The Orb of Detection

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Base item crystal ball
When carried
When applied
When invoked
Base price 2500 zm
Weight 150

The Orb of Detection is the Archeologist quest artifact. It is the prize for completing the Archeologist quest, and is lawful for wishing purposes. Its base item type is a crystal ball.


The Orb of Detection can be applied like any crystal ball. While carried, the Orb confers magic resistance, telepathy and half spell damage; invoking the Orb toggles invisibility on or off.


See also: Invoke § Optimum invocation schedule


In UnNetHack, the Orb of Detection is replaced by the Itlachiayaque.

Encyclopedia entry

This Orb is a crystal ball of exceptional powers. When
carried, it grants ESP, limits damage done by spells, and
protects the carrier from magic missiles. When invoked it
allows the carrier to become invisible.

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