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5E Dim Light question

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
The absence of a dim light cantrip is yet another example of WotC not doing their job. Amirite?
18th June, I am in low spirits. The food is gone, and the water nearly so. One of the porters fell off a cliff, and Dr. Absalom has contracted a terrible fever from eating his own feces. Very little light penetrates the great canopy of the jungle, and strange sounds haunt the night. Surrounded by dim light, I press on.
 

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18th June, I am in low spirits. The food is gone, and the water nearly so. One of the porters fell off a cliff, and Dr. Absalom has contracted a terrible fever from eating his own feces. Very little light penetrates the great canopy of the jungle, and strange sounds haunt the night. Surrounded by dim light, I press on.
What will 19th June bring? I await the conclusion brought by the dim light of my cell phone.
 




Lidgar

Adventurer
A bit extreme, but the 7th level symbol spell does this:

When you inscribe the glyph, choose one of the options below for its effect. Once triggered, the glyph glows, filling a 60-foot-radius sphere with dim light for 10 minutes, after which time the spell ends. Each creature in the sphere when the glyph activates is targeted by its effect, as is a creature that enters the sphere for the first time on a turn or ends its turn there.

For magic items, the very rare Candle of Invocation does this:
While lit, the candle sheds dim light in a 30-foot radius. Any creature within that light whose alignment matches that of the candle makes attack rolls, saving throws, and ability checks with advantage.

In summary, emitting only dim light is reserved for the most powerful of characters...
 



dnd4vr

Tactical Studies Rules - The Original Game Wizards
A bit extreme, but the 7th level symbol spell does this:

When you inscribe the glyph, choose one of the options below for its effect. Once triggered, the glyph glows, filling a 60-foot-radius sphere with dim light for 10 minutes, after which time the spell ends. Each creature in the sphere when the glyph activates is targeted by its effect, as is a creature that enters the sphere for the first time on a turn or ends its turn there.

For magic items, the very rare Candle of Invocation does this:
While lit, the candle sheds dim light in a 30-foot radius. Any creature within that light whose alignment matches that of the candle makes attack rolls, saving throws, and ability checks with advantage.

In summary, emitting only dim light is reserved for the most powerful of characters...
Nice catches! Luckily, the dimmed hooded lantern does solve the problem--even though it is only 5' radius of dim light. :)
 


TaranTheWanderer

Adventurer
Darkvision is 2nd level and allows a person to see in a 60 foot radius of dim light in complete darkness. So, it doesn't exactly create dim light, it allows a single person to see dim light.

Also, the cantrip Control Flames allows you to halve or double the radius of normal light. It effects any natural source of flame and lets, you create moving pictures withing the flames and actually lets you control the colour of the light. I see no reason why it can't also allow you to do things like create dim light - creating 'ambient' light and creating 'mood lighting' seems to be one of its primary functions.

You choose a nonmagical flame that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You affect it in one of the following ways:
  • You instantaneously expand the flame 5 feet in one direction, provided that wood or other fuel is present in the new location.
  • You instantaneously extinguish the flames within the cube.
  • You double or halve the area of bright light and dim light cast by the flame, change its color, or both. The change lasts for 1 hour.
  • You cause simple shapes — such as the vague form of a creature, an inanimate object, or a location — to appear within the flames and animate as you like. The shapes last for 1 hour.
If you cast this spell multiple times, you can have up to three non-instantaneous
 

jaelis

Oh this is where the title goes?
Leomund's tiny hut allows you to make the interior dimly lit, that gives you 8 hours in a 10 foot radius.
 

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