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How does the Divination wizard's Portent feature interact with Advantage and Disadvantage?

The School of Divination wizard's Portent feature says, in part (Player's Handbook, page 116): You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can ...
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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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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 can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?

In a DnD 3.5 universe, could a spell such as Divination or Commune allow the caster to cheat at betting on sporting events? (For example, by asking a question like "Will Stan Stormbow win in this ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 are outcome-changing circumstances mentioned in Augury and Divination?

This is one of those naval-gazing questions that may have actual mechanical bearing. Both Augury and Divination predict the outcome of future events: In the case of Augury "the results of a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...