Double Trouble

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Double Trouble is a monster spell that appears in NetHack, and is cast exclusively by the Wizard of Yendor.[1]


As the name suggests, the spell creates a clone of the caster with all of the powers of the original. The Wizard of Yendor can cast this spell at level 19 or higher, and will only do so if he can see you and no clone is already present.[1][2][3] The clone has a 12 chance of being created with a cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor, and will temporarily take on the appearance of one of the following monsters before his first move:[4]

The clone's shifted appearance functions similarly to a mimic: attacking or moving in the direction of a disguised clone will reveal them to be the Wizard of Yendor.


The Staff of Aesculapius or Stormbringer can level drain the Wizard to level 18 or below, preventing him from casting Double Trouble.