NetHack is probably the most played and famous roguelike currently played, featuring an extremely complex item system: "the dev team thinks of everything." Version 3.4.3 dates back to 2003 and runs on pretty much any OS.

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When my master lich levels up and becomes an Arch-lich, will it die if they have been genocided?

I've genocided Arch-liches and polymorphed my pet into a demilich. It has recently leveled up into a master lich. Will it become an Arch-lich, and if it does, will it die because I genocided them?
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Nethack: How to Make Complicated Multi-Window Displays?

An hour of searching (perhaps I don't know the correct search phrases?) has yielded nada. So here's a picture that hopefully is worth more than a thousand entries to google. I've been playing for ...
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Which god do I serve?

So... I forgot which god I serve. I pressed Enter too quickly on the introduction dialog box. How can I find out which god I'm serving? Is there a command or menu option? I know I can pray, but ...
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When to identify loot, when not to bother? [duplicate]

This is a duplicate of Lots of loot and when to bother with identification , as it was decided that question was a duplicate of How to identify items without getting killed. I was too slow in editing ...
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When should I be taking the time to identify items, and which items should I not bother with?

There are plenty of guides on how to identify items, but I can't find any on when to bother with it. Certain levels may have many of the same type of monster which will drop much of the same types of ...
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Managing “Final Destination” (death) mandates by the game

I've been playing a lot of nethack lately, and I'm still a beginner, but I've noticed that when you put yourself in a disadvantage, the game sees this and IT decides that you are going to die. Perhaps ...
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How can I avoid running out of arrows?

I've been playing as Ranger and love my bow. But I'm having a very hard time because I'm always running out of arrows. I went through the first level of my quest to visit the leader, but can't ...
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Is there a way to tell if my pet has grown up if it has a name?

Since my pet has a name, it will say the name of the pet in the messages window instead of its species. How can I still tell whether my pet has grown up?
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Which is a better piece of armor - +2 Scale Mail or +0 Banded Mail in NetHack?

I recently started playing NetHack (warning to those who haven't, it's addicting) and I am at a point where I'm trying to decide between two pieces of armor. I have a +2 Scale Mail and a +0 Banded ...
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View character role and race in Nethack?

I can see the Rank on the status line, so I think I could guess the role, but is there a command to list the current character's details?
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How to view the top scores in Nethack?

In Nethack, a list of top scores is displayed when dying, along with your position in the ranking. Is there any other way to see this list of top scores?
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Nethack: list of visited levels

I believe there is some command in Nethack which displays the list of visited levels along with some information (level name, presence of fountains,...), but I can't remember what is is or even find ...
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Which scrolls will monsters read?

I just got the message You hear a leprechaun reading a scroll labeled FOOBIE BLETCH. I know that monsters can read scrolls of create monster (which I've identified) and teleportation (which I ...
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Why does armor in late-game nethack worse than the beginning armor?

Viewing online, I see that the nethack wiki says that a lower Armor Class is a better one. However, viewing the list comparing the armor here, how could the beginning armor (like the Hawaiian t-shirt) ...
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What do I do when I'm blind?

I'm on NetHack 3.4.3, graphical interface. I am a blind female chaotic wizard. What do I do? I can't put rings on. I also can't see any monsters. How do I play?
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What happens if I genocide my own race?

I picked up a Scroll of Genocide while playing and it asked which race I would genocide. I was wondering what would be to happen if I used the Scroll on my own race. However, I don't want to attempt ...
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What abuses (decreases) wisdom in Nethack?

I often play Nethack as a monk, so wisdom is a fairly important attribute. Occasionally I will see the message: You feel foolish! You haven't been paying attention. ...which means my wisdom has ...
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How can I restart NetHack, or at least replay the introduction?

I feel guilty for what I did: When I first started nethack I skipped the introduction and the instructions. Now, I don't know how to play that stupid game. I only know how to move. Is there a way to ...
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Nethack server play on android?

I am looking for efficient ways to play nethack on one of the servers through my Android device. I know it is possible through telnet but I have no experience with that. However, I tried a couple of ...
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Can I break a box or otherwise extract contents without touching?

I'm a Valkyrie in Unnethack, and pretty early on (dungeon level 3) I've run across a large box containing a gray stone. It's the first gray stone I've seen, so I don't want to pick it up in case it's ...
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Why is my pet Archon attacking me?

I'm a Chaotic elvish wizard in Gehennom with a pet Archon. Stethescope returns: Status of Archy (lawful): Level 28 HP 224(224) AC -8, tame, fast, invisible. I do NOT have conflict and have not ...
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What's the deal with fruit juice?

Fruit juice seems to be a pretty worthless item on itself: For its intended purpose, it conveys a very low amount of nutrition and also a very low nutrition per weight ratio (it is 0.5, 1 or 1.5 ...
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Nethack: Revive My Old Corpse?

So I've got this ghost attacking me... a little understandable, I am standing on his corpse, which is piled on his headstone. Perhaps he doesn't like that! But, I'd like to do him a favor, and put ...
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How do I move a peaceful monster out of the way that's being just a bit too heroic?

So, I got to the last level of Sokoban, and then this happened: That dwarf in the doorway is friendly, and it's great that he's trying to be a hero for me and all, but now I'm kind of just stuck ...
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My cat jumped in a hole. What do I do?

