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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,...
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Can Alchemist's Fire be used as a permanent torch?

Very much related: How long does Alchemist's Fire burn? An answer on the linked post leads to suggest that Alchemist's Fire burns as long as it is not actively extinguished by somebody. However, ...
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How to let people see different things based on distance, abilities etc

I am using roll20 to play with some friends, and there is an issue we cannot solve. The problem is that we don't know how the game master can let different players see different portions of the map. ...
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How wide is the arc of the medusa's Petrifying Gaze?

I asked this question some time ago, and after a while I figured out more specifically what I want to ask. The medusa has the Petrifying Gaze trait: When a creature that can see the medusa's eyes ...
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Improving the Light spell... with lanterns? [closed]

The light spell provides a 20-foot radius of bright light and 20 additional feet of dim light. But a hooded lantern provides 30 feet of bright and 30 more feet of dim light (and a Bullseye Lantern ...
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What happens when you cast Continual Flame on a Familiar?

Continual flame does not produce heat nor require oxygen and lasts until dispelled: A flame, equivalent in brightness to a torch, springs forth from an object that you touch. The effect looks like ...
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Is it harder to see a Gelatinous Cube with darkvision?

The description of a Gelatinous Cube reads: Transparent: Even when the cube is in plain sight, it takes a successful DC 15 Wisdom (Perception) check to spot a cube that has neither moved nor ...
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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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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 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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Does making an attack while Hidden reveal your position to a blind & deaf creature?

The rules on attacking creatures from hiding are: When a creature can't see you, you have advantage on attack rolls against it. If you are hidden–both unseen and unheard–when you make an attack, ...
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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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Can you Hide from some but not all enemies?

One of my players is asking if he can use Wall of Fire to block off the line of sight of enemy archers. The spell description says the wall is "opaque", so this seems like a valid thing to ...
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Is Darkvision a physical or mental trait?

My dwarf fighter died, but was brought back using the "Reincarnate" spell, and was turned into a bronze dragonborn. He has lost his physical attributes (Poison resistance, Constitution bonus) because ...
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How can I get around a dragon’s blindsight?

Does anyone know any legit ways to get around blindsight? With Tremorsense, it has a built in way to get around it. A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin of ...
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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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Are ranged attacks into an area of heavy obscurement made without disadvantage?

Facing a large group of enemy archers, I cast a spell such as Darkness or Fog Cloud which creates heavy obscurement around me and my companions. The next turn is that of one of the enemy archers. Can ...
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Can you ready a Fire Bolt spell to be used as a torch?

The description of the Ready action states, in part: When you ready a spell, you cast it as normal but hold its energy Does this mean you could cast a fire bolt spell, hold its energy indefinitely (...
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What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast?

Darkvision enables you to see in darkness as if it were dim light (within the first 60/120/180 feet, of course, depending on the quality of your darkvision). The Eagle totem for the 6th-level Totem ...
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Can creatures without darkvision discern color in dim light?

For creatures without Darkvision, can they discern colors in dim light? I can't find anything that explicitly say so, only the part about Darkvision that seems to hint that Darkvision "upgrades" the ...
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Can Mage Hand extinguish exposed flame light sources?

I want the ability to extinguish exposed flame light sources for my character and I was wondering if Mage Hand would be sufficient for the task. Staying within the scope of the actions a Mage Hand is ...
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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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Interaction between fog cloud and new vision errata rule

I am trying to understand from a RAW point of view as to how the interaction between the spell Fog Cloud interacts with the errata'd rules of vision and lighting. First, we have the normal vision ...
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Obscurement encounter advice with size differences

I would like to run a 5e encounter in a grassy plains, with tall grass about 3–4ft high. Based on the RAW in the PHB, I am taken to thinking that small creatures (goblins) are effectively under heavy ...
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What happens if I can't see a space within 10 feet for the purposes of Blink?

The blink spell states: At the start of you next turn, and when the spell ends if you are on the Ethereal Plane, you return to an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see within 10 feet of ...
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Attacking a target in dim light, from darkness, at great distance

Character A is in Darkness with no Darkvision Character B is in Dim Light a hundred feet away from A For further context, an ascii board (dashes indicate dimly lit area): -B-----...
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How do I deal with a player intentionally hindering their character? [duplicate]

In my first campaign as DM, I clearly stated in session 0 that we'd get to play in the Underdark. I explained the consequences very clearly in that the players wouldn't be able to see anything unless ...
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Can you get an OA when blinded? [duplicate]

If, for example, someone casts Fog Cloud, next to the target A and target B when they're fighting each other. If target B would run away from the fight he would cause an Opportunity Attack but when ...
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Does Shadow of Moil grant the user advantage against enemies?

Shadow of Moil strikes me as the Warlock's equivalent of Greater Invisibility, with a few perks. One major point of contention among my party, however, is whether or not it grants the user advantage ...
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What is considered light-proof?

Several spells, such as daylight and darkness refer to a light-proof covering. Is guidance given anywhere what is considered light-proof? Would slipping a small object into an inner pocket count?
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Mechanics of moving and acting in a completely dark environment

Are there any mechanical consequences in the game for characters without darkvision when moving and taking actions in a completely dark environment (such as a pitch black forest)? Are there penalties ...
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How does battle map combat work in darkness and heavily obscured areas?

The question “Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavy obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?” notes that attacks in darkness or magical fog cause attacks to be cancel ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker Ranger choose to be seen in darkness?

In XGE, the Gloom Stalker level 3 feature "Umbral Sight" states that a Gloom Stalker is invisible to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in the darkness. (p. 42, XGE) That sounds like ...
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Can a human assist on darkness perception checks?

Let's say an elf is making a perception check at night. A human decides to try and assist the elf. The elf has dark vision, while the human does not. Can the human even help the elf? Because if the ...
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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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Does Sunlight Sensitivity impose disadvantage when in illusory sunlight?

Inspired from here Does the Daylight spell count as "direct sunlight" for the purposes of Sunlight Sensitivity? I want to cast Major Illusion just outside a window to make an illusion of ...
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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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Do you get Advantage when Grappling against Blinded creatures?

In 5e, the Blinded condition is described in the PHB p.290 as: A blinded creature can't see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. Attack rolls against the creature have ...
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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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Can a Shadow Monk use shadowstep without breaking stealth?

Got a battle royale coming up with my shadow monk (6 monk/2 rogue) and other friends with their PCs (all total level 8). The arena is divided into one area of darkness, two areas of dim light, and one ...
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