Difference between Perception and Investigation skill

Of all the skills, Perception and Investigation seem to have the subtlest distinction. Is there a rule of thumb when to use each?

Regal Matt
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Thank you, O Wise Sage. I just found this on Reddit, and it really helped me, so sharing here for anyone else that’s curious:

Perception – You scan the room and notice a section of wall is discolored, appearing somewhat newer than the rest of the wall. You realize it may be a secret passage.

Investigation – You probe the wall, knocking on it, pushing at various stones trying to figure out how to open the passage.

3 thoughts on “Difference between Perception and Investigation skill

  1. William Wisebrooke says:

    A more specific text (the spell block for Glyph of Warding) states, “The glyph is nearly invisible and requires a successful Intelligence (Investigation) check against your spell save DC to be found.” So they “spot” the glyph with Investigation? Why are there so many contradictions?

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