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    What are good ways to create cover?

    What are good ways to create cover?

    Spellcasters in particular can benefit from cover. What creative ways can characters use cantrips, spells, and abilities to quickly and effectively create cover when combat begins, or is expected to begin?

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    Minor image illusion can be used to create the illusion of cover, that can be almost as good.

    You can take cover behind your allies, that is often effective.

    We had a character once who carried a barrel around with him, and would jump into it to get cover. Of course, him being a barbarian made that a bit strange...
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    Ask the DM for a description of the area.

    Don't be afraid to hide by a wall and just peek out the doorway long enough to fire off a spell, then return.
    Remember that in 5e you can take your Action in the middle of your Move. (You could not in 4e, to my Warlock's regular chagrin.)

    Fog Cloud and some other spells specifically say they create a zone of cover / concealment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaelis View Post
    Minor image can be used to create the illusion of cover, that can be almost as good.

    You can take cover behind your allies, that is often effective.

    We had a character once who carried a barrel around with him, and would jump into it to get cover. Of course, him being a barbarian make that a bit strange...
    Perhaps you meant to say minor illusion? If so, I second this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nswanson27 View Post
    Perhaps you meant to say minor illusion? If so, I second this.
    Quite so

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    Minor illusion is definitely a good trick, depending on the DM. if you’re dealing with certain spells and effects that require line-of-sight, a darkness spell dropped in-between the two parties can also work.

    Tenser’s Floating Disc, if loaded up with the right stuff, could be used to create a mobile cover station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralif Redhammer View Post
    Tenser’s Floating Disc, if loaded up with the right stuff, could be used to create a mobile cover station.
    TFD is not terribly easy to position precisely in 5e.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaelis View Post
    TFD is not terribly easy to position precisely in 5e.
    It follows you around, staying w/in 20', but it doesn't run away from you anymore if you try to move closer to it. So exact positioning is an issue, but just hiding behind it is easy.

    In descending order of likelihood to get you some cover:

    Cast a spell that says it gives you cover
    Cast a spell and make a case for it giving you cover
    Use a cantrip and make a case for it giving you cover
    Declare an action likely to call for a skill you have proficiency in to find cover
    Declare a similar action even though you don't have proficiency
    Ask the DM leading questions about the area until he describes something that could be used for cover...

    ... OK, that last is the worst or the best, depending on how good you are at gaming your DM.

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