Questions tagged [vision-and-light]

For questions about the limits and ranges of visibility. (See also: the [blind] and [special-senses] tags.)

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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavy obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

The rules say that creatures in a heavily obscured area "effectively suffer from the blinded condition". The blinded condition states: Attacks rolls against the creature have advantage, and the ...
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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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Are Drow Cities Illuminated?

I am delving into DM'ing a Drow campaign. Despite having read numerous novels and publications spanning from TSR to WotC to Paizo, I am now having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of their ...
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What happens when I'm invisible and something I'm wearing has Light cast on it?

The bard in my group cast the light spell on an amulet he was wearing. Then after triggering a trap, he cast invisibility on himself. What happens in this situation? The amulet is now invisible but ...
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How do I help players frustrated by darkness in Roll20's dynamic lighting?

I recently moved my pathfinder 1e campaign online. After some experimenting I decided that the Roll20 dynamic lighting system was worth the investment. However during our first session using the ...
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Which is the correct rules text for Darkvision?

Reading the PHB sections on races, e.g. Dwarf p. 20, it says ... Darkvision. Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within ...
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What is the point of lowering the hood on a hooded lantern?

From the PHB, p. 152: Lantern, Hooded. A hooded lantern casts bright light in a 30-foot radius and dim light for an additional 30 feet. Once lit, it burns for 6 hours on a flask (1 pint) of ...
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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 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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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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Can you blind a Demilich/creature that has Truesight?

RAW, I don't see why you can't blind something with Truesight, but I feel like it shouldn't be possible. (Maybe vestiges of previous editions?) I wonder whether I've overlooked some basic rule.
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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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Does Devil's Sight enable one to see into Hunger of Hadar?

The hunger of Hadar spell (PHB, p. 251) creates a black void of darkness, which cannot be penetrated by light. This means that no one can see in, and those inside cannot see at all, which is a handy ...
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Can Blindsight “See” Through Walls, Floors, And Ceilings?

I am currently play-testing an Awakened Mystic character in D&D 5e, using the beta rules released by WotC. As such, I have an ability that lets me choose between having Blindsight or Tremorsense. ...
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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 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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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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Can I cast darkness on an object, then turn it off and on during a round of combat?

I'm playing as a shadow monk in my 5e game. I have the same question about darkness that I have seen. What is the usefulness? My struggle is that they have given darkness to a melee character. I ...
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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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Can the Fog Cloud spell effectively increase archer range by canceling disadvantage at long range?

Longbow archers can attack targets (that are not in fog cloud) up to 600 feet away, but would do so at disadvantage for targets greater than 150 feet away. However, if the archer first walks into a ...
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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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I keep forgetting about lighting in the heat of a session. How do I remember my notes?

One thing I’ve been struggling with as a newbie GM is keeping track of how light or dark a certain room is. My players and I have been playing a D&D 5e starter campaign with me as the GM. I might ...
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Is it possible to attack enemies through a scrying sensor?

The Scrying spell allows players to look at distant targets. Are there abilities or spells that allow players or characters to launch attacks against a target they are scrying? While I am aware that ...
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Visual obfuscation when all PCs have darkvision?

I'm DMing for two PCs, a half-orc and a half-elf. Both have Darkvision. I'd like to create a dungeon/combat session that uses darkness as a puzzle element, obfuscating their view and making them think ...
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How far away can you see light?

Darkness is dark. Torches and the Light spell provide bright light for 20 feet, and then dim light for another 20 feet. A dwarf (with 60 foot Darkvision) standing next to a lit torch could see for ...
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How does dim light affect passive perception?

A group of adventurers enters a dimly lit room. Suddenly monsters lurking in the semi-darkness attack. How do I find out whether the players are surprised? Dim light in 5E creates a "lightly obscured"...
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How can a human be viable in an Underdark-focused game?

A group of friends and I started playing a campaign that's entirely spent in the Underdark. My character is a level 3 variant human Battle Master fighter, and is the only one who doesn't have ...
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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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Can level 3 Faerie Fire be seen in Magical Darkness?

Darkness reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration... nonmagical light can’t illuminate it... If any of this spell’s ...
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Can I use Silent Image to create the illusion of a torch that illuminates the area?

Assume the players are in an area of natural darkness (no magic involved). Can I use silent image to create a bright illusion such as a torch or maybe a miniature sun to illuminate our way? A good ...
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Does the Darkness spell block vision?

In discussing this question, I came to realize that the real question was whether Darkness blocks vision or merely creates "darkness". Per the wording of the spell: Magical darkness spreads from ...
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What would happen if I removed darkvision?

As part of my ongoing preparations and musings about a possible West Marches style campaign, I began to think about lighting. I really like the idea that adventuers have to rely on a torch or lantern ...
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When an invisible character leaves a blindsight creature's reach, does the creature get an Opportunity Attack?

A character in the party cast Invisibility on herself, making her invisible. She then tried to move past a Giant Spider, which has Blindsight 10 ft. Per "Does Blindsight detect Invisibility?" the ...
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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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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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What is the advantage of casting the Light cantrip on an object an enemy is wearing or holding?

The cantrip light (PHB, p. 255) says that it casts a "bright light". It also states that: If you target an object held or worn by a hostile creature, that creature must succeed on a ...
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Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?

Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with a working reflection?
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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 creature ...
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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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How far can you see? (targets, lip reading etc)

I have looked in the player handbook and it does not seem very clear on character vision. In Bright light how far can characters see? For example if I have a player with the feat sharpshooter and ...
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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 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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How much illumination does Create Bonfire provide?

Create Bonfire (XGtE p152): You create a bonfire on ground that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the bonfire fills a 5-foot cube. Any creature in the bonfire’s space when you cast ...
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With the Skulker feat, can you hide in the cover of darkness even against creatures with darkvision?

Basically, am I able to sneak up to a target that has darkvision as if I were invisible? I believe I can for the following reasons (but would like confirmation). The description of the Skulker feat (...
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Perception checks through a familiar's eyes

If I cast the find familiar spell and summon a familiar, then I can look through my familiar's eyes, hear through its ears, and communicate with it telepathically. (It is not a blind or deaf creature. ...
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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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How far can a ship “see” in 5e?

I need a sight range for a ship at sea in 5e. This is important because I'm using a virtual tabletop and using fog of war. This seems like a stat that would be part of the ship's stat block, but such ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

As the title says, if you cause a creature to be Frightened of you, as in the Frightened condition, but they can somehow manage to not see you, do they stop rolling with disadvantage to attacks/...
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Does the Holy Nimbus emanate actual sunlight?

The Oath of Devotion paladin has the Holy Nimbus feature at level 20: At 20th level, as an action, you can emanate an aura of sunlight. For 1 minute, bright light shines from you in a 30-foot ...
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Can you Disengage while you are in darkness?

When I read the rules, it is not written that the Disengage Action relies on sight, but Opportunity Attacks do. Imagine that you are facing a spider, and a wizard casts the Darkness spell. You know ...

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