Rock kobold

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A rock kobold, k, is a type of monster that appears in SLASH'EM, SlashTHEM and Hack'EM. Despite its name, it is not resistant to stoning, nor does it have any more AC than an ordinary kobold.


In addition to random generation, two rock kobolds appear within the room of Kroo the Kobold King in the "town" variant of the kobold level at level creation.

A rock kobold generates with either an orcish spear (14 chance) or a stack of darts (34 chance), and either an orcish short sword (14 chance) or an orcish dagger (34 chance).[1]


With their base HD of 5 and upgraded melee attack, rock kobolds are distinctly more dangerous than the kobolds in vanilla NetHack, although individually they are still not overly threatening. They are most dangerous in large groups with other kobolds - such as on the kobold level - where their attacks may slowly overcome your AC and wear you down.


Kobolds are creatures that appear in many fantasy-themed works and media, which often borrow significantly from Germanic folklore - Germanic kobolds are a form of sprite that are generally benevolent if treated with kindness, but will respond to disrespect with anything ranging from pranks to even outright attacking and killing offenders.

Dungeons & Dragons in particular - and by extension, NetHack and many of its variants - depicts the kobold as a race of small reptilian humanoids with long tails, distantly related to dragons; earlier editions gave kobolds more dog-like features, which lead to many depictions of kobolds in Japanese media leaning harder in that direction after the popularity of the anime franchise Record of Lodoss War. Fantasy kobolds are often considered weak "cannon fodder" monsters that can be cunning and strong in groups, similar to goblins.

Encyclopedia entry

The race of kobolds are reputed to be an artificial creation
of a master wizard (demi-god?). They are about 3' tall with
a vaguely dog-like face. They bear a violent dislike of the
Elven race, and will go out of their way to cause trouble
for Elves at any time.