Questions tagged [special-senses]

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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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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What is the mechanic of "Keen sense of smell and hearing?"

Though personally, I thought it would be awesome to play a Lythari elf (see the "Rare Elf Subraces" sidebar on SCAG, p. 106) Way of Shadow monk who relies on her smell to scout ahead, I realized that ...
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Can a creature under the effect of the True Seeing spell see a creature under the effect of Nondetection inside the area of a Darkness spell?

As explained in the Q&A Do Nondetection and Invisibility protect you from True Seeing?, the nondetection spell would hide an invisible character from being seen by a creature under the effect of ...
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Does the True Seeing spell modify your actual sight, or give you a second sight?

The reason this matters is for determining another question: Can a creature under the effect of the True Seeing spell see a creature under the effect of Nondetection inside the area of a Darkness ...
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Does darkvision affect how you see things in regular light?

Darkvision is, apart from being black and white (presumably, greyscale is what they mean, because vision in exactly two shades is very different to how creatures see things in the daytime), "like ...
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Does casting Beast Sense on a creature with truesight let you see as if you had truesight?

In D&D 5th Edition, if you use the Beast Sense spell on a creature with truesight, do you see as if you had truesight?
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Does blindsight allow for detailed observation?

In general, how much detail can blind sight interpret? Is it like the Daredevil movie where they can make out an individuals facial details, or more of a "there is a humanoid/quadruped/tentacled ...
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Detecting Creatures with Scent

My druid has the Wild Shape Focus spell, and one ability that it grants (via pest form) is "imprecise scent 30 ft." I read through the relevant rules, and I'm not sure when this ability would be ...
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Does tremorsense see through the Pass without Trace spell?

The description of the pass without trace spell says: A veil of shadows and silence radiates from you, masking you and your companions from detection. For the duration, each creature you choose ...
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When an invisible character leaves a blindsight creature's reach, does the creature get an Opportunity Attack?

A character in the party cast Invisibility on herself, making her invisible. She then tried to move past a Giant Spider, which has Blindsight 10 ft. Per "Does Blindsight detect Invisibility?" the ...
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Does Darkvision have a concept of detecting lighting differences?

Devil's Sight (PHB p119) allows someone to "see normally in darkness": Devil's Sight You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical to a distance of 120 feet. Our ideas of normal ...
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Which is the correct rules text for Darkvision?

Reading the PHB sections on races, e.g. Dwarf p. 20, it says ... Darkvision. Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 ...
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Is there a way to see through smoke as opposed to "darkness"?

Darkness is the absence of light. Smoke/fog is the presence of another medium effecting vision. RAW in 5e are there ways for PCs to see through smoke/fog/things-that-are-not-darkness? Is smoke/fog ...
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Can you blind a Demilich/creature that has Truesight?

RAW, I don't see why you can't blind something with Truesight, but I feel like it shouldn't be possible. (Maybe vestiges of previous editions?) I wonder whether I've overlooked some basic rule.
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Can creatures with special senses break line of sight for the frightened condition?

The frightened condition is dependent on the source of fear being in line of sight. Do creatures with additional senses like blindsight, tremor sense and web sense find it extremely difficult to ...
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Does Blindsight detect invisibility?

Blindsight is described as using your other senses to detect your surroundings. Now, if someone invisible walked into my blindsight zone, would I be able to detect him, because he is only hidden from ...
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