Tonal instrument

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In NetHack, tonal instruments are instruments which can be used to play a particular melody, including the passtune if you know it.

List of tonal instruments

The tonal instruments are:


Applying a tonal instrument will prompt you if you want to improvise; pressing n will instead allow you to select a series of five notes from A-G to play. If you are stunned, confused, or hallucinating, you will improvise automatically with the tonal instrument.[1]


Tonal instruments are the only ones that can be used to play and uncover the passtune.


You extract a strange sound from the <instrument>!
You successfully played a melody on a tonal instrument.