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Questions tagged [nethack]

NetHack is a single player roguelike, featuring an extremely complex item system. First seen in July of 1987, the game is licensed under the General Public License (GPL), and updated as time progressed. The current version of the game (3.6.0) was released in December of 2015. Use this tag only for NetHack, and not for any of the games that have spin off it.

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Can an orc get Sting or Orcrist as a sacrifice gift?

As the title says; if you're playing as an orc, is it possible to get Sting or Orcrist as a sacrifice gift? If so, I want to name them to get rid of the chance of getting them. If not, I don't want ...
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How to enter Nethack Quest if Quest Leader is killed?

I entered the Quest level wearing a ring of conflict. Subsequently the Quest Leader was accidentally killed by one of her (Valkyrie) disciples. Now I am unable to descent the stairs to obtain my Quest ...
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Naming identified scrolls only works sometimes?

I'm trying to #name a few of my already identified scrolls in my inventory in case I'm hit by amnesia (by type), however naming fails to work sometimes. I now have an uncursed scroll of enchant armor ...
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How to stop levitation on Astral Plane?

I am an orc wizard in Nethack 3.4.3 and cast a lot of "levitation" spell on myself at Plane of Air. However, at Astral Plane I dropped the Amulet of Yendor to the ground due to a mistake. Now I cannot ...
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Can I safely steal from shops while invisible?

I'm currently in the middle of a game of Nethack, and have found a ring of invisibility. Also, I've come across a shop. I was wondering if the invisibility will let me steal items from the shop safely,...
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How to escape from the Stronghold of the Master Assassin?

I am a Chaotic Rogue and made a successful attempt to reach the Stronghold of the Master Assassin in the quest. However, I got into the wrong part of that level and have no way to go back. I have: ...
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Ring of warning vs Ring of ESP

I am a gnomish archaeologist reaching LV14 at Gehennom with intrinsic telepathy, and I have to make a choice between Ring of warning and Ring of ESP. Pros of Ring of warning: can display hostile ...
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How can I confine my pet rock mole?

I sort of like my pet rock mole because she chews up all the dungeon levels. But I don't like the way she keeps burrowing toward my stash area when I am organizing things. Is there some way to keep ...
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Missing reflection

I'm a level 13 knight. I went through mines end and sobokan. I went until dlvl 15 but then, I get a lot of attack from magic missile, cold and fire wand/spell. Any advice for me to obtain reflection?
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Nethack move past seemingly unpassable area

This is my first time playing Nethack so I'm fairly certain I must be missing something simple however, I can not figure out what. I am stuck on finding my way to the next room I have tried going in ...
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Will Rodney try to steal my Quest artifact if my pet wields/carries it?

My caveman is doing fine with his +7 Vorpal Blade and +2 Magicbane, and I have enough armor and equipment for another fully-dressed dwarf lord to really do some damage with my +7 Sceptre of Might. The ...
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Will dropping the real Amulet of Yendor before spellcasting prevent the extra energy drain?

I've got the Amulet, and my character is a proficient spellcaster that does not have any quick ways to regain energy. The wiki says that "carrying" the amulet incurs a 1 pt - 2n (n=spell energy cost) ...
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Does cancelling/blanking spellbooks reset them for polypiling?

I've amassed a huge pile of spent spellbooks (known spells that have been read and/or polypiled into uselessness), and know almost all the spells (still trying for Finger of Death). I've yet to get a ...
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Can/will a pet actually USE Jumping/Kicking/Waterwalk/Levitation Boots?

I have some extra jump/kick boots from polypiling that I'n considering equipping my pet MMF with. I'd have to enchant them a bit to induce a trade for its +2 Iron shoes (probably FooProof them, too). ...
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Wishing for money in Nethack

One may wish up to 5000 zorkmids in one wishing. How can I get more gold pieces through wishing? I'm thinking of wishing for two/three dilithium crystal, which would give me at least one dilithium ...
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Can peaceful former-pets turn hostile?

As I was exploring Gehennom, I lost a couple of balrogs and vrocks when I fell through a trapdoor and couldn't get back to them in time to prevent them from going feral. I've yet to find polycontrol ...
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If a pet has/uses an artifact, are the benefits of that artifact conferred to the pet?

I have a pet Mindflayer and am trying to equip him for the things that kill MFs (mainly, jellies). So far, he has a +1 SDSM and an alchemy smock(AcidR for Ochre Js and Spotted Js). The wiki recs YDSM ...
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How can I remove poison from a stack of weapons?

I've collected a large mixture of shuriken through polypiling. The different enchantments and BUCs are easy enough to mitigate for stacking, but I have quite a few that are poisoned (of differing ench/...
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When monsters are generated, is Monster Level affected by current XL or max XL acheived?

My character is currently at XL17 (max so far), and I'm letting a wraith drain me prior to buying protection. I've completed my Quest, so no longer need to be at any particular level. Knowing that XL ...
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Nethack numpad commands

The guidebook says that several additional keys can be used with the normal yuhjklbn movement keys to affect their behavior. http://www.nethack.org/v360/Guidebook.html#_TOCentry_8 These include the ...
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How do I deal with Medusa?

Every time I try to fight Medusa I get turned to stone. Is there some way I can close my eyes or something so I can fight her?
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Do certain player actions (e.g. reading spellooks, sorting/BUC testing, trying on armor, etc.) trigger monster generation?

Maybe I'm just seeing a correlation where there is just coincidence, but it seems that whenever my characters try to read spellbooks, they get interrupted by a newly generated monster (actually, it ...
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What, if anything, can be done with intelligent cross-aligned artifacts?

