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For questions about special senses in RPGs besides the ones most creatures share, especially those that playable characters normally lack. (Sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch are the main senses common to most creatures, though balance, temperature, and pain are often also included among definitions of senses.) Such special senses may include the ability to see in the dark, see into other planes, or sense one's surroundings without being able to see.

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Teleport action and blindsight [duplicate]

I would like to create a monster that have a blindsight of 120 feet and that is blind beyond this radius. Can I give this monster a teleportation action? This action is usually described as follows (...
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Is the Heatvision spell dependent on regular vision?

The 3rd-rank Heatvision spell from Rage of Elements gives a willing creature 60 feet of infrared vision as a precise sense. The spell is called Heatvision, the sense is gives is called infrared vision,...
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Can Truesight see through an area that is heavily obscured?

Truesight states: A monster with truesight can ... see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, [and] automatically detect visual illusions ... Heavily obscured is ...
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Making a combat-viable blind PC

A streamer I found was talking about the P2E Reading Ring, which is designed to give blind characters a way to read in-game. That got me wondering: How would one go about making a combat-viable PC who ...
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What happens when an ancestry with low-light vision is aiurvaran or dromaar heritage?

With the Pathfinder 2e Remaster, all ancestries can be Aiuvarin or Dromaar (mixed elven or orcish heritage). Aiuvaran says, You have elves, or possibly other aiuvarins, in your family tree. You have ...
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How does a Cloak of Displacement interact with truesight/blindsight?

Cloak of Displacement: While you wear this cloak, it projects an illusion that makes you appear to be standing in a place near your actual location, causing any creature to have disadvantage on ...
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Is lifesense a precise sense, or imprecise?

The question has come up in one of my chats, and I could not find an answer after a search of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and Bestiary for 'precise' or 'lifesense'. Aiudara wraiths (...
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Do you still need to perceive a hidden transformed creature before Truesight shows the creature for what it really is?

If a druid wildshapes he magically changes his physical appearance. Let's say he turns into a spider. If he uses "pass without a trace" he gets flat +10 stealth. If he then proceeds to cling ...
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Would blindsight allow a blinded caster to cast spells that specify the target as a creature "that you can see"? [duplicate]

Would blindsight allow a blinded caster to cast spells that specify the target as a creature "that you can see"? Would blindsight be able to substitute for the requirement of having to see a ...
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If I am using my familiar's special sense to see and a creature is attacking me that I see with my familiar, would they get advantage?

Similar to the following: Can I act normally while seeing through my familiar's eyes, per the Find Familiar spell? Can a spell caster attack and/or cast spells while using a familiar's senses?...
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How does Major Image interact with Blind Fighting?

The rules seem to give little indication if the blindsight gained by the Fighter's Blind Fighting is actually able to automatically foil high-level illusions (such as Major Image). But this text from ...
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Does Meld Into Stone prevent Intellect Devourer attacks?

Intellect Devourers have Detect Sentience, which lets them psychically know where someone is through walls. They have Multiattack for Claws and Devour Intellect. The latter requires sight, and their ...
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Do true dragons use echolocation?

I know true dragons have Blindsight, but in terms of lore, how does it work? Do they use echolocation? Something else? Or has it not been specified? I am most interested in 5e lore, but I'm definitely ...
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Can Blindsight bridge magical Darkness?

If you are in an area of magical darkness, and you have limited range blindsight, you will be able to perceive normally within that radius, as per the definition of blindsight: A monster with ...
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Can scrolls be read using Blindsense?

Can a character that is naturally blind but has blindsense read a scroll or a magic book to learn a spell? What about if you cast Read Magic?
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Paladin fighting style blind fighting and druid ability wild shape working together?

You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so. However, you can't use any of your special senses, ...
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Do either truesight or x-ray vision see through a prismatic wall?

We were fighting Vecna himself, and at one point had a prismatic wall up between us and Vecna. The prismatic wall says it creates "a vertical, opaque wall." Vecna's powers include truesight, ...
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Does seeing invisible creature stop advantage and disadvantage? [duplicate]

On my last session one of my players became invisible with the whole team, but the enemy could, and did, cast see invisibility. Then my player argued that, in resulting combat, they still had ...
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What does the clause about seeing into the Ethereal Plane in True Seeing accomplish?

True Seeing's text states: For the duration, the creature has truesight, notices secret doors hidden by magic, and can see into the Ethereal Plane, all out to a range of 120 feet. Here is the ...
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Does truesight + the Detect Magic spell defeat the Nystul's Magic Aura spell?

Suppose I suspect that an object is magical. I cast Detect Magic, but I see no magic aura on it. However, I'm still suspicious, and now I begin to suspect that the aura has been hidden by Nystul's ...
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Can an earth elemental see/hear while using Earth Glide?

As the title says, can an earth elemental see while using Earth Glide? I don't see anything in particular in its stat block that would make me think it could see or hear. They have no tremorsense, and ...
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How does the warlock's Gaze of Two Minds eldritch invocation interact with senses other than vision/hearing, such as Blindsight?

The warlock's Gaze of Two Minds eldritch invocation states that: [...] While perceiving through the other creature's senses, you benefit from any special senses possessed by that creature, and you ...
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Do alternate forms of vision count as being able to see for the purposes of spells that require the target to see the caster?

Certain spells require the target to be able to see the caster. Is a creature that uses blindsight considered able to "see" the caster? What about if they're seeing the caster via darkvision ...
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Does using scent to "note the direction" provoke an attack of opportunity?

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 ...
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Does the Creature Sense ability of ulitharids grant them partial immunity to the invisibility spell and unseen attacker penalties?

