Spellbook ( " )
Item Type Book
Artifact? No
Weight 100s
Danger Level 1
Material Paper

Spellbooks are a type of books in ADOM. All spellbooks in the game come in the form of spellbook of <spell name> and have the same set of properties (melee and missile to-hit and damage rating, vulnerability to water etc.). When read, they may grant spell knowledge, allow to bookcast the spell or will invoke a negative effect on the PC. More detailed information on the topic of learning and using magic in ADOM can be found on the spellcasting page.

Spellbooks share DL of 1 which means that they can be spawned on any level. However, they feature an internal rarity distribution — the PC is much more likely to find a spellbook of Fire Bolt than a spellbook of Create Item. This distribution seems to be dependent on the PC's class — arcane casters (Wizards, Necromancers, Elementalists) find more spellbooks of arcane spells, while clerics (Priests, Druids, Paladins) will find more clerical spellbooks.


Spellbooks are the primary source of spell knowledge in the game and are thus vital for all magic-oriented users.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They can be obtained in the same manner as all generic loot.

The sinister Library of Nilthrias contains numerous spellbooks. Necromancers and Wizards are guaranteed to find at least one spellbook of every spell, including Wish, while other classes will find an assortment of random spellbooks.

Spellbooks of Teleportation and Identify are part of the reward for saving Khelavaster.

A spellbook of Frost Bolt is part of the reward for Kill Keethrax quest.

Pure spellcaster classes have a much better chance to generate spellbooks in generic loot. Some semi-spellcasters (such as Paladins) also feature an increased chance.

The minotaur emperor drops 1-3 random spellbooks.

Greater Identify information[]

---------------------------- blessed spellbook of Wish--------------------------

When used in melee combat it grants a -4 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a -4 bonus to hit and causes 1d2
points of damage.

List of spellbooks[]

Name Clerical name Spell Turns to read Notes
Spellbook of Acid Ball Spellbook of Rain of Sorrow Acid Ball 38
Spellbook of Acid Bolt Acid Bolt 18
Spellbook of Bless Bless 11
Spellbook of Burning Hands Spellbook of Baptism of Fire Burning Hands 11
Spellbook of Calm Monster Calm Monster 11
Spellbook of Create Item Spellbook of Divine Favour Create Item 253
Spellbook of Cure Critical Wounds Cure Critical Wounds 18
Spellbook of Cure Disease Cure Disease 11
Spellbook of Cure Light Wounds Cure Light Wounds 8
Spellbook of Cure Serious Wounds Cure Serious Wounds 13
Spellbook of Darkness Darkness 7
Spellbook of Death Ray Spellbook of Greater Divine Touch Death Ray 103
Spellbook of Destroy Undead Spellbook of Dispel Undead Destroy Undead 11
Spellbook of Disarm Trap Disarm Trap 13
Spellbook of Earthquake Earthquake 83
Spellbook of Farsight Farsight 20
Spellbook of Fire Bolt Spellbook of Hellish Flames Fire Bolt 13
Spellbook of Fireball Spellbook of Major Punishment Fireball 23
Spellbook of Frost Bolt Spellbook of Nether Bolt Frost Bolt 15 Given to the PC by Guth'Alak for completing Kill Keethrax quest (power chosen over knowledge).
Spellbook of Greater Identify Spellbook of Greater Enlightenment Greater Identify 103
Spellbook of Heal Heal 43
Spellbook of Ice Ball Spellbook of Freezing Fury Ice Ball 28
Spellbook of Identify Spellbook of Enlightenment Identify 78 Given to the PC by Khelavaster if he is saved.
Spellbook of Improved Fireball Spellbook of Invoked Devastation Improved Fireball 33
Spellbook of Invisibility Spellbook of Veil of the Gods Invisibility 13
Spellbook of Knock Spellbook of Divine Key Knock 15
Spellbook of Know Alignment Know Alignment 13
Spellbook of Light Light 6
Spellbook of Lightning Ball Spellbook of Heavenly Fury Lightning Ball 33
Spellbook of Lightning Bolt Spellbook of Divine Wrath Lightning Bolt 15
Spellbook of Magic Lock Spellbook of Seal of the Spheres Magic Lock 11
Spellbook of Magic Map Spellbook of Knowledge of the Ancients Magic Map 43
Spellbook of Magic Missile Spellbook of Minor Punishment Magic Missile 11
Spellbook of Mystic Shovel Spellbook of Divine Digger Mystic Shovel 103
Spellbook of Neutralize Poison Neutralize Poison 13
Spellbook of Petrification Petrification 123
Spellbook of Remove Curse Remove Curse 53
Spellbook of Revelation Revelation 36
Spellbook of Scare Monster Spellbook of Holy Awe Scare Monster 15
Spellbook of Slow Monster Slow Monster 10
Spellbook of Slow Poison Slow Poison 9
Spellbook of Strength of Atlas Spellbook of Lordly Might Strength of Atlas 13
Spellbook of Stun Ray Spellbook of Lesser Divine Touch Stun Ray 11
Spellbook of Summon Monsters Summon Monsters 33
Spellbook of Teleportation Spellbook of Ethereal Bridge Teleportation 25 Given to the PC by Khelavaster if he is saved.
Spellbook of Web Web 15
Spellbook of Wish Wish 3003