Spellbook of extra healing

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spellbook of
+   extra healing   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 2.74%
Base price 300 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 10
Ink to write 15–29
Spell type healing
Level 3
Power cost 15 Pw
Direction beam

In NetHack, the spellbook of extra healing allows you to learn the spell of extra healing. It is an emergency spell


Healers are guaranteed to start with a blessed spellbook of extra healing.


Extra healing is a directional spell that heals its target(s) for 6d8 HP; the spell will awaken a sleeping monster without angering it, and if cast at Skilled level or higher, it cures blindness. The effect is similar to an uncursed potion of extra healing, except that the spell cannot increase maximum HP and will not cure your own hallucination or sickness if you cast it at yourself. There was a bug that prevented both this spell and the spell of healing from correctly healing untamed monster blindness; this is fixed as of NetHack 3.6.2.

Casting this spell at a tame or peaceful monster will yield an alignment bonus for each monster affected, even if it was already at maximum HP. Lawfuls and healers gain one alignment point, while chaotic non-healers lose one point.

Pestilence will actually take 3d8 damage from the spell, with the damage halved due to his guaranteed monster magic resistance.


As a stronger version of the healing spell, this is an obviously useful utility spell for spellcasters. Players who have spare skill points and already know healing may invest in training the healing spell skill to cast this spell. If you are in no danger, the plain spell of healing spell is a more efficient use of power — the extra healing spell uses three times the power but can restore only twice the amount of HP.

A creative use of this spell is for unblinding dangerous monsters who have become blind (e.g. from a wand of lightning) so that they will respect Elbereth.


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See also

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