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.

Generation

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]

Effects

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]

Strategy

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

Identification

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.

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