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You touch a willing creature to grant it the ability to see in the dark. For the Duration, that creature has Darkvision out to a range of 60 feet.

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Druid, Ranger, Sorcerer, Wizard


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Which is the correct rules text for Darkvision?

  1. PHB p183 Darkvision:

Within a specified range, a creature with darkvision can see in darkness as if the darkness were dim light, so areas of darkness are only lightly obscured as far as that creature is concerned. However, the creature can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

  1. PHB p.20 racially specific (e.g. dwarf) Darkvision:

You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

  1. Monster Manual p9 "monster" specific Darkvision:

A monster with darkvision can see in the dark within a specific radius. The monster can see in dim light within the radius as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. The monster can't discern color in darkness , only shades of gray.

RAW, using the rule of specific beats general:

  • if you have darkvision without any further description it follows rule 1. (i.e. you don't get the dim light is the same as bright light benefit). This includes the spell Darkvision PHB p.230
  • if you are a dwarf or elf or gnome etc. with darkvision it follows rule 2. as it is more specific than rule 1.
  • if you are a "monster" it follows rule 3 as it is more specific than rule 1. This is functionally the same as rule 2. The term "monster" used here is poor as it is not a well defined in-game term.

While I know of no errata or sage advice regarding this, common sense and the way darkvision is referred to throughout the rules strongly suggests to me that darkvision is intended to be consistent and it is an oversight that rule 1 does not contain the description about dim light.

As an example of what I mean by "the way the rules are written" is this case: a Githyanki, a "monster" from the monster manual, has a darkvision spell cast on it. RAW it means it gets better darkvision than a human character with exactly the same spell: specific beats general and the Githyanki is a "monster". Clearly an unintended consequence and completely solved by darkvision being made consistent.

It is therefore a house rule in our games that darkvision follows rule 2 regardless of the source, unless specifically stated otherwise.

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Hey all, so in today’s post, DnD 5e Darkvision Explained, we’re going to discuss the various types of vision in DnD 5e, as I feel like it’s a bit of an ambiguous part of a lot of home games. It’s definitely a topic that causes some confusion among players at times.

To explain Darkvision properly we’ll need to discuss all the different types of vision and how vision plays a part in DnD 5e. We’ll look at the different levels of obscurity, the levels of light, and all the different types of vision as all the mechanics feed into one another.

So without further ado, let’s dive right into the post!

Obscurity Levels

In DnD 5e there are a few different terms for how bright, or dark an area is. Once you understand how the levels of light affect your creatures and players you’ll feel a lot more comfortable with changing the light levels and having the light levels be an actual obstacle in the game.

First, we have two terms that will get used a lot, lightly obscured, and heavily obscured. Both terms refer to how easily a creature can see in a specific area.

Lightly Obscured – An area that is considered lightly obscured could be something like a light fog, or a forest with a lot of foliage, and most importantly, an area that is dimly lit. Areas that are lightly obscured impose Disadvantage on Perception checks that require sight. So spotting an enemy or trap can be a little more difficult in these areas. On the flip side, these areas provide a place to hide for your players.

Heavily Obscured – An area that is considered heavily obscured might be something like a very thick fog, a dense forest or thicket, and again mostly importantly to our discussion, anywhere that is in complete darkness, caves, dungeons, crypts. Creatures in a heavily obscured area automatically fail Perception checks that require sight. So again these places can be extremely dangerous if caution is not taken, or preventative measures aren’t used to subvert whatever is causing the area to be obscured. A wind spell to blow the fog away, or a light source to brighten up the darkness.

Now that we’ve discussed these two terms, now we can discuss the actual levels of light.

Light Levels

As mentioned above, there are a few different terms that describe how bright or dark an area is. Depending on the term used it allows everyone to understand what that may mean for their characters (or creatures if you’re GMing). There are 3 designations, technically there are 4, but the 4th is more of a specific case.

Bright Light – Areas that are considered bright light mean that most things will be able to see normally in that area. Generally, that would be places like, outside during the day, or a well-lit room or establishment. Torches, lanterns, fires, and magical means of light all provide bright light, within their specified ranges.

Dim Light – These are areas thick with shadows, places that aren’t well lit. Twilight or even a bright full moon can shroud the land in dim light. Areas that have been hastily lit, like active dungeons or bandit hideouts would also be likely considered dim light. Think of a room at night with just a TV on, it’s still relatively dark, but there is some light Remember, anything considered dim light, means that the area is Lightly Obscured.

Darkness – Areas covered in darkness are very common in DnD. Areas such as natural caves, or long lost dungeons or crypts. However, keep in mind the most common one is during the night, the land itself is shrouded in darkness. Of course, generally, a torch, lantern, or spell will illuminate these dark areas. Remember though, that an area that is covered in darkness is considered Heavily Obscured.

Magical Darkness – This one ties into darkness, however it cannot be illuminated by any means. This type of darkness is usually cast via a spell so it can only really be gotten rid of by getting rid of the spell, dispel magic and some other spells will be able to get rid of magical darkness. Some creatures are also able to see through magical darkness, the warlock invocation, Devil’s Sight, allows the warlock to see in any kind of darkness, magical or not.

