[RPG] Can Truesight (as from the True Seeing spell) see through the Hunger of Hadar or Darkness spells


Can Truesight (as granted by the true seeing spell) see through the darkness of the hunger of Hadar or darkness spells? For hunger of Hadar, would vision be obscured by "milky, otherworldly tentacles"?

Best Answer

Yes for the Darkness spell, no for Hunger of Hadar.

As is stated in the PHB, pg. 185, truesight can definitely allow vision in darkness, both normal and magical, much as the Devil's Sight for Warlocks. Given that the description of the Darkness spell notes that it creates a magical darkness, creatures with truesight can see in and through it.

Hunger of Hadar is another beast altogether. It effectively creates a void that warps the fabric of space, and blinds creatures within the area. If a character is within the spell, then truesight does nothing as it doesn't protect from the blinded condition, which this spell applies. As for any creature with truesight trying to look in or through the sphere, this also is impossible, as the spell doesn't mask reality so much as create a gate to another plane that isn't superimposed with the material plane, as the ethereal plane is. This is also why no light spell, regardless of the level, can illuminate the darkness created by this spell. Basically, the darkness present isn't created by a spell, but as a side effect of the appearance of that dimensional gate.

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