Intelligent monster

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In NetHack, an intelligent monster generally describes a non-animal, non-mindless monster.


There is no actual flag for intelligence in the source code; however, certain behaviors such as item use and dungeon feature use are allowed only if a monster is non-animal and non-mindless.[1][2][3][4]

Certain monsters are intelligent, but might appear otherwise because they do not have hands to use items and wear armor with - however, they may still use other applicable dungeon features, e.g. escaping with stairs, jumping into holes, or using polymorph traps. Floating eyes and dragons are examples of such monsters.

List of intelligent monsters

See also


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