Spellbook of turn undead

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spellbook of
+   turn undead   Light green spellbook.png
Appearance random
Abundance 1.62%
Base price 600 zm
Weight 50
Turns to read 48
Ink to write 30–59
Spell type clerical
Level 6
Power cost 30 Pw
Direction beam
Equivalent wand of undead turning
Special for knight

Allows you to learn the turn undead spell. This is the knight's special spell. It produces a beam which works like that from a wand of undead turning.

Turn undead creates a beam which deals 1d8 damage to undead monsters it hits (doubled for a knight with the Magic Mirror of Merlin), and causes them to flee if they fail a resistance check.

The beam has a second, less obvious, but arguably more useful function in NetHack: unturn dead [1]. This will revive corpses and rejuvenate eggs.


It is not at all useful as an offensive function due to its very high power cost. It is most useful for bringing a useful pet back to life or freshening the corpse of a large rotten monster (e.g. a giant) so that it can be safely eaten for instrinsics or strength gain.


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