Ring of stealth

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Name stealth
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%

The ring of stealth is a ring that appears in NetHack.

Effects

Wearing a ring of stealth gives you extrinsic stealth; polymorphing and eating the ring may grant you stealth as an intrinsic.

As of NetHack 3.6.0, putting on a ring of stealth will auto-identify the ring in a similar manner to elven boots or an elven cloak, unless you have another source of stealth.

Strategy

The ring of stealth is a good choice for avoiding sleeping monsters and tackling special rooms (such as the Sokoban treasure zoo), especially if you do not have intrinsic stealth, and you either have not found any elven equipment or else your current boots and cloak are useful enough as is (e.g. speed boots or a cloak of magic resistance). Characters with intrinsic stealth will find the ring redundant, and may opt to polypile it once they have it identified in some manner; alternately, they may want to hang on to it in case intrinsic stealth is lost.

In 3.6.0 and later versions, as well as variants based off them, the ring's auto-identification is useful for saving players a trip to the sink.

Messages

You move very quietly.
You put on a ring of stealth, and didn't already have stealth. The ring is auto-identified.
You sure are noisy.
You removed your ring of stealth, and didn't have any other source of stealth. The ring is auto