Defunct features

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Over the years, NetHack has added many features, but also removed some. These defunct features are listed below.

List of defunct monsters

Monster First Version Last Version Notes
the Three Stooges NetHack 2.3e 2.3e
the mad scientist NetHack 3.0.0 3.0.6
osquip NetHack 3.0.0 3.0.6
unarmored soldier NetHack 3.0.0 3.1.3 From 3.1.0, occurs only if MUSE is turned off (which is not the default)
unarmored watchman NetHack 3.1.0 3.1.3 Occurs only if MUSE is turned off (which is not the default)
Earendil NetHack 3.1.0 3.2.3 Male Elf Quest leader
Elwing NetHack 3.1.0 3.2.3 Female Elf Quest leader
High-elf NetHack 3.1.0 3.2.3 Elf Quest friendly
the Goblin King NetHack 3.1.0 3.2.3 Elf Quest nemesis
the Wizard of Balance NetHack 3.1.0 3.3.1 Wizard Quest leader; replaced by Neferet the Green

List of defunct objects

Item First Version Last Version Notes
agate stone Hack 1.0 2.3e reappears in NetHack 3.3.0
pair of gloves Hack 1.0 2.3e mostly equivalent to the leather gloves
scroll of damage weapon Hack 1.0 2.3e similar to modern cursed scroll of enchant weapon
shield Hack 1.0 2.3e AC is 1, rustable; superseded by small shield
tourmaline and onyx Hack 1.0 2.3e Black onyx exists in later versions
dead lizard Hack 1.0 3.0.5 superseded by lizard corpse
elfin chain mail NetHack 1.3d 2.3e mostly equivalent to the elven mithril-coat
slice of pizza NetHack 1.3d 2.3e superseded by nameable fruit; appears in 3.0.1 through 3.1.3 if TUTTI_FRUTTI is disabled
spellbook of genocide NetHack 1.3d 3.0.10
badge NetHack 2.3e 2.3e
Thunderfist NetHack 3.0.0 3.0.2 superseded by Mjollnir
Shaped keys NetHack 3.0.0 3.0.10
The Palantir of Westernesse NetHack 3.1.0 3.2.3 Elf Quest artifact

Other defunct features

Item First Version Last Version Notes
Hell Hack 1.0.2 3.0.10 superseded by Gehennom
Endgame NetHack 3.0.0 NetHack 3.0.10 superseded by the Elemental and Astral Planes
Ninja role NetHack 1.3d 2.3e superseded by Rogue role
Elf role NetHack 1.3d 3.2.3 superseded by Ranger role and Elf race
Names for lighting store shopkeeper NetHack 3.1.0 3.1.3 superseded by Izchak
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Over its history as a variant of vanilla NetHack, SLASH'EM has gone through many features that were long since removed.


SpliceHack removed many features during the rewrite for version 1.0.0.


SLASHTHEM removed many features between v.0.8.0 and 0.9.4.

See also

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