Minion of Huhetotl

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The Minion of Huhetotl, &, is the Archeologist quest nemesis. He is a unique demon who guards the Bell of Opening and the Archeologist quest artifact, The Orb of Detection. The Minion of Huhetotl shares the usual demon immunities to fire, poison, level draining, and death magic along with the stoning resistance of all quest nemeses.

The Minion of Huhetotl is almost identical to Nalzok, the Priest quest nemesis, save for his far weaker chaotic alignment and his slightly lower monster MR. He has two strong weapon attacks, the ability to cast mage monster spells, and a claw attack that can steal back the quest artifact if you liberate it from him.


The Minion of Huhetotl is always generated within the southeastern room of the crypt on the goal level of the Archeologist quest, standing atop the sole altar to Huhetotl with the Bell of Opening and The Orb of Detection underneath him.


The Minion of Huhetotl's temple is filled with various monsters, so be sure to clear out the temple before confronting him. Like all quest nemeses, he is covetous, and can inflict very large amounts of damage with his two weapon attacks and spellcasting, which includes drain strength, summon nasties and destroy armor). It is recommended to awaken him remotely while on the upstair (or else teleport to the upstair after doing so) and engage him there with a means of engraving Elbereth or a scroll of scare monster, combined with a source of magic resistance.

His high MR score of 75 lets him easily resist a wand of sleep or polymorph, all but forcing players to resort to offensive spells and melee attacks. Wielding a blessed silver saber is very effective, as is a blessed dwarvish mattock - the Minion is a large monster, and the archaeologist can achieve Expert in both the pick-axe and saber skills. However, remember that he can cast the curse items spell; even with magic resistance, a cursed mattock will leave you without the use of your hands, so prepare a means of emergency curse removal if you employ this strategy, such as a bag with scrolls of remove curse or a cache of holy water.

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.

The scroll of scare monster on the ground no longer scares any unique monster.

Encyclopedia entry

Huehueteotl, or Huhetotl, which means Old God, was the Aztec
(classical Mesoamerican) god of fire. He is generally
associated with paternalism and one of the group classed
as the Xiuhtecuhtli complex. He is known to send his
minions to wreak havoc upon ordinary humans.

[ after the Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]