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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Why did my dog just eat my cat?

I was carrying around a tripe ration in an effort to keep my dog close, when I found a nice housecat that was in need of a good home. So I fed it my tripe ration, and a very happy heart appeared over ...
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What race should I genocide?

I just got a scroll of genocide monster. My initial reaction is to kill off vampires, because I hate losing levels to them. However, I'm not sure that this is the best monster to genocide. There are ...
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In the Nethack early game, should I first venture through the Gnomish Mines or Sokoban?

I have been rolling through the beginner level dungeons OK, even managing to find Excalibur from time to time. I find myself at a branching point where my knowledge of strategy begins to break down. ...
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What are powerful forms to polymorph into?

I've obtained and identified a ring of polymorph control for the first time, and I'm wondering how I can abuse this ability to the fullest. What forms are good for combat? I'm especially ...
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Are spellbooks of any practical use to more “physical” characters?

If I'm playing as a Barbarian or a Valkyrie or something similar, is there anything I can do with spellbooks other than just sell them for a little bit of gold?
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How difficult are Nethack and Crawl?

Looking through a list of roguelikes to sink my teeth into I've narrowed down my choices to Nethack and Crawl. The problem is that I'm not experienced with roguelikes so I don't know what to expect in ...
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Benefits of lycanthropy

I recently killed a werejackal (somehow avoiding having lycanthropy transmitted to me), and now have a fresh corpse in my inventory. According to the all-knowing Wiki, lycanthropy is generally ...
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How do you wipe your hands in Nethack?

I opened a tin can and ate something with my hands, which made them greasy. Now holding a weapon is impossible, and so is wearing rings. I tried #wipe but it seems that's only for the face. How would ...
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How can I improve my search effectiveness early on?

Ok, asked this in chat, but was advised to move to the main site. I have been playing a lawful dwarf Valkyrie as I'd heard this is one of the easier classes to start with. I am still learning the ...
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Is there a way to select all items in a list?

For example, when I go to drop items, put items into a chest, or pick up items off the floor, is there a way to select all the items visible in the list, rather than just quickly typing "abcdefgh..."? ...
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Changing the appearances of characters

I know a lot of people like to change their boulders from ` to 0. Are there any other helpful character swaps I should be aware of? I'm assuming this is all personal preference and people do it for ...
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How does vision work in nethack?

As is immediately obvious the first time you play nethack, you can't see much until you move around a bit. Here are some basic things I've figured out: You can see things within one block of ...
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Dangers to the Vanilla Nethacker in SLASH'EM

I've been playing Nethack for a little while, and I'd like to try SLASH'EM. I understand there is a lot of new stuff in SLASH'EM - magic, items, monsters, classes, etc. I've also heard that it's ...
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Advice on dealing with pets

Two part question, though both related - What is the best method of keeping my pet "happy" For this, I mean, how do I keep my pet from wandering off and either becoming feral or getting killed ...
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I died in Nethack to Food Poisoning, despite having Poison Resistance [closed]

I was playing Nethack last night, and mind you, I'm a beginner. In a desperate attempt to get some food in me, I mashed the e button and hit a random key. Unfortunately, I downed a rotten newt corpse, ...
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How do I enhance my skills?

I have read on Nethack's Wikia that it is possible to enhance my skills that are not locked...and that I free up skill points every time I gain a level. However, every time I call #enhance, it seems ...
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“Not enough stamina to move”?

When playing Nethack, I have several times now received this message "Not enough stamina to move" typically when a monster is standing right beside me. >.< What does this mean and how can I fix it? ...
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Shops, theft, and your pet(s)

How do you get your pet(s) to steal things from shops?
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Cockatrice petrification circumstances?

If I'm riding my horse and I pound a cockatrice with my lance or attack it with ranged weaponry until it dies and I step on the same tile as the cockatrice corpse will it petrify me or my horse?
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Can't take off armor (not cursed!)

For some reason I cannot take off my blessed +1 ring mail I started the game with. It just says "You can't take that off". I found a better piece of armor that provides a better AC and is much lighter ...
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Do pets gain experience when being ridden?

If I'm riding my Pony will he gain experience and eventually become a Horse (and then a Warhorse)?
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How can I progress further when there are no stairs down?

I'm very new to Nethack, and essentially have read nothing but the list of commands I can use in game. I've had the game randomly generate my characters for me so far as I just try to get a hang of ...
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When to mount your horse?

I'm guessing the best idea would be to hold off on mounting it until it turns into a Warhorse from fighting, correct?
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Overburdened Knight early in the game, how to carry more?

