remain lit?

Is the light cantrip limited by distance? Can you or another player cast light on an arrow/bolt, then shoot that at, say, a tree to cast light on an area a bit further away?
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Can I combine Divination spells with Arcane Eye?

Can I use spells like See Invisibility or True Seeing to enhance my use of Arcane Eye? If yes, do I need to cast those spells on the eye or myself?
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How do I handle a blinded enemy which wants to attack someone it's sure is there?

Say my players blinded a goblin, through either magical or non magical means, and the goblin knew that there was someone within 5 feet of it from before it got blinded. That goblin decides to flail ...
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How can I give my human scout darkvision?

I'm currently making a Rogue (Scout) using the human House Orien race from Eberron Unearthed Arcana. I'm trying to make them good at looking for enemies with a base walking speed of 60ft (race bonus, ...
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How does invisibility and blur interact with ongoing visual spell effects that are not light?

How does invisibility and blur interact with ongoing visual spell effects that are not light? A character in my campaign often uses slipstream to move around because they are a merfolk, and likes the ...
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How does Light Blindness interact with artificial light sources?

Question How does the Light Blindness weakness (found, for example, as a weakness racial trait for Drow) interact with artificial light sources like torches, campfire, oil lamps, Light Spell, other ...
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Is there a magic item that grants the same benefit as the 6th-level Totem Barbarian's eagle totem?

I want to make a sniper character but there are only two things that make this possible: the Totem Warrior barbarian's 6th-level eagle totem and the Sharpshooter feat. The Path of the Totem Warrior ...
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Would giving my halfling player characters darkvision significantly unbalance the game?

I have four PCs who have just reached level 4. They are an elf and a half-elf, who have darkvision, and two halflings, who do not. A significant portion of their adventuring occurs at night or in dark ...
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If I wanted to fix my poor eyesight, should I use arcane illusion or just some clerical healing?

So say I was an adventurer with poor eyesight and wanted to see. Should I consult a cleric to heal my eyes or should I go to a wizard and get glasses with some kind of illusion spell effect that ...
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Would this house rule make sources of light useable in combat without taking away from how other usable combat items work?

Lately my players have been venturing without light sources such as torches, lanterns. They've been making up for it by casting light on rocks and throwing them ahead, but they still often don't ...
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Can characters see themselves if invisible?

Extraneous background info: The heroes are in a chamber full of mirrors with no doors, transported there by a nefarious wizard. The entire room is colored monochrome in black and white, except the ...
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Are there any flying creatures with truesight?

Are there any flying creatures in the official rulebooks that have truesight?
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Does the Totem Warrior barbarian's 6th-level Eagle totem allow you to see through anything up to a mile away?

The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) gets the Aspect of the Beast feature at 6th level, with a number of different totem options with different benefits. The Eagle totem description ...
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Can a 6th-level Totem Warrior barbarian (Eagle totem) with the Observant feat read the lips of a creature a mile away?

A level 6 Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) can choose the Eagle totem, which states: You gain the eyesight of an eagle. You can see up to 1 mile away with no difficulty, able to ...
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Does the Light cantrip cast shadows?

This issue came up in our game the other night. I made an on-the-spot adjudication, but I want to look into it further. I've always worked on the assumption that by RAW light does not cast shadows. ...
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Does True Seeing work through Scrying?

Some wise guy decided to cast Scrying on me while I was standing in a truly excessively bright place such that I had to cast True Seeing to see my own hands. The sensor was blinded immediately as a ...
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Is this “Superior Darkvision” spell balanced?

The spell would read as follows: Superior Darkvision 2nd-level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 hour You touch a willing creature to ...
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Would it be balanced to allow the darkvision spell to target multiple creatures when cast with higher-level spell slots?

The Darkvision spell, by default, can target only one creature and gains no benefit from upcasting (= using a spell slot higher than the spell's level). You touch a willing creature to grant it the ...
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How does the Wood Elf's Mask of the Wild trait work, in terms of flavor?

Just a flavor question (with perhaps slight gameplay influence): How does a wood elf use the Mask of the Wild trait to hide? The wood elf's Mask of the Wild trait says: You can attempt to hide ...
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How does the spell Darkvision interact with races who have darkvision naturally?

Okay, I have a Wood-Elf character that is going to become a Monk that follows the Way of Shadow. A Way of Shadow Monk gets the ability to cast the spell Darkvision (among others) using Ki. I want to ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport from a cape's shadow?

For quick context, in a story about a group with special powers, there is a human with shadow-based magic, including teleporting between shadows. He uses this in the following escape-trick: He swirls ...
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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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Can I cast cloudkill inside of a building while I'm outside of it?

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,...