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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
A disposable arcane formula inscribed on parchment by a professional scribe or sorcerer. Anyone can evoke the power of the arcane formula by reading it out loud, but the nature of that power is not a priori apparent.

Scroll.pngScrolls are consumable items which, when read (command r), provide a wide variety of magical effects. They can be found as randomly generated loot or bought in certain shops. Unidentified scrolls will have gibberish names until you've identified them, either by reading them or through use of a scroll of identify. These names are randomly generated each game, and provide no clues as to the scroll's effect.

Every character is able to read by default. However, the following status effects disable scroll-reading entirely:

Reading an unidentified scroll will destroy it, except for the scroll of acquirement (which always persists). However, if you read an identified scroll that requires a decision, you can safely change your mind by pressing Escape and without spending any time doing so.

Scrolls are always read at the start of your turn. Usually, it takes 1.0 turn to "read" a scroll. In this case, the scroll effects happen first, immediately, and then you spend the rest of the 1.0 turn doing nothing.

List of Scrolls

A list of scrolls and their rarities:[1][2]

Very Common (26.1%)

Common (13.1%)

Uncommon (4.7%)

Rare (2.0%)

Only one of these two scrolls will spawn in a given game:

Very Rare (1.2%)

See Also


  • In 0.31, monsters won't be able to read scrolls.
  • In 0.28, scroll rarities were made more consistent. Prior to this version, being brainless only imposed an 80% fail rate to read scrolls (in order to allow removing curse).
  • Prior to 0.27, the Blurry Vision mutation existed; it slowed your reading of scrolls, causing them to take effect later.
  • In older versions, scrolls of acquirement had to be used when read (regardless of whether they were identified or not).
  • Prior to 0.16, the Blurry Vision mutation imposed a flat failure rate upon attempting to read a scroll that increased per rank.
  • Prior to 0.15, any time you suffered fire or hellfire damage, there was a chance your scrolls would be subject to item destruction. The conservation ego reduced the chance of this happening, as did having a high AC.
  • Prior to 0.14, reading scrolls at inappropriate times (a scroll of remove curse when you have no cursed items equipped, for example) would waste the scroll without actually identifying it.
  • Prior to 0.10, reading scrolls was the only way for a character without magical abilities to gain access to them, allowing you to train Spellcasting.

Obsolete Scrolls


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