Helm of telepathy
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helm of telepathy
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Player monsters have a 7⁄8 chance of receiving a random helm, and a 1⁄25 chance for that helm to be a helm of telepathy - effectively a default 3.5% chance before any role-specific changes are made. Player monster healers and priests each have a 3⁄8 chance of their initial helm being replaced with a helm of telepathy, raising their effective odds of generating with one to 38.375%.
Extrinsic telepathy is a useful property for an ascension kit, though not an essential enough one to warrant a wish - the helm of telepathy is usually superseded for this purpose by quest artifacts such as The Platinum Yendorian Express Card or The Eye of the Aethiopica.
A non-chaotic character may consider wearing this helm in some unusual cases where they intend to murder peaceful humans such as shopkeepers or priests, depending on how much easier it is for them to recover Luck and alignment record than intrinsic telepathy.
While wearing the helm does not auto-ID it, its effect may become obvious after a short while if you are not blind, and you can confirm if a freshly-worn helm is telepathy by far looking the next monster that becomes visible to you. If it is not mindless, and you have no other source of extrinsic telepathy such as an amulet of ESP, then your helm is a helm of telepathy. Long durations of intrinsic monster detection may interfere with this, though using far look on monsters will still make clear what methods they are being seen through.
The helm of telepathy first appears in NetHack 3.0.0.
The Crown of Saint Edward is an artifact helm of telepathy that serves as the Yeoman quest artifact, and also provides magic resistance and half spell damage. It is possible to informally identify a helm of telepathy by attempting to name a magical helm "The Crown of Saint Edward" and seeing if it succeeds.
In SporkHack, it is possible for the helm of telepathy to have the randomized appearance of a tin foil hat - tin foil hats protect you from the psychic blasts employed by mind flayers but also block your own telepathy, including the helm's telepathy should this occur.
The All-seeing Eye of the Fly is an lawful artifact helm of telepathy that is intelligent and large in size - Baalzebub will always generate wearing this helm. While worn, it grants passive monster detection, and using far look on monsters will show their DR breakdown as well as their current inventory. Invoking the artifact lets you case an area-effect "death spell", which is flavored as a disintegration field and acts similarly to the effect of breaking a wand of death.
In Hack'EM, upgrading a tinfoil hat will produce a helm of telepathy and vice versa.
The Crown of Saint Edward is made of steel so that it can safely be worn by elven Yeomen.
Grund's Stronghold retains the chance of generating a blessed helm of telepathy in the chest within the hidden area in the southwest.
- src/objects.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 470
- src/mplayer.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 159: Default equipment; the helm is chosen from within the designated object classes inclusively in objects.c
- src/mplayer.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 193: Helm replacement for healers
- src/mplayer.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 219: Helm replacement for priests