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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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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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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Can't go downstairs in Nethack?

I have recently started playing Nethack (ie. an hour ago) and I know just about nothing more than Elbereth and commands. I have looked everywhere for the command to go down stairs to the next level ...
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Graphical Client for UnNethack [closed]

Somewhat of a followup to the question regarding Nethack graphical clients... Does such a beast exist for UnNethack for OSX? I am not looking for the Vulture client, as I'm pretty sure that only ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What do I do with my gold?

I've just completed my first raid of Fort Ludios. I've donated to priests enough to receive the -9 intrinsic protection and gotten major and minor Oracle consultations, but I have a bit over 40,000 ...
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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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Is there a Nethack GUI client for OSX Lion?

This should not be a dupe of this question. I am trying to get Nethack up and running on OSX Lion, and the QT client no longer works (goodbye PPC support). I found the Nethack Cocoa project, however ...
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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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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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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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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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Changing startup options in Nethack Cocoa

I find nethack cocoa works with MACos Mountain Lion. I would like to change default options before I start a character. I use to do this but have forgotten and the OS has changed too.
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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 ...
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How to identify items without getting killed

In NetHack/Roguelikes you run across wands/rings/potions/etc. that you need to identify before you can know what they do. Is there a safe or recommended way of handling these items without turning ...
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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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Why should I put a coin on engraving

I've read in several places that i should put a single coin on engravings, especially Elbereth engravings. Why ?
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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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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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What can I do with artifacts I don't plan to use?

While playing, I often end up owning more artifact weapons than I need. Since I can't #twoweapon with two artifact weapons, I really don't need more than one at any time. The wiki page about artifacts ...
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Is there a substantial difference between a pet cat and a pet dog?

In Nethack, several roles by default start with a kitten or a small dog, chosen at random. They seem to be very similar: both have similar growth cycles and behaviors. Is there any substantial ...
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Does a scroll of remove curse uncurse rings and amulets?

The wiki page for the scroll of remove curse says The scroll of remove curse, when read, will uncurse worn or wielded items, loadstones and leashes in use. (emphasis mine) Does that only ...
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When should I start #twoweaponing?

It has been mentioned to me several times that if I am playing a class that can #twoweapon, then I should most definitely #twoweapon. At some point. In the future. However, I am not entirely clear on ...
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#Naming items not in your inventory

Is it possible to #name items that are not your inventory? Loadstones auto-curse themselves when you pick them up, is there any way to #name one so I know when I run into one later?
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What is a good stash?

I always tend to die before being too much encumbered or filling my BoH enough, but I wonder: what is the ultimate stash configuration? I heard about boulder forts, but also blue jelly fort. I ...
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New to nethack: playing wizard

The top question on this website is about nethack so being a total baller I downloaded the game. I got the visual version for windows. I want to play a wizard but I died on my first attempt. I wonder ...
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Getting Excalibur as a neutral human

So typically I'll go as a Lawful Human Valkyrie in order to be able to dip for Excalibur, and have the gnomes be angry at me so that I can get their sweet, sweet XP. But today, half-awake, I created ...
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Recover Nethack game in OS X (NetHackCocoa)

I finally get a good character going, and NetHackCocoa decides to crash on me and then show this lovely little message whenever I try to restart: Naturally I click 'No' and then attempt to find the ...
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What is a good mid-game pet?

Typically I'm a human lawful valk (good starting class as I can't really get past mid-game yet), and I'm curious if I should consider switching (or adding) pets. I'll usually level my cat/dog up ...
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Artifact in bones pile?

I died. A lot. As a lawful valkyrie. So, I've been trying to #dip for Excalibur, and haven't had any success yet. One of the Gnomish Mines levels was a bones level for me, and I found a cursed ...
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Is there a distribution of Nethack with saving?

In nethack, you can't save and reload if you die. I want to do this. Is there a distribution of nethack that will let me?