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An Obstacle is an obstruction that can spawn in the hallway of dungeons. It will prevent the party from moving through the corridor and can be removed either by using a shovel or by hand. If no shovel is used, the party will suffer high health and stress damage as well as reduction of the light meter.
There is also a special obstacle in the Courtyard named "Shifting Mist" that requires a torch instead of a shovel to clear it. If a Torch is not used and is instead cleared by hand, the party will take around 18 stress damage each and be teleported to a random explored location.