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Corpseless monsters are those that do not leave corpses or globs:

Such corpses simply cannot be created in a normal game.

Several monsters, such as purple worms and trappers, can swallow and digest monsters, including corpseless monster. If you are polymorphed into such a monster, digesting a corpseless monster yields no nutrition and confers no intrinsics.[1]. This breaks foodless conduct but preserves vegan and vegetarian conducts.[2]

Several types of undead monsters revert to ordinary corpses when destroyed. For example, a kobold zombie does not leave a kobold zombie corse, but rather an old and tainted kobold corpse. [3] These monsters are:


In NetHack 3.4.3, puddings, oozes, and slimes left ordinary corpses rather than globs, enabling pudding farming.

In NetHack 3.4.3, it was possible to wish for a corpse of a corpseless monster in wizard mode by using the form "<monstername> corpse". This no longer works as of NetHack 3.6.6.

Prior to NetHack 3.6.2, if a mimic concealed itself as a corpse, it could pick a corpseless monster type.[4]

Prior to NetHack 3.6.2, it was possible to create a corpse of a corpseless monster by setting up a level full of monsters, going up one level, and then making a monster fall into a hole.[5][6]