Scroll of reverse identify

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Name reverse identify
Appearance random
Base price 300 zm
Weight 5
Ink to write 7-13
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

The scroll of reverse identify is a scroll in NetHack: The Next Generation which also appears in Slash'EM Extended and SlashTHEM. It provides a novel way to identify items you may not have picked up or even seen in your game.

When read, the scroll of reverse identify prompts you for an item to identify. Instead of asking you to select an item in your main inventory, as with a standard scroll of identify, it will ask you to enter the name of a generic item (gauntlets of power) or an item description (hiking boots). Entering the name of an item returns its appearance in the game, and entering a description returns the identity of the item with that randomized appearance. In either case, you do not need to have an example of the item in your inventory.

This prompt offers more liberty for discovering new items than the regular scroll: you can learn the appearance of an item you want so you can recognize it when you see it (an alternative to wishing for the item), or you can retroactively identify an item you saw or picked up and lost (useful for unidentified scrolls and potions lost to fire or wetting, or rings destroyed by electricity).

If your scroll is noncursed, you may be prompted to reverse-identify more than one item:

Case Number
blessed 1-5
uncursed 1-3
cursed 1


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