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a c d o p r t [ Ctrl

To drop something is to remove it from your inventory and place it on the ground under you.

Sometimes it is impossible to drop items due to their BUC status.

  • Press d to drop an item
  • Press D to drop several items

If dropping multiple items, you will be given the option to select different categories of items to drop:

"What kinds of things do you want to drop? [!%= BUCXaium]"
Options include:
B - drop all objects known to be blessed.
U - drop all objects known to be uncursed.
C - drop all objects known to be cursed.
X - drop all objects of unknown B/U/C status.
a - drop all objects, without asking for confirmation.
i - examine your inventory before dropping anything.
u - drop only unpaid objects (when in a shop).
m - use a menu to pick which object(s) to drop.

You may also combine the options in a single D command:

D%u - drop only unpaid food.

Pressing - when asked what to drop produces the message, "You mime dropping something."

Dropping part of a stack

Sometimes, you have a large volume of a stackable item, and it would be useful to drop part of them, while keeping others. You can do this by combining the drop command with a number:

d19$ will drop nineteen gold Zorkmids.

This allows you to split a stack into two groups (the part on the ground and the part in your main inventory). This is particularly useful for fragile objects, since throwing them (another way to split a stack) causes potions to break.

Special Cases

  • It is not possible to drop a cursed loadstone or a cursed weapon or weapon-tool that you are wielding (though other cursed wielded items may be dropped freely).
  • It is not possible to drop any worn armor
  • While levitating, the item is dropped from a height; if the item is fragile, it may shatter.
  • While walking on water or lava, dropped items will sink.
  • Items dropped on a down staircase may fall down, as may other items on that square. You might need to try a few times. Dropping items in this way prevents you falling down the stairs if they would burden you, and allows you to move heavy items that would make you stressed (e.g. sacrifice corpses) into lower levels.
  • If you drop an item in a shop, the shopkeeper will offer you gold for the item if he is interested. If you drop gold in a shop, the amount will be added to your credit.

What to Drop

Dropping items is often necessary since carrying too much weight will cause the player to become burdened. The player's pack only has a limited amount of space, too -- in most cases, only enough room for two different items for each letter of the alphabet. A stash is a collection of items you want to access later; see that page for detailed strategy.

  • When encumbered, look through your inventory for junk you can drop to regain full speed.
  • It is also possible to run out of knapsack slots, forcing you to drop items to free up space for better items
  • Drop food to feed your pets. This especially applies to eggs that would break if thrown, or if you are on a mount.
  • Drop an item so your pet can curse test it. If your pet will not walk on an ordinary square, then one item on that square is cursed
  • Drop items on an altar to learn their BUC status
  • Drop a scroll of scare monster to scare all monsters in visual range
  • If you suffer an unfortunate polymorph you may need to drop most of your stuff before you can move

See Also

This page may need to be updated for NetHack 3.6.1.

It may contain text specific to NetHack 3.4.3. Information on this page may be out of date.

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