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Are you blind and deaf to your own senses when using the senses of a flock of familiars?

You say 'spells do only as they say they do', but disregard where the spell says this: Each familiar uses the same rules and options for a familiar conjured by the Find Familiar spell. If you do not ...
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Is the Warlock's Awakened Mind telepathy two-way, or only one-way?

From Wizards' July 2015 Sage Advice column: Does the warlock’s Awakened Mind feature allow two-way telepathic communication? The feature is intended to provide one-way communication. The warlock ...
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How much control does an Unconscious caster maintain over his familiar?

The unconscious condition says: An unconscious creature is incapacitated, can't move or speak, and is unaware of its surroundings. and incapacitated says: An incapacitated creature can't take ...
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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?

Yes, this should work. The relevant parts of Wild Shape are: You can't cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your beast form. ...
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Is a Wild Shaped druid effectively immune to the Detect Thoughts spell?

RAW, if a form's Languages section is blank, that form is immune to detect thoughts. This is the rules as written ruling. A druid wildshaped into a wolf cannot speak any languages, so detect thoughts ...
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Can a druid Wild Shape into a Cranium Rat and use Telepathy?

Not anymore; it's now an Aberration Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse (p. 83) reclassified the cranium rat's Type from Beast to Aberration. That said, it's fun and cool to be able to ...
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Can a wizard's familiar wake the wizard using its telepathic link?

The question can be split in two related questions: Can the familiar act on its own? Is it smart enough to do so? Can telepathy wake up someone? 1. Yes This was already answered here (related here ...
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Can a druid Wild Shape into a Cranium Rat and use Telepathy?

Yes, they can I agree it seems strange that the Cranium Rat is a beast rather than a monstrosity or something. But until any official errata comes along, then it is perfectly eligible for Wild Shape! ...
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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?

Read As Written, yes While the implication of the description is that the character has direct knowledge of the fact or secret, that does not necessarily preclude the nothic from learning something ...
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Can I avoid surprise through my familiar?

Although telepathy the spell operates slightly differently, it's a good place to look for more info: Until the spell ends, you and the target can instantaneously share words, images, sounds, and ...
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Can a monster use telepathy while paralyzed?

The rules for monster telepathy specifically cover this case: A telepathic monster can initiate or terminate a telepathic conversation without using an action, but while the monster is ...
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Do monsters with telepathy automatically sense creatures in their telepathic radius?

No, telepathy doesn't inherently grant knowledge of creatures You don't get any abilities that are not listed in the description. So if it does not say that you can sense creatures, then you can't. ...
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Can a petrified wizard communicate telepathically with their familiar?

No, they cannot And I'm basing this mostly on this part of Petrified: The creature is unaware of its surroundings. This line is also present in the Unconscious condition and represents the Wizard's ...
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Does the Great Old One warlock's telepathy from the Awakened Mind feature take an action?

Awakened Mind just allows you to telepathically communicate. You are able to communicate whenever you like as part of "Other Activity On Your Turn" PHB 190: Your turn can include a variety of ...
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Is the ability to telepathically communicate with a Familiar only one-way?

Probably...? Sage Advice has weighed in on a similarly worded game feature (p. 6): Does the warlock’s Awakened Mind feature allow two way telepathic communication? The feature is intended to ...
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Would a Ghostwise Halfling Druid be able to use Silent Speech to communicate while in Wild Shape?

Yes, this would work. 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 ...
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If you're Githzerai or have the Telepathy feat, are spell components required for the spell-slot-powered castings?

The Githzerai does need components when casting with spell slots […] Once you cast shield or detect thoughts with this trait, you can’t cast that spell with it again until you finish a long rest. You ...
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Does using the Speak with Animals spell with the ghostwise halfling's Silent Speech trait allow speaking telepathically to animals?

No, you cannot telepathically speak with animals I'm using this phrase in particular: The creature understands you only if the two of you share a language. Strictly speaking, beasts in the MM do ...
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Can Silent Speech be used with invisible targets and ones behind full cover?

Silent Speech doesn't require vision of the target. Silent Speech, unlike other forms of telepathy in 5e, doesn't require you to see the creature you wish to communicate with. Silent Speech. You ...
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Can the Ghostwise Halfling's Silent Speech be used to telepathically intimidate using growls?

No, the wolf would not understand and would not be frightened. The ability's description is clear in this regard. The creature understands you only if the two of you share a language. Since the ...
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Does the Ghostwise Halfling Silent Speech allow two-way communication?

Correct, it doesn't specify it allows two-way communication. Other items in the game, like Telepathic Bond states the targets can communicate. With this spell stating "targets" it implies that both ...
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Is the telepathy rule in the Monster Manual only applicable to monster telepathy abilities?

Monsters only You are quoting a passage from the Monster Manual that specifically talks about Monsters within it. There is no reason to apply those telepathic abilities to a PC without an equivalent ...
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Creature telepathy and illusions?

Telepathy doesn’t tell you much about where the person you are communicating with is The rules for Telepathy, at least as far as it applies to communications available to monsters, are laid out in the ...
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Can a Kenku mimic words/sounds that they "heard" through telepathy?

Not likely While all telepathy is not defined in one place, and each type of telepathy needs to be taken on a case by case basis, there are no instances where telepathy counts as hearing. A Kenku ...
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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?

It simply understands your telepathic utterance As you've quoted, this isn't about sending a message in a specific language. It's about requiring the recipient to understand language in general which ...
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Is it possible to communicate with more than one creature at once using Awakened Mind's telepathy?

There are numerous existing precedents in the PHB which indicate any means multiple. The confusion here is centered around a single word, emphasized below: You can communicate telepathically with any ...
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Does the Kenku racial curse prevent the Awakened Mind class feature and similar telepathy effects from helping them communicate?

Replying to a Warlock Awakened Mind has been clarified in Sage Advice (page 6) to apply only in one direction. A warlock talking to a Kenku using Awakened Mind doesn't allow the Kenku to reply ...
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Creature telepathy and illusions?

The spined devil would know the characters are within 120ft but not their specific location First, I have to say that hiding an entire party behind a minor illusion is slightly unlikely since this can ...
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Can I avoid surprise through my familiar?

Probably not There's a difference between communicating with a familiar telepathically and directly perceiving what it sees and hears. We know this, because you can directly perceive with its senses; ...
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How does telepathy with mute creatures work

The Monster Manual's introduction provides general rules for telepathy in the section on Languages. The relevant passage for your question is the first paragraph: Telepathy is a magical ability that ...
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