The paladin's Divine Sense feature allows the paladin to

...detect the presence of any place or object that has been consecrated or desecrated, as with the hallow spell.

Similarly, the spell detect evil and good allows the caster to

...know if there is a place or object within 30 feet of you that has been magically consecrated or desecrated.

How, other than via the spell hallow, can a place or object be consecrated or desecrated, so that it would be detected by Divine Sense or detect evil and good?

Question inspired by this one, where we establish that Divine Sense cannot detect whether an object is cursed.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it important that the two detecting spells talk about different (i.e. one about magical and one about unscpecified) kinds of con/desecration? Or is that probably jsut variance in wording (since even the Divine Sense gives an example of a spell)? \$\endgroup\$
    – J.E
    Jan 18, 2019 at 12:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: Are there published effects of Consecrated (not Hallowed) Ground? \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Dec 2, 2023 at 20:16

2 Answers 2


That's it

As far as I know, hallow is the only method to do so listed in the books:

infuse an area... with holy (or unholy) power. 

However, an area could be designated as either consecrated or desecrated by a GM. The Dungeon Master's Guide even has additional rules for desecrated ground on page 110:

Some cemeteries and catacombs are imbued with the unseen traces of ancient evil...

Undead standing on desecrated ground have advantage on all saving throws.

A vial of holy water purifies a 10-foot-square area of desecrated ground when sprinkled on it, and a hallow spell purifies desecrated ground within its area.

One such area a GM may consider to be consecrated is a region affected by the temple of the gods spell (even though it is not explicitly called out as such).


How PCs can do it

Hallow, Wish or Divine Intervention by a Cleric.

How NPCs can do it

However the DM wants - NPCs don’t use the same playbook as PCs.


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