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 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 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 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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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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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's a good role and race for a Nethack beginner?

I've just started to play Nethack (games you can play in a shell are useful). What is the easiest role and race to start with?
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My character keeps jumping around in NetHack. Why?

I've spent quite a while on my NetHack game (for me), and I've managed to get up a few levels. However, my character has (annoyingly) started to randomly jump around to different parts of the level - ...
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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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My pet is a public menace, what did I do wrong?

In my current attempt at nethack I'm playing a dwarven samurai with a dog pet, so most dwarves I've encountered are peaceful. However, for some reason, my dog has been going beserk on every friendly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Avoiding hunger in Nethack

A bit of a followup from How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat?, what is the best manner of avoiding death by hunger? Previously, I had eaten corpses and whatnot whenever I could find them, and ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I eat humans and sacrifice them to my god?

If I am a race other than human and lawful, can I eat humans and sacrifice them or will this hurt my alignment? Or is that only a problem if you are human?
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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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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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“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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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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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 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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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 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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How can I survive Gehennom?

What are some good methods for surviving in Gehennom? I am still quite noobish to the world of Nethack, but have been able to make it to this level once or twice while playing. Once I got in though, ...
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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 does Nethack make a character for me?

I recently dipped my toes in Nethack waters and so far I've been letting Nethack pick the character for me. I keep getting either archeologist or a cavewoman though for about five games now. I'm ...
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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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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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Do Slime Molds Rot?

I couldn't find this information on the wiki. I found a slime mold lying around and have absolutely no other source of nutrition. I'd like to hold on to it until I'm starving, but I don't know if ...
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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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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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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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How do I walk up at a T-junction?

It is good practice to use walk commands rather than holding direction buttons as much as possible lest you accidentally run into a monster you can't handle and die as a result, a mistake I've made ...
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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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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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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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What does the damage shorthand in Nethack mean?

For example, on the wiki page for the Riders, it says Death's attack does Attacks Touch of death 8d8, Touch of death 8d8 How am I supposed to interpret xdx?
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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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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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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 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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Strategy for handling the oddities that spew out of a fountain upon dipping

Ok, normally when I hit level 5 I start searching around for a fountain to dip for Excalibur. One common issue I have been noticing is that sometimes I will either unleash a water demon or an ...