I'm having some serious trouble with being overburdened on my Knight all the time. If I find a better armor than my starting ring mail and put it on and drop my ring mail, I'm overburdened! What's the ...
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The Knight's code of conduct

I was in the Gnomish mines getting to level 5 to dip for Excalibur when a Gnome fled and I let him be due to my code of conduct. Went down another level and destroyed some more gnomes before coming ...
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Doors and mounts

I just started a Knight and mounted my Horse upon reaching level 2. I noticed you cannot kick doors while mounted. What's the best way to go about traversing doors while mounted?
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I don't understand how naming works

Example: I read a red spellbook, it crumbles and blinds me. It then asks me what to call it. What's the point of this? What am I supposed to do? I've read the NetHackWiki on the naming article but I ...
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How do you name something that isn't in your inventory?

While exploring the Gnomish Mines, I found a grey stone. I have reason to believe that this is a loadstone, and as such I want to name it without picking it up. Is this possible at all? And if it is, ...
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Can pets acquire instrinsics?

My dog just ate a mountain nymph corpse. Stupid dog. Does it have a chance of acquiring teleportitis as a result?
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Does eating werefoo corpses give lycantropy?

A wererat just died at my sword, failing to transmit its disease to me. However, it also left a corpse for me to eat. I'm hungry. My pet drags it to me, bad sign, but then again it does so for lichen ...
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How does telepathy work?

One particular dungeon level was swarming with floating eyes. Now, I don't like being watched, so I felt there was only one recourse. A few bits of flying magic later, I ate a floating eye corpse. ...
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A strategy for Nethack progress?

I've been playing Nethack for years but don't get anywhere near the end for one reason or another. I'm experienced enough to not eat old corpses, wear cursed items or pick the wrong fight, but what I ...
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Can I change the movement keys in NetHack?

I recently downloaded NetHack, and have begun to play on my laptop. However, I find the directional key bindings rather cumbersome. I do not have a Number Pad, and would rather not use the NumLock ...
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How to recover a crashed game in Vulture's

I was playing SLASH'em with the Vulture's GUI, on Mac OSX. The applicatiion crashed, and now when I try to start, I get a popup telling me that I have a game already with that name, and asking if I ...
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Flowchart(s) for indirect identification

There are a lot of different ways of identifying items (as expounded here), and often it seems that several steps are required. I know there are lots of tables of this information on the NetHack wiki ...
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Determining beginnerness in NetHack

I just got into NetHack (using Vulture's for a GUI), and I've been reading up on a bunch of things so I can be ever so slightly prepared for what awaits me. One of the things I've read is that as ...
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How can I permanently set options in Slash'em?

In Slash'em (possibly the same in nethack) I can set options with O, but these opotion are set only for this game. How can I set options permanently?
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How do I hoard items effectively?

When it comes to RPGs, I am a hoarder. Specifically, I want to be able to pick up all items, identify them, sell all the useless stuff, and keep everything that might be useful. NetHack makes this ...
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How do I eat a ring?

I have seen some vague references to eating rings as a means of permanently gaining their power. I initially assumed this involved using Stone-to-Flesh to turn a stone ring into a meat ring. However, ...
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How can I tell if food is rotten?

I've gotten some tips from other questions, e.g. corpses rot very quickly. However, I have also often found that rations and other comestibles in my inventory turn out to be rotten, and occasionally ...
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What are the uses of engraving?

I recently found out about the Elbereth engraving through the NetHack wiki. Are there any other "special" uses for engraving aside from this one?
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Can I pick a lock on a shop “closed for inventory”?

In nethack I encountered a shop "closed for inventory". I know it won't open on its own. I know I can use a credit card to open it, but I haven't seen any in this game. Question: can I pick the ...
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Why did the shopkeeper get mad at me?

So I was about to lead my Wizard to Dlvl2, when suddenly A trap door opens up under you! "Hello, bp! Welcome to Angmagssalik's general store!" I land right into a shop on level 2. I try to leave ...
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“Your [item] suddenly vibrates unexpectedly.”

e - a blessed scroll labeled XIXAXA XOXAXA XUXAXA. What do you want to read? [e or ?*] As you read the scroll, it disappears. Your small shield glows silver for a moment. Your small shield suddenly ...
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Does #loot'ing unpaid bags cost money?

My level 6 human wizard fell its way to an hardware shop in the Gnomish Mines. She wanted to buy a bag he saw in there when the shopkeeper commented, "Just 5,355 zorkmids for you, good lady." ...
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NetHack client for iPhone

Is there a NetHack client for the iPhone? I have tried telnetting to "nethack.alt.org", but it's vey awkward.
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Nethack for Windows Mobile

I'm looking for a good version of Nethack to run on my Windows Mobile phone. I currently have Windows NetHack graphical version 3.4.3, and it kind of drives me a little nuts, moreso from a usability ...
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NetHack Clients For OS X? [closed]

What clients exist for OS X? I am using the official QT port (graphical).
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Mazes of Menace - a good map?

I have tried to make sense of the map at the following URL, but can not read it effectively: http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Mazes_of_Menace Is there an good map of the Mazes of Menace (Nethack) ?
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how to identify BUC of item in nethack [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Identifying items without killing myself How can I identify the BUC (blesses, uncursed, cursed) status of items in nethack? I have dropped something on an altar, which ...