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Name water
Appearance clear potion
Cost varies
Weight 20

A potion of water is, as one would expect, water. The Guidebook states that every clear potion is a potion of water. Thus water is the one type of potion that you can identify by appearance. (No one expects water to be red or smoky.)

By itself, a potion of water is not very useful. However, praying at an altar transforms it into either holy water or unholy water, which you can use to adjust the BUC status of objects.

Uncursed potions of water have a base price of 0; they are commonly sold for about 5 Zorkmid. Blessed or cursed potions of water have a base price of 100.


Identifying any clear potion will provide Discoveries knowledge (accessed by \) that all clear potions are potions of water. Once discovered, a blessed clear potion is listed as a potion of holy water, while a cursed clear potion is listed as a potion of unholy water. Using an altar to determine beatitude of future potions of water will identify all potions of water as holy, uncursed or unholy appropriately.

Dipping into water[]

If you dip an object into an uncursed potion of water, it will become wet. (Metal objects rust, potions of acid explode, scrolls become blank...) This is almost useless, because you can just dip into a different source of water such as a fountain or pool. It is far more useful to change uncursed water into blessed or cursed water.

Dipping an object into blessed or cursed water does not make the object wet. In brief, holy water will uncurse cursed objects or bless uncursed objects, while unholy water will debless blessed objects or curse uncursed objects; then the potion is used up and disappears (or you have one less potion of water in your stack). The beautitude of dipped object becomes known. You can dip an entire stack of objects each time.

Dipping blessed object into blessed water, or cursing object into cursed water, produces no effect.

Potions of various types can be converted into potions of water by dilution. Many players seek potions of water as this is a vital step in the production of holy water.

Obtaining uncursed water[]

Uncursed water is a source for holy and unholy water. There are several ways to obtain it:


If you quaff uncursed water, you get 1d10 nutrition points ("This tastes like water.")

For the effects of holy or unholy water, see Potion of holy water and Potion of unholy water

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