Potion of Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

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Name Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Appearance random
Base price 300 zm
Weight 20
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

The potion of Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is a very distinctive potion in NetHack: The Next Generation which also appears in Slash'EM Extended and SLASHTHEM.

Quaffing a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster will make you feel "like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick." This will have the practical effect of making you confused for 6d7 turns. (Significantly the maximum number of turns that can be rolled is 42.) If the potion is cursed, it has a 25% chance of lowering your intelligence by one point as well.

A blessed Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster may have some beneficial effects. It has a 25% chance of curing lycanthropy, like wolfsbane or holy water (naturally lycanthropic races in Slash'EM Extended will revert to their humanoid forms, unless they have unchanging), and restoring your health to its maximum. This will give the message "You feel remembered of very, very strong liquor." (Or, if hallucinating, "You feel remembered of Zaphod Breeblebrox.")

Origin

The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster is a notorious cocktail from the series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox, sometime President of the Galaxy, the drink's recipe uses ingredients from various planets, including the tooth of an algolian suntiger, which spreads "the fires of the Algolian suns deep into the heart of the drink."

The series, its adaptations, and interviews with Douglas Adams indicate not only that consumption of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster might be detrimental to human health, but also that preparing it on Earth might be prohibited by various environmental and weapons treaties, and by the laws of physics.

References

  • Slash'EM Extended potion.c 2402
  • Slash'EM Extended objects.c 1525