My neutral caveman found a Mitre of Holiness and an Orb of Detection in a bones pile. I hate leaving good items, esp. artifacts, just laying around. Aside from burying them, or letting a pet have ...
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Does “player style” Magic Resistance (GDSM, CoMR, etc) and Shield of Reflection protect ex-pets from drain life and taming spells?

I fell through a hole covered by loot, and left my pet Master Lich long enough for it to go PEACEFUL. Normally, it wouldn't be a problem to drain its level and retame, But, this time I equipped it ...
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Will the “Intelligent Pet Patch 0.1.2” affect saved games?

I was curious as to why my dragons never use their breath attacks, and found the wiki says that pets never use ranged attacks (which explains a lot of deaths, both theirs and mine). It also had a link ...
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If I found the Quest home level, but haven't spoken to the leader, does the Quest Artifact count as “generated” when wishing for artifacts?

I've been on the Quest home level, but haven't ventured more than a few steps. I have Magicbane and Vorpal Blade, and have seen no other artifacts in my travels. I'm hoping to add 2 more artifacts ...
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If I polypile a bunch of elven cloaks (boots, etc), will I get just cloaks (boots, etc)?

I'm in need of a cloak of MR, and have amassed a large collection of elven cloaks and boots as well as a couple of robes. Being magical armor, I know that I have a shot at getting magical armor by ...
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When a nymph is killed, can items stolen by her just disappear?

My caveman had a cursed "tattered cape" (I'm sure it was MR, found in wizard bones pile) stolen by a water nymph in the final room of Sokoban. I had to back out because I was in the broken doorway, ...
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NetHack tiles mode on Mac OS X

NetHack 3.6.0 was released in Dec 2015. An official binary is available for Mac OS X, but it's terminal-only. NetHackCocoa, which has brought so much joy to so many, has, alas, not been updated ...
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Do pets left alone on a level continue fighting in your absence?

I'm standing on a staircase, surrounded by hostiles, with my pets just outside the hostiles. They are helping, but I'm getting low on HP and need to go up to restore. It's going to take a while, and I ...
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How do I deal with all of these snakes?

I like drinking from fountains. I do! The occasional cool draughts are refreshing, and if I'm lucky, I can discover an equivalent to a one-use genie. Unfortunately, as most of you know, fountains ...
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What the heck is a Glorkum?

So I'm still here playing Nethack, trying to unlock Wizard Mode, and I get to my inevitable death early on in the game. The twist? Google has nothing for me, referring only to "gorkums". So, what I'...
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Becoming a Wizard

So here I am, playing good old NethackCocoa (an app store port of the game) and up in the top toolbars I see a drop down box for something called Wizard Mode, full of all sorts of attractive powers. ...
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Can dragons use Unihorns to heal themselves?

My character has a couple of dragons, each has a unihorn. I'm almost ready to polypile, and 2 more magic tools wouldn't hurt. I have a bullwhip, so taking them shouldn't be a problem. But, if the ...
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So I've got intrinsic magic resistance?

I'm a gnomish Wizard in Nethack 3.6.0. In Minetown, a werewolf attacked me and conveyed lycanthropy to me. I was wearing my starting cloak of magic resistance when transformed to a wolf, dropping my ...
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What could make a pet Titan just vanish?

My player is on L27 (the first level below the Valley) and I know that my pet titan (L24 192h p AC-15) was with me when I entered. Aside from a MMF at the far side of the maze, there were no monsters ...
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If a smoky potion is diluted, does it still have the same chance of producing a djinni as an undiluted smoky potion?

I have an opportunity to make quite a few smoky potions (in this case, booze) through alchemy, but I know that alchemy produces diluted potions. I also know that a diluted potion still has the same ...
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Why do enemies in Sokoban spawn so close / are so strong?

I was recently playing a game of nethack and I was doing really good, and decided to go up to sokoban. I was walking around when suddenly some Hill Orcs spawned and I was able to take them out, and ...
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Is there any way to return from explore mode?

I tried to apply X (my pickaxe) diagonally up-left. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying close attention. The apply function was skipped (I guess the 7 key corresponds to Yes) so now I'm in Explore mode. I ...
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Will a pet arch lich still be covetous?

My pet dog got polymorphed into a demilich, and has since grown into an arch lich (L37 HP291 AC-21 invisible fast). This is great for now, because I've yet to find Medusa, and the extra firepower is ...
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Does eating rings for the intrinsic nullify the the nutrtion usage that wearing said ring confers?

I have a large pile of edible rings that I'm considering eating for their intrinsics. Problem is, I don't have a ring of slow digestion, and food has been in short supply. Most of the rings would ...
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What is contained in the files that end with “wiz.digit(s)”?

I was recently looking in the files that pertain to NH343, and found some files that start with my computer's name. Some were easily identified as saved games because they have the character's name ...
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Other than the greatly increased chance of a trice's hiss attack turning you to stone, what other specific effects does a NEW MOON have?

I often avoid playing established characters during a new moon because it really seems like luck is adversely affected. Monsters seem to be spawned much more rapidly, in greater quantities, stronger, ...
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How can I polymorph in NetHack?

How do you polymorph? What is the command or key I must use?
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Does magic whistling a pet out of a trap count as untrapping?

More curiosity than strategy. I know untrapping a pet gives an alignment boost if you #untrap. But, does using a magic whistle give the same alignment boost?
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Wishing to equip my pet Archon

I'm a Level 5 dwarves Valkyrie, at Dlvl 6 now, in the Gnomish Mines. I was lucky enough to get a wand of wishing from a jackal, ask for a blessed figurine of an Archon and make it my pet. There is no ...
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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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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 ...