Marilith

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The marilith, &, is a major demon that appears in NetHack. They can deal damage extremely quickly, because they possess six attacks per move; mariliths have two weapon attacks and four 2d4 claw attacks. Mariliths do not wield two weapons; rather, the two attacks are performed with its primary weapon, and followed by the claw attacks.

Generation

Like most demons, the marilith is normally only generated in Gehennom, but is also a valid form for polymorph traps; thus, it may be seen in other branches of the dungeon. Mariliths are also eligible for being gated in by other major demons.

Strategy

Mariliths are interesting choices as pets or even as a self-polymorph target, especially with their execellent natural AC and a highly enchanted and/or powerful artifact weapon in the primary slot; a pet marilith is intelligent and will not wield a cross-aligned artifact weapon or anything made of silver.

Note that polymorphing into a marilith will break worn armor; mariliths cannot wear boots, shirts or body armor. Fortunately, on top of their AC, they can also #twoweapon.

Origin

Mariliths originate from Dungeons and Dragons. Unlike their NetHack counterparts, D&D mariliths can wield six weapons simultaneously.

Encyclopedia entry

The marilith has a torso shaped like that of a human female,
and the lower body of a great snake. It has multiple arms,
and can freely attack with all of them. Since it is
intelligent enough to use weapons, this means it can cause
great damage.