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How to effectively deal with advanced "remote control" tactics in dungeons?

D&D 5e comes with a number of spells and abilities that allow characters to scout ahead without any risk for life and limb. For example: As a wizard or warlock, you can have a familiar, and with ...
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What happens when Wand of Wonder allows you to cast Detect Thoughts on a creature?

Wand of Wonders has an effect that allows you to target a creature with Detect Thoughts, but Detect Thoughts has a range of self. This is obviously an inconsistency, but how to resolve this? Do you ...
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What is the origin of the Contact Other Plane spell?

Contact Other Plane is an unusual spell in that it carries the risk for the caster to go temporarily insane, a rider retained through all editions of the game. Similar spells, such as Divination do ...
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Is this buff to the Clairvoyance spell still the power of a 3rd-level spell?

I want to give Clairvoyance a buff, as it is a 3rd-level spell that is a little bit underpowered in my opinion. Here is the current text of the Clairvoyance spell (from D&D Beyond): You create an ...
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How familiar am I with target of scry if I've only seen it through scrying before?

So here's the scenario: We are playing a two party DnD 5e game. Each party is rivaling the other (though we don't know if the other party is potentially our enemies or allies) since the game is ...
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Can you control the sensor of scrying?

Scrying creates a sensor. It says: the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with the target, ...
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What locations can you scry?

Scrying allows you to watch a place somewhere else: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. (...) Instead of targeting a creature, you can ...
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Can you teleport more safely through scrying?

Scrying allows you to see a place somewhere else: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. (...) Instead of targeting a creature, you can ...
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Can Mind Blank be detected?

After thinking about uses for Mind Blank and how it interacts with a bunch of spells, I then tried to think of counters and ways someone could get past it with one problem always coming up. How do you ...
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Why use Clairvoyance when Find Familiar is better in every way (except range)?

I'm creating a spy wizard character in 5E. The character needs a 'wire' to tap a room of its visitors' information, and I was comparing two wizard spells, Clairvoyance and Find Familiar. Both have ...
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Is the sensor created by Scrying tangible? [duplicate]

The spell scrying states: ... the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with the target, ...
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Does detect magic reveal sequester? [duplicate]

Suppose we are casting Sequester on an object. Detect magic (level 1 Divination) says : For the duration, you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet of you. And Sequester (level 7 Transmutation) ...
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Can the Scrying spell target a location on another plane?

The description of the scrying spell states: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. [...] Instead of targeting a creature, you can choose ...
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What level of knowledge constitutes being familiar with a location for clerics casting Find the Path?

In the answer to this question it is determined that, RAW, a cleric only needs the 100gp of divinatory tools and a component pouch to cast Find the Path. The text to Find the Path includes This spell ...
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Can a creature with Blindsight see a Scrying Sensor? Is that sensor an object? Can it be destroyed? [closed]

Scrying: A creature that can see Invisible Objects sees the sensor as a luminous orb about the size of your fist. Blind Sight: A creature with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without ...
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How to protect myself against Divination with the least amount of resources

I am a fairly high-level wizard. I could learn Mind Blank or Nondetection, or use an amulet of protection against detection and location. But 8th level slots are too valuable, burning 25gp every day ...
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Scrying using effects with a range of "sight" [closed]

If you cast scrying to see a creature, and assuming you can target them with spells that have a range of sight (as discussed here), what spells and abilities could you use to affect that creature or ...
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Can I use a Divination wizard's Portent through a Scrying spell?

If a Divination wizard targets a creature with the scrying spell, and the creature is about to make a roll, could the wizard use the Portent feature to affect the result?
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Is this homebrew spell for speaking with the dead balanced when compared to other divination and necromancy spells?

How balanced is the below spell I've created when compared to other divination or necromancy spells? Is it at the right spell level? Is it the right amount of damage/status effects? When creating this ...
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How to work with Portent for replacing enemy rolls

It seems like, RAW, if a Divination Wizard is in the party then the DM would have to ask that player whether they want to interrupt the roll ... on every single roll that any NPC makes. That's going ...
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Can I use Spell Mastery, Expert Divination, and Mind Spike to regain infinite 1st level slots?

I was planning on making a divination wizard build in D&D 5e, but something dawned on me. Could I technically cast infinite level 1 spells, by choosing mind spike as a spell mastery and having ...
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Does the Divination wizard's Portent feature replace only the d20 roll, or the final outcome?

The School of Divination wizard's Portent feature states (PHB, p. 116; emphasis mine): You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can see with ...
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What happens when a Scrying target teleports away, or moves through a portal?

As the title says, I am unsure on the RAW or RAI of what would happen if a target who is being scried upon were to use the Teleport spell, or some other instant travel spell, for intraplanar only ...
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Does Locate Creature work on a creature who died and became undead?

Can someone cast Locate Creature on a creature whom they knew when it was alive, but died recently and became undead? For instance, if a party member was bit by a vampire and died, could someone cast ...
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Can an evil character cover their alignment? [closed]

Is there any way for an evil NPC to cover up their alignment if a player attempts to detect evil? I am working on a Silver Dragon antagonist. This NPC will appear to the players as a number of human ...
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If the target of a Scrying spell succeeds on the saving throw against the spell, who is prevented from using the spell on them for the next 24 hours?

The description of the scrying spell states in part that: On a successful save, the target isn't affected, and you can't use this spell against it again for 24 hours. However, this seems a bit ...
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Can a creature use Legendary Resistance to succeed on the saving throw against a Scrying spell?

