Detection is the reflexive ability to constantly be detecting facts and information.
- Naomi Goldsmith has this ability naturally.
- Jessica Sky Petrelli has mimicked this ability.
- Robert Max has also absorbed the ability.
- Peter Petrelli has absorbed this ability in World 8.
- Luke Aaran has this ability naturally.
- Lewis Cooper has this ability naturally too.
Normally, this ability is reflexive. It works constantly, and can only be stopped by blocking the ability: it cannot be consciously suppressed. One's mind is constantly flooded with information, mainly about one's surroundings and the people one encounters. It will tell one what abilities others have, and will often tell if there is something significant wrong or bothering them, as well as locating someone and answering any questions. It will also give a lot of "junk" information. It is slightly different when mimicked, in that it then needs to be activated, either by conscious decision or with a question in one's mind.
- Sensing is the ability to sense a variety of information
- Precognitive instincts give vague instinctive predictions and information
- Information retrieval can be used to gain any generally known information
- Information production is the ability to gain the answer to any simple question
- Ability sensing, ability identification and one version of ability manipulation can identify the abilities of others
- Clairvoyance and trailing can both be used to locate someone
- Information concealment can make information undetectable
- Answer production is the ability to produce solutions to the problems of others
- Diagnosis can detect and solve medical problems
- Location detection is the ability to detect the locations of people, places and objects
- Flashing can "flash" information on a person or object