Gnoll (monster attribute)

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Gnoll is a monster attribute in some variants of NetHack that indicates when a monster should be considered a gnoll. It has many effects, including determining monster starting inventory and determining whether the actions of the player character constitute cannibalism or same-race sacrifice.

The monsters that are considered gnolls, as well as the macro used to represent the attribute, vary depending on the variant.


In EvilHack, the gnoll attribute is represented by the macro MH_GNOLL.


In GnollHack, the gnoll attribute is represented by the macro M2_GNOLL.


In Hack'EM, the gnoll attribute is represented by the macro MH_GNOLL as in EvilHack.

Encyclopedia entry

EvilHack and Hack'EM

We are born and we die.
No one cares, no one remembers,
and it doesn't matter.
This is why we laugh.
[ The Gnoll Credo, by J. Stanton ]


Gnolls are fierce hyena-headed humanoids. They are proficient
in using flails and crossbows, and possess an excellent sense
of smell. They ordinarily hunt small game such as small lizards
and rats, but occasionally favor larger animals. Some evil
gnolls are known to worship a demon lord called Yeenaghu.

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