Scroll of fear

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Type Scroll
Name scroll of fear
Icon Scroll of fear.png
This scroll causes great fear in those who see the one who reads it.

Reading a scroll of fear causes most natural monsters in the reader's view to become frightened and flee for a few turns. This will not affect friendly targets, such as summons. Berserk monsters are also immune to its effects.


  • Scrolls of fear are very useful if the player is swarmed early in the game (perhaps more useful than a scroll of blinking), and should be saved for dangerous situations. In the late game, monsters with high magic resistance will often resist this scroll.
  • If you are able, consider your positioning before reading this scroll. Try to give your targets a suitable path for which to flee; if a fleeing monster finds itself cornered, it will turn around to fight.
  • Read this scroll has the same effect as casting the Cause Fear spell. The scroll casts the spell at 200 power, so it will always be more powerful.
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