Ring of aggravate monster

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Name aggravate monster
Appearance random
Base price 150 zm
Weight 3
Probability out of rings 3.57%
Probability out of items in:
containers Rogue level Gehennom Elsewhere
0.179% 0.179% 0.286% 0.107%

A ring of aggravate monster is a type of ring that appears in NetHack.

Generation

Rings of aggravate monster are generated cursed 910 of the time.

Description

While worn, the ring confers the aggravate monster property.

Eating the ring has a 13 chance of conferring the property as an intrinsic.

Strategy

While the ring of aggravate monster is generally considered undesirable and frequently used as polypile fodder, it still has a few niche uses: Knights can use it to awaken certain monsters and avoid caitiff penalties to alignment record, and any character trying to lure monsters (such as fodder for sacrifice on an altar or wraiths whose corpses they want) can wear the ring temporarily, even while invisible.

If dealing with an unwanted cursed ring, any source of stealth can override the worst of the ring's effects until you find a means to remove it.

History

The ring of aggravate monster first appears in Hack 1.21 and Hack for PDP-11, which are based on Jay Fenlason's Hack, and is included in the initial item list for Hack 1.0. Before that, the ring also appears in Rogue, where it makes up 110 of random rings and causes monsters to attack more aggressively.

Messages

Several flies buzz angrily around the sink.
You dropped a ring of aggravate monster down a sink; this message still prints while blind.

Variants

SpliceHack

In SpliceHack, a ring of aggravate monster can be combined with a ring of hunger at a furnace to create a ring of conflict.

SlashTHEM

In SlashTHEM, the Gladiator quest artifact is a ring of aggravate monster named the Imperial Token. It confers drain resistance while carried, grants regeneration and fire resistance while worn, and can be invoked for the leadership effect, which detects all pets on the level and increases the tameness of those within line of sight.