A wand of undead turning is a utility wand with two functions. Zapping an undead monster deals 1-8 points of damage and will cause the creature to flee from you. This damage is doubled if you are a Knight carrying the Magic Mirror of Merlin.
First try engrave testing. If no message or effect is generated, it's fairly safe to zap it at yourself - getting stunned while undead, having a corpse in your inventory reanimated, or getting the message "You shudder in dread" unambiguously identifies the wand as undead turning.
- If a corpse is too old to eat or #offer, zapping it with a wand of undead turning then re-killing the monster will reset the rot timer. Note that the revived monster won't always leave a corpse unless it is size large or bigger - see corpse generation odds
- If your pet dies (in a manner that leaves a corpse), zapping it with the wand could bring it back to life - although be warned it might need to be re-tamed.
Wands comprise 4% of all randomly-generated items in the main dungeon, 6% in containers, 5% on the Rogue level, and 8% in Gehennom. There is a 5% chance that a randomly-generated wand will be a wand of undead turning.