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Line of Sight 
28th-Feb-2006 09:14 am
Bitch Please - peanuts
This came up in my last game. What are the actual rules for drawing line of sight? Can I shoot at a bad guy from behind another character? I thought this was represented by the -4 for firing into melee, but the DM said (with some uncertainy, because he wasn't sure) that the character blocked line of sight. I flipped through the PHB and the SRD looking for the exact rules on drawing line of sight, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

1st-Mar-2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Soft cover is +4 AC, like any other form of (non-total) cover.

Total cover completely prevents direct attacks, and thus doesn't grant an AC bonus.

There is also a form of "improved cover" (basically equivalent to the 3.0 'nine-tenths cover'), but it's generally up to GM fiat: "In some cases, cover may provide a greater bonus to AC and Reflex saves. In such situations the normal cover bonuses to AC and Reflex saves can be doubled (to +8 and +4, respectively). A creature with this improved cover effectively gains improved evasion against any attack to which the Reflex save bonus applies. Furthermore, improved cover provides a +10 bonus on Hide checks." (SRD)

In any case, cover always grants at least a +4.
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