Ninja

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Ninja are notable as the only non-unique, non-randomly-generated hostile monsters to appear on a Quest—the Samurai quest, to be exact.

As of NetHack 3.6.0, ninjas are generated with 6-11 shuriken (75% chance) or darts (25% chance), and a short sword (75% chance) or axe (25% chance) as main weapon. This makes them an excellent source of the otherwise extremely rare shuriken for samurai.

There was once a Ninja role, which was replaced by the Rogue role.