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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How do I not starve in Nethack?

I'm a bit of a hardcore guy in the game realm. I like doing the hardest challenges before I even play the game regularly. I'd like to undergo the atheist conduct, but food seems to be a problem in the ...
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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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(Un)Nethack: Is it Worth it to Untrap Dart and Arrow Traps?

I know that successfully untrapping an arrow or a dart trap exercises your dexterity. But doesn't an unsuccessful attempt abuse your dexterity (or worse if you get poisoned)? I play a lot of ...
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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 it possible to pacify the Minetown watch?

Recently, I was in Minetown and was attacked by some sort of monster that caused me to begin hallucinating. Without noticing this fact right away (I'm still adjusting to a new user interface), I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I get NethackCocoa to read my .nethackrc?

I wanted to play a graphical Nethack for a change, and I found NethackCocoa in the Mac App Store. What bothers me is that it ignores my ~/.nethackrc - terminal Nethack works just fine with it. ...
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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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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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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 are pets good for in Nethack?

Absolutely new to Nethack, so forgive my noobiness. I think my pet surely is a cute little ASCII symbol on my console window, but what should I do with it? It follows me, and sometimes, it gets lost ...
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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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How can I bring my pet to the valley of dead?

I've finally reached the valley of the dead, but I'm having trouble getting my pet to follow me down there. Seeing that it is a silver dragon, I really didn't want to leave it behind. The problem is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get an item from a peaceful monster without the murder penalty?

A peaceful hobbit took the reflection amulet from the top of Sokoban. I know the alignment penalty for killing it is small, but I'd prefer to avoid it if possible. How can I get my amulet and avoid ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Getting rid of bones levels on Nethack Cocoa

I have been plagued by a problem. I think something's out to kill me (although considering I'm playing Nethack, that "something" is "everything"). Specifically, I'm getting into trouble for something ...
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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 tell if a corpse is safe to eat?

I am a human wizard, and I just killed a monster, leaving a corpse on the ground. How do I tell whether it is safe to eat this corpse? I leave the monster unspecified because I am interested in "how ...
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How do you safely pray to your god?

Can somebody please give me a good overview of the prayer system in NetHack? From what I understand, you can pray once and your god is more than happy to help you out, but if you pray again, you get ...
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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 ...