Black naga hatchling

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A black naga hatchling, N, is a type of monster that appears in NetHack. It is a juvenile naga that is carnivorous unlike the other hatchlings.

A black naga hatchling has a single bite attack and possesses poison resistance, acid resistance and stoning resistance.

A black naga hatchling corpse is acidic to eat, but eating a black naga hatchling corpse or tin has a 15 chance of conveying poison resistance.


Randomly generated black naga hatchlings may generate as peaceful towards neutral characters. A black naga hatchling can grow up into a black naga, and can also hatch from black naga eggs.

Black naga hatchlings are only randomly generated within levels and branches that are biased towards monsters of a particular alignment.

Four black naga hatchlings are generated on the fourth variant of Medusa's Island at level creation.


Black naga hatchlings are somewhat slower than a player character, and are generally non-threatening - their corpses are acidic, but can be a valuable early source of poison resistance if you have enough HP to handle the damage. Its acidic properties will also keep pets from snatching the corpse up.


The black naga hatchling first appears in NetHack 3.0.0.


The Nāga (feminine "Nagi") are a supernatural race of half-human half-serpent beings that can occasionally take human form, and hold cultural significance in the folkloric traditions of many South Asian and Southeast Asian cultures over the past two millennia. Nagas also appear in Dungeons & Dragons.

Their most common depiction is that of a snake with a human head, which the default tileset of NetHack draws from—other iconographic depictions portray them as human from the waist up and snake from the waist down, wholly human with snakes on the heads and necks, or even as common serpents. Various south and southeastern Asian cultures also portray Nāgas as having multiple usually-serpentine heads.

Encyclopedia entry

The naga is a mystical creature with the body of a snake and the head of a man or woman. They will fiercely protect the territory they consider their own. Some nagas can be forced to serve as guardians by a spellcaster of great power.