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Ninja are monsters in NetHack that are notable as the only non-unique, non-randomly-generated hostile monsters to appear on a Quest. They appear only during the Samurai quest, and are generated on the home level, the Shogun's castle, and the keep of the quest nemesis, Ashikaga Takauji.

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 from NetHack 3.0.0 on.