Questions tagged [divination]

For questions related to game mechanics that involve divining the future, scrying, or other forms of magical or divine information gathering.

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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One of the limitations of Commune With Nature is that The spell doesn't function where nature has been replaced by construction, such as in dungeons and towns.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 ...
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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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Can the Divination spell be used by an NPC to check that PCs plan to hold up their end of a bargain?

Say that an NPC capable of casting the Divination spell has a hostage, and has promised to execute said hostage unless the PCs complete a specific task for them. Would it be valid for the NPC to cast ...
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Can the Dispel Magic spell stop the effects of divination spells?

Alright, so my question, related to this one is: Could a player use Dispel Magic to end the effect of a divination spell, if detected?
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Does the Detect Magic spell detect any external divination spells?

Suppose a spellcaster NPC is using a divination spell on the party to either spy on them or locate them such as Locate Creature or Clairvoyance or (especially) the Scrying spell. Would a player ...
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Can a creature tell when it has been affected by a Divination wizard's Portent?

Consider the following situation (from my perspective as the DM): One of my PCs casts a spell on an NPC (or monster etc.) which forces the target to make, say, a Wisdom save, or else be frightened. ...
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Portent, as it relates to the Gambling downtime rules from Xanathar's Guide to Everything

The Gambling downtime rules in XGtE state that it takes the character a workweek (5 days) and a stake of between 10gp and 1000gp to partake in the gambling downtime activity. The resolution of this ...
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Will an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location protect an invisible character from being observed by True Sight or Robe of Eyes?

Will an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location protect an invisible character from being observed directly with divination magic? I get that the Amulet would prevent the wearer from being ...
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Can a creature with a Mind Blank spell active on itself target itself with Encode Thoughts?

Can a creature with an active mind blank spell target itself with encode thoughts? My gut instinct was no. Upon further review, maybe? For context: I am playing a divination wizard in a West ...
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For the Divination wizard's Portent feature, how do “glimpses of the future” manifest? [closed]

The Divination wizard's Portent feature description (PHB, p. 116) begins: Starting at 2nd level when you choose this school, glimpses of the future begin to press in on your awareness. Most of the ...
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Does a failed Locate Creature foil Nystul's Magic Aura?

Context An evil wizard has used True Polymorph to make one of their minions resemble the king. As a precaution against diviners, the wizard also casts Nystul's Magic Aura, "Mask", for 30 days, which ...
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Can I cast Nondetection and Divination spells on myself?

I have a simple question: If I cast a nondetection spell on me can I also cast spells like detect magic on myself while I'm under the nondetection effect?
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Who is targeted when Scrying's target is ambiguous?

The 5th level spell Scrying allows you to attempt to magically spy on a creature. The caster doesn't even need to have met the creature to attempt this. What happens when the target the caster has ...
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Does Mind Blank also protect your gear?

Does Mind Blank protect magic items or even normal gear that is on the Mind Blanked target from divination spells (including but not limited to Detect Magic, Locate Object, etc.)? Another player and ...
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Does a target of the Scrying spell know they were targeted?

Does a target of the scrying spell know that they were the target of the spell, either as the spell is being cast or after the target makes their saving throw? The text of the spell seems to leave it ...
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What happens if you scry a target that's invisible?

What happens if you scry a target with either scrying or greater scrying while the subject is under the effects of a (Greater) invisibility spell? This is assuming the target fails her will save and ...
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Portent and spell preparation: which comes first?

Both the dice rolls for the 2nd-level School of Divination Wizard class feature Portent and a Wizard's spell preparation occur "when you finish a long rest". Which comes first - or can a Wizard PC ...
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How reliable is Druidcraft weather prediction?

Barring Control Weather or other unnaturally weather alteration, how reliable is the weather prediction part of Druidcraft cantrip? You create a tiny, harmless sensory effect that predicts what the ...
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How does Nondetection affect Clairvoyance and Scrying?

How does Nondetection protect from divination magic? When someone casts Clairvoyance or Scrying on a place/creature other than the target and there is something/someone protected by Nondetection in ...
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Does Locate Object lock on a target?

The spell description reads: Alternatively, the spell can locate the nearest object of a particular kind, such as a certain kind of apparel, jewelry, furniture, tool, or weapon. This spell can’...
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Creating a Fortress that Allows Owner to Scry, but Blocks Others

I'm a GM designing the remote fortress of an ancient-but-still-living archmage (>=20th level?). The archmage lives in society at present, and only returns to his fortress a few times per year, or as ...
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Divination Wizard vs Closed Envelope

I am playing a level 6 Divination Wizard in a D&D 5e game. My character has been entrusted with an envelope by a person who's untrustworthy but not necessarily malevolent, and asked to deliver it, ...
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How does nondetection interact with School of Divination's Portent?

As the title suggests, me and some friends had a disussion on this. First, here is the RAW from PHB on Portent (PHB 116): Starting at 2nd leel when you choose this school, glimpses of the future ...
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Can Wands trigger the effect of “Insightful Divination”?

The feat Insightful Divination gives you a bonus on initiative whenever you use a divination spell. Does casting a spell via the use of a spell-trigger item, such as a wand or a scroll, count for the ...
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There appears to be significant overlap between Divination and other schools. What truly defines a divination spell? [closed]

The more I look at spell schools, the more I notice that Divination seems to be severely underdeveloped and mechanically overspecialized, while also suffering from too much overlap with other schools, ...
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How to handle Seer spells so they don't either waste time or make playing tedious?

Some of the fantasy magic systems we are/were playing provide spell casters with access to spells that provide the player with information about future events. Now, we know from many movies and ...