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How powerful would an always-on Truesight ability be for a PC?

That's a 20th level epic boon (so very powerful) The power of a permanent truesight effect would be situational. If you measure 'power' by raw combat ability, then unless you're fighting invisible ...
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Visual obfuscation when all PCs have darkvision?

As the DM, you can introduce whatever you want, including darkness that Darkvision doesn't see through. However, if you're looking for options that already exist within the rules, there are plenty. ...
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Does the Scrying spell require you to have a clear path to the target in order to work?

The range of Scrying is "self", so the caster targets him/herself first The spellcasting rules says that the target must be withing range: The target of a spell must be within the spell's range ...
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What is the point of lowering the hood on a hooded lantern?

There's very little point in an open field, but in a dungeon reducing the light radius to 5ft can easily be enough to make sure it doesn't shine across the next corner.
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What does it mean to avert your eyes?

Averting your eyes does exactly what it says it does: You willingly look away from your target. Unless surprised, a creature can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn....
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How do I help players frustrated by darkness in Roll20's dynamic lighting?

I'm going to give the solution I came up with following some experimenting with my player following the game. It isn't perfect and somewhat mitigates the challenge of darkness but seems to be the best ...
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Which is the correct rules text for Darkvision?

Interesting point regarding the description of darkvision on PHB p. 184. However, the Monster Manual on p. 9 says: Darkvision A monster with darkvision can see in the dark within a specific radius. ...
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What is the point of lowering the hood on a hooded lantern?

I realized my comments were better suited as their own answer. You are absolutely correct that a hooded lantern would be visible in the dark from any distance. Assuming you had direct line of sight ...
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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavily obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

It levels the playing field Casting darkness will cancel out both advantage and disadvantage, due to the way they stack. If your opponent has advantage and you have disadvantage, then cancelling both ...
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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?

Excellent combo. You quoted all the relevant rules. To read lips, you need to see a creature's mouth while it is speaking a language you understand And with the Eagle totem at 6th level, you get to ...
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Can you ready a Fire Bolt spell to be used as a torch?

No Two reasons. First of all, RAW doesn't mention any effects of the spell being effective while it is being held. There's no fire before the spell is actually released. The more significant reason ...
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When is a vampire in sunlight?

As there is no general rule, the best I can give is what I do. Can you see the sun? I rule that if the creature can see the (image of) the sun, they're in sunlight. How would this fit your examples? ...
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Does the Light cantrip cast shadows?

The light spell casts shadows to the same degree that any light source does. Technically speaking, nothing in the game rules ever says shadows exist whatsoever. The rules for light producing items ...
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Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavily obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?

If you cannot see your opponent then you cannot use any spell or feature that says "that you can see". For example, you cannot: Use Protection fighting style. Use Uncanny Dodge. Make Opportunity ...
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Does radiant damage work in magical darkness?

Radiant damage, despite its name, is not damage caused by light. Radiant damage simply happens to look like light. Look at the examples of radiant damage: a cleric's flame strike spell, or an angel's ...
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Can the Fog Cloud spell effectively increase archer range by canceling disadvantage at long range?

Yes, that is the rules-as-written. It's worth noting, additionally, that there's actually no need for the archer to step out of the fog cloud in most circumstances: despite being effectively blinded, ...
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Does the Darkness spell block vision?

I see nothing there that implies it is a barrier to vision, just an active and utter absence of illumination. You are quite right - there is nothing in the spell that says it blocks vision, just that ...
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How do I help players frustrated by darkness in Roll20's dynamic lighting?

You as the GM should move their token based on how they describe what they are doing. It is pitch black, all they can feel is the hand they are holding and have to follow it blindly. Let the player ...
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Does Devil's Sight enable one to see into Hunger of Hadar?

Jeremy Crawford has ruled No: Devil's Sight is meant to pierce the dark created by a spell like darkness, not the void of hunger of Hadar. Reference: Twitter As Crawford's tweets are no longer ...
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Can you blind a Demilich/creature that has Truesight?

Yes, you can blind something with Truesight. The only thing Truesight does in this case is magnify the ability that was lost to blindness: Truesight enhances one's ability to see: through magical ...
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How far can a ship "see"?

As far as the people on it can 5e doesn't offer any rules for how far a ship can "see"; however, the DMG does have some default rules about visibility outdoors. According to these rules, ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

If the source of the Frightened condition isn't within line of sight, you're still Frightened, but you don't suffer some of the effects of being Frightened. A frightened creature has ...
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How does dim light affect passive perception?

PHB, page 175: Passive Checks ... Here's how to determine a character's total for a passive check: 10 + all modifiers that normally apply to the check. If the character has advantage on the check, ...
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Can a Torch shed bright light for 160ft?

My understanding of control flame is that you can have up to 3 of its effects as stated in the spell description. To my knowledge and as stated on P205 of the PHB same spell effects do not stack. The ...
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Can Blindsight "See" Through Walls, Floors, And Ceilings?

Blindsight (monster ability) A creature with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without relying on sight, within a specific radius. Creatures without eyes, such as oozes, and creatures ...
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Would giving my halfling player characters darkvision significantly unbalance the game?

Would giving your players uncommon items break the game? No The rules for this item exist, so you're not adding anything new to the game. Giving uncommon magic items at level 4 is not out of whack ...
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Can you remove a blindfold using the Telekinesis spell?

Yes, but going by RAW you'd have to contest your own strength The definition of "see" means you can visualise the target or include it in at least one of your sight senses; as the only thing blocking ...
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Can a 3rd-level Faerie Fire spell be seen in magical darkness from the Darkness spell?

It depends on where they are standing The darkness spell is described in such a way as to give the impression that it is something tangible that spills out around corners, but can be blocked by ...
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Are Drow Cities Illuminated?

Drow typically utilize magic in the following ways for illumination: Specific Mention of the Forgotten Realms That pillar is the Narbondel of Narbondellyn, Menzoberranzan; which is illuminated in ...
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Can you dispel a magic effect you can't perceive?

Can you dispel a magic effect you can't perceive? Yes, as long as you can locate it somehow. If you can't find it somehow, then no. This reduces down to the related question: Can you target a target ...
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