Q: Dear Sage,
The errata for the druid’s wild shape class feature indicates that you don't get the new form’s special qualities. Does this mean that a druid wildshaped into a bat would not have blind sense or low light vision?
A: Correct. The druid’s wild shape ability allows him to take the form of an animal, but doesn’t allow for the perfect mimicry of all of that animal’s capabilities.
A druid who wants access to blindsense (an awfully potent ability to grant as a side effect of wild shape) must acquire it via a feat (such as the Blindsense feat in Complete Adventurer), spell, or magic item.
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