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The diver is one of the player roles in NetHack. All divers are human and can be any alignment.

Guidebook entry: "Divers are intrepid explorers of the submarine world who enter the Caves of Doom in search of the legendary Sunken Sea. They bring the latest in SCUBA technology and waterproof equipment, but must exercise caution, as they are not quite as well-prepared for the dangers of dry land."

Starting equipment



The diver's pantheon is drawn from Polynesian religion - Tane (lawful), Tangaroa (neutral), and Whiro (chaotic).


The diver's special spell is detect monsters. Divers can achieve Basic proficiency in divination and escape spells.


Main article: Diver quest

The quest sees you fighting Moby-Dick for Maui’s Fishhook, a chaotic artifact grappling hook. Applying the Fishhook to a water square (pool or moat) turns the square into dry land (as if it had been filled with a boulder). As a weapon, it deals double damage to any aquatic creature (all ;, amphibians, snakes, etc). When carried, it provides magic resistance, warning, and automatic searching.

The quest leader is Jacques Cousteau. Quest levels consist of large expanses of water dotted with islands.

Rank titles

The status line shows you to be one of the following ranks when you reach the specified experience level:

  • XL 1-2: Beachcomber
  • XL 3-5: Paddler
  • XL 6-9: Snorkeler
  • XL 10-13: Swimmer
  • XL 14-17: Wave-rider
  • XL 18-21: Cruiser
  • XL 22-25: Surfer
  • XL 26-29: Spearfisher
  • XL 30: Torpedo


Divers start with Basic skill in trident and net, and can advance to Expert in both (along with knife and flail). In addition, they can reach Basic in dagger and short sword, and Skilled in spear and javelin. They can also get to Basic level in divination and escape spells, and Skilled in bare handed combat.