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This spell allows the spellcaster to see things hidden by invisibility.

Original D&D[]

The spell first appears along with the magic-user in Men and Magic. Illusionists can also cast the spell, at a lower level. Dragon Magazine #12 preserved this spell on the Illusionist list, at 1st level.

  • Spell Level 2 (magic-user) or 1 (illusionist)
  • Duration 6 turns
  • Range 1" x the level of the magic-user

The spell finds treasure secreted by an invisibility spell, and also invisible creatures.


Detect Invisibility[]

Debuted in the Player's Handbook as a magic-user spell.

Level: 2 School: Divination
Components: V, S, M (a pinch of talc and a sprinkling of powdered silver)
Range: 1"/level Casting Time: 2 segments
Duration: 5 rounds/level Saving Throw: None
Area: 1" path

Allows the caster to detect any invisible, astral, ethereal, hidden, or out-of-phase creatures along their line of sight in a path 1" wide, out to the range limit.