Does a creature with the scent ability who uses their move action to note the direction of a scent provoke an Attack of Opportunity?

The Scent special ability allows that:

When a creature detects a scent, the exact location of the source is not revealed—only its presence somewhere within range. The creature can take a move action to note the direction of the scent. When the creature is within 5 feet of the source, it pinpoints the source’s location.

Scent's description doesn't say one way or the other, and I can't find a general rule like "move actions generally do [not] provoke unless they say otherwise". The description of AoOs says:

Some actions, when performed in a threatened square, provoke attacks of opportunity as you divert your attention from the battle. Table: Actions in Combat notes many of the actions that provoke attacks of opportunity.

The table is silent on scent. My next thought was to check Perception's active use, but it's mum on AoOs, too (simply "Intentionally searching for stimulus is a move action.").


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Scent is an Extraordinary Ability. Using Extraordinary Abilities does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

  • \$\begingroup\$ ... of course, it would be in the one place I didn't look; thanks! \$\endgroup\$
    – minnmass
    Aug 28, 2021 at 23:41

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