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See invisibility, or detect invisibility,[5] was a divination spell that allowed the caster to see invisible or ethereal creatures and objects.[1] Some creatures had the magical ability to always see invisibility, such as helmed horrors,[6] jade spiders,[7] marids,[8] and other creatures.


When cast, the spellcaster's eyes could see invisible and ethereal things as translucent shapes for a distance as far as he or she could normally see. It was easy to determine which things were visible as opposed to invisible while under the effects of the spell.[1]

The spell did not provide any information about whether the invisibility was the result of a spell or of some supernatural quality. It did not permit the caster to see through other opaque objects. Someone or something hidden in a natural manner was not revealed by this spell.[1]

The ability provided lasted at least a half hour and longer if cast by a more powerful spellcaster. The effect could also be made permanent.[1]


The spell required verbal and somatic components, a pinch of talc, and a tiny sprinkling of powdered silver.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 275. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 141. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  3. Barry A. A. Dillinger (May 1996). “The Dimensional Wizard”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #229 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 50–52.
  4. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  5. Skip Williams (2000). Conversion Manual. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 15.
  6. Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  7. James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
  8. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Monster Sheets). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-1560763291.

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