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 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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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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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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NetHack - 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? Please help.
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...