Ancient book

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The Ancient book, also known as the Necronomicon, is an special book found in Fear & Hunger. This book provides spells related to the Gro-goroth affinity.


A book can be bought from Pocketcat, after trading him in one child, either the Little Girl or the Demon Kid. Can be found as random loot from a bookshelf.


  • Description: An ancient looking book, with grotesque leather covers. You feel great urge to read the book.

You feel a twist inside as you take the book from your satchel...

You feel great urge to open the book - but at the same time you feel like consequences might be terrible. It turns out that this book is very book many legends tell about...

It goes by many names; The rites of madness, Al Azif, Testament of Gro-goroth, Ex mortis and... The Necronomicon.

If succeeded:

The book is summoning powers that exceed your understanding.

Next to this ancient presence, you're nothing but a feeble ant. Gro-gorth bless you with new blood magic! You learn Gro-goroth spell.

As you finish reading the book, it crumbles into dust before your very eyes.

If failed:

The book is summoning powers that exceed your understanding...

Next to this ancient presence, you're nothing but a feeble ant. You cannot contain your fear. You lose your mind.


Listed in-game as "Ancient book", it can only be read once and the player learns either one of these skills related to the Gro-Goroth affinity: Necromancy, Blood Golem, Hurting and Black orb. However, it comes with a cost: an coin flip must be succeeded to successfully read the book. Unlike most of other coin flips events, the additional lucky coin cannot be used and only one coin will be flipped for this interaction. Failing on the check will cause the player to succumb from the madness of peering into the pages of the Ancient book, causing a game over while succeeding will make the player learn one of these four spells.


  • The book likely draws inspiration from the fictional grimoire Necronomicon that appears in stories written by the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and his followers.
  • One of the titles attributed to the Ancient book is "Al Azif," presumably linked to the Azif lineage, which holds notoriety within occult circles in the fictional universe of Fear & Hunger. Among the wizards hailing from the Azif family is Hadil Azif, referenced in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina in playable character O'saa's backstory.
    • An alternate name for H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon is Kitab al-Azif. This further supports the idea that the Ancient book, alternatively known as "Al Azif", may draw inspiration from Lovecraft's literary works.