Spellbook of turn undead

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spellbook of
+   turn undead   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 1.62%
Base price 600 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 48
Ink to write 30–59
Spell type clerical
Level 6
Power cost 30 Pw
Direction beam
Equivalent wand of undead turning
Special for knight

In NetHack, the spellbook of turn undead allows you to learn the spell of turn undead. It is the special spell for Knights.


The spell has the same effect as the wand of undead turning: casting it creates a beam which deals 1d8 damage to undead monsters it hits (doubled for a knight with the Magic Mirror of Merlin), and scares them into fleeing if they fail a resistance check. It also has the ability to "unturn dead",[1] which revives corpses and rejuvenates eggs.


Like the wand, the spell is not very useful offensively, especially due to its high power cost. The spell (and wand) are primarily used to bring a useful pet back to life, or to freshen the rotten corpse of a large monster (e.g. a giant) so that it can be safely eaten for intrinsics or stat gains.

While it can be theoretically used to revive dragons for another chance to drop dragon scales, a revived dragon only has a 120 chance of leaving scales as opposed to the normal 13.


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