A

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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 A serves the following purposes:

  • It is also used for the following keyboard controls:
    • Press A to use or apply an item.
    • Press shift + A to take off multiple items at once.
    • Press ctrl + A to redo the previous command entered.

Historical uses

In hack121 and PDP-11 Hack, variants of Jay Fenlason's Hack, acid blobs and giant ants used the a and A glyphs respectively, and continued to from Hack 1.0 to NetHack 2.3e.

In NetHack 3.0.0, acid blobs are moved to the blob monster class at b, and giant ants are moved to a with other insects including the giant beetle (formerly b prior to 3.0.0) - A is used for the apelike creatures, which consists of the ape and carnivorous ape in this version. NetHack 3.1.0 introduces the angelic being monster class and gives them the A glyph, moving apelike creatures to Y; the yeti is merged into the apelike creature monster class, which uses its former monster class macro.

Variants

SLASH'EM

In SLASH'EM, there are 14 new monsters that use a and 5 that use A:

SporkHack

SporkHack adds a new monster that uses the a glyph:

UnNetHack

UnNetHack adds new monsters that use the a and A glyphs:

dNetHack

In dNetHack, chaotic angels and minions use the A glyph - this includes many the Eladrin and their nobility:

All Eladrin are capable of taking on one or more different forms. Most of the Eladrin nobles that are present in the code are not encountered in-game.