Giant beetle

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The giant beetle, a, is a monster in NetHack. Unlike the rest of its insectoid brethren, it is very slow, moving at half the speed of the player, and thus not usually seen as a significant threat and - as opposed to real-life beetles - it cannot fly. They do hit fairly hard, however, so take care if you have poor HP or AC. Their corpses are poisonous, but have a 33% chance of imparting poison resistance.

On some systems, dark gray items and creatures will be displayed as blue instead. This makes it easy to confuse giant beetles with their much more dangerous cousins, soldier ants.

SLASH'EM

SLASH'EM adds the much more dangerous Killer beetle.

Encyclopaedia entry

[ The Creator ] has an inordinate fondness for beetles.

[ attributed to biologist J.B.S. Haldane ]

 
The common name for the insects with wings shaped like
shields (_Coleoptera_), one of the ten sub-species into
which the insects are divided. They are characterized by
the shields (the front pair of wings) under which the back
wings are folded.

[ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]

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