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What is a "general emotion" for Empathic Link?

As a Wizard, I have a Familiar: Empathic Link (Su): The master has an empathic link with his familiar to a 1 mile distance. The master can communicate empathically with the familiar, but cannot see ...
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Does Telepathy (Language) work both ways?

I finally switched my familiar for a Faerie Dragon and I'm wondering whether his Telepathy feature does what I think it does. First, the rules quote: Telepathy (Su) The creature can mentally ...
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Detecting Telepathy through Detect Magic [duplicate]

Situation looks like that: My character casts Detect Magic, at the same time other creature uses his ability (this is not a spell) and comunicate with others through Telepathy. In that case, should my ...
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Does the Feat "Telepathic" allow my druid to communicate with the party and other beasts through telepathy without limitations of the beast form?

I am new to the D&D system and want to create a druid character for D&D 5e. At level 4, I am allowed to choose either an ability enhancement or a feat. The feat "Telepathic" has the ...
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If you're Githzerai or have the Telepathy feat, are spell components required for the spell-slot-powered castings?

The typical concept of innate telepathy is that you just have to "think at something" in a certain way and it happens. You're not casting a spell and using magic, so you don't expect the ...
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Can the SoulKnife Ability "Psychic Whispers" Use Other Senses to Communicate?

Well, at my table, one of my players asked me if the Psychic Whispers ability can be used to share images, smells or sounds telepathically, not only words, since other creatures with telepathic ...
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How does the Firbolg’s Speech of Beast and Leaf trait interact with the Telepathic feat?

The Telepathic feat (TCoE, p. 81) gives you the ability to: [...] speak telepathically to any creature you can see within 60 feet of you. Your telepathic utterances are in a language you know, and ...
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Ring of Mind Shielding and telepathic communication with the new wearer

Alice dies wearing a Ring of Mind Shielding and their soul enters the ring. Bob finds the ring and puts it on, but does not attune to the ring. Can Alice communicate with Bob? From the description of ...
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How does the target of Telepathy become aware that it has been cast so they can decide if they are a "willing creature"?

Without warning, a wizard casts telepathy targeting a friend who is on a different continent. You create a telepathic link between yourself and a willing creature with which you are familiar. How is ...
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Does a Great Old One Warlock have two-way telepathic communication with its thrall?

The warlock's Awakened Mind telepathy was recently changed from "You can communicate telepathically with..." to "You can speak telepathically to..." with the intent of clarifying ...
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Does the Mind Blank spell block the Psionic Mind feature of Gem Dragonborn?

The spell mind blank says: one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, divination spells, and the charmed condition. The ...
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How does telepathy with mute creatures work

Suppose player "Apple" has telepathy, and tries to communicate with creature "Bagel," whose stat block explicitly says "understands Common but can't speak." Bagel can't ...
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Can a petrified wizard communicate telepathically with their familiar?

The wizard in my campaign has just been petrified after his first encounter with a cockatrice. He had his familiar 'out' at the time of his petrification. I'm sure that the intent of the rules is that ...
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Does a severely reduced intelligence ability score impair your ability to communicate?

When under the effects of the Polymorph spell: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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Does a Ring of Mind Shielding affect the dream spell? [duplicate]

The party warlock recently acquired a ring of mind shielding in Tales from the Yawning Portal The party patron is a spellcaster who is in a city distant from them. She is about to contact them via ...
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Is a Wild Shaped druid effectively immune to the Detect Thoughts spell?

For standard usage of the Detect Thoughts spell, "If the creature you choose has an Intelligence of 3 or lower or doesn't speak any language, the creature is unaffected" (PHB, pg 231). ...
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Can the Telepathy spell convey enough information to qualify a location for Clairvoyance or Scrying?

Clairvoyance and Scrying are both useful spell for seeing a specific location: You create an invisible sensor within range in a location familiar to you (a place you have visited or seen before) or ...
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Can a known recipient of sending via sending stones conceal their identity?

A character has discovered one of a pair of sending stones in a D&D 5e game. They can use the stone to cast sending, with the target being the holder of the other stone. The person holding the ...
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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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