Brown pudding

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The brown pudding, P, is an amoeboid NetHack monster. Like its more powerful cousin, the black pudding, it will divide when hit by an iron weapon. Brown puddings are vegetarian, but not vegan.

Strategy

Brown puddings' attacks do no damage, so their only danger is in rotting your armor. This can be easily avoided by wearing metal armors, covering your body armor with a cloak, or simply removing organic armor.

If you have a pudding pet, you can hit it with iron items to cause the pet to split, yielding more pets to polymorph. As the name is cloned, you might want to rename one. See Abuse for ramifications of attacking and splitting your pet. Consider using a Puddingbane, lest you kill your pet and incur the wrath of your god.

Beginning in NetHack 3.6.0, brown puddings leave globs instead of corpses when they are killed. Globs cannot be sacrificed, revived or tinned, making pudding farming a less useful tactic than in previous versions of NetHack.

Encyclopedia entry

" It's all very fine," said the Puddin' gloomily, " singing about
the joys of being penguins and pirates, but how'd you like to be a
Puddin' and be eaten all day long? "
   And in a very gruff voice he sang as follows :--
      " O, who would be a puddin',
          A puddin' in a pot,
        A puddin' which is stood on
          A fire which is hot ?
        O sad indeed the lot
        Of puddin's in a pot.
...
      " But as I am a puddin',
          A puddin' in a pot,
        I hope you get the stomachache
          For eatin' me a lot.
        I hope you get it hot,
          You puddin'-eatin' lot ! "
   " Very well sung, Albert," said Bill encouragingly, " though you're
a trifle husky in your undertones, which is no doubt due to the gravy
in your innards. However, as a reward for bein' a bright little
feller we shall have a slice of you all round before turnin' in for
the night."

[ The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum. Norman Lindsay ]