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The amoeboids are the blobs, puddings, and oozes:

While "amoeboid" is not itself a monster class, all amoeboids belong to one of two monster classes: ​P pudding or ooze or ​b blob.

Common traits

Amoeboids correspond to the "ooze" creature type in Dungeons & Dragons, lacking recognizable body features like heads and limbs. They are mindless and have no eyes, yet have no apparent trouble sensing the player's location. All amoeboids are breathless.

Many amoeboids are made of substances that can rust, corrode, or rot adventurers' equipped weapons or armor by means of active and passive attacks. The green slime can go one step further and turn adventurers themselves into slime. While the gelatinous cube by itself cannot seriously harm adventurers or their equipment, its paralysis attacks and its appetite for anything made of organic material—comestibles, scrolls, spellbooks, armor made of wood or leather, and so on—make it no less of a nuisance to players.

The acid blob and all puddings are amorphous, so they can pass under closed doors. Quivering blobs and gelatinous cubes apparently have enough of a definite shape that they cannot.


All blobs leave remains that are considered vegan.

All members of the pudding class (including the gray ooze and green slime) leave globs instead of corpses. Like corpses, globs can be eaten and cause food poisoning if they become tainted. Unlike corpses, globs cannot be sacrificed or revived by undead turning. All globs are fleshy, so eating them violates the vegetarian and vegan conducts; since puddings no longer leave corpses, they will never leave random death drops.

All amoeboids, with the exception of the quivering blob, have acidic bodies, so they resist petrification; their corpses can also be eaten by the player to save them from stoning.


Globs were added in NetHack 3.6.0 as a countermeasure against pudding farming. In variants based on older versions, puddings may still drop corpses.

Encyclopedia entry

"Blob", "pudding", and "ooze" share the same entry:

These giant amoeboid creatures look like nothing more than puddles of slime, but they both live and move, feeding on metal or wood as well as the occasional dungeon explorer to supplement their diet.

But we were not on a station platform. We were on the track ahead as the nightmare, plastic column of fetid black iridescence oozed tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus, gathering unholy speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the pallid abyss vapor. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train -- a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.

[ At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft ]

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