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Bobby performs a tracking spell to locate Lilith.

A tracking spell is a spell that identifies the location of a target. There are several types of tracking spells and their methods differ from each other. Tracking spells are mostly performed by witches, although hunters like Bobby have performed tracking spells to great effect. Tracking spells could be used to track humans, demons, objects, angels, Nephilim, and potentially, other creatures as well.

Bobby's tracking spell[]

When the Winchesters tried to find out Lilith's location, Bobby used a tracking spell. Bobby's method involved a device that swung like a pendulum. The contraption was placed above a map. Bobby said that as long as he had the name and the corresponding ritual, he would be able to find the target's location, accurate to the very street. Bobby then recited in Latin, causing the pointer to move. Once completed, the pointer swung and held its position to the location of the target.

Ruby's tracking spell[]

Ruby's tracking spell.

Ruby performed a tracking spell to locate Dean Winchester, who was taken by the angels to torture Alastair. Her spell involved setting a map on fire. The fire was magical in nature and consumed the entire map save for the portion that contained Dean's whereabouts.

Angel tracking spells[]

When looking for Anna Milton, Castiel performed a tracking spell that located her even from the past in 1978. This spell did not manifest visibly in anyway, but seemed to indicate the location into Castiel's mind.

Castiel performing a tracking spell to locate Balthazar.

Castiel performed another tracking spell for angels when he wanted to locate Balthazar. He drew a sigil on a table, and put a bowl on top of the sigil. He put three pieces of myrrh on the bowl and required a human's blood, in this case, Dean's. He then poured holy water on the bowl while chanting in Enochian. The incantation was the following: Zod ah mah rah na ee es lah gee roh sah".

The bowl gave off a faint smoke after it located the target. Like the previous tracking spell for the angel Anna, this one provided the location only to the caster in a discreet way, as there were no maps or any other visual indicator that was observed.


The Men of Letters discovered another tracking spell for an angel that worked by extracting some of the grace they left behind in a former vessel and adding it to a group of unknown ingredients to an unknown effect that would give the caster the angel's location. However, this required a significant amount of grace and trying to extract the needed amount of Gadreel's from Sam Winchester nearly killed him. Sam and Castiel still tried the spell, but the amount of grace proved insufficient. This tracking spell has been filed by James Haggerty in his compilation On the Inner Workings of Angels.

Bavarian tracking spell[]

This was one of the tracking spells mentioned by Sam Winchester when he asked Nora to find her son and Dean's location. Sam indicated that the spell used the flesh of a dismembered body part to locate the rest of the body.

Egyptian tracking spell[]

This was one of the tracking spells mentioned by Sam Winchester when he asked Nora to find her son and Dean's location. Sam indicated that the spell used the flesh of a dismembered body part to locate the rest of the body.

First Blade locating spell[]


After gathering information from demons about the Knights of Hell and the First Blade, Tara attempted to seek the weapon. However, after years of fruitless searching, she was only able to find this spell and gathered all but one of the ingredients, essence of Kraken. However, when Dean and Crowley arrived, Crowley was able to get the final ingredient and they performed the spell to locate the blade. However, the spell actually tracked the source of the Blade's power, which was the Mark of Cain, as the Blade itself was thrown into the ocean. This spell was similar to Ruby's tracking spell as it involved setting a map on fire. The unburnt portion of the map pointed the location of the Mark of Cain, and therefore, Cain himself.

Scrying spell[]

Grand Coven witch Claudette scrying Rowena

The scrying spell needs any reflective medium like a crystal, prism, or mirror to be performed. After the medium is prepared, the user recites a Latin incantation: Ostende mihi illum quem quaero ("Show me whom I want", in English). After the incantation is recited, the medium will glow and reveal the target location accurately.

When the Winchesters look for Rowena to cure Castiel from Attack Dog Spell, they learned about a demonic possession incident at a restaurant and involving her and two Grand Coven grunts. Only one of the grunts survived, later seeking protection under police custody, but Rowena escaped. Sam later asked her to perform a scrying spell to locate her. The grunt agreed and performed it for them.

Rowena tracking spell

In Mamma Mia, Rowena performed this same spell to find Lucifer for Crowley. According to Rowena, her scrying spell works better if the caster has a piece of hair or a target's belonging.

The British Men of Letters must know how to perform the spell, since when the vampires invaded their temporary compound in America, one of their members suggests using it to ask for help to their UK headquarters.

In Absence, the brothers Winchester called to Rowena to track Jack and Mary Winchester down after their disappearance. She magically scryed the Nephilim but he was teleporting from place to place turning her task too hard. After trying to track Mary, Rowena realized that she was no longer on Earth.

Witch Mother scrying

In Golden Time, the Witch Mother and Emily spy on Rowena's apartment by scrying which allows them to see through Rowena's mirror. The two become interested in the fact that Sam is unharmed by the curse protecting the apartment.

Thule tracking spell[]

The Thules knew of a spell that could locate someone they were targeting. While the exact procedure of the spell is unknown the spell required the target's blood. The spell was performed by Nauhaus to locate Ellie Grant using her blood.[1]

Revelation spell[]

See page: Revelation spell.
The Revelation spell seems to help witches track the sources of magic.

Lithomancy Tracking Spell[]

James Moseley revealed to Dean and Jody that, by using Lithomancy, he could track his daughter Patience Turner when she was abducted by a Wraith. While the exact procedure of the spell is unknown, it used a handful of lithomantic gems, a map, and a photo of person that the user wanted to be tracked.[2]

Canaanite Nephilim Tracking Spell[]

This spell was crafted by King Solomon himself to track down the Queen of Sheba in the past, and he was successful. In order to locate Jack, Asmodeus sent his minion to steal the spell from an exhibition in Cambridge, England. However, it later fell into hands of Barthamus. It consisted of two parts, first part was given to Sam and Dean, and the second part, he kept for himself, but promised to them that they will be given it if they succeeded in a mission: steal back his human bones from Luther Shrike. When they later learned the true nature of Barthamus, they are later reluctant and manage to kill Barthamus. When Barthamus was killed, the fire from his destruction burned the second page of the tracking spell beyond reading, rendering the spell effectively destroyed.

Black Grimoire Tracking Spell[]

Around the events in Regarding Dean, Rowena is revealed to have put a type of tracking spell "in a moment of weaknesses" on the Black Grimoire, in order to locate it somewhere along the line. In Various & Sundry Villains she felt the spellbook moving, however she was unable to give its exact location but a general area where it was within.

Archangel Tracking Spell[]

After killing Fenrir, Gabriel sensed Rowena MacLeod's tracking spell and deduced the Winchesters were searching for him. 

Gorgon Tracking Spell[]

Rowena casting a tracking spell to locate the gorgon Noah Ophis.

In order to track down a flesh-eating creature, the Winchesters request the help of Rowena. The creature is later revealed to be a kind of demigod named Gorgon, who is able to flee hunters thanks to his ability to foresee the future. Apparently this spell requires no tools or enchantments and gives the caster the area in wich the target is found and if they are moving or not.


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