NetHack is probably the most played and famous roguelike currently played, featuring an extremely complex item system: "the dev team thinks of everything." Version 3.6.0 was released in December of 2015.

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Why won't my Djinn hang on to a +6 Demonbane?

Same Djinn, she has a +0 Unihorn, but if I give her the +0 uc Long sword that she has had for over 10k turns, she wields that until she finds a trice. But, when I try to give her this high-powered ...
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Will player style magic resistance help a pet resist conflict?

I equipped a Djinni with a spare GrayDSM and an amulet of reflection, so I'm sure she's good to go. But I'm nearing the point of fighting Rodney for his book, and after that,... Lotsa monsters. She's ...
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Is it possible to revive a priest in Orctown?

In the new version of nethack, there is something called Orctown, which is a version of Minetown overrun by orcs, its normal inhabitants slaughtered. I can't help but notice that there appears to be ...
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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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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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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 identify rings similar to the way I can identify wands?

In NetHack, zapping the floor with a wand can cause some effects to help you identify it (for example, "The bugs on the floor stop moving!" can be a wand of sleep or death.) Rings are another common ...
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Does destroying an artifact affect later artifact wishes?

In my exploration, I've found a few useless artifacts (Grimtooth and Orcrist) which puts my known artifact count at 5. The wiki shows that this greatly inhibits the chances of another artifact being ...
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Reading a spellbook costing all my money

After reading a "dog eared spellbook" in Nethack 3.6.0, all my money is lost. I've made some search on the Wiki, but nothing relevant can be found. So what's that evil spellbook? Is this a new ...
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Why does my dog keep killing me?

Recently, I was playing Nethack (doing reasonably well) and has a little dog as a pet. However it suddenly attacked me while I had low health, killing me instantly. It had been tamed for several ...
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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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Should I let my pets eat corpses?

After I acquire the particular intrinsic conveyed by a corpse, I most often let my pets eat the rest (unless I need food). I've looked on the wiki, but haven't found anything about whether this ...
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When a wand is broken, does the charge status affect its potency?

I die a lot because I don't trust my wands to be more helpful in clearing multiple monsters that surround me (magic traps and Rodney/summon nasties), and the useful ones are all beams and rays. I've ...
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How should I deal with a water nymph in Nethack?

Recently, while I was playing Nethack, I drank from a fountain and it created a water nymph, which then paralyzed my and stole almost all of my items. I followed it further into the dungeon, but, when ...
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How can I survive after genociding my species?

I am playing nethack for the unofficial conduct of extinctionist. So I am trying to kill every monster, but that is a bit slow without genociding some. I want to be able to genocide @ and h, but ...
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What does the first number mean on a wand?

Whenever I get a wand and identify it, it says x:x. For example, the castle wand I got says 0:1. What is the meaning of the first number? (0 in the example) I know the second number is the number of ...
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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 Ubuntu - CTRL-P for message history not working?

I installed nethack on ubuntu via the terminal using sudo apt-get install nethack-common nethack-console For some reason I can't use CTRL+P to display message history. I've tried putting on and off ...
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Is the SEE INVISIBLE intrinsic gained from quaffing from a fountain permanent?

I looked in the wiki about this but it doesn't say whether it's permanent or not.
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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 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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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 water from an overflowing fountain fall through holes in the floor?

I just set up a base camp on a level that has an aligned altar and a fountain which I've dug to make pools for dipping, and it struck me how convenient that is. Made me wonder if the fountain was a ...
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Can Dispater take Invocation items?

After several years of playing, I thought I had seen most every monster in NH343 until now. As I was fighting Rodney to retrieve the Candelabra and Bell he stole (at least I think he did), he ...
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Is it worth it to untrap dart and arrow traps?

In UnNetHack, 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 ...
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Why does hilite_pet option toggle off when restarting saved game?

I've noticed that the hilite_pet option rests to false upon restarting, but other options such as autodig, pushweapon, etc., that I set at initiation stay as set. Is this a bug that can be fixed?
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Besiders difficulty, is there a way to determine a monster's sacrifice value (specifically, is there a chart or list)?

After a couple of years of playing, I've realized the importance of altars, but I've yet to find any real info as to how sacrifices are valued for Prayer TO, alignment, luck, gifting, etc.. Besides ...
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Can unicorns still teleport if you are riding them?

I'm thinking about taming a unicorn that resides in Sokoban (I already found a saddle). My character is a SAM w/MR + SDSM and a ring of teleport control if that matters (if it does, please alert for ...
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How to set width of terminal for nethack?

I just tried running nethack (installed on ubuntu, apt-get install nethack) and found it unplayable because it has a really narrow width: Why is it so narrow? How can I tell nethack to you the full ...
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Beginning nethack, how to use bags

After scrutinising various lists of commands and browsing a few wikis, I am missing something obvious: What commands do I use to put things into a bag, list the contents of a bag and take things out ...
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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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How to avoid become overloaded and overstressed

In traveling through the Gnomish Mines, it seems pretty easy to quickly become overloaded with gear. However, I normally try to stash all of this stuff in a safe place for selling and/or using later. ...
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Cowering in terror from a wand of death

face here. tee hee Anyway, I'm a level 13 Valkyrie trying to melee my way through Ft. Ludios so that I can level up enough to take on the Quest. So far, I've been doing well...I'm funneling all ...
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Is it safe to kill your own ghost?

Strange as it sounds, I found a graveyard full of ghosts and one of them has the same name as my current character. Is it safe to kill/destroy it?
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What do I do with all these corpses?

I've killed a quite a few gnomes, and there are corpses all over the place. I can't pick them up without being encumbered. Is there anything useful I can do with them?
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How do I loot a chest on top of a teleportation trap?

Given that I don't have magic resistance yet, and walking on to the chest always teleports me away, is there a way to do it?
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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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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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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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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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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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If I polymorph myself using a wand, does my inventory change too?

I'm about to try eating some rings by polymorphing myself with a wand of polymorph and ring of poly control, and there have been a lot of monster generations while I've tried other risky things (armor ...
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Is there a way to guarantee a bones file?

I have an elven wizard that has found a huge stash of valuable loot by chance of trap-door discovering a multi-boned level. Unfortunately, he's about to die of starvation locked in a room, or be ...
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In Nethack3.4.3, can an altar be wished for?

I've been playing 343 for a while, even read the wiki as best I can, but can't find an answer to this. I have an Elven Priest that has been to Sokoban (BoH) and found the quest portal but still haven'...
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Do all the levels in Nethack get generated at Start or are they generated as they are reached?

Just curious, in Nethack 343 are all the dungeon levels generated at startup, or do they only get generated by entering them? In particular, are the Amulet and Bag of Holding fixed at start or are ...
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In Nethack, how exactly do containers stack?

I am a wizard, and I just realized that... bags of holding reduce the weight of items in them. Good to know! So, my question is does a bag of holding reduce the weight of items in it if it is inside ...
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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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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?