A wererat just died at my sword, failing to transmit its disease to me. However, it also left a corpse for me to eat. I'm hungry. My pet drags it to me, bad sign, but then again it does so for lichen corpses too and they're perfectly safe to eat.

Is it safe to eat?

  • Anon's answer answers your titular question. But just to note - were{foo} count as humans. So in terms of "is it safe to eat", keep in mind how that figures in.
    – Grace Note
    Jan 20, 2011 at 21:53
  • @Grace I did look at that question first but didn't find (literally: ctrl-f were) anything about it :)
    – badp
    Jan 20, 2011 at 21:54
  • Oh, I didn't cover lycanthrope. I'm just commenting about eating humans.
    – Grace Note
    Jan 20, 2011 at 21:56
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    +1 for making me google search "werefoo". In an awesome display of recursion, this question was the #1 result. Jan 20, 2011 at 22:31
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    FYI: Your pet doesn't eat lichen corpses because your pet's a carnivore and lichens are vegetarian food. If your pet was a vegetarian (e.g. a horse), it'd eat the lichen.
    – sepp2k
    Jan 29, 2011 at 23:55

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No, it is not safe to eat. It will give you lycanthropy. Also, if you are human, it is considered cannibalism.

Nethack Wiki Corpse page

Nethack Wiki Werecreature page


Eating a were{foo}'s corpse will always confer lycanthropy.

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