Fog Cloud 5e and heavily obscured areas Errata
Fog cloud says that “its place is heavily obscured.” Heavily obscured states it “blocks vision completely. A monster in a heavily obscured 5e area efficiently suffers from the blinded condition.” And the Errata states, “A heavily obscured area does not blind you, but you’re effectively blinded when you try to see something obscured by it.” And Blinded claims the following: “Attack rolls against the monster possess advantage, and the animal’s attack rolls have disadvantage.”
However, it is precisely specified how far it’s possible to see a 5e heavily obscured area. RAW, it appears that you see nothing, not even if it’s straight in front of your face, but that does not feel right in my view. I am interested in the main thing: would you see who is standing within five feet of you? If it had been me, I would rule you could see as many as five feet. Anything beyond that is heavily obscured and still giving the advantage/ disadvantage for matters five toes around you. Still, at least you can somewhat make out who’s standing there, although only vaguely.
What does heavily obscured 5e dnd means?
A heavily obscured 5e dnd place is an area such as Darkness, opaque fog, or dense foliage cubes vision. A monster virtually suffers from the Blinded condition when attempting to see something in that region.
The PHB mentions when you are in the 5e heavily obscured area. How does the Errata mix together with the PHB?
You’re blinded, is the Errata supposed to now refer to creatures outside the obscured place looking? Or is the Errata along with the PHB? The Errata is mainly just clarifying that you aren’t blinded, I.e., that you do NOT have the “blind” condition on your character. Are animals in a heavily obscured place blinded, and animals out the area looking in are blinded?
Can this translate to Lightly Obscured areas? Does this mean animals inside the lightly obscured area have a drawback when making Perception checks within and out of the region? And do creatures outside the area look in disadvantage on Perception checks to see things inside the area?
The rules mentioned above have no bearing on gently obscured areas. When the Errata provides both parties that the Blinded state, they cancel out the penalties of becoming Blinded, essentially, heavily obscured areas are more valuable than lightly obscured areas since the Errata doesn’t state that creatures looking into the lightly obscured place have a punishment, just those inside it do.
Unless one of those creatures has some sense above and beyond ordinary sight, you’re also able to HIDE at a heavily obscured area. But the blind attack at blind = canceled out penalties.
A heavily obscured area blocks vision completely. A monster in a heavily obscured area efficiently suffers from the blinded condition. Errata: A heavily obscured place does not blind you, but you’re effectively blinded if you attempt to see anything obscured by it.
There are means to remedy blindness, like the spell Heal. You can’t use Heal to say, “Hey, I could see out of the heavily obscured area only fine now!” and thus negate the heavy obscuration.
While you “effectively” suffer from the blind illness, you aren’t blind. Consequently, you can not use game mechanisms to get around and cannot see while you are heavily obscured.
Is Fog Cloud 5e beneficial? Therefore, the rules on the blind state in 290 apply. That, and it is a tactical maneuver. There are all kinds of situations in an urban situation where dropping a Fog Cloud could create mass panic.
Can this Errata allow vision from an area of Darkness?
In Dnd 5e, a heavily obscured place does not blind you. Still, you are effectively blinded if you attempt to see anything obscured by it. That corrects the following rule:
This Errata suggests that being within a heavily obscured area doesn’t prevent one from seeing OUT of the region, merely visiting inside the region. For example, a rogue in a place of deep shadow would be heavily obscured into the guard standing from the streetlamp. However, the Allied may easily observe the guard. You can replace thick foliage and elf to get a less mild established situation. On the other hand, the rogue would be effectively blinded to anything else in precisely the same region of the shadow.