Flint stone

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* Gray stone.png
Name flint stone
Appearance gray stone
Damage vs. small 1d6
Damage vs. large 1d6
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill sling
Size one-handed
Base price 1 zm
(+10/positive
enchant)
Weight 10
Material mineral

The flint stone is a type of gray stone that appears in NetHack.

Generation

All Cave(wo)men start with a stack of flint stones and a sling to fire them with.

Description

Flint stones do 1d6 damage against small and large enemies when slung, compared to 1d3 for other gems and stones.

Theoretically, eating a non-cursed flint stone would display the message "Yabba-dabba delicious!" and exercise your constitution.[1] However, since no monster in the game is lithivorous (able to eat stones),[2] this point is moot outside of variants. The message is a reference to the TV series The Flintstones and the Flintstones brand of children's vitamin tablets.

Strategy

While the least interesting of the gray stones by far, flint stones are among the safer kinds to pick up and carry. If a hobbit or other hostile slings a gray stone at you, it is most likely flint.

With their low base cost of 1 zm, flint stones are easily price-identified to distinguish them from luckstones and touchstones.

Variants

xNetHack

In xNetHack, flint stones' weight is reduced from 10 units to 2; xNetHack displays the weight of items in the inventory, making flint stones trivial to identify. Additionally, flint stones are more likely to generate in stacks. Hobbits are always generated with a stack of flint stones to fire using their sling, and thus provide a plentiful source of them.

Encyclopedia entry

An emerald is as green as grass;
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.

A diamond is a brilliant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds fire.

[ Precious Stones, by Christina Giorgina Rossetti ]

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