One word messages

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This page is a list of all one-word messages that are possible.

Sound effects

"Boing!" - Wand of striking or force bolt cast at creature with magic resistance.[1][2][3]

"Splat!" - An egg or melon broke. Could be due to throwing it, or it being destroyed by a force bolt/wand of striking while in inventory.[4]

"Splash!" - Venom was thrown.[5]

"Crash!" - A potion hits a monster but you can't see the monster.[6]

"Whang!" - A boulder or iron ball hits iron bars.[7]

"Clink!" - Gold hits iron bars.[8]

"Clonk!" - Other kinds of thrown objects hit iron bars.[9]

Player actions

Kicking

"Thump!" - You kicked an object but the object did not move, either because it is too heavy, or it is against a wall.[10] If a gray stone is not against the wall, then "Thump!" identifies it as a loadstone.

"THUD!" - Same as above, except that the kicked object was a box or a chest.[11]

"Klunk!" - You kicked a sink and exercised your dexterity.[12] (If the "sound" option is enabled, "The pipes vibrate noisily." is added to the message.)

"WHAMMM!!!" - You kicked a door but it didn't break.[13]

Dropping

"Splash!" - You dropped a heavy object (weight 10 or more) into a pool.[14]

"Plop!" - You dropped a light object (weight 9 or less) into a pool while levitating or flying over it.[15]

Locking

"Klunk!" - A spell of wizard lock or a wand of locking locks a box or a chest.[16]

"Klick!" - A spell of knock or a wand of opening unlocks a box or a chest.[17]

Digging

"Clash!" - Trying to dig outside the map area with a pick-axe.[18] (This is only possible if the diggable area of the level extends all the way to the edge of the map.)

"Clang!" - Trying to dig through iron bars with a pick-axe.[19]

Teleporting

"Sorry..." - You attempted a controlled teleport into an invalid or unsafe location.[20]

"Sorry..." - You tried to level teleport into (or below) the Sanctum before performing the invocation.[21]

"Oops..." - You attempted a controlled level teleport while confused and ended up on a random level instead.[22][23]

Combat

"Splat!" - You hit a monster with an (ordinary) egg.[24]

"Splat!" / "Splash!" - You hit an eyeless monster with a cream pie / blinding venom.[25]

"Splat!" / "Splash!" - You hit a monster with a cream pie / blinding venom while blind yourself.[26]

"Snap!" - You tried to apply a bullwhip but hit nothing.[27]

Other

"Whoops..." - You failed to untrap a trap and just made things worse.[28]

Monster noises

"Surrender!" - A possible message from an angry soldier.[29]

"Gleep!" - A tame baby dragon is born out of an egg.[30] This is a reference to the MythAdventures series of books by Robert Asprin.

"Burrrrp!" - A purple worm, lurker above, or a trapper swallows a monster.[31]

Chatting

"Nevermore!" - Chat with a non-peaceful raven.[32] This is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".

"Huh?" / "What?" / "Eh?" - Chat with a stunned or confused peaceful humanoid.[33]

"Aloha." - Chat with a peaceful tourist.[34]

Mail Daemon

"Gangway!" - A message the mail daemon says when pushing monsters out of its way.[35]

"Catch!" - The mail daemon can't reach you so it throws the scroll of mail at you.[36]

"Oops!" - You failed to pick up the scroll of mail for some reason, e.g. because you fumbled or because your inventory was full.[37]

Miscellaneous

"Ouch!" - You hurtled into a wall, a door or a tree.[38]

"Yuck!" - A green slime touches you and slimes you when you're already slimed; this does not cause the sliming to proceed faster.[39]

"Cheapskate." - If you don't offer enough gold to an aligned priest[40]

"Interesting..." - You dipped something to no effect.[41]

"Ouch!" - You bumped into an invisible force field while blind (not used in NetHack 3.4.3).[42]

References

  1. zap.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1888
  2. muse.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1116
  3. muse.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1127
  4. dothrow.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1679
  5. dothrow.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1686
  6. potion.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 974
  7. mthrowu.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 810
  8. mthrowu.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 814
  9. mthrowu.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 816
  10. dokick.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 535
  11. dokick.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 509
  12. dokick.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 952
  13. dokick.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1091
  14. do.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 203
  15. do.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 205
  16. lock.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 710
  17. lock.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 719
  18. dig.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 899
  19. dig.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 922
  20. teleport.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 448
  21. teleport.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 788
  22. teleport.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 600
  23. teleport.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 607
  24. uhitm.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 797
  25. uhitm.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 843
  26. uhitm.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 818
  27. apply.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 2216
  28. trap.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 3123
  29. sounds.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 801
  30. timeout.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 524
  31. mhitm.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 640
  32. sounds.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 588
  33. sounds.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 681
  34. sounds.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 681
  35. mail.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 260
  36. mail.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 390
  37. mail.c, line 403, hold_another_object in invent.c
  38. dothrow.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 470
  39. mhitu.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1541
  40. priest.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 486
  41. potion.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1924
  42. enter_force_field in region.c


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