Spellbook of invisibility

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spellbook of
+   invisibility   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 2.54%
Base price 400 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 15
Ink to write 20–39
Spell type escape
Level 4
Power cost 20 Pw
Direction non-directional
Equivalent potion of invisibility
Special for ranger

In NetHack, the spellbook of invisibility allows you to learn the spell of invisibility. It is the special spell for rangers.


There is a guaranteed spellbook of invisibility generated in a chest on the middle level of Vlad's Tower.


Casting this spell causes you to turn invisible for 31 to 45 (more) turns.


This spell might be useful if you only want temporary invisibility so you can still enter shops later on. However, there are other sources of both temporary and permanent invisibility (e.g. via wand, ring, cloak, or potion) that are more convenient; at worst, if you are permanently invisible in a way that cannot be undone, you can still enter shops using a mummy wrapping or teleportation. Such permanent invisibility is often easier to obtain than the spell itself, and Rangers are very unlikely to be able to make use of this spell before they find a mummy wrapping.

One niche use for this spell is to cast it before eating a stalker corpse to make the invisibility permanent and gain the see invisible intrinsic - but even other methods for this niche are more available in comparison to the spell, to say nothing of having a ring or cloak that can be removed at will.

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