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The trapper t and the lurker above t are the only members of the t trapper or lurker above monster class. They hide and wait for unsuspecting victims before swallowing them whole and digesting them alive.

Trappers and lurkers above are almost identical. The only differences are that trappers have a higher base level and a slightly more damaging attack, but cannot fly.

Both monsters are easy to detect via telepathy or warning, and they are also very slow, making them less fearsome than their attack would suspect. However, they can digest any pet in one turn just like a purple worm can, so be careful not to lose a good pet to them.

Both monsters are silent, can hide, have an animal body, have no eyes, limbs or head, are carnivorous, always start hostile, can stalk, are strong, and can be genocided.



Their bodies are flat. They wait hidden on the floor and close up on their victims.

Encyclopedia Entry

The trapper is a creature which has evolved a chameleon-like ability to blend into the dungeon surroundings. It captures its prey by remaining very still and blending into the surrounding dungeon features, until an unsuspecting creature passes by. It wraps itself around its prey and digests it.

Lurker above


They resemble rays (the fish). They hide and drop from the ceiling, engulfing their victims.

In contrast to Dungeons & Dragons lurkers above, Nethack's lurkers above have no eyes.

Encyclopedia Entry

These dungeon scavengers are very adept at blending into the surrounding walls and ceilings of the dungeon due to the stone-like coloring of their skin.

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