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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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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavily 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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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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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 a wizard use his familiar's senses to enlarge his "you can see" area?

I am thinking about a wizard who has a rat familiar (from the find familiar spell), and has the misty step spell prepared. Can he use his familiar's senses to teleport into another room (where the ...
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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 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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What happens if I'm invisible and something I'm wearing has the Light cantrip 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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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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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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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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Can Blindsight "See" Through Walls, Floors, And Ceilings?

I am currently play-testing an Awakened Mystic character in D&D 5e, using the draft rules released by WotC. As such, I have an ability that lets me choose between having blindsight or tremorsense. ...
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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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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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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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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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How does the warlock's Devil's Sight eldritch invocation work?

The Warlock Invocation Devil's Sight (PHB p108) is described like this: You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical, to a distance of 120 feet. How should this be interpreted, ...
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What is considered magical light for the purposes of the Darkness spell?

The Darkness spell says (PHB 230): …nonmagical light can't illuminate it. it also specifies: If any of this spell's area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell of 2nd level or lower, the ...
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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 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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Is there a way to see through smoke as opposed to "darkness"?

Darkness is the absence of light. Smoke/fog is the presence of another medium effecting vision. RAW in 5e are there ways for PCs to see through smoke/fog/things-that-are-not-darkness? Is smoke/fog ...
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Does this errata allow vision out of an area of Darkness?

I thought this was a moot point, settled and done, but a recent errata opens up the question for me again. Vision and Light (p. 183). A heavily obscured area doesn’t blind you, but you are ...
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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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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 60 ...
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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 a 3rd-level Faerie Fire spell be seen in magical darkness from the Darkness spell?

The relevant part of the description of the darkness spell reads: Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot radius sphere for the duration. [...] nonmagical ...
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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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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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If I cast Darkness at 4th level and someone else casts Daylight at 4th level, how do the two spells interact?

If I cast Darkness at 4th level and someone else casts Daylight at 4th level, how do the two spells interact? I found this Twitter post by Jeremy Crawford back in October 2014 that says the spell ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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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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If a character casts Fog Cloud around themselves before moving away from an enemy, do they provoke an opportunity attack?

Our party was forced to brawl against a group of orcs in order to gain their respect to speak with their chieftain (long story, we had very good reason for doing this). It then became a battle royale. ...
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Does the Light cantrip cancel out the 2nd level Darkness spell?

The description of the darkness spell says: 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 is dispelled. I ...
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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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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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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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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. This causes both him ...
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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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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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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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Does Darkvision have a concept of detecting lighting differences?

Devil's Sight (PHB p119) allows someone to "see normally in darkness": Devil's Sight You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical to a distance of 120 feet. Our ideas of normal ...
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Can I Use Major Image to Create Darkness?

Can I create darkness with major image? Like a dark fog cloud that me and my group can hide in? If my team knows that it's an illusion, can they see through the darkness? Do foes need to decide to ...
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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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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

The section "A Clear Path to the Target", on page 205 of the PHB states "To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total cover." The description of the Scrying ...
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Does Dim Light created by an effect override Bright Light in an area?

Two examples. A silvery beam of pale light shines down in a 5-foot-radius, 40-foot-high cylinder centered on a point within range. Until the spell ends, dim light fills the cylinder. —Moonbeam,...
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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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How do vision penalties due to darkness work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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What happens to lighting when an object the Light cantrip is cast on is broken or destroyed?

The description of the light cantrip says: You touch one object that is no larger than 10 feet in any dimension. Until the spell ends, the object sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius and dim ...
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Can a warlock with the UA Raven Queen patron cast spells on targets that they can only see using their Sentinel Raven's sight?

A Warlock Pact with the Raven Queen not only grants me a Sentinel Raven, but also the handy ability to see through its eyes. Unlike the telepathic connection with a regular familiar, I don't have to ...
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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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