Spellbook of magic mapping

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spellbook of
+   magic mapping   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 1.83%
Base price 500 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 35
Ink to write 25–49
Spell type divination
Level 5
Power cost 25 Pw
Direction non-directional
Equivalent scroll of magic mapping
Special for archaeologist

A spellbook of magic mapping allows you to learn the magic mapping spell, which reveals the entire map (although it does not fully reveal the contents of rooms). It is the special spell for archeologists.

This is the same as an uncursed scroll of magic mapping (secret passages are revealed, but secret doors are not).[1]


The spell will reveal all of the level's walls (but not its rooms) and corridors, as well as all staircases on the level. It is most popular for making it easier to traverse Gehennom's vast mazes. When combined with teleport and teleport control, magic mapping allows you to traverse whole levels in seconds (cast, teleport to exit stair, leave). Although useful on its own, it becomes even more useful when combined with any one of the following spells:

The spell is also useful on the ascension run to save time if the player has fallen past levels by falling down a shaft through holes or trapdoors.

In NetHack 3.6.1, the spell will reveal the current location of the magic portal on the Plane of Water if the player has formally located it before (using confused gold detection or a crystal ball).