Guidebooks are a type of item that, when used by AKEMI HOMURA, are consumed to give her an associated Skill at the UNSKILLED rating. Guidebooks include anything that tell how to do a thing, in sufficient detail that you could do it with the guidance of the book alone. Textbooks, how-to guides, X For Dummies/ Idiot's Guide to X, manuals, and so on would qualify.
Guidebooks each cost 30 MP to summon.
Once the skill involved is learned, a book no longer registers as a Guidebook to Homura; only guides for skills she doesn't know register.
It may be possible for Homura to produce a Guidebook through a CRAFT (WRITING) skill, which might allow her to relearn a skill in a later loop through the book. The requirements, base DCs, and so on of such a book are unconfirmed.
Whether Guidebooks can exist or be produced for Puella Magi-based Magical Skills is unconfirmed. Attempts to summon such books have all failed; this may mean that those skills can't be learned from books, or it may mean that a book Homura can use doesn't exist within the bounds of her summoning. If the latter, use of the aforementioned CRAFT (WRITING) method might enable summoning a copy of the Guidebook Homura writes for the skill in question.
The following Guidebooks have been seen in-game:
- A Primer to Fighting Unarmed
- An Introduction to Dance
- Birds: Our Feathered Friends and Their Speech
- Breathe Yourself Slim
- Cookbook for Dummies
- Dog Whispering For Dummies
- Embroidery for Everybody
- Flower Arrangement Today
- Furniture Made Easy
- Giant Drums and Their Place in the Modern Home
- How to Make Friends and Win People
- Learning from the Monkeys
- Mastering Calligraphy
- My Little Lab At Home
- Puppetry: A New Start
- Saving Lives via First Medical Response
- Thai Massage
- The Ancient Art of Origami
- The Beginner’s Guide to Adult Acrobatics
- The Beginner’s Guide to Weightless Exercise
- The Hidden Techniques of Karaoke
- The Idiot’s Guide to Home Improvement
- The Idiot’s Guide to Programming
- The Language of the Body
- The Language of the Sciences
- The Sword Arts
- Ye Most Ancioun Grimoire of Pociuns Mysticke and Fearsome
- Yumi and Yari