Potion of education ( ! )
Item Type Potion
Artifact? No
Weight 2s
Danger Level 10
Material Glass

Potions of education are rare and powerful potions which may either grant the PC a new skill or improve one of the skills the PC already possesses. Scrolls of education work in the same manner as these potions.

The skill which is granted/improved is seemingly chosen randomly, although some testing indicates that several checks are made to decrease the possibility of selecting a skill which is already at level 100. If these checks fail, no new knowledge is gained. It is possible that the B/U/C status of the potions influences the number of extra checks for skill selection.

The B/U/C status influences the increase/starting level of the selected skill with blessed/cursed potions giving the best/worst bonus.

The following messages will be generated after the PC drinks the potion:

  • "You suddenly know a little about <skill>." — the PC learned a new skill
  • "You learn a little more about <skill>." — the PC increased knowledge in one of known skills
  • "You suddenly feel reminded of your mastery of the <skill> skill." — the PC did not gain any knowledge as a fully leveled skill was selected


Potions of education are very effective in the early game if the player is lucky to receive powerful skills which the PC lacks. These include Find weakness, Alertness, Athletics, Concentration etc. It is worth noting that potions of education and Mushrooms of the inner light are the only known methods to receive Alertness as it cannot be wished for.

Potions of education remain relatively effective in the mid- and late game, as some skills may be very hard to train to level 100 (particularly Dodge, Tactics).

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They can be obtained in the same manner as all generic loot. There are no guaranteed sources of potions of education.

Greater Identify information[]

-------------------------- blessed potion of education------------------------

When used in melee combat it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d2
points of damage.