Spellbook of light

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spellbook of
+   light   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 4.58%
Base price 100 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 1
Ink to write 5–9
Spell type divination
Level 1
Power cost 5 Pw
Direction non-directional
Equivalent scroll of light
wand of light

In NetHack, the spellbook of light allows you to learn the spell of light.


Casting the spell of light has the same effect as an uncursed scroll of light: a circular area with 5 squares radius around your position (while casting) is permanently made lit.



The spell is one of the easiest to learn and cast; being able to use it reliably usually means that scrolls of light can be saved for blanking or polypiling later on. It is especially useful to train up skill in divination spells, and can light your way through the Gnomish Mines if you have enough energy. Increasing the amount of lit squares can help you use a polearm, fireball or cone of cold; it can also aid in jumping in dark parts of the dungeon, though it is slightly less powerful since casting light takes up a turn.

Being able to cast light also helps you save lamp oil during protracted battles, especially on the stairs up where covetous monsters like to retreat. It can also be used to mark areas you have already searched for the vibrating square.

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