Type of feat
Drow, Half-drow, Deep gnome, Dwarf, Planetouched, Yuan-ti Pureblood, Shadowdancer level 2, Red dragon disciple level 10, Pale master level 3, Half-orc, Hagspawn
Required for

Darkvision is the extraordinary ability to see with no light source at all, out to a range specified for the creature.

Darkvision is black and white only (colors cannot be discerned). It does not allow characters to see anything that they could not see otherwise -- invisible objects are still invisible, and illusions are still visible as what they seem to be. Likewise, darkvision subjects a creature to gaze attacks normally.

The presence of light does not spoil darkvision. If a character has darkvision with a 60-foot range, and he stands within a 20-foot radius of light, the character can see normally in the light, and 40 feet beyond the light because of his darkvision.

Action Mode

Special: A Giant spider animal companion will receive Darkvision for free at 1st level.

Gameplay notes[]

  • As of patch 1.10, both Darkvision and Low-Light Vision are an action mode that can be toggled.
  • Contrary to the in-game descriptors, there is no way to get this feat if your race does not have it by default as it is only available if your race qualifies for it. Therefore, items and feats that supposedly grant Darkvision won't, in fact, do anything; a human who equips an item with a Darkvision property will not get the darkvision feat, nor will a rock gnome who reaches 10th level as a Red Dragon Disciple. The same is true for Low-Light vision. One notable exception is the Shadowdancer; because it grants Dakvision as "the dwarf racial ability'' at level two, it works normally for this class (and only this class) as a bonus feat.