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 that I cannot make any selection of a skill to enhance. My listed skills are either [Unskilled] or [Basic], but none are selectable. Seems like this should be a relatively simple issue...


As it states on the skills page on the Wikihack: you must still have a number of successful uses of the skill before you can enhance it.

The number of uses is below (again from Wikihack)

Skill Level  - Successful Uses
Unskilled    - 0
Basic        - 20
Skilled      - 80
Expert       - 180
Master       - 320
Grand Master - 500 

Note that successful uses are total, so to get to the next level subtract the destination level from the current level.

For example if you are Basic in Dagger you must attack with a dagger successfully 60 times (80-20) before you can raise it to Skilled.

You also must have a free skill slot, obtained by leveling up.

  • So once I use my [Basic] skill level at least 20 times, then I am able to enhance it? – the_e Feb 10 '11 at 13:55
  • @espais Once you use an [Basic] skill 20 times (successfully) you can enhance it to [Skilled]. So yes. – C. Ross Feb 10 '11 at 14:02
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    Are you sure that it's not 20 to get to basic from unskilled, and then an additional 60 (making 80 total) to get to skilled? – Invader Skoodge Feb 10 '11 at 14:16
  • @StrixVaria Good catch, I've corrected that now. – C. Ross Feb 10 '11 at 14:59
  • "throwing"? that's not a skill. – Wooble Feb 10 '11 at 16:01

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