Green slime

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The green slime is a seemingly innocuous, but deadly creature. It is slow and weak, but it slimes unwary adventurers, a delayed instadeath if not cured. It is shown as Slime in the status line.

Magic cancellation protects from the sliming attack. Green slimes also respect Elbereth, should one happen to appear outside Gehennom.

Green slimes leave globs instead of corpses. Globs are safe to touch, but not to eat. Monsters will pick up globs as a potential stoning cure, but only salamanders will actually eat them.


It is generated only in Gehennom, but can also be encountered elsewhere by a consequence of summon nasties monster spells or polymorphing shape changers like chameleons.


Main article: Sliming

Sliming is the process of a character turning into green slime as the result of either the slime's touch attack, using a biting attack against the slime, engulfing it or eating a glob of it. It is shown as Slime in the status line. The process is fatal for you, but for other monsters they simply turn into a green slime. It is a slow process - you will have nine turns to take action against it if it is induced by the slime's attack or biting it and four turns if by means of engulfing it.

For more information, see the main article on sliming.


Note that the in-code description of green slime includes provision for a 0d0 sliming passive attack, but that as of 3.6.0, this has not been implemented.[1] However, the sliming passive attack still contributes to the experience points you earn for killing the green slime.


Yet another monster borrowed from Dungeons & Dragons.


In slashem, the green slime's attack has 1/4 chance of succeeding instead of 100%. Here, they also drop normal corpses instead of globs (still unsafe to eat).

See Also

Encyclopedia entry

See the encyclopedia entry for amoeboid.


  1. monst.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1702: but note that uhitm.c has no implementation for a passive sliming attack.

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