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An ettin, H, is a huge humanoid carnivore. They always get a club when created. Ettins are also hard to surprise[1]; they ignore stealth 9 turns out of 10. This is presumably because they have two heads, a common feature of ettins in other games related to Dungeons & Dragons. Despite this, decapitation with Vorpal Blade is still an instant kill.

Generally, the player will encounter ettin zombies before actual ettins.


  1. monmove.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 174

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