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Detect a Hidden Foe

Use your sight, hearing, or even sense of smell to detect the presence of lurking enemies. See examples. The GM will usually call for a Wisdom (Perception) check(77, 82) Make sure you describe your effort!

Keep in mind that: 

  • Poor lighting, fog, and other obstructions may give you disadvantage.

  • Moving at a fast pace can give you disadvantage.

  • See DMG 244 for Tracking DCs.

Using magic. Sometimes you can use spells or magic items to help you discover a hidden foe.

Passive Perception. Even if you are not actively searching, the GM can determine whether you detect the presence of a hidden enemy in passing through use of a passive Wisdom (Perception) check. See the example.

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