Caveman (player monster)

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A caveman or cavewoman is a player monster corresponding to the caveman role. Like other player monsters, cavemen and cavewomen are never randomly generated and are thus rarely seen. No cavemen or cavewomen are normally found outside the Astral Plane, where they may appears among the hostile player monsters generated there[1].

Reading a cursed scroll of genocide as a caveman or cavewoman while confused will summon a number of caveman or cavewoman monsters, although they won't have their usual equipment. Using undead turning on the corpse or stone to flesh on the statue of a dead caveman or cavewoman left on a bones level will revive the corpse or statue as a player monster. Caveman and cavewoman corpses (one each) will also be found in the Valley of the Dead[2], and a statue of a caveman or cavewoman may appear on Medusa's Island[3].

Most cavemen or cavewomen encountered in the main dungeon will turn out to be doppelgangers, which may temporarily assume the form of a caveman or cavewoman.


A caveman or cavewoman on the Astral Plane will carry either a mace (75%), a club (12.5%), a long sword (6.25%) or a randomly chosen melee weapon (6.25%). The weapon's enchantment will be random between +4 and +8, and it will be either erodeproof or greased (but not both) with 33.3% probability each. There is a 50% chance that the weapon will be made into an artifact of the same type, if possible.

Like other player monsters on the Astral Plane, cavemen and cavewomen will also be equipped with 1d3 random offensive items, 1d3 random defensive items and 1d3 random miscellaneous items, a randomly generated ascension kit containing various pieces of armor as well as a cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor, some gold and other items. The ascension kit given to cavemen or cavewomen will never include a helm of brilliance.


  1. create_mplayers in mplayer.c
  2. dat/gehennom.des in NetHack 3.6.0, line 83
  3. src/sp_lev.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 1896: the code is very cryptic but fortunately has comments
  4. mk_mplayer in mplayer.c
  5. Monsters' Equipment Spoiler by Boudewijn Waijers, Topi Linkala and Philip Potter