Pair of lenses

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Name pair of lenses
Appearance pair of lenses
Base price 80 zm
Weight 3
Material glass
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

A pair of lenses is a type of tool that appears in NetHack. It is made of glass.

The Eyes of the Overworld are an artifact pair of lenses.


Lenses are used by applying or putting them on; while worn, they protect your eyes from the raven's blinding attack and spat venom, but not from thrown cream pies or other sources of blindness. Wearing lenses when searching improves your chances of finding secret doors and corridors, but not traps. Worn lenses also increase your chances of successfully reading a spellbook by 10%, while reducing the time taken reading by 13.[1][2]

Lenses cannot be worn at the same time as a blindfold or a towel.

The following information pertains to an upcoming version (NetHack 3.7.0). If this version is now released, please verify that it is still accurate, then update the page to incorporate this information.

You can no longer wear lenses while in a headless form.


The pair of lenses first appears in NetHack 3.3.0.



In FIQHack, lenses also grant automatic searching when worn[3].