Scroll of random uselessness

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Type Scroll
Name Scroll of random uselessness
Icon Scroll of random uselessness.png
A scroll with no apparent practical use.

Scrolls of random uselessness are a common kind of scroll, which, upon reading, has a chance to create a series of harmless, impractical effects.

Possible Messages

"The dust glows a [weird glowing colour]!"
"[Your weapon] OR [Your hands] glow [weird glowing colour] for a moment."
"You smell [weird smell]." OR "Your bandages flutter." (if you are a mummy, and thus cannot smell)
"You experience a momentary feeling of inescapable doom!"
"Your brain hurts!" OR "Your ears itch." OR "Your nose twitches suddenly!"
"You hear [weird sound]." (generates a little noise at your position, the loudness is the same for all [weird sound]s)


  • Prior to 0.19, the scroll wasn't completely useless, as reading it had a 1 in 8 chance to Summon Butterflies.
  • Prior to 0.17, the scroll could reassemble itself when the player read it.
  • Prior to the skill training overhaul in 0.9, scrolls of random uselessness could be used to train the first level of Spellcasting, which gave them some slight desirability, particularly for their ability to sometimes reassemble in the player's hands.
  • Prior to 0.5, these scrolls were not identified when used, a trait which could make them genuinely annoying at times.
AcquirementAmnesiaBlinkingBrand weaponEnchant armourEnchant weaponFearFogHoly wordIdentifyImmolationMagic mappingNoiseRandom uselessnessRemove curseSilenceSummoningTeleportationTormentVulnerability