Vision Types

There are a number of different ways to “see” in DnD that go above normal vision. In 5e we have Darkvision, Truesight, Blindsense, and Tremorsense. Some of these apply really only to creatures as opposed to player characters.

Darkvison – Let’s kick off by going to the most common one. Darkvision can be gotten in many different ways that would take too long to explain. Generally, it’s gotten from what race you pick, but some spells and magical items might grant it for a duration. Usually, a creature with darkvsion will have a specified range in their stat block, or if it’s a player it should be on their character sheet or in a spell/potion/items description. This type of vision allows the creature to see in darkness as if it were dim light, so they would only be considered to have their vision lightly obscured. Interestingly, darkvision is greyscale, meaning the creature can only see in black and white when their darkvision is active.

Truesight – This type of vision is interesting; it allows a creature to see what is truly there. Specifically, it allows the creature to see normally in darkness and magical darkness. On top of that, however, it also allows them to see anything that is invisible, they can also see through illusions and automatically succeed on saving throws that deal with illusions. They can see a shapeshifters’ true form as well as a creature transformed by magical means. Finally, it allows them to see into the Ethereal Plane (think Doctor Strange when he astral projects, that’s sort of like the Ethereal Plane). Truesight is very powerful and generally reserved for high-level spells or powerful creatures like Ancient Dragons and Liches.

Blindsense – This one should be familiar to anyone that has read or watched anything to do with Marvel’s Daredevil series. For the uninitiated though, blindsense works like a kind of echolocation. The creatures with this type of sight generally can only perceive out to a small range around them, but it generally works better than sight within that range. They can perceive invisible creatures within that range, it is next to impossible to sneak up on them. They also obviously aren’t affected by the conditions of the light, it can be complete darkness and they can “see” just fine. Creatures that don’t have eyes typically have this in DnD, slimes and oozes being one of the more commonly seen types of creatures that have this.

Tremrsense – This one here should be familiar to anyone that’s seen Avatar The Last Airbender, Toph, the little blind earthbending girl, has this sense. It allows the creature to sense movement through vibrations in the ground. This is a bit more limited than Blindsense, as it cannot detect anything that’s not touching the ground. This type of vision is found typically on creatures that can burrow, so Ankhegs and Buletes being some of the more common ones.

Warp Up

Hopefully, you all found this more in-depth post helpful. I know I always found vision a bit tricky in DnD when I first started, especially when it comes to being able to describe how bright or dark it might be to your players, so they take the appropriate response. Having your own reference points for the light levels helps a lot. I really like the one I mentioned about Dim Light being akin to a dark room with a TV on, still pretty dark, but not darkness. So thanks for taking the time to have a read through this post and until next time, may your day be a critical success!


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Lighting and Darkvision - Nerd Immersion

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By its Nature, Adventuring involves delving into places that are dark, dangerous, and full of Mysteries to be explored. The rules in this section cover some of the most important ways in which Adventurers interact with the Environment in such places.

A fall from a great height is one of the most CommonHazards facing an adventurer. At the end of a fall, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it fell, to a maximum of 20d6. The creature lands prone, unless it avoids taking damage from the fall.

A creature can hold its breath for a number of minutes equal to 1 + its Constitution modifier (minimum of 30 seconds).

When a creature runs out of breath or is choking, it can survive for a number of rounds equal to its Constitution modifier (minimum of 1 round). At the start of its next turn, it drops to 0 Hit Points and is dying, and it can’t regain Hit Points or be stabilized until it can breathe again.

For example, a creature with a Constitution of 14 can hold its breath for 3 minutes. If it starts suffocating, it has 2 rounds to reach air before it drops to 0 Hit Points.

The most fundamental tasks of adventuring— noticing danger, finding hidden Objects, hitting an enemy in Combat, and targeting a spell, to name just a few—rely heavily on a character’s ability to see.

Darkness and other Effects that obscure vision can prove a significant hindrance.
A given area might be lightly or heavily obscured. In a lightly obscured area, such as dim light, patchy fog, or moderate foliage, creatures have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

A heavily obscured area—such as Darkness, opaque fog, or dense foliage—blocks vision entirely. A creature effectively suffers from the Blinded condition (see Conditions ) when trying to see something in that area.

The presence or absence of light in an Environment creates three categories of illumination: bright light, dim light, and Darkness.

Bright light lets most creatures see normally. Even gloomy days provide bright light, as do torches, lanterns, fires, and other sources of Illumination within a specific radius.

Dim light, also called shadows, creates a lightly obscured area. An area of dim light is usually a boundary between a source of bright light, such as a torch, and surrounding Darkness. The soft light of twilight and dawn also counts as dim light. A particularly brilliant full moon might bathe the land in dim light.

Darkness creates a heavily obscured area. Characters face Darkness outdoors at night (even most moonlit nights), within the confines of an unlit dungeon or a subterranean vault, or in an area of magical Darkness.


