You may attempt to read any spellbook regardless of your skill level, but failure may result in you being confused, losing all your MP, being randomly teleported, or spawning strong monsters around you. For this reason, it is advised that you attempt to read spellbooks in a wilderness area or portable shelter rather than in your home or a town. Reading while confused may cause you to fail, regardless of your skill.
Literacy can be temporarily increased by casting divine wisdom or by reading a scroll of knowledge. Some equipment will have the attribute of increasing the Literacy skill, so you should keep those for when reading a difficult spellbook.
Reading scrolls will increase your literacy skill; however, scrolls have a set casting level that is unaffected by your literacy skill.
Having Literacy as a starting skill prevents the character from starting with 3 potions of cure minor wound. It could be argued that the ability to learn spells is rather useful compared to a few potions.
For reasons not fully understood, as your literacy skill increase to higher levels a "floor" value emerges on the literacy potential. Below the floor value, literacy growth slows to a crawl. It is critical to keep one's literacy potential above this floor value as the floor value seems to increase with level. The floor in the 80s were measured at about 85% potential, about 95% in the 90s, and at least 103% potential at 102 literacy skill. This is probably related to some sort of rounding effect applied to the skill gain.
As of Elona+ version 1.22, monsters summoned in permanent locations will disappear after a few days if it's a location where dropped items eventually disappear (like towns).
E+ also introduces the Reading party, ide special action learned on next level up after getting 40 Learning. It allows you to read a spellbook/ancient book from PC inventory (you cannot use Reading party on books that are on the ground) using both your Literacy and part of Literacy of pets currently accompanying you while also preventing all negative effects from failed reads. But it costs around 30-40 stamina to use.
#literacwill increase Literacy by 1 level and train its potential.
|Strength||Tactics · Two Hand · Weight Lifting · Long Sword · Axe · Martial Arts · Scythe|
|Constitution||Healing · Mining · Shield · Heavy Armor · Medium Armor · Carpentry · Blunt · Polearm · Stave|
|Dexterity||Lock Picking · Dual Wield · Light Armor · Evasion · Tailoring · Pickpocket · Jeweler · Disarm Trap · Short Sword · Bow · Crossbow · Throwing|
|Perception||Stealth · Sense Quality · Detection · Fishing · Eye of Mind · Greater Evasion · Marksman · Firearm|
|Learning||Literacy · Memorization · Alchemy · Anatomy · Gardening · Cooking · Gene Engineer|
|Will||Magic Capacity · Faith · Traveling · Riding|
|Magic||Meditation · Casting · Magic Device · Control Magic|
|Charisma||Negotiation · Investing · Performer|
|Speed||Swimming · Traveling (Elona+)|