Candle of invocation

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Name Candle of invocation
Appearance runed candle
Base price 50 zm
Weight 2
Material wax
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

A candle of invocation is a type of tool that appears in dNetHack and notdNetHack. It is made of wax and appears as a runed candle when unidentified.


In addition to random generation, general shops, lighting shops and hardware stores can sell candles of invocation.

A candle of invocation will generate on the altar within the Valley of the Dead if the ring of wishes generated at the Castle only has one charge.


Applying a non-cursed candle of invocation will light it - a cursed candle cannot be lit, but will not be consumed if attempting to light it. A lit candle of invocation will never burn out, and invoking the lit candle will allow the character to summon an extraplanar being from a set of menus, which consumes the candle afterward:

  • A djinni can be summoned, which will immediately grant a wish to the summoner.
  • An angel, demon, fey, or primordial can be summoned as a tame servant.
  • A hostile demon lord can be summoned, with the demon lord being selected by input from another menu.


A lit candle of invocation is a useful light source for Gehennom and other dark levels, but its primary use for a majority of characters is to summon a monster and either wish for a particular item or else shoot for a demon lord's particular equipment. For a character seeking to summon a pet, see the pet article for suggestions.