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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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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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 ...