This chance of failure is affected by intelligence (or wisdom), experience level, skill level, innate magical ability of the role, armour: especially metal but also shields and robes, whether it is an emergency spell or your special spell.

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A special spell has a higher rate of successful casting. Each role has one special spell. These are listed in this table.

  • Thank you! How does one figure this out though? I've never seen it mentioned on the wiki. Jun 30, 2011 at 18:54
  • @I take, Seems it got lost in the transition from the old wikia to the new wiki. nethack.wikia.com/wiki/…
    – Arkive
    Jun 30, 2011 at 21:53

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