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Name banana
Base price 9 zm
Nutrition 80
Turns to eat 1
Weight 2
Conduct vegan

A banana is a type of veggy comestible that appears in NetHack.


Tourists may start with oranges among their random food items.[1]

Kicking a tree has a one-time 1415 chance of dropping (8−rnl(7)) bananas.[2] Cutting down a tree has a 15 chance of producing a piece of fruit that can be a banana.[3] If a tree is tunneled through, there is a 13 chance of fruit being left behind, which can be a banana.[4]

Applying a charged horn of plenty has a 0.9% chance of generating a banana or two.[5]


Eating a banana confers 80 nutrition. Bananas are vegan, and can be used to tame domestic herbivorous monsters.

Apes and monkeys can be tamed with thrown bananas, and along with sasquatches they regard them as treats.[6][7]


The banana first appears in Hack 1.21 and Hack for PDP-11, which is based on Jay Fenlason's Hack, and is included in the initial item list for Hack 1.0.



In SLASH'EM, all apelike creatures can be tamed with thrown bananas.


In UnNetHack, the Pacman random vault has a guaranteed banana at a random position.


In dNetHack, notdNetHack and notnotdNetHack, Pirates start the game with 3-6 bananas; incantifier Pirates have their bananas replaced with scrolls of food detection. Clockwork automata characters in roles that would start with bananas are instead given potions of oil.


In SlashTHEM, Pirates start the game with 3-6 bananas as in dNetHack, and incantifier Pirates receive scrolls of food detection instead.


In Hack'EM, Pirates start the game with 3-6 bananas as in dNetHack.

Encyclopedia entry

He took another step and she cocked her right wrist in
viciously. She heard the spring click. Weight slapped into
her hand.
"Here!" she shrieked hysterically, and brought her arm up in
a hard sweep, meaning to gut him, leaving him to blunder
around the room with his intestines hanging out in steaming
loops. Instead he roared laughter, hands on his hips,
flaming face cocked back, squeezing and contorting with great
good humor.
"Oh, my dear!" he cried, and went off into another gale of
She looked stupidly down at her hand. It held a firm yellow
banana with a blue and white Chiquita sticker on it. She
dropped it, horrified, to the carpet, where it became a
sickly yellow grin, miming Flagg's own.
"You'll tell," he whispered. "Oh yes indeed you will."
And Dayna knew he was right.

[ The Stand, by Stephen King ]