Questions tagged [telepathy]

For questions related to mental communication between parties, as well as the examination of another party's thoughts.

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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 Monster Manual, in the chapter "Monster Statistics" it says: Telepathy Telepathy is a magical ability that allows a monster to communicate mentally with another creature within a specified ...
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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 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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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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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....