My players recently decided that they would like to cast the scrying spell on a creature that has the Legendary Resistance trait. Does the Legendary Resistance trait function outside of combat? My ...
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Can a creature under the effect of Nondetection be detected by the Detect Magic spell?

Can someone with nondetection be picked up with detect magic? It seems to me that detect magic will sense a magical aura (perhaps abjuration or illusion) since it does not target the creature. Also, I ...
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What spells or magic items are available to detect lies?

I'm playing through Storm King's Thunder, and came across an unusual magic item: Gavel of the Venn Rune The Gift of Truth feature for this item says: Whenever a creature utters a lie while within the ...
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Is there a way to learn what was written in a burned document?

I'm playing pathfinder and I just recovered the ashes of burned papers. The Dm told me make whole wouldn't work because a big part of the paper went off in smoke and as such there isn't all the parts. ...
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Is it possible for a caster to have 2 castings of Foresight active?

The Foresight spell specifically includes the following caveat: This spell immediately ends if you cast it again before its duration ends. Looking at this, I figured the only way to avoid that issue ...
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Can I Use Minor Illusion to create a 5ft box around myself to block a scrying sensor's sight?

My party is being scryed on by an enemy. We are all low level and don't have access to second level spells yet. I want to use paper and quill, to write down sensitive information, then pass the ...
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What can be done to a Scrying sensor?

The spell scrying states: On a failed save, the spell creates an invisible sensor within 10 feet of the target. You can see and hear through the sensor as if you were there. The sensor moves with ...
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How should Augury work when the course of action relies on a skill check?

My party's Cleric has just picked up Augury. It's clearly a spell that garners some understandable confusion, but I don't think this precise question's been asked before. How should I, as DM, answer ...
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What counts as a "specific goal, event, or activity" for the Divination spell?

The divination spell states: Similar to augury but more powerful, a divination spell can provide you with a useful piece of advice in reply to a question concerning a specific goal, event, or ...
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Is there a spell that allows you to divine what happened "here"?

My Queen walks into a room full of bodies. One survivor, a small noble she's never met before, tells her a story about what happened to the prisoners she expected to find here. Fortunately, she's a ...
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Can you hit an unlocated and unseen target by throwing a weapon at it after casting True Strike and Guided Shot?

I've recently been discussing a combo found in this chapter of Harry Potter and the Natural 20. If needed, ctrl+f for "I am not walking in that" for the start of the encounter. The relevant part is ...
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When using the Augury spell, how good or bad does the outcome of the course of action have to be to justify a response of Weal / Woe?

My players are planning to use Augury to decide whether to enter a dungeon, and I'm trying to decide what the outcome of the spell should be. I can see that some extremes should be obvious: for ...
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Can casters sacrifice memorized spells/available spell slots to avoid detection?

If a spellcaster is trying to avoid being detected as a caster and is caught unprepared (e.g. nondetection is immediately unavailable), is there any way for them to sacrifice memorized spells or ...
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How does the random reading part of the Divination spell work?

The last section of the divination spell reads: If you cast the spell two or more times before finishing your next long rest, there is a cumulative 25 percent chance for each casting after the ...
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How do I find out who wrote a note?

So I'm playing in a campaign right now, and my party has just received a threatening letter that was left in their dining room stuck to the wall with a dagger. We don't know the writers actual name, ...
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Are bricks considered rock? What about stone?

There are handful of divination spells that are blocked by barriers of a particular thickness and material, such as detect evil and good: The spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by ...
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Can a question be mentally overwritten in Zone of Truth?

Zone of truth's spell description includes (emphasis mine): An affected creature is aware of the spell and can thus avoid answering questions to which it would normally respond with a lie. Such a ...
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We know someone is scrying on us. Is there anything we can do about it?

It would be unusual, to me, if there were no spell in the world that could "feedback" (as my DM puts it) on the scryer. We're usually really creative about this sort of thing, but on this we have no ...
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How do areas where construction has replaced nature affect the spell Commune with Nature's ability to give information on buildings?

One of the limitations of Commune With Nature is that The spell doesn't function where nature has been replaced by construction, such as in dungeons and towns. I am uncertain what that entails ...
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Can either the Nondetection or Mind Blank spells prevent information about oneself being divined from others through the Legend Lore spell?

Can either the Nondetection or Mind Blank spells prevent information about oneself being divined from others through the Legend Lore spell? In this instance, the party was trying to legend lore the ...
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What's the best build for a mounted archer/caster?

My PC is an air genasi fighter 1 with ability scores of Str 12, Dex 19, Con 14, Int 14, Wis 10, and Cha 7. My plan is for my PC to become eventually a mounted archer and spellcaster that emphasizes ...
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Can a familiar be used to satisfy the 30-foot requirement of the spell Locate Creature?

A wizard has seen through her familiar's eyes an NPC who was within 30 feet of the familiar, but more than 30 feet away from the wizard. Can the spell locate creature, cast by the aforementioned ...
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What would be the balance effects of adding extra Divination spells?

I am playing a Divination wizard at the moment and quite disappointed that there are only 17 Divination spells, so I thought I would look at some homebrew ones to talk to the DM about. The question is,...
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What happens if two Divination Wizards try to affect a roll? [duplicate]

Does this interact like Lucky, wherein both Portent rolls cancel each other out and the original, untampered roll is used, or would the diviner that replaces the roll later, override the other that ...
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