Spellbook of cure sickness

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spellbook of
+   cure sickness   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 3.25%
Base price 300 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 6
Ink to write 15–29
Spell type healing
Level 3
Power cost 15 Pw
Direction non-directional
Special for healer

In NetHack, the spellbook of cure sickness allows you to learn the spell of cure sickness. It is an emergency spell, and is the special spell of the Healer.


When cast, the spell cures all forms of sickness, including food poisoning and illness, and removes slime.


In most situations, the unicorn horn supercedes the spell for curing sicknesses; unlike the spell, however, even a blessed unicorn horn is not always guaranteed to work. In addition, the spell can also cure sliming, and is one of the safer means of doing so since it does not risk damaging your armor or inventory.

Another noteworthy thing is that high-level Healers with 18 wisdom can cast this spell with 0% failure rates even while wearing metallic armor without a robe.