Monster carrying capacity

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A monster's carrying capacity is, in weight units:[1]


where cwt is the monster's weight. For strong monsters, multiply this with 2. A strong monster with a weight less than or equal to 1450 has 1000 units' worth of carrying capacity.

A corpseless monster's capacity depends on its physical size, as so:


which means that tiny corpseless monsters, such as grid bugs, cannot carry anything. Strong corpseless monsters, such as ki-rin, are not secured 1000 units, but their capacity is still multiplied by 2.

A few monsters' carrying capacity:

Monster kitten/little dog housecat/dog hobbit large cat/large dog pony dwarf horse warhorse
Capacity 52 69 173 1000 1000 1000 1034 1241


  1. mon.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 927
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