Spellbook of remove curse

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spellbook of
+   remove curse   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 2.54%
Base price 300 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 10
Ink to write 15–29
Spell type clerical
Level 3
Power cost 15 Pw
Direction non-directional
Equivalent scroll of remove curse
Special for priest

At unskilled or basic level this spell acts similar to (see warning below) an uncursed scroll of remove curse. At skilled or expert, like a blessed scroll (see Limitations below). This spell can be helpful late in the game against Rodney, who likes to use the monster spell Curse items to curse your inventory.

This is an emergency spell. It is also the special spell for priests.


The spell is much more limited than the scroll because you cannot cast a spell if you:

  • are confused
  • wield a cursed 2-handed weapon
  • wield a cursed weapon and a cursed shield
  • wear enough cursed metal armor (or a dunce cap) to raise your spell failure rate. Even if your spell failure wearing the cursed item is below 100%, waiting to recharge your power between tries is annoying.

It's a good idea to keep a scroll of remove curse because it still works in the above circumstances.


To uncurse any item within your inventory, wield the cursed item - you have to specify the inventory letter directly or press * to get the full list of your inventory, rather than the recommended weapons - and then cast the spell. The wielded item will then be uncursed.

Remove curse is a very useful utility spell, allowing you to pick items up and try non-metallic armor on liberally (other than dunce caps); if it turns out to be cursed, just uncurse it and take it off. This even works on the amulet of strangulation, which gives you five turns to live, as long as you do have a low enough failure rate. Although it is mostly outclassed in this regard by the identify spell, which you can cast beforehand to check items' BUC status (as well as identifying it)it can however remove curses already in place and those created by the curse items monster spell; for this reason it is becomes useful again late in the game for uncursing items cursed by the Wizard of Yendor, liches, and other high level spellcasters.

You only benefit to this spell from enhancing clerical spell casting from Basic to Skilled (uncurses your whole inventory at once) if:

  • You need to recharge more than one item at a time (uses less power)
  • You want to uncurse a cursed 2-handed item *in your inventory* (you can't cast if you wield it).