According to Volo's Guide to Monsters, the elder brain and ulitharid have the following ability, with the main difference between the two being the effective range (2 miles for the ulitharid, 5 for ...
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True Seeing into Ethereal plane in Fog Cloud, what is seen?

True Seeing spell allows, among other things, this: and can see into the Ethereal Plane, all out to a range of 120 feet. Assume that True Seeing doesn't allow one to directly see through the Fog ...
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Blindsight vs Darkness and Shadows of Moil

How does a dragon's blindsight interact with a PC casting darkness or shadows of moil. Would the PC get advantage on their attack rolls, and would the dragon get disadvantage on it's attack rolls?
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Does wearing a cloak over the Robe of Eyes “close” those eyes, preventing you from seeing out of the robe?

Part of the description of the robe of eyes magic item says: The robe lets you see in all directions [...] The eyes on the robe can't be closed or averted. Although you can close or avert your own ...
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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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Which of Blind Sight vs Blind Sense is better? [closed]

What is the better ability in D&D 5e: Blind sense or Blind fighting? Imagine a varient human rogue with the fighters initiate ability and gets blind fighting before level 15. Which ability is ...
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Can someone with Devil's Sight see inside a Fog Cloud spell while a sphere of Darkness remains at the centre of the fog?

Basically, in a session, we had the party come up against a group of Bugbears who attacked the party in an ambush. In a moment of haste, the party's warlock cast Fog Cloud to help obscure against the ...
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Would Truesight detect a Skulk?

This Skulk's Special Trait lists 3 conditions that can see through their invisibility (mirrors, special candles and preteens), but it doesn't list Truesight as one of the means, and further is called ...
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Can the original form of a familiar be detected by Truesight?

Further to the question "How to determine if an animal is a familiar or a regular beast?", can the original form of a familiar be detected by Truesight? PHB pg 185 includes the following in ...
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Can you stealth against tremorsense?

I am confused to the interaction between the monster special ability tremorsense and the skills of perception and stealth. Specifically what my issue is that tremorsense gets to "automatically ...
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For an attack against a target with the Blink spell cast on them, does Spirit Sensing Stance reduce the miss chance to 20%?

The description of the blink spell says, in part: Physical attacks against you have a 50% miss chance, and the Blind-Fight feat doesn’t help opponents, since you’re ethereal and not merely invisible. ...
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Does the Devil’s Sight eldritch invocation counter the Blinded condition?

The Devil’s Sight eldritch invocation for warlocks says: You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical, to a distance of 120 feet. Does this mean that if you are blinded, casting ...
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How does Belashyrra's Truesight interact with its Eye Thief ability?

Eberron: Rising from the Last War includes a really interesting boss monster named Belashyrra. Belashyrra has Truesight out to 120 feet: A monster with truesight can, out to a specific range, see in ...
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Can Tremorsense replace sight?

This question it prompted by the recommendation of Ryan C. Thompson in relation to their answer to an earlier question of mine. Does tremorsense, allow a monster to effectively "see" other ...
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Is a character unseen by tremorsense while jumping?

Tremorsense is described as: A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin of vibrations within a specific radius, provided that the monster and the source of the vibrations are in ...
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Does Tremorsense allow Attacks of Opportunity while Blinded?

Can a monster with tremorsense that is blinded make attacks of opportunity when an enemy leaves its reach? Tremorsense is described as: A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin ...
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Does Truesight allow you to see through or behind solid objects?

From what I understand in the references in the MM and PHB to Truesight, it seems that a creature with this sense can see into the Ethereal Plane and see invisible things/creatures. However, does this ...
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Does the Arcane Archer's Shadow Arrow inhibit blindsight, tremorsense, and/or truesight?

Shadow Arrow: You weave illusion magic into your arrow, causing it to occlude your foe’s vision with shadows. The creature hit by the arrow takes an extra 2d6 psychic damage, and it must succeed on a ...
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Can a creature with blindsight see another creature that is Heavily Obscured?

If a creature is Heavily Obscured, can it be seen normally by a creature with blindsight? More specifically, will a creature with blindsight have disadvantage on attacks against the heavily obscured ...
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Do crabs have blindsight out of water?

A wizard can choose a crab as a familiar with the find familiar, and crabs have a blindsight of 30ft and are amphibian. I can understand why crabs would have blindsight in water, as they can notice ...
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Is there any way for a character to create a magical disguise that wouldn't be automatically defeated by a creature with Truesight?

I'm attempting to come up with a solution to the question in the title, but have been unsuccessful thus far. Some monsters have the Truesight ability which states the following (emphasis mine): A ...
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How does Scent interact with Mirror Image?

From what I undestand, scent lets you pinpoint the square's direction that a creature occupies. Scent reads, in part: The creature detects another creature’s presence but not its specific ...
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Does Shadow of Moil heavily obscure you against an opponent with Truesight?

Shadow of Moil is a 4th-level necromancy spell with the following description (XGtE, p. 164): Flame-like shadows wreathe your body until the spell ends, causing you to become heavily obscured to ...
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If I used Wish to become immune to being seen via Truesight and stand in an area of magical darkness, can a creature with Truesight see me?

As the title says, does standing inside an area of magical darkness, while being immune from detection through truesight (not the spell, but the monster ability), render me unseen from a creature that ...
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Does Blindsight detect a scrying sensor?

My party's going to be encountering an Elder Oblex that's gained more sentience than usual. The party has a mirror of Scrying (cast once per day without components/slots). They're wanting to use said ...
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In what way does Blindsight complement Truesight? [closed]

The definitions are quite clear, Blindsight being: A monster with blindsight can perceive its surroundings without relying on sight, within a specific radius. Creatures without eyes, such ...
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