Healer (player monster)

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A healer is a player monster corresponding to the healer role. Like other player monsters, healers are never randomly generated and are thus rarely seen. No healers are normally found outside the Astral Plane, where they may appears among the hostile player monsters generated there[1].

Reading a cursed scroll of genocide as a healer while confused will summon a number of healer monsters, although they won't have their usual equipment. Using undead turning on the corpse or stone to flesh on the statue of a dead healer left on a bones level will revive the corpse or statue as a player monster. Healer corpses will also be found in the Valley of the Dead[2], and a statue of a healer may appear on Medusa's Island[3].

Most healers encountered in the main dungeon will turn out to be doppelgangers, which may temporarily assume the form of a healer.


A healer on the Astral Plane will carry either a quarterstaff with 75% probability or a unicorn horn, a scalpel, a long sword or a randomly chosen melee weapon with 6.25% probability each. The weapon's enchantment will be random between +4 and +8, and it will be either erodeproof or greased (but not both) with 33.3% probability each. There is a 50% chance that the weapon will be made into an artifact of the same type, if possible.

Like other player monsters on the Astral Plane, healers will also be equipped with 1d3 random offensive items, 1d3 random defensive items and 1d3 random miscellaneous items, a randomly generated ascension kit containing various pieces of armor as well as a cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor, some gold and other items. The ascension kit given to healers has a 75% chance of including either a helm of brilliance or a helm of telepathy instead of a random helmet, and will have only half the usual chance of including a shield (43.75% vs. 87.5%).


  1. create_mplayers in mplayer.c
  2. dat/gehennom.des in NetHack 3.6.0, line 85
  3. src/sp_lev.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 1896: the code is very cryptic but fortunately has comments
  4. mk_mplayer in mplayer.c
  5. Monsters' Equipment Spoiler by Boudewijn Waijers, Topi Linkala and Philip Potter