|" Amulets||[ Armor|
|% Comestibles||$ Coins|
|* Gems||! Potions|
|= Rings||? Scrolls|
|+ Spellbooks||` Statues|
|( Tools||` Boulders|
|) Weapons||/ Wands|
An amulet is an item that a character can put on around his or her neck. It usually confers magical powers on the wearer, but amulets such as the amulet of strangulation can also be hazardous. Amulets are represented by a double quotation mark: ". This is also the command to display which amulet you are currently wearing.
Wearing any amulet will increase the rate at which you get hungry, by an extra 1 nutrition per 20 turns. Carrying the Amulet of Yendor consumes an additional 1 nutrition per 20 turns, regardless of whether you are wearing it.
All amulets have a weight of 20, are made of iron, and have a base price of 150 zorkmids, with three exceptions: The Eye of the Aethiopica has a base price of 4000 zorkmids, the Amulet of Yendor is made of mithril and has a base price of 30000 zorkmids, and the cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor is made of plastic and is worth 0 zorkmids.
Table of amulets
|amulet of change||13%||90.5% generated cursed, EAT (bad idea)|
|amulet of ESP||17.5%||EAT|
|amulet of life saving||7.5%|
|amulet of magical breathing||6.5%||EAT|
|amulet of reflection||7.5%|
|amulet of restful sleep||13.5%||90.5% generated cursed, EAT (bad idea)|
|amulet of strangulation||13.5%||90.5% generated cursed|
|amulet of unchanging||4.5%|
|amulet versus poison||16.5%||EAT|
|cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor||0|
|Amulet of Yendor||0||will not fit in a container|
|The Eye of the Aethiopica||-||Wizard quest artifact|
Amulets marked EAT can be eaten for a 1/5 chance of obtaining their effect permanently (providing you are polymorphed into a metallivore). Eating an amulet of unchanging will return you to your normal form. Eating an amulet of strangulation will cause you to immediately choke, which is fatal without unbreathing. Other amulets can be eaten (except the fake Amulet which is made of plastic, and the real Amulet which is indestructible), but do not confer their effect.
Amulets comprise 1% of all randomly-generated items in the main dungeon, 1% in containers, and 4% in Gehennom. The second column above is the relative probability of each subtype.
The ones generated 90.5% cursed are 9% uncursed and 0.5% blessed. All others are generated 5% cursed, 90% uncursed, 5% blessed.
The Amulet of Yendor is a unique item found only in Gehennom. Its fake counterpart is found only on the Rogue level, in the inventories of certain high-level monsters, and in the bones files of people who had a real or fake amulet themselves, where the real amulet is replaced with a fake one.
All amulets cost 150zm and weigh 20, so they cannot be distinguished using price identification. The appearance of the first 9 types of amulet in the table are randomized from the following descriptions:
circular spherical oval triangular pyramidal square concave hexagonal octagonal
Non-cursed amulets are safe to try on; the effect may become obvious after a while, such as for the amulet of ESP, and you can always remove it if it is strangulation or restful sleep. The only risk is a small chance of changing genders, which is not a debilitating issue for the most part. Once strangulation and restful sleep are ruled out, even cursed amulets can be worn safely and beneficially as long as you don't have another amulet you'd rather be wearing instead.
Amulets of change and strangulation always formally identify themselves when worn. Every other amulet (other than the real and fake Amulets of Yendor) adds a line to the enlightenment screen, although some lines can have other sources:
|Amulet of...||produces the line...||Other sources|
|ESP||"You are telepathic."||Helm of telepathy, some quest artifacts, intrinsic|
|life saving||"Your life will be saved."||none|
|magical breathing||"You can survive without air."||none|
|reflection||"You have reflection."||silver dragon scale mail, shield of reflection, wielded Longbow of Diana|
|restful sleep||"You fall asleep."||none|
|unchanging||"You can not change from your current form."||none|
|versus poison||"You are poison resistant."||green dragon scale mail, ring of poison resistance, alchemy smock, intrinsic|
In addition, intelligent monsters will only pick up and put on life saving (if living) and reflection.
Amulets of ESP can be identified using the artifact naming trick, because they cannot be named “The Eye of the Aethiopica”. In NetHack 3.6.0, no amulet can be named "The Eye of the Aethiopica," so this method is ineffective at identifying amulets of ESP. Note that it is exploiting a bug that may be fixed in variants - including NAO version of NetHack. Additionally it may be considered cheating.
The real Amulet of Yendor, unlike the fakes, cannot be placed in a container ("The Amulet of Yendor cannot be confined in such trappings.")
Probabilities and use-testing
Usually, formal identification or enlightenment are better techniques to identify an amulet, but sometimes conducts or scarce resources make you rely on relative probabilities, pet testing, and indirect clues.
|Amulet of...||Prob. when not cursed, non-ESP||when cursed, non-ESP||Ways to identify, wear-testing|
|ESP||Artifact naming trick or wear-test for ESP by far-looking at a nearby brainy monster|
|Life saving||16.8%||1.0%||Monster use, Vlad's Tower|
|Magical breathing||14.5%||0.8%||Go into water, e.g. after digging on fountain|
|Reflection||16.8%||1.0%||Bounce a ray onto yourself, Sokoban prize, monster use|
|Restful sleep||1.7%||31.9%||Wear for 100 turns unless sleep resistant|
|Strangulation||1.7%||31.9%||Vlad's Tower, autoidentifies|
|Unchanging||10.1%||0.6%||Eat a mimic, attempt controlled polyself, or get slimed.|
|Versus poison||36.9%||2.2%||Elimination. Unless resistant, eat poisonous corpse. Non-healers quaff sickness even if resistant.|
Above are the probabilities for the various types of amulet, on condition its cursedness is known and it is not ESP. The latter is excluded because ESP can be tested for, instantly, even before curse-testing in versions with unfixed Artifact naming trick. 27.3% of all non-cursed and 2.2% of all cursed amulets are ESP.
SLASH'EM adds some more amulets.
|Amulet of flying||"||Randomized||Grants flight.|
|Amulet of drain resistance||"||Randomized||Grants level drain resistance.|
|Amulet versus stone||"||Randomized||Saves your life if you're turned to stone, then alters its BUC status or disintegrates.|
"The complete Amulet can keep off all the things that make
people unhappy -- jealousy, bad temper, pride, disagreeableness,
greediness, selfishness, laziness. Evil spirits, people called
them when the Amulet was made. Don't you think it would be nice
to have it?"
"Very," said the children, quite without enthusiasm.
"And it can give you strength and courage."
"That's better," said Cyril.
"I suppose it's nice to have that," said Jane, but not with much
"And it can give you your heart's desire."
"Now you're talking," said Robert.
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