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Does the range of your telepathic communication with your original familiar from Find Familiar increase to 1 mile when you cast Flock of Familiars?

My question is about how the Flock of Familiars1 spell interacts with the Find Familiar spell. According to the spell description of the Flock of Familiars spell: If you already have a familiar ...
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Are you blind and deaf to your own senses when using the senses of a flock of familiars?

My problem is with the D&D 5e paradigm 'spells do only as they say they do'. If I am reading flock of familiars1 correctly, then already possessing a familiar weakens this spell, to the point ...
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Can I avoid surprise through my familiar?

You might have seen a more complicated variant of this question going on about different types of speed but a comment by Szega made me realize that a much simpler question would probably suffice and ...
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Creature telepathy and illusions?

I am running a D&D 5e campaign, and we had an interesting case come up in play last night. The party cast minor illusion to conceal themselves in a cave at the end of a narrow canyon, and then a ...
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Would an Antimagic Field block telepathic communication with a familiar? [duplicate]

Ichabod the Inscrutable has an imp familiar and is exploring a dungeon. He comes across a series of trapped rooms that have Antimagic Fields in them, and he wants to send his familiar in to do some ...
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If a druid Wild Shapes and merges with a telepathic sentient item, will the item's telepathy be suppressed?

Suppose a druid is in possession of a sentient magical item that possesses telepathy. If the druid wild shapes and chooses to merge the item into their form, will the item's telepathy be suppressed? ...
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Can a wizard under the effects of Feign Death issue telepathic commands to their familiar?

A wizard has a summoned familiar within 100 feet that is currently idle and has Feign Death (PHB, p. 240) cast on them by another PC. Would the wizard still be able to issue telepathic commands to ...
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Do monsters with telepathy automatically sense creatures in their telepathic radius?

Some monsters have "Telepathy" listed among their languages. The description of telepathy states (MM, p. 9): Telepathy is a magical ability that allows a monster to communicate mentally with ...
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Can your familiar (via Find Familiar) initiate telepathic communication with you? [duplicate]

The find familiar spell says (emphasis mine): While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically. So, clearly you can speak to it telepathically, say to ...
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Mage Spell Telepathy : Comunication with Intelligent Beings

After a Dungeon World Session a mage asked me if using telepathy enables him to speak to a lizardman (pyromancer character). The lizardman doesn't speak common language. So far, only the druid can ...
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Does Telepathy give the ability to detect thoughts?

The Monster Manual 1 states in the Pseudodragon entry (Pg. 210): Telepathy (Su): Pseudodragons can communicate telepathically with creatures that speak Common or Sylvan, provided they are within ...
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Can an Rogue Assassin 13/GOO Warlock use their Impostor feature and Awakened Mind in conjunction?

Rolling up a Warlock Rogue for a new campaign, I found a possible synergy between the Assassin's Impostor ability and the GOO Warlock's Awakened mind feature: Could they impersonate someone else in ...
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Can a creature with Telepathy communicate when it is under the effect of Hold Monster?

My psuedodragon familiar is currently under the effect of Hold Monster. Hold monster specifically restricts "speech", but I think that means words that come out of a moving mouth. Is that right? Can ...
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Can a mystic sense nearby creatures using telepathy?

This question was raised by one of my players who is playing a third version mystic from unearthed arcana (released on 13/03/2017). To provide a couple of example scenarios: He has tried to use ...
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Is the target of the Mystic's psionic effect “Occluded Mind” aware that it is being targeted?

The most recent version of the Unearthed Arcana Mystic (V3) can be found here. Mystics can learn a number of Psionic Disciplines, each of which allow them to expend psi points to create certain ...
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Can a monster use telepathy while paralyzed?

The paralyzed condition notes A paralyzed creature is incapacitated (see the condition) and can't move or speak. But is a monster 'speaking' when it's using telepathy? Can it use it while ...
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For the Exacting Query psionic effect from the Telepathic Contact discipline, are responses given vocally or telepathically?

