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Does Truesight encompass Detect Magic's awareness?

The description of Truesight says: A monster with truesight can, out to a specific range, see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, automatically detect visual ...
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Does the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Eyes of the Dark feature work on all Darkness spells or just his/her own?

Shadow Magic sorcerers get the Eyes of the Dark feature (XGtE, p. 51): When you reach 3rd level in this class you learn the darkness spell [...] If you cast it with sorcery points, you can see ...
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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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Is there a way for a sprite familiar to gain the senses of a Warlock such as darkvision?

A third level High Elf Pact of the Chain Warlock with an Archfey patron casts the find familiar spell and then chooses a sprite form for the spirit to take. The Warlock commands the familiar to enter ...
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Does a warlock using the Darkness/Devil's Sight combo still have advantage on ranged attacks against a target outside the Darkness?

I've seen a number of sources cite Darkness/Devil's Sight as a combo for Warlocks in which the Warlock's attacks get advantage and attacks on them have disadvantage, due to the heavily obscured effect ...
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How do I fill out the "vision" section of the character sheet?

I'm new to D&D and I need help with my character sheet. This is the character sheet I'm looking at: One of the things I need to fill out is "vision". How would I go about doing that?
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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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Does an unattuned Frost Brand weapon still glow in freezing temperatures?

Frost Brand weapons have the following property, amongst others: In freezing temperatures, the blade sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. The other ...
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What is the difference between Dark Sight and Night Sight?

In the Mysticism chapter, 2 separate Invoking Traits are described: Dark Sight - Allows the mystic to ‘see’ normally in any level of limited light, even its complete absence. Night Sight - Allows the ...
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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 have ...
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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 grant it the ability ...
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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 can I compensate for replacing darkvision with low-light vision for playable races?

I am homebrewing a post-apocalypse style world for D&D 5E, intended to be a mashup of Mutant Year Zero and D&D 5E. Thematically, one major point is that the world has been thrown into a ...
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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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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 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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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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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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