Bone devil

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A bone devil, &, is a major demon that appears in NetHack. It can attack twice per turn, and the stinging attack that follows its weapon attack can cause strength drain without poison resistance.

Generation

The bone devil is normally only generated in Gehennom, but is also a valid form for a polymorph trap, which may result in it appearing much earlier. Bone devils are also eligible for gating by other major demons.

Strategy

Bone devils are not particularly threatening to an average player that has reached Gehennom; as the result of a monster stepping on a polymorph trap, its naturally low AC can make it a potential nasty surprise for players unless the player is sufficiently prepared and has poison resistance. Like most demons, it is vulnerable to silver and cold attacks.

Because of its below-average MR, polymorphing your pet into a bone devil via trap makes it somewhat difficult to change the pet's form afterward.

Encyclopedia entry

Bone devils attack with weapons and with a great hooked tail
which causes a loss of strength to those they sting.

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