Rainbow Dust is a powder that is first seen in The Faceless Ones. It is used to detect traces of magic that have recently been used in the area. To use it, the powder is sprinkled in the air, and will change colour to indicate whether magic has been used, the specific colour the powder turns indicates the type of magic present. It also gives an indication of how recently the magic was used, possibly through the vibrancy of its colour.

In Books

The Faceless Ones

Skulduggery Pleasant used Rainbow Dust at the beginning of the third book to investigate the death of Cameron Light, but it detected no traces of Magic.

Death Bringer

Skulduggery uses Rainbow Dust again to investigate the death of Bernadette Maguire. This time it detects traces of Adept magic, and that it was used in the last ten minutes Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Fletcher arrived at the house. The magic used was Necromancy, and Bernadette was killed by Bison Dragonclaw.

Short Stories

Rainbow Dust makes another appearance in the short story The Wonderful Adventures of Geoffrey Scrutinous.


Skulduggery uses it again in Cassandra Pharos' cottage.


  • Skulduggery Pleasant was the only one to use Rainbow Dust in the series.
  • Sensitive magic is gold.