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What do Detect Magic and Identify reveal about the target of a "basic" Wish? [duplicate]

Suppose I cast wish, duplicating the effect of sympathy, targeting a rock. If someone later casts detect magic, what school of magic would they detect on the rock (e.g. Conjuration or Enchantment)? If ...
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What happens when you target a dead creature with Scrying?

In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, the spell Scrying is described, in part, as follows: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The ...
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Locate Object used on a Wildshaped Druid

If the spell "Locate Object" is used on an distinctive item of clothing a druid is wearing, but the druid is currently wildshaped, what is the effect of the spell? Relevant quotes for ...
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Is the subject of a commune spell question the target of a divination spell?

In a previous question, I asked how the drow clergy of the Fane would be able to gather information on a cautious party that had infiltrated the city of Erelhei-Cinlu. One of the answers suggested ...
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Twin the Divination Spell

Are you as a divine soul sorcerer able to Twinned Spell Divination, and get into contact with multiple gods, and ask twice the amount of questions?
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Are there any spells or items that allow viewing or visiting a past event?

Related: What Divination Spells, if-any, could allow you to learn sigils sequences.... This question is a proposed theory crafting extension of the previous question. Are there any spells, items or ...
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What can be done to make a transmutation seem real even to magical senses?

The core problem For characters living in a world where high level and possibly epic casters (without the Epic Spellcasting feat) exist, passing for the creature they're polymorphed into is hard. A ...
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Does casting detect magic reveal the school of a spell stored in a Glyph of Warding?

In D&D 5e, If one casts detect magic on a glyph of warding with a spell stored in it, does it only reveal Abjuration school, or do you get an undercurrent or hint at the school of the stored spell ...
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Can Commune predict the indefinite future?

The spell: Commune 5th-level divination (ritual) ... You contact your deity or a divine proxy and ask up to three questions that can be answered with a yes or no. You must ask your questions before ...
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Does a Wand of Secrets still point to a revealed secret or sprung trap?

If a secret door has been found or a trap sprung already and then a Wand of Secrets is used nearby either of those, does the Wand of Secrets still point to them? Or does it know they are no longer a ...
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Is this divination-focused Warlock Patron, loosely based on the Fathomless Patron, balanced?

One of my D&D groups will be starting a level 5–20 campaign soon, and I have a character concept I'd like to use for it. Briefly, the character is a warlock whose patron is a mysterious coven from ...
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Prying Eyes plus Scrying

Just thinking of a combo. If I send out a group of Prying Eye by ordering them "keep hidden and follow [someone]", and then I cast Scrying on one of them, would that become a Scrying with no ...
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How would D&D 5e spellcasters investigate an anonymous attack?

The adventuring party (D&D 5e level 5) have just managed to commit an audacious attack, destroying an important, visible monument. For the sake of argument let's assume that they have managed to ...
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Definition of "Direction" in Divination Context

Was wondering if there was a specific RAI source for a definition of direction in the case of a spell like Locate Object. Do they mean cardinal direction in that it would point you in the cardinal ...
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Does the Obscure Object hide things inside the object?

If a character casts Obscure Object on a box, would someone still be able to cast Scrying on an object inside the box? Alternatively, if that character casts Obscure Object on boat, would it still be ...
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Detecting Telepathy through Detect Magic [duplicate]

Situation looks like that: My character casts Detect Magic, at the same time other creature uses his ability (this is not a spell) and comunicate with others through Telepathy. In that case, should my ...
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How do Polymorph and True Polymorph interact with the Scrying spell?

A wizard has encountered a foe they let flee in a previous fight. They are now planning to use the Scrying spell, to find out where the foe is hiding. Does that spell succeed if the foe has cast ...
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What's your best practice as a DM to "protect" your awesome campaign's mystery "against" the Divination spell?

Some context: I'm a newbie DM running the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign for my party. What's so special about this campaign is that it's full of intrigue / politics / betrayal and mystery. Also it'...
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Does Nondetection + Invisibility keep you invisible to someone with See Invisibility? [duplicate]

Initially I thought that the whole point of the Nondetection spell is to protect you from all variety of spells like See Invisibility. It sounds quite logical based on the spell's name. However, then ...
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Can an invisible stalker circumvent anti-divination magic?

The Invisible Stalker is a monster that can be summoned with an upcast Conjure Elemental spell. According to that spell, "It obeys any verbal commands that you issue to it (no action required by ...
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How does Detect Magic interact with living bodies?

One player at my table is currently in a pretty specific situation, where he has a magic item inside his body. I have looked at the Detect Magic spell, and at the internet but I did not find anything ...
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Will Nondetection prevent an Alarm spell from triggering?

This question came up while answering this question. While I made the assumption that Nondetection does not protect against an Alarm in my answer, I quickly realised that the answer probably wasn't as ...
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Is there, or has there been, an official list of what aura magic items give?

In the 5th Edition description of detect magic, it states: ...you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school ...
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What are the best non-wizard options for a divination-focused character?

I'm creating a character for a D&D 5e game. The setting is home-brewed, but the rules are not. One limitation imposed by the setting is that wizard is not an allowed option at character creation. ...
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What is the Legend Lore spell actually doing "under the hood"?

I've been wondering how the spell legend lore actually works, and the best way I can come up with to phrase the question is to use the phrase "under the hood". I know how the spell works in ...
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Are there any spells other than Wish that can locate an object through lead shielding?

We recently stole a phylactery. We now have to figure out how to destroy it, and in the meantime need to conceal it from being located by its owner that will soon be realizing what is going on. We ...
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While wearing an Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location, can I cast Divination spells with a range of Self? [duplicate]

Consider the situation: I am wearing an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, giving me the following effect: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from divination magic. You can't be ...
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Is a Reincarnated creature the same creature for the purpose of Scrying?

My pathfinder party have found themselves with a significant (100k Platinum) bounty on their head placed by one of the villains of the campaign. The bounty is a form of blackmail in an attempt to ...
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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 Scrying if I've only seen it through Scrying before?

The scenario We are playing a two party D&D 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 happening ...
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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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