Scroll of fear

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Type Scroll
Name scroll of fear
Icon Scroll of fear.png
A scroll that causes great fear in those who see the one who reads it, even if the reader is invisible. Allies of the reader will remain unaffected. Monsters that are non-living, undead, demonic, holy, plants, berserk, or frenzied cannot be feared.

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 willpower 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 and 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.
  • You can check the chance of affecting nearby monsters by quivering a scroll of fear. Press Q* to open your inventory, then select the scroll to quiver it. Press f to highlight susceptible monsters and activate targeting mode where you can move the cursor and check the chance.


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