The 2017 UA Mystic has access to various Psionic Disciplines. One of the psionic effects of the Telepathic Contact discipline is an option called Exacting Query, whose description states: Exacting ...
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Does the Kenku racial curse prevent the Awakened Mind class feature and similar telepathy effects from helping them communicate?

A Great Old One warlock is granted awakened mind at first level -- a limited form of conversational telepathy that allows communication (with range limitations) with any being that can understand at ...
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Would a Ghostwise Halfling Druid be able to use Silent Speech to communicate while in Wild Shape?

A player in the campaign I am preparing to run has asked me if he could play a Ghostwise Halfling from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide so he could mitigate not being able to communicate with the party ...
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What are the limits of multiple warlock familiars?

The Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation allows a Pact of the Chain warlock to do the following (PHB, p. 111): You can communicate telepathically with your familiar and perceive through ...
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Does the Detect Thoughts spell work against an Intellect Devourer?

The spell Detect Thoughts has the following limitation on potential targets: You can't detect a creature with an Intelligence of 3 or lower or one that doesn't speak any language. An Intellect ...
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Can a nothic's Weird Insight action discover secrets about a player character that the character doesn't know about themselves?

I'm running through the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure with a new group of players. The backstory of one character was that they were born to a noble family but were abandoned at birth (...
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Is a frog intelligent enough to issue telepathic commands?

A wizard in my party has cast polymorph on an opponent that has control of a Shield Guardian. The wizard turned them into a frog before it was their turn to act. Can that opponent still issue ...
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Is it possible to eavesdrop on Rary's Telepathic Bond?

The spell Rary's Telepathic Bond (PHB, 270; the SRD version of the spell is Telepathic Bond) allows targets to communicate telepathically for 1 hour, regardless of common languages or distance. You ...
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Is the ability to telepathically communicate with a Familiar only one-way?

The most recent PHB errata clarified that the Steed generated by Find Steed can communicate telepathically with its summoner. In the next-to-last paragraph, "communicate with it" is now "...
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Can a druid Wild Shape into a Cranium Rat and use Telepathy?

One of the limitations of using Wild Shape is that, in most beast forms, a druid cannot talk, as per the PHB: You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands ...
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Can an Ice Devil give a command to his Hellfire Engine by telepathy?

Can Ice Devil (Monster Manual) give a command to his Hellfire Engine (Fiendish Codex II) by telepathy? The Telepathic Bond spell says: You forge a telepathic bond among yourself and a number of ...
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Is it possible to communicate with more than one creature at once using Awakened Mind's telepathy?

The Great Old One warlock patron grants the Awakened Mind feature at 1st level (PHB, p. 110): Starting at 1st level, your alien knowledge gives you the ability to touch the minds of other ...
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Can an aboleth establish a mental link with targets it can't see?

So, imagine an aboleth, living in its lair as the party enters it. Without resorting to other means of detecting them, can it use its telepathy to speak to the party no matter where they are, so long ...
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Can a wizard's familiar wake the wizard using its telepathic link?

Suppose I, a wizard, am making camp for the night, and I want to have my owl familiar (obtained via the find familiar spell) keep watch while I sleep and wake me if anyone approaches. Since my ...
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Can Awakened Mind let you affect creatures that don’t share your language with spells that require them to understand you? [duplicate]

Spells like Mass Suggestion require that the target(s) must be able to hear and understand you. The Great Old One’s Awakened Mind allows a Warlock to telepathically speak and be understood by anyone ...
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How would a Telepath be able to tell that they're not going crazy? [closed]

It's the Psychic player again. She asked me a pretty good question to better roleplay the character. Her character has been able to read people's minds since early adulthood. As soon as she said this, ...
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Does the recipient of a message sent by a Great Old One-patron Warlock using Awakened Mind “hear” the thought itself?

Warlocks with the Great Old One patron get the Awakened Mind feature at 1st level (PHB, p. 110), which allows them to telepathically speak to any creature they can see within 30 feet. Part of the ...
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Can a Kenku mimic words/sounds that they “heard” through telepathy?

