Ranged weapon

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In NetHack, a ranged weapon is any type of weapon that can be used to attack a monster not adjacent to the player character. While technically any item in the game can be considered a ranged weapon if it can be thrown or otherwise used in such a manner, only certain weapons are actually designated for use as projectiles in this manner by the source code:[1]

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Monster usage

The order of preference in which hostile monsters will use a ranged weapon is:[2]

  1. cockatrice egg,
  2. cream pie for Keystone Kops,
  3. boulders for giants,
  4. polearms or lance if you are in range,
  5. the above list, in order of priority and if a necessary launcher is available.

Gems are inserted into said above list between luckstone and darts. Polearms can only be used by "strong" monsters without a shield - the preference of polearms is: halberd, bardiche, spetum, bill-guisarme, voulge, ranseur, guisarme, glaive, lucern_hammer, bec_de_corbin, fauchard, partisan, lance.

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"1)Does a monster need a weapon attack to be able to use ranged weapons? 2) Track the calls to select_rwep - can confused/conflicted/scared/fleeing/healthy pets/hostiles/priests/shopkeepers/covetous monsters use ranged stuff?"

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