Cram ration

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Name cram ration
Base price 35 zm
Nutrition 600 (700 for Dwarves)
Turns to eat 3
Weight 15
Conduct vegan

A cram ration is a kind of comestible. It is a vegan food, and is lighter but less filling than a food ration; their base nutrition/weight ratio is the same for most players, but dwarves gain an additional 100 nutrition from cram rations. C-rations and K-rations are similar items that can be found on Yendorian soldiers.


Non-cursed cram rations are never rotten, which makes them a safer option than most other comestibles if you must eat while hostile monsters are nearby—this can be particularly useful during the ascension run or an encounter with Famine.


This cram ration is bland.
You ate a non-cursed cram ration.


The exemption from rottenness was added in 3.6.0.

The extra nutrition for dwarves was added in 3.6.1.

Prior to 3.6.2, orcish non-Wizards could potentially start the game with cram rations; there is code in prior versions intended to substitute tripe rations for cram and lembas wafers, and 3.6.2 fixes a bug that prevented the code from working, making it no longer possible.[1]

Encyclopedia entry

If you want to know what cram is, I can only say that I don't
know the recipe; but it is biscuitish, keeps good indefinitely,
is supposed to be sustaining, and is certainly not entertaining,
being in fact very uninteresting except as a
chewing exercise. It was made by the Lake-men for long journeys.

[ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]


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