Scroll of blank paper

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Name blank paper
Appearance unlabeled scroll
Base price 60 zm
Weight 5
Ink to write 0
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

A scroll of blank paper is a type of non-magical scroll that appears in NetHack. It appears as an unlabeled scroll when unidentified.


In addition to random generation, scrolls of blank paper can be created by wetting other scrolls or zapping them with a wand or spell of cancellation.

Two scrolls of blank paper can be found next to a throne hidden in the locate level of the Tourist quest, and two scrolls of blank paper can be found outside the southern-most island dwelling on the third variant of Medusa's Island.

Paper golems leave behind one or more scrolls of blank paper as a special death drop instead of a corpse.[1]


"Reading" a scroll of blank paper simply auto-identifies it, which does not use up the scroll or violate the illiterate conduct.

Scrolls of blank paper can be used to write other scrolls with a magic marker - the beatitude of the resulting scroll is affected by the beatitude of both the scroll of blank paper and the magic marker:

Final document BUC
Blessed Uncursed Cursed
Blessed Blessed Blessed Uncursed
Uncursed Blessed Uncursed Cursed
Cursed Uncursed Cursed Cursed


Main article: Wet

The scroll of blank paper and the scroll of enchant weapon are the only scrolls with a base cost of 60 zm, making price identification of the latter trivial.

A common method of blanking scrolls is to intentionally walk into a moat while carrying them - this is much more difficult if you have high Luck, and care should be taken not to blank, dilute or rust any valuable items in your inventory at the same time. Another common and easier method is to drop them all on a square, then zap a wand of cancellation at that square.


The scroll of blank paper first appears in Hack 1.0.


This scroll seems to be blank.
You "read" a scroll of blank paper.
You can't write that! It's obscene!
You attempted to "write" a scroll of blank paper.


In variants that add a scroll of flood or scroll of water, those scrolls cannot be made into blank paper by wetting them.