I am in Sokoban, and I brought my cat with me. That was probably a bad idea, since it just found the nearest pit and immediately decided to go skydiving! Now I can't push boulders into the hole ...
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Why did this explosion make me fat? (A land mine increased my weight)

You drop a dwarvish mattock. Your movements are now unencumbered. You see here a tin. KAABLAMM!!! You triggered a land mine! Your movements are slowed slightly because of your load. You fall into a ...
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Can Vegans eat Jewelry?

I am a Vegan. Would it break the conduct if I eat jewelry? The Vegan conduct states that I can eat: food rations, cram rations, K-rations, C-rations and lembas wafers melons, oranges, ...
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What is this large room with an assortment of monsters, a swarm of bees, and some items?

So, I fell down a trapdoor and then: (click image to enlarge) ...yeah, I've kind of just been staring at my screen and ;-identifying things for a few minutes. Some notable things I've found: a ...
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When is tripe safe to eat?

I've recently got my hands on a few tripe rations. I've been told by a few friends that it's a good food source in the early game. Of course, I eat some and promptly begin vomiting. I know that you ...
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How can I kill myself in Nethack?

I've made it a personal goal to kill myself on the first turn with every character. I've done it with Knight(by riding the pony) and Wizard(by shooting myself). How can I do it with the other ones?
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Why do I stop eating corpses? Should I keep eating them anyway?

Occasionally, when I try eating a corpse, I get the message The {monster} corpse tastes terrible! You stop eating the {monster} corpse. Why does this happen sometimes? All corpses "taste ...
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How can I kill puppies without consequences?

The starting pets can sometimes get quite annoying, since they keep getting in your way. Those little dogs keep blocking my path! Therefore, I quite reasonably want to slaughter them brutally. But of ...
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Nethack is failing to load due to a dungeon faliure in nhdat file

I start up nethack, then I enter my name and roles, and a window opens up saying "oops.", then another saying "Program initialization failed", then "Report the following error ...
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Can sanctuary and summon monster be abused to altar farm in a co-aligned temple?

Is there any problem with camping in a temple and repeatedly casting summon monster, then killing and sacrificing the monsters? It seems like even a feeble wizard (especially one with a ring of slow ...
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Can monsters hallucinate?

I am a wizard in Minetown, and I usually don't make it much farther than this. The one other time that I encountered winter wolf cubs, they swiftly kicked my ass. This time, I teleported using a ...
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Can I highlight other parts of the status line with the Statuscolors patch?

The wiki page for Statuscolors (and every other resource I can find) shows how to color certain parts of the status line, and gives no information about coloring the rest. Is there any way to color ...
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Can I stop Nethack from generating or loading bones files on Linux?

I prefer not to play with bones, so I tried setting OPTIONS=bones:no in my .nethackrc file. When I load nethack (the version compiled from source), it just tells me "Bad syntax in OPTIONS in ...
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What do I need to do to ensure I don't kill myself with a finger of death (or wand of death)?

I'd like to still make the most effective use of finger of death that I can, of course. Spoilers I've read have been somewhat unclear - if I have magic resistance and reflection will my own ...
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Does the player always move first?

In Nethack, does the player always move first, or is there a chance other monsters/NPCs/entities might? To be specific... Say we are in a small room. Player on one side, a gobbo on another. There is ...
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Is it a good idea to put on yellow dragon scale mail and go to town with a rubber chicken?

I haven't yet gotten yellow dragon scale and may not understand how it works. Does it make you immune to turning to stone from cockatrices? If so, would an ascension kit with other sources of ...
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How can I swallow a whole cockatrice?

One possible death reason in NetHack is "petrified by swallowing a cockatrice whole". However, when polymorphed into a purple worm and attacking a cockatrice, simply biting it the first time ...
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What should I do about a cat polymorphed into an invisible monster in Nethack?

I am a lawful human Valkyrie that crawled down the dungeon to the Oracle with a cat and a dog. The problem is that my cat accidentally stepped on a polymorph trap and he turned into an invisible ...
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Preventing amnesia so that I can remember where my keys were (and all my other stuff)

Late game, I had made it to the Wizard's Tower. Lovely lovely, doing well. Pretty sure that I had wished for GDSM (though I have since died, so can't check), but something was bothering me. Once I ...
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Do specific items have the same effect as other similar items?

In Nethack, I find myself a ruby potion, and drinking it gives me poison. Later in the same dungeon, I find a "Liquor Emporium" (potion shop) and find other ruby potions in there as well. Do all items ...
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How to find out which weapon is better?

So I started playing Nethack. But I wonder: How can I see which weapon is better if equipped? For armor, I can at least switch it and look how the "AC" indicator changes.
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Preserving a wielded corpse without tinning

The end-game, I've discovered, is made much, much easier by wielding a chicka/cockatrice corpse and stoning everything in my path. Is there any way to prevent such a corpse from rotting away, while ...
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Lost searching ability in Nethack

I'm prepping my lawful human valk for the midgame, just unloaded a bunch of extra items to my stash in Sokoban, completed Mine's End, and ID'ed a bunch of scrolls, potions, etc, without any negative ...
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How to go down from Grotto town when the staircase is locked in Nethack

I am playing Nethack as a lawful female human valkyrie. I went down straight to Minetown, which was found to be of Grotto type, with my feline friend. From reading a spoiler I know where the ...
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Nethack keybord movement not working

I press 'y' and it says unknown command. No numeric keypad here, and I need to move diagonally. Is there an option to turn the normal nethack keyboard on?
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Optimal method of acquiring necessary gear pre-Medusa

I've been working on consistently getting my character of choice (lawful human Valk) to at least the midgame. Given that this type of character seems to be more forgiving, I've been rolling her for a ...