A creature with Blindsight can perceive its surroundings without relying on sight, within a specific radius. Creatures without eyes, such as oozes, and creatures with Echolocation or heightened Senses, such as bats and true Dragons, have this sense.


Many creatures in fantasy gaming worlds, especially those that dwell Underground, have Darkvision. Within a specified range, a creature with Darkvision can see in Darkness as if the Darkness were dim light, so areas of Darkness are only lightly obscured as far as that creature is concerned. However, the creature can’t discern color in Darkness, only Shades of Gray.


A creature with Truesight can, out to a specific range, see in normal and magical Darkness, see Invisible creatures and Objects, automatically detect visual illusions and succeed on Saving Throws against them, and perceives the original form of a Shapechanger or a creature that is transformed by magic. Furthermore, the creature can see into the Ethereal Plane.

Characters who don’t eat or drink suffer the Effects of Exhaustion (see Conditions ). Exhaustion caused by lack of food or water can’t be removed until the character eats and drinks the full required amount.


A character needs one pound of food per day and can make food last longer by subsisting on half Rations. Eating half a pound of food in a day counts as half a day without food.

A character can go without food for a number of days equal to 3 + his or her Constitution modifier (minimum 1). At the end of each day beyond that limit, a character automatically suffers one level of Exhaustion.

A normal day of eating resets the count of days without food to zero.


A character needs one gallon of water per day, or two gallons per day if the weather is hot. A character who drinks only half that much water must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or suffer one level of Exhaustion at the end of the day. A character with access to even less water automatically suffers one level of Exhaustion at the end of the day.

If the character already has one or more levels of Exhaustion, the character takes two levels in either case.

A character’s interaction with Objects in an Environment is often simple to resolve in the game. The player tells the GM that his or her character is doing something, such as moving a lever, and the GM describes what, if anything, happens.

For example, a character might decide to pull a lever, which might, in turn, raise a portcullis, cause a room to flood with water, or open a Secret door in a nearby wall. If the lever is rusted in position, though, a character might need to force it. In such a situation, the GM might call for a Strength check to see whether the character can wrench the lever into place. The GM sets the DC for any such check based on the difficulty of the task.

Characters can also damage Objects with their Weapons and Spells. Objects are immune to poison and psychic damage, but otherwise they can be affected by physical and magical attacks much like creatures can. The GM determines an object’s Armor Class and Hit Points, and might decide that certain Objects have Resistance or immunity to certain kinds of attacks. (It’s hard to cut a rope with a club, for example.) Objects always fail Strength and DexteritySaving Throws, and they are immune to Effects that require other saves. When an object drops to 0 Hit Points, it breaks.

A character can also attempt a Strength check to break an object. The GM sets the DC for any such check.

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Darkness, Light, and Vision: Dungeons and Dragons 5e Rules Explained

Darkvision Isn't As Good As You Think

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by Mike on 4 January 2021

Creatures with darkvision in darkness have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks and -5 to their passive perception. Light up those torches, dungeon explorers!

In many D&D games, any sort of light such as torches, lanterns, use of the light cantrip, or other forms of illumination are shunned in favor of character races possessing darkvision. Darkvision is treated as a perfect way to navigate the darkest corridors, tunnels, and dungeons in our D&D games.

Except it doesn't work that way.

This is actually the combination of three rules so it's easy for players and DMs to miss it. Here's the description of darkvision from chapter 8 of the Player's Handbook:

Darkvision. Many creatures in fantasy gaming worlds, especially those that dwell underground, have darkvision. Within a specified range, a creature with darkvision can see in darkness as if the darkness were dim light, so areas of darkness are only lightly obscured as far as that creature is concerned. However, the creature can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Here's what happens when you're in dim light also in chapter 8 of the Player's Handbook:

A given area might be lightly or heavily obscured. In a lightly obscured area, such as dim light, patchy fog, or moderate foliage, creatures have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

And finally under "Passive Checks" in chapter 7 of the Player's Handbook:

If the character has advantage on the check, add 5. For disadvantage, subtract 5.

Joining these three rules together we come to this:

A character with darkvision has -5 to passive Perception checks while within darkness.

Light Those Torches

Most of the time, characters in dangerous areas won't want -5 to their passive Perception checks or to have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks. They'll want to light the area up if they want to be careful. Darkvision is no longer Superman's see-everything vision. If the group decides they want to be sneaky, they're going to miss those traps. If they light up those torches, they might give themselves away to lurking enemies.

Of course, the same thing is true for our enemies. Monsters with darkvision are just as likely to miss that stealthy rogue if they don't have lights of their own. Will they risk it? Only creatures with blindsense have no need to worry.

Choosing whether to light up or not is one of those fun in-world decisions that makes D&D fun. Instead of having a cure-all to the problem ("I have darkvision, we're fine), the players have to make hard choices with consequences. Sure, you can rely on darkvision, but you may step into a spiked pit trap you might otherwise see.

The next time the characters enter an old crypt, best to remind them of the dangers of relying completely on darkvisioon.

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