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Printable ASCII characters
~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + space
` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = { } |
Qq Ww Ee Rr Tt Yy Uu Ii Oo Pp : " [ ] \
Aa Ss Dd Ff Gg Hh Jj Kk Ll ? ; ' Ctrl
Zz Xx Cc Vv Bb Nn Mm , . / < > Alt

In NetHack, the letter K serves the following purposes:

  • It is also used as a direction key if numpad movement is off:
    • Press k to move north.
    • Press shift + k to move far north.
  • If numpad is on:

Historical uses

In Hack 1.21 and Hack for PDP-11, which are based on Jay Fenlason's Hack, and from Hack 1.0 to NetHack 2.3e, killer bees used the k glyph, while kobolds used the K glyph. The Keystone Kop first appears in NetHack 1.3d, and from this version to NetHack 2.3e would appear using the K glyph in place of the kobold if the KOPS compile-time option was defined.

In NetHack 3.0.0, the other types of kobold are introduced, and all kobolds are moved to the k glyph, while killer bees are moved to the a glyph; the Keystone Kops' higher ranks are introduced, and the monsters retain the K glyph, though they remain a compile-time option.



SLASH'EM introduces new monsters that use the k glyph:


In dNetHack, the Keystone Kops are replaced with the Keter Sephiroth as K, and one additional monster is introduced that uses the k glyph:


SpliceHack adds one new monster that uses the K glyph: