Oilskin sack

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Name oilskin sack
Appearance bag
Base price 100 zm
Weight 15
Material cloth
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

The oilskin sack is a type of container that appears in NetHack.


The oilskin sack can hold items beyond the 52-character limit, much like the regular sack, with the exception that a noncursed oilskin sack will also protect its contents from becoming wet. A cursed oilskin sack only protects its contents two-thirds of the time.


Oilskin sacks can be identified from the other types of bag by dipping them into a water source; this will produce the message "Some water slides right off the bag." They are also fairly easy price-identified - if you encounter a bag with a base price of 100zm that can be safely #looted, and no weight change occurs when stashing heavier items, then you have an oilskin sack.

Combining an oilskin sack with a bag of holding is useful for obtaining both weight reduction and water protection, at the cost of slightly more tedium when accessing items in the nested bags; placing the bag of holding within the oilskin sack additionally protects the bag of holding from being cursed. Blessing the oilskin sack is advisable to give the bag a layer of protection from being cursed itself, especially once you approach the Plane of Water.

As with a plain sack, an oilskin sack can also be used to protect a wand of cancellation that is stored outside your main bag of holding; unlike a plain sack, the water protection allows you to keep other curse removal items such as a blessed scroll of remove curse inside as well.

Encyclopedia entry

Summer passed all too quickly. On the last day of camp, Mr.
Brickle called his counselors together and paid them what he
owed them. Louis received one hundred dollars - the first
money he had ever earned. He had no wallet and no pockets,
so Mr. Brickle placed the money in a waterproof bag that had
a drawstring. He hung this moneybag around Louis' neck,
along with the trumpet, the slate, the chalk pencil, and the
lifesaving medal.

[ The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White ]