Gaze attack

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A gaze attack is a form of offense that some monsters in NetHack have, which enables them to attack by glaring at you.

You can protect yourself from these by blinding yourself in advance. Additionally, a blind or cancelled monster cannot successfully use a gaze attack. Blinding yourself is more reliable, however. A monster's gaze is also rendered impotent if it is invisible, provided the victim cannot see invisible. Finally, since 3.6.0, hallucinating has a 3/4 chance of protecting you from any gaze attack.[1][2]

The following monsters have gaze attacks:



The following new SLASH'EM monsters have gaze attacks:


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