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A very common type of magical item found in roguelikes is the scroll. Scrolls tend to have the following characteristics:

  • Their descriptions are randomized each game and are typically given nonsense titles.
  • They are single-use items.
  • They require no skill to use, but blindness, darkness, or other conditions may prevent their use.
  • They are vulnerable to fire.

Scrolls are also the obvious choice for ways to learn spells if a developer does not want to have a separate "book" item type.