Telepathy was a psionic[1] mental ability that enabled one intelligent creature to send and receive thoughts to another intelligent creature and communicate without words or a shared language.[2] A creature must know a language to use telepathy.[3]

The use of magic was a common way to use telepathy.[4]

Some creatures possessed telepathy as a supernatural ability.[2] Some intelligent magic items could also communicate using telepathy.[1]

Mental DisciplineEdit

Telepathy was also a mental discipline or psionic sub-class. Any psion who focused on this discipline gained experience and power dealing with psionic messages and control of other beings.[5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 297. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 316. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  3. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 283. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  4. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (August 2000). Player's Handbook 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 268. ISBN 0-7869-1551-4.
  5. Bruce R. Cordell (April 2004). Expanded Psionics Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 21. ISBN 0-7869-3301-1.
  6. Steve Winter (1991). The Complete Psionics Handbook. (TSR, Inc.), p. 10. ISBN 1-56076-054-0.