See Invisibility Spell 5E

Hello magic casters of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 64th episode of our second level spell series. Today we have a pretty interesting one in store for us in the way that it’s a spell that all of us have seen and brushed off i’ve never known anyone to take this spell but, on the right circumstances it’s pretty dang cool, pretty interesting at the very least.

So today we’re gonna be talking about dnd 5e see invisibility spell which does a little bit more than you think. It is usable by the bard, sorcerer, wizard and the artificer and it is found in the good old players handbook. So long as there has been invisibility there has been see invisibility such is how the arcane functions. Philosophical debates aside let’s take a look at the mechanics here.


  • Level: 2nd
  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range/Area: Self
  • Components: V, S, M *
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • School: Divination
  • Attack/Save: None
  • Damage/Effect: Detection

The effect at a glance: Here you gain the ability to perceive invisibility as if it was visible. Something ethereal in natures as translucent. Your cast time is one action, the range is self, the duration is 1 hour and it is not a concentration spell and the components are the holy trinity verbal, material and somatic.

The material component in case you’re curious is a pinch of talc and a small sprinkling of powdered silver. None of which the spell consumes by the way and the school is divination which isn’t too surprising because it involves locating something’s on yet. In any case let’s take a look at the full description here and break this down a little bit more.


For a specific duration, you do see the invisible creatures and also the objects like if they were visible, and also you can see into an Ethereal Plane. Actually, the Ethereal creatures and also the objects would be appear ghostly and translucent too.

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So, this spell actually brings into question an interesting conversation. If you have a see invisibility casted on yourself and you see something invisible would you know that it was ever invisible. It’s an interesting topic for debate, i’ve got to be gotten into this in a couple of my other article, i would rule that you can still tell intuitively but it’s based on the wording of the spell it kind of implies you wouldn’t. So we’ll talk your DM but if you’re planning on taking this spell.

The ability to gaze into the elemental plane is pretty cool as well because there are lot of plot points that are gonna revolve around that kind of stuff so it would play interesting in a couple campaigns that i can think of. Now we’re done discussing the spell in detail, lets take a look at some alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

So, one of the cooler ones i could think of as if you’re protecting a king, lord, normal something of that nature or if a king’s act and very strangely and you don’t know why this might give you a lot more insight as to what exactly is going on. Whether or not something from the great beyond is trying to influence them or a dead relative something like that. It would be very interesting.

Also if you’re gonna be going into places where there’s either haunting or things happening and people having no visual recollection of it, might be a good time to pop this spell before you walk in there so you know exactly what’s coming.

Also if you have a campaign that is very focused on ethereal monsters kind of things from other realms influencing in the world of man things like that, any planescape campaigns basically this spell i would argue as they must have in your repertoire it’s gonna save you a lot of headache and lead to a lot of very interesting encounters as things progress. But that being said, it could also reveal some plot points that your DM might not want exposed. 

Attributes Of See Invisibility Spell 5E

Casting Time1 action
ClassesBard, Sorcerer, Wizard
ComponentsV S M
Duration1 hour
MaterialA pinch of talc and a small sprinkling of powdered silver
NameSee Invisibility

In any case, if you have any alternative uses, thoughts, comments, concerns please put them down beneath in the comment section i really do appreciate it. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy casting everyone.

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