Amulet of strangulation
13.5% of randomly-generated amulets will be an amulet of strangulation. The amulet is generated cursed 90.5% of the time, uncursed 9% of the time, and blessed 0.5% of the time.
When worn, the amulet immediately begins constricting your throat, beginning a delayed instadeath and auto-identifying the amulet: Unless you are in a form that either lacks a head or is both breathless and mindless, you will be killed by strangulation in six turns. While subjected to strangulation, your strength is abused, and you cannot perform several actions: you are unable to quaff, operate whistles or other similar instruments, read scrolls if you are currently blind, or cast spells. Removing the amulet aborts strangulation.
The amulet of strangulation is a dangerous item and one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, that a player should avoid putting on unidentified amulets, especially without at least determining their beatitude. While removing the amulet is enough to save you, most amulets of strangulation are generated cursed. Thankfully, any worn amulet of strangulation is considered a major trouble for prayer - praying successfully will destroy the amulet, and the timer for strangulation is paused during the three turns of invulnerability.
Most methods of curse removal that do not rely on spells (e.g. remove curse) or reading scrolls blind can uncurse an amulet and allow you to remove it. A wand of cancellation is a last resort in this regard - if you have turns to spare and no other means of uncursing the amulet, you can drop everything else that you do not want cancelled, then zap yourself with the wand and safely remove it.
The amulet of strangulation first appears in NetHack 3.0.0. From this version to NetHack 3.4.3, including some variants based on those versions, the amulet can strangle you regardless of your current form, though having breathlessness will save you from choking while eating the amulet.
The inability to cast spells while wearing an amulet of strangulation is introduced in NetHack 3.6.1.
- If you can't breathe air, how can you drink liquid?
- You attempted to quaff while being strangled.
- You are being strangled.
- You are being strangled by wearing an amulet of strangulation, as viewed via enlightenment.
Turns to live
|Message||Alt. message||Turns left to live|
|"It constricts your throat!"||"It constricts your throat!"||5|
|"You find it hard to breathe."||"Your neck is becoming constricted."||4|
|"You're gasping for air."||"Your blood is having trouble reaching your brain."||3|
|"You can no longer breathe."||"The pressure on your neck increases."||2|
|"You're turning blue."||"Your consciousness is fading."||1|
|"You suffocate."||"You suffocate."||0|
In dNetHack, the Wizard of Yendor has a unique spell that forces an amulet of strangulation onto your neck, transforming any currently worn amulet into one if possible. If you are wearing an amulet, the spell can be prevented with magic resistance.
- src/mondata.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 362:
- src/do_wear.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 777
- src/mondata.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 336:
- src/mondata.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 350:
- src/potion.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 493
- src/mon.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 886
- src/timeout.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 257