Mummy wrapping

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Appearance mummy wrapping
Slot cloak
AC 0
Base price 2 zm
Weight 3
Material cloth

A mummy wrapping is a type of makeshift cloak item that appears in NetHack.


It has a high chance to be dropped (86%) when you kill any kind of mummy.


When worn, the mummy wrapping provides no base AC, but has an MC of 1 and it negates invisibility.


The main use of a mummy wrapping is to allow yourself to enter shops when you have the invisibility intrinsic (otherwise the shopkeeper will not let you in). Once inside the shop, you may remove the mummy wrapping, but you will need to wear it again to leave.

Another use for the mummy wrapping is to lure wraiths off certain levels where they are less likely to leave corpses; such levels include any level with a graveyard, the Castle, Medusa's Island, the four demon lairs, and the levels with the Wizard's Tower. Be aware that MC 1 is not good protection against level drain; it is a good idea to switch back to your main cloak when you are ready to fight the wraith.

They are the weakest of all cloaks, but also the lightest. With MC of just 1 and AC 0, they match dwarven cloaks and nearly match leather cloaks and even some magic cloaks if you don't need the magic effect. At least they can protect underlying armor from corrosion. Sometimes they can be highly enchanted. So in the early game, it might worth testing them. You might end up having difficulty choosing between a +5 mummy wrapping or one of the magic cloaks at +0 or +1.


These, of course, are the well known mummy wrappings of Egyptian mummies. Other types of mummies don't have them.

As mentioned in the encyclopedia entry, the power to negate invisibility is a reference to the book and film The Invisible Man, in which the (invisible) man wraps bandages around him to overcome his invisibility.

Encyclopaedia entry

He held a white cloth -- it was a serviette he had brought
with him -- over the lower part of his face, so that his
mouth and jaws were completely hidden, and that was the
reason for his muffled voice. But it was not that which
startled Mrs. Hall. It was the fact that all his forehead
above his blue glasses was covered by a white bandage, and
that another covered his ears, leaving not a scrap of his
face exposed excepting only his pink, peaked nose. It was
bright, pink, and shiny just as it had been at first. He
wore a dark-brown velvet jacket with a high, black, linen-
lined collar turned up about his neck. The thick black
hair, escaping as it could below and between the cross
bandages, project in curious tails and horns, giving him
the strangest appearance conceivable.

[ The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells ]

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