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Printable ASCII characters
~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + space
` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = { } |
Qq Ww Ee Rr Tt Yy Uu Ii Oo Pp : " [ ] \
Aa Ss Dd Ff Gg Hh Jj Kk Ll ? ; ' Ctrl
Zz Xx Cc Vv Bb Nn Mm , . / < > Alt

In NetHack, the letter Y serves the following purposes:

  • It is also used as a direction key if numpad movement is off:
    • Press y to move northwest.
    • Press shift + y to move far northwest.
  • If numpad movement is on:
    • Pressing y answers yes to questions with "yes/no" prompts. As such, be wary of moving by holding down the key or else pressing it repeatedly: you may risk attacking a powerful peaceful monster to your northwest, especially in areas like Minetown. See paranoid_hit for a way to avoid this.

Historical uses

In PDP-11 Hack, a variant of Jay Fenlason's Hack, yeti used the Y glyph as normal; this was also the case from Hack 1.0 to NetHack 3.0.10. The apelike creature monster class was introduced in NetHack 3.0.0, and its members - the ape and carnivorous ape - instead used A as their glyph. In NetHack 3.1.0, the apelike creatures were moved to Y with the yeti to make room for angelic beings, and the owlbear was changed from a giant humanoid, H, to an apelike creature.



While SLASH'EM does not introduce any new monsters using y or Y as their glyph, the z zruty is moved to the apelike creature monster class and has its glyph changed to Y.