Potion of blindness

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! Pink potion.png
Name blindness
Appearance random
Base price 150 zm
Weight 20
Monster use May be used offensively by monsters.

As the name suggests, the potion of blindness can cause blindness.


When quaffed, a potion of blindness makes you blind for a duration dependent on its BUC status, as shown below.

Blessed Uncursed Cursed
125–324 250–449 375–574

Dipping a unicorn horn into one of these will produce an uncursed potion of water.

A potion of blindness can be thrown at monsters to blind them.


Blindness is generally undesirable, but protects against gaze attacks and lets you use intrinsic telepathy. A blindfold or towel is preferable, due to togglability and permanence. For advice on how to cope with blindness, see zen.

Once you have a better way to blind yourself, it is best to dilute your potions of blindness to make water.


In NetHack 3.4.3, (alternate) wielding this potion nullifies the blindness attack of Archons and yellow lights. This was fixed in NetHack 3.6.0.

See also

  • Cream pie: another item that can blind monsters or the player

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