Spellbook of charm monster
|spellbook of |
+ charm monster
|Base price||300 zm|
|Turns to read||6|
|Ink to write||15–29|
|Power cost||15 Pw|
|Equivalent||scroll of taming|
This spell has the basic effect of an uncursed scroll of taming, turning adjacent monsters into pets. Monsters have a chance of resisting it, depending on their magic resistance. Covetous or human monsters will be pacified instead, as are demons unless you are a demon yourself; the Wizard of Yendor, Medusa and the quest nemesis cannot be pacified or tamed. The taming effect will also pacify any angry shopkeepers it affects, even if they would normally resist.
There is no functional difference between different skill levels.
Charm monster is one of the most useful spells NetHack has to offer. Its most obvious use is to acquire pets. Some very powerful monsters, including minotaurs and mastodons, will never resist it as they have no MR; some NetHack monsters have such a high level and MR that you may be unable to pacify them at all, e.g. arch-liches.
Charm monster is useful for any role which can gain skill in enchantment spells, or can gain enough levels to cast it easily even when unskilled; Tourists in particular will have a good chance of being able to cast it. However, it is also quite useful as an emergency spell, particularly in the earlier stages of the game where few monsters have appreciable magic resistance - it is much better to have that soldier ant become your pet than your killer.