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"Is the group made instead of or in addition to the original monster? In other words, will a large group (rnd(10)) consist of 1-10 or 2-11 monsters?"

Certain monsters have a tendency to appear in groups. Due to this, they are more common than their monster frequency would imply.

A "large" group consists of 2-11 monsters and a "small" of 2-4.[1] The group is halved for players of level 3 or 4, and divided by 4 for players of level 1 or 2.[2] Peaceful monsters are never created in a group.[3]


SLASH'EM adds "very large" groups of size 2-21.[4]


  1. makemon.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 36
  2. makemon.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 109
  3. makemon.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 126
  4. Source:SLASH'EM_0.0.7E7F2/makemon.c#line39

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