Ring of hunger

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Name hunger
Appearance random
Base price 100 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%

Wearing a ring of hunger conveys the hunger extrinsic, which causes you to burn nutrition very quickly; every even-numbered turn your nutrition is decremented. It is usually generated cursed.


Dropping a ring of hunger into a sink produces the message, "Suddenly, <item> vanishes from the sink!" but only if there's another item on the sink. Otherwise, "You hear the ring bouncing down the drain pipe." This will not give you a chance to name the ring.


The ring of hunger is not an entirely useless ring, but would only be worn in rare circumstances. If, for example, one wanted to eat multiple giant corpses without an amulet of magical breathing, you might wear this ring to make more room for the meal. Another use is getting weak of hunger more quickly while wearing a ring of sustain ability to remove it and gain strength this way (no longer possible in NetHack 3.6.1). However the ring of regeneration and the ring of conflict also come with additional hunger while actually doing something useful, making this ring primarily used as polyfodder.

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