dnd 5e – Which spells require the caster to see a target creature or unoccupied area?

Spells that rely on sight

If you cast any of these spells while blinded or your vision is heavily obscured, the spell fails or is crippled. They all use the “that you can see” keywords when they are cast.

If vision is obscured after the spell is cast it may not matter but at least a caster using these spells might be nerfed by Fog Cloud or Darkness the same way Silence nerfs spells with a Verbal component.

Cantrips:

  • Create Bonfire (Elemental Evil)
  • Frostbite (Elemental Evil) (Creature)
  • Shape Water (Elemental Evil)
  • Mold Earth (Elemental Evil) (Area)
  • Beast Bond (Elemental Evil)
  • GREEN-FLAME BLADE (SCAG)
  • Lightning Lure (SCAG)
  • Control Flames (Elemental Evil)
  • Sacred Flame

Level 1 Spells:

  • Healing Word
  • Animal Friendship
  • Tenser’s Floating Disk
  • Tasha’s Hideous Laughter
  • Hellish Rebuke
  • Chromatic Orb
  • Magic Missile
  • Hideous Laughter
  • Hex
  • Floating Disk
  • Bane

Level 2 Spells:

  • Summon Beast
  • Hold Person
  • Blindness / Deafness
  • Misty Step
  • Knock
  • Levitate
  • Dust Devil (Elemental Evil)
  • Heat Metal
  • Detect Thoughts
  • Phantasmal Force
  • Pyrotechnics (Elemental Evil)
  • Prayer of Healing
  • Maximilian’s Earthen Grasp (Elemental Evil)
  • Magic Mouth
  • Enthrall

Level 3 Spells:

  • Conjure Animals
  • Blink
  • Magic Circle
  • Major Image
  • Mass Healing Word
  • Haste

Level 4 Spells:

  • Compulsion
  • Dominate Beast
  • Mordenkainen’s Faithful Hound
  • Fabricate
  • Conjure Minor Elementals
  • Faithful Hound
  • Polymorph
  • Guardian of Faith
  • Evard’s Black Tentacles
  • Conjure Woodland Beings
  • Blight
  • Black Tentacles
  • Banishment

Level 5 Spells:

  • Dominate Person
  • Bigby’s Hand
  • Modify Memory
  • Seeming
  • Hold Monster
  • Transmute Rock (Elemental Evil)
  • Telekinesis
  • Passwall
  • Geas
  • Control Winds (Elemental Evil)
  • Arcane Hand

Level 6 Spells:

  • Magic Jar
  • Irresistible Dance
  • Eye Bite
  • Mass Suggestion
  • Heal
  • Harm
  • Flesh to Stone
  • Disintegrate
  • Conjure Fey
  • Chain Lightning
  • Bones of the Earth (Elemental Evil)

Level 7 Spells:

  • Conjure Celestial
  • Teleport
  • Finger of Death

Level 8 Spells:

  • Animal Shapes
  • Demi-Plane
  • Maze
  • Feeble Mind
  • Earthquake
  • Dominate Monster

Level 9 Spells:

  • True Polymorph
  • Wish
  • Mass Heal
  • Imprisonment