Maze

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A maze level is a type of level found in the floors before the Castle and in Gehennom. As the name states, it is set up like a maze, with narrow passages and dead-ends. There are zero, one, or two Minotaurs, H, generated on each maze level.[1]

Generated mazes usually contain passages bounded by the wall terrain, but as of NetHack 3.6.0, the walls of mazes may actually be composed of solid rock.

Strategy

Some form of magic mapping is a good idea when in a maze. Maze walls are diggable, so a wand of digging or pick-axe can be handy to navigate and to make a clearer path between the stairs.

Note that traps in a maze are always generated in specific spots in a "roster-like" pattern. Suppose your maze looks like this in the top left corner:

-----------------
|           |   
| --- ----- | ---
|   |   |   |   |
|-- |-- | ----- |
|   |   |       |
| --- ----- ----|

then traps can only be generated on the spots marked ^ below:

-----------------
|^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^|^ ^
| --- ----- | ---
|^ ^|^ ^|^ ^|^ ^|
|-- |-- | ----- |
|^ ^|^ ^|^ ^ ^ ^|
| --- ----- ----|

When you realise this, it is easy to see why it is important to walk diagonally whenever possible:

-----------------
| .,. .,.,. | .,.
|.---.-----.|.---
| . |   | . | . |
|--.|-- |.-----.|
| . |   | . .,. |
|.--- -----.----|

If you avoid dead ends and the corners of passages as much as possible (follow the dots and comma's), the chance of you hitting a trap is reduced significantly (only the spots marked with a comma are really potential trap spots; the dots are safe).

History

"Maze"-type levels appeared as far back as Rogue, although not in any set location.

UnNetHack

In UnNetHack, mimics found on a maze level are more likely to mimic a statue than a mimic found elsewhere in the dungeon.

References

This page may need to be updated for NetHack 3.6.0.

It may contain text specific to NetHack 3.4.3. Information on this page may be out of date.

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