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How do you handle plain sight while sneaking?

As I understand it, once a character successfully rolls a Dexterity (Stealth) ability check, they are successfully hidden and moving stealthily. Others will need to succeed on a Wisdom (Perception) ...
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Does Shadow Step work in concert with Find Familiar?

Shadow Step, the Way of Shadows Monk's 6th level feature, reads: At 6th level, you gain the ability to step from one shadow into another. When you are in dim light or darkness, as a bonus action you ...
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Can a shadow dragon be in both sunlight and dim light at once?

In D&D 5e, Shadow dragons have the following abilities (among others): resistance to necrotic damage always, and resistance to all other forms of damage except force, psychic and radiant, when in ...
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How does Cloak of Displacement interact with mounted combat?

The Cloak of Displacement says: While you wear this cloak, it projects an illusion that makes you appear to be standing in a place near your actual location, causing any creature to have disadvantage ...
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Is there any way to suppress the dim light shed by a manifested mind?

The Order of Scribes wizard subclass has the 6th level feature, Manifest Mind. Tiny spectral object [...] The spectral mind is intangible and doesn’t occupy its space, and it sheds dim light in a 10-...
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Can you dispel a magic effect you can't perceive?

Discussions about Dispel Magic seem to imply that as long as you can perceive a magic effect in range of the spell, you can try and dispel it. See Can the Dispel Magic spell end a Darkness spell? ...
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Does being in the same space as a swarm reduce the chance of being hit by an attack?

I'm running the Curse of Strahd adventure for DnD 5e. The party is fighting Baba Lysaga, who already has 3/4 cover, giving her +5 AC as she flies on a skull. I was thinking about adding Swarms of ...
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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 Resilient Sphere opaque and soundproof?

The fourth spell level wizard's spell Otiluke's Resilient Sphere describes the sphere as A sphere of shimmering force I always envisioned this to kind of look like "ball of force", a maybe ...
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Do either truesight or x-ray vision see through a prismatic wall?

We were fighting Vecna himself, and at one point had a prismatic wall up between us and Vecna. The prismatic wall says it creates "a vertical, opaque wall." Vecna's powers include truesight, ...
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Can Blindsight bridge magical Darkness?

If you are in an area of magical darkness, and you have limited range blindsight, you will be able to perceive normally within that radius, as per the definition of blindsight: A monster with ...
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Does a creature have to see to be affected by the Fear spell initially since it is an illusion?

Does a creature in the target area of the Fear spell have to be able to see to be affected by the spell when cast, since it is an illusion? It is not worded like Hypnotic Pattern which explicitly says ...
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Is there a way to beat Blindsight? [duplicate]

Blindsight allows creatures to see invisible creatures (p. 183 PHB): A creature with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without relying on sight, within a specific radius. We are currently ...
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Does the 5e DMG discuss encounter distance?

As a DM, I am frequently unsure exactly where to start an encounter. Especially since most of my players have ranged characters and can often seriously harm an enemy before they get close to them. The ...
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Is the Heatvision spell dependent on regular vision?

The 3rd-rank Heatvision spell from Rage of Elements gives a willing creature 60 feet of infrared vision as a precise sense. The spell is called Heatvision, the sense is gives is called infrared vision,...
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How does Detect Magic interact with living bodies?

One player at my table is currently in a pretty specific situation, where he has a magic item inside his body. I have looked at the Detect Magic spell, and at the internet but I did not find anything ...
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How would a creature without normal eyes look away (avert its gaze) from an umber hulk?

I'm wondering if a creature with no normal eyes, like a skeleton, who are not immune to petrify or other kinds of gaze attacks, could possibly "avert their gaze." How would a skeleton look ...
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What is the limit of dim light for the purposes of shadow teleportation?

Shadow monks and shadow sorcerers are able to teleport from one area of dim light or darkness to another. What would you say is the limit of the area of dim light? For example, by using a large ...
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Does a wood elf's Mask of the Wild feature allow hiding in plain sight in dim light/darkness? [duplicate]

Can a wood elf hide in plain sight in dim light/darkness? Why I believe this could be the case: The wood elf Mask of the Wild description says: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly ...
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Does the invisibility from the warlock's "One with Shadows" Eldritch Invocation end if the area of darkness you're in becomes lit?

Warlocks get access to the following Eldritch Invocation at 5th level: When you are in an area of dim light or darkness, you can use your action to become invisible until you move or take an ...
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Is there a Spell or Magic Item that will extend the range of racial Darkvision?

My group has decided to head down into the Underdark. And I would like to optimize my Half-Elven Darkvision (60') Assume I have access to any spell or magic item that is in one of the hardcover books.....
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Does an invisible container subdue the light from a light source?

Suppose a small object has a light spell on it, causing it to emit bright light in a 20' radius in an otherwise completely dark area. What happens if a creature under the effects of an invisibility ...
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If a character with darkvision stands inside the magical darkness from a Tricksy Fey Spirit, can they attack faraway enemies with advantage?

The Tricksy Fey spirit can create a cube of magical darkness. Summon Fey (TCoE, p. 112): Tricksy. The fey can fill a 5-foot cube within 5 feet of it with magical darkness, which lasts until the end ...
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How do I run combat when an enemy is hidden from the players?

Pretty simple situation. Next week my players are going to be fighting a black abishai. The black abishai has two abilities that concern this. First as an action it can cast darkness, second as a ...
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Is Gloom Stalker overpowered?

Sharpshooter is considered to be among the most overpowered feats in D&D 5e. Its gross damage boost is even more pronounced when one has a consistent source for Advantage. Gloom Stalker has the ...
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Can the darkness created by Summon Fey (Tricksy) be illuminated?

A tricksy fey from the spell Summon Fey can: fill a 5-foot cube within 5 feet of it with magical darkness, which lasts until the end of its next turn. However, unlike the spell Darkness, Summon Fey ...
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Can Truesight see through an area that is heavily obscured?

Truesight states: A monster with truesight can ... see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, [and] automatically detect visual illusions ... Heavily obscured is ...
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Magic effects of light and darkness

I have a question about the magic effects inherent in light and darkness in d&d 5. Within an area subject to Darkness (spell level 2) if I wield a sword that magically emits light, the light is ...
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What happens when an ancestry with low-light vision is aiurvaran or dromaar heritage?

With the Pathfinder 2e Remaster, all ancestries can be Aiuvarin or Dromaar (mixed elven or orcish heritage). Aiuvaran says, You have elves, or possibly other aiuvarins, in your family tree. You have ...
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It is night and a wizard cast fireball or sunburst in a well. Should the flash be visible from outside?

It is night and a wizard cast fireball or sunburst in a well. Should the flash be visible from someone far and outside of the well or, because it is a magical effect, it should be visible only ...
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Is a creature with Blindsight affected by illusions?

Is a creature with Blindsight affected by illusions? For example, would a bat familiar be able to see through a Disguise Self spell? My understanding is that it can certainly "see" through ...
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Casting spells while out of hearing and sight

There are other questions addressing how casting attack spells while hidden blows your cover, but what if you are out of the range of perception for the target? Some additional background: based on ...
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Must you be able to see your opponents to be flanked?

Neither the entry on flanking from the SRD nor the Player's Handbook entry (p 153) nor the Rules Compendium (pp 56-57) mention anything about being able to see the flanker or being aware of the threat....
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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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What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?

I am about to begin a campaign with a party of characters who can see in the dark - a half-elf ranger, a half-orc barbarian, and a drow elf warlock. ... and a human monk. Especially considering the ...
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Is Continual Flame affected by the object's size?

A flame, equivalent in brightness to a torch, springs forth from an object that you touch. If you cast Continual Flame on a Fine-sized object, like a ring, would it cast a very small amount of light ...
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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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Does Truesight allow you to see through or behind solid objects?

From what I understand in the references in the MM and PHB to Truesight, it seems that a creature with this sense can see into the Ethereal Plane and see invisible things/creatures. However, does this ...
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Can you use an illusion to trigger the Warlock Invocation "One With Shadow"?

Can you use an illusion to trigger the Warlock Invocation "One With Shadow"? One with Shadow makes you invisible in dim light or darkness – so if you cast a Silent Image or Minor Image of ...
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Is there any way to see through the Darkness spell without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast the Darkness spell, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except as concealment during an escape. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among ...
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Does the Darkness spell cast a shadow?

If you were outside during the day and you cast darkness above you somehow, would the darkness spell cast a shadow? If you cast darkness in a tunnel, and the only source of light was from one end of ...
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What does it mean to avert your eyes?

Medusa and Umber Hulk and probably a number of other monsters suggest that a target can avert its eyes to avoid its effects. For example, the medusa's Petrifying Gaze: Unless surprised, a creature ...
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How does fighting in an area covered by the Darkness spell 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 pointing a bullseye lantern away from you illuminate you as well, or 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 ...
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Does someone with darkvision fools Nature's Mantle when the wearer is in a dim light area and thus stops it from granting its benefit?

Looking at the rules in PHB p.183, it states that dim light creates a lightly obscured area. But is the area still a dim light area if someone with darkvision has that area in its darkvision range? ...
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Will magical light sources that aren't explicitly created by a spell illuminate magical darkness?

Consider magical darkness like that created by the Darkness spell or by the Darkmantle creature's Darkness Aura. Both say that mundane (natural) light can't illuminate its darkness and that their ...
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Can mundane light penetrate magical darkness to illuminate regions outside the dark space? And can its source remain lit when inside the darkness?

Consider magical darkness like that created by the Darkness spell or by the Darkmantle creature's Darkness Aura. Both say that mundane (natural) light can't illuminate its darkness and that their ...
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How does light effect interact with Otiluke’s Resilient Sphere?

Let's say a vampire is trapped inside a Resilient Sphere, which says: Nothing can pass through the sphere, inside or out, though the subject can breathe normally. And now this vampire (and that ...
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House ruling Darkness Blindnes and Obscured [closed]

Background I am DMing Curse Of Stradh - and there is a lot of Fog in Barovia. The party have characters with and without dark-vision. I am not really happy with how light, darkness and obscurement ...
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Items with adjustable light radius

I'm looking for official 5E items that shed light that the user can change/adjust/alter/choose the radius/size of the light. It does not have to be bright light or dim light specifically; any type of ...

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