Dented pot

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Appearance dented pot
Slot helm
AC 1
Special (none)
Base price 8 zm
Weight 10
Material iron

A dented pot is a type of helm that appears in NetHack.


In addition to random generation, general stores and used armor dealerships can sell helmets.

Mercenaries have an effective 16 chance of being generated with a dented pot.[1]


While worn, a dented pot confers 1 base AC. Wearing or removing a dented pot takes only one action.[2]


The dented pot provides the same base AC and protection from falling objects as the helmet, but has 13 of the weight and can be put on or taken off more quickly.


The dented pot first appears in NetHack 3.1.0.

In NetHack 3.6.1 and earlier versions, including some variants based on those versions, dented pots and other armor that had no turn delay to wear did not have their enchantment revealed when worn as a result of a bugfix to prevent armor enchantment becoming known if the hero is interrupted while putting it on - this is fixed in NetHack 3.6.2.[3] NetHack 3.6.2 features a somewhat similar bug, where taking off a helm that had no turn delay (i.e. a fedora or dented pot) will leave it stuck and take off the hero's body armor instead - this is fixed in NetHack 3.6.3.[4]


The dented pot's default tile is based on cookware pots, which are commonly used as a form of improvised helmet in various types of media.



In SLASH'EM, upgrading a dented pot produces an orcish helm.


In SpliceHack, a tinfoil hat can be created at a furnace by combining a dunce cap and a dented pot.


In EvilHack, a dented pot can be created at a forge by combining a knife and a war hammer. A dented pot can be combined with a dagger to create a helmet, and can be combined with an orcish dagger to create an orcish helm.