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Chupoclops the Hope-trapper is a spirit that appears in dNetHack and notdNetHack.

Ritual, seal and taboo

Chupoclops requires that her seal be drawn around a grave or a corpse of the same race as your character.

To keep Chupoclops bound, you must not engrave wards.


You grow a pair of chelicerae in your mouth. The chelicerae cannot be seen from a distance, and may by hidden up close by wearing a mask to hide your mouth.


You gain sleep resistance and cannot be trapped by webs, and obtain skill in knives.

Chupoclops's active powers are as follows:

  • Throw Webbing: Throw a ball of webbing in a chosen direction.

Chupoclops's passive powers are as follows:

  • Poisonous Bite: You gain a 2d4 poisonous bite attack.
  • Grave Eater: You can eat tainted corpses safely.
  • Aura of Despair: Monsters within 5 squares of you lose (your level)/10 + 1 movement points.
  • Ethereal Strike: When attacking, your hits ignore armor and can always hit intangible monsters such as shades and Sharab Kamerel.

As a monster

In notdNetHack, Chupoclops, s, also appears as a monster that can be summoned by an Illithanachronounbinder. She is a strong, carnivorous and oviparous spidery animal.

Chupoclops has a strong poisonous bite attack, a 'kick' attack that can trap her target in a web, a passive attack that also spreads webbing, and the ability to spit balls of webbing at targets. She possesses sleep resistance and poison resistance.

Chupoclops is poisonous to consume, which primarily comes up if she is digested by another monster. Like most summoned spirits, she cannot be tamed.


Chupoclops is first generated when summoned from her seal by an Illithanachronounbinder. She is always created hostile, and is not a valid form for normal polymorph.

Chupoclops is generated with several cave spider eggs.

Chupoclops does not leave a corpse upon death.


Below this point, there are major spoilers for the Illithanachronounbinder role. They can be accessed by selecting the "Role spoiler" tab.

On paper, Chupoclops is a quick-moving monster with 16 speed, strong attacks and several means of creating immobilizing webs that should be very dangerous to an unwary Illithanachronounbinder. However, performing her binding ritual will confer immunity to being trapped in webs, and can also slow her down as well - while she cannot be trapped in webs herself, the movement speed penalties inflicted by her passive power can slow her down enough to avoid her poisonous bite, which can still be deadly.

The many spider eggs she carries will hatch and spawn an army of cave spiders, which can prove annoying if you have not yet dealt with Chupoclops by that point.

If Chupoclops is killed after being summoned, she can be encountered again in the Void, a branch accessed by opening the high altar of Ilsensine the Fallen as an Illithanachronounbinder using the invoke effect of The Elder Cerebral Fluid. Chupoclops is generated along with many other spirits of the near void on the first floor of the branch, and is created with the "whispers" template, which makes her nonliving.

Encyclopedia entry

“The Eldar knew not whence she came; but some have said that in ages long before she descended from the darkness that lies about Arda, when Melkor first looked down in envy upon the Kingdom of Manwë, and that in the beginning she was one of those that he corrupted to his service. But she had disowned her Master, desiring to be mistress of her own lust, taking all things to herself to feed her emptiness”

[ The Silmarillion, Of the Darkening of Valinor ]

“Of the fate of Ungoliant no tale tells. Yet some have said that she ended long ago, when in her uttermost famine she devoured herself at last.”

[ The Silmarillion, Of the Flight of the Noldor ]