Spellbook of confuse monster
| spellbook of |
+ confuse monster
|Base price||200 zm|
|Turns to read||2|
|Ink to write||10–19|
|Power cost||10 Pw|
|Equivalent||scroll of confuse monster|
The spellbook of confuse monster allows you to learn the confuse monster spell.
Casting this spell has exactly the same effect as a scroll of confuse monster; your hands will "glow red", confusing the next monster you attack in melee, subject to monster magic resistance. If cast at a skilled level of enchantment skill, it works like a blessed scroll of confuse monster instead, giving 2-8 more uses of this ability. You can store up to 40 uses. Only wizards can get skilled in vanilla NetHack. If you are polymorphed into a form not represented by @, the spell has a different effect: you confuse yourself (for 1-100 turns). The confused scroll effects are not available via the spell, because confusion prevents spellcasting for players.
Confuse monster is poor man's conflict. It is moderately strong early, but rapidly becomes nearly useless as the game goes on and monster magic resistance gets higher. Generally speaking, it will be more effective for a spellcaster to dispose of monsters via attack spells. Magic resistance is a better defense against spellcasting enemies rather than trying to confuse them to prevent casting or reduce the chance that they target you with attacks. Unfortunately, the monsters you'd most want to confuse generally have a high monster magic resistance; and it is mostly wasted on monsters that are particularly vulnerable to being confused, such as minotaurs. (The unreliable confusion would be inferior to more readily available and effective enchantments, such as sleep, in such cases).
Low-turncount speed ascenders often confuse themselves with this spell, e. g. to locate the magic portals on the Elemental Planes via confused gold detection. Such players are usually polymorphed into a fast, non-@ monster anyway, like an air elemental or titan. In a more conventional game, a forgotten spell is easier to use if you have read a book 20,000 turns earlier.