Kenku can only speak in mimicry, but it has been stated that they can still communicate via methods like telepathy from the Mystic and Warlock classes. So a Kenku with telepathy can communicate their ...
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Can Communication or Mind Reading be used to speak with someone who doesn't share a language with you?

I'm looking at the Psychic's Telepathy Power. It's functionally two powers. It's the Communication power and Mind Reading power. The mind reading power does not require the Comprehend power to ...
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How much control does an Unconscious caster maintain over his familiar?

There's no stipulation in the Find Familiar spell that states your familiar disappears when your character dies, or is knocked out. There's also this small statement within the spell about what a ...
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Is “when the spellcaster decides to cast a spell at me” a perceivable Ready trigger using the Detect Thoughts spell?

I understand that, in general, an action can't be readied before someone casts a spell because the trigger for the ready action must be perceivable. Well, what if the character with the readied ...
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Can a “find steed”-sourced mount actually talk to you (telepathically)?

I found a lot of questions discussing how a find steed-sourced mount works in combat due to its intelligence and ability to communicate with you, but what does that mean outside of combat? Your ...
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Does using Speak with Animals with silent speech allow speaking telepathically to animals?

[Inspired by this question] Ghostwise halfling, a halfling subrace in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide has the racial ability silent speech. Silent Speech: You can speak telepathically to any ...
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Can Silent Speech be used with invisible targets and ones behind full cover?

I'm thinking of creating a party of twin Ghostwise Halfling Rogue. They can infiltrate a castle and communicate with each other silently. If one of them went invisible, can the other use Silent ...
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Can the Ghostwise Halfling's Silent Speech be used to telepathically intimidate using growls?

Ghostwise Halflings (SCAG, p. 110) have the Silent Speech trait: Silent Speech. You can speak telepathically to any creature within 30 feet of you. The creature understands you only if the two of ...
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Is the telepathy rule in the Monster Manual only applicable to monster telepathy abilities?

In the introduction to the Monster Manual (p. 9), the description of telepathy states: Telepathy is a magical ability that allows a monster to communicate mentally with another creature within a ...
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Is Dominate Person's telepathic link one-way or two-way?

Does Dominate Person form a one-way or two-way telepathic link? If the link is two-way, can the target communicate (willingly or when asked) information? Does the target need to spend a turn or bonus ...
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Does the Ghostwise Halfling Silent Speech allow two-way communication?

The description of the ghostwise halfling's Silent Speech trait (SCAG, p. 110) says: You can speak telepathically to any creature within 30 feet of you. The creature understands you only if the two ...
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Does the Great Old One warlock's telepathy from the Awakened Mind feature take an action?

Does the Great Old One warlock's telepathy from the Awakened Mind feature take an action? It doesn't seem too clear to our group and we have basically ruled it as equivalent to talking.
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How does telepathy work? [duplicate]

The concept seems simple enough. You can tell someone something without speaking out loud- You just implant the thoughts in their mind, so to speak. But can you only "talk" with telepathy, or does it ...
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When using the Detect Thoughts spell, is the target aware that you're probing its mind when you're not doing a deep probe?

I'm considering experimenting with the Bard: College of Satire from Unearthed Arcana: Kits of Old, but whether or not I can be discreet with the Detect Thoughts spell is keeping me on the fence. In ...
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Does Telepathy need a shared language to work?

I have telepathy as the MM1 says: Telepathy (Su) A creature with this ability can communicate telepathically with any other creature within a certain range (specified in the creature’s entry, usually ...
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Is the Warlock's Awakened Mind telepathy two-way, or only one-way?

When warlock chooses a pact with The Great Old One, he gains a feature called Awakened Mind: Starting at 1st level, your alien knowledge gives you the ability to touch the minds of other creatures....
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How does the telepathy supernatural ability work?

According to the MM books, telepathy is described as: A creature with this ability (supernatural) can communicate telepathically with any other creature within a certain range (specified in the ...