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In NetHack, the term hat is used refer to any of the following helms in certain messages:[1]

Additionally, the dwarvish iron helm appears as a hard hat when unidentified, but otherwise is always referred to as a helm.

Hats are generally non-rigid helms: they do not protect against falling objects, but can be worn while polyselfed into a form with a horned head, and wearing one lowers the amount of damage taken if you hit the ceiling from quaffing a cursed potion of levitation.


  1. src/objnam.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 4214: helm_simple_name function

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