Cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor

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" Amulet of Yendor.png
Name cheap plastic
imitation of the
Amulet of Yendor
Appearance Amulet of Yendor
Base price 0 zm
Weight 20

The cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor (CPIoAoY) is an amulet that exists in NetHack. It appears as the "Amulet of Yendor" when unidentified.


It has a 50% chance of being generated on the Rogue level[1] (this one will be pre-identified as a fake) and a 50% chance of being in the inventory of a double-troubled Wizard of Yendor when you don't have the amulet (with a 0% chance when you do).[2] Player monsters on the Astral Plane all carry one,[3] which is presumably why they're stuck there.

Wishing for the Amulet of Yendor gives you a plastic imitation instead (unless you are in wizard mode). If the real Amulet is left in a bones file, it gets converted to a cursed fake amulet.[4]


It has no effect when worn, and exists solely to be confused with the real Amulet of Yendor. Offering one of these on a high altar carries a penalty of -1 luck. However, if the amulet was identified as a fake, the penalty is instead -3 luck, -1 alignment and your god getting angry by 3.[5]


It can be considered one of the most useless items, next to iron chains. However, it can be polymorphed into a more useful amulet.


Every plastic imitation besides the one on the Rogue level must be individually identified to distinguish it from the real Amulet of Yendor; the cheap plastic imitation can also be distinguished from the real Amulet of Yendor by trying to put it into a container, as the real Amulet will resist.