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This article is about the role in NetHack: The Next Generation. For the SlashTHEM role known as the Geek in NetHack-- 3.0.10, see Hacker.

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The Geek is a role added in NetHack-The Next Generation that is also available in SlashTHEM as Hacker. It is a melee role that's hard to play.

Starting inventory


Geeks gain intrinsics at these experience levels:


Geek skills
Max Skills

Geek rank titles

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

  • XL 1-2: Newbie
  • XL 3-5: BASIC Programmer(ess)
  • XL 6-9: C Programmer(ess)
  • XL 10-13: Hacker(ess)
  • XL 14-17: NetHacker(ess)
  • XL 18-21: NetHack Programmer(ess)
  • XL 22-25: (s)he who uses
  • XL 26-29: (s)he who knows
  • XL 30: (s)he who learns


Geeks are a slow role (movement speed 10), and their starting equipment isn't great. Acquiring better items is mandatory to survive the early game. They have a good set of available weapon and spellcasting skills, and they may even train their riding skill if they get lucky and find a saddle; riding a warhorse (preferably one zapped by a wand of speed monster) is definitely preferable to walking around by foot.

The Geek quest sees you fighting Bill Gates for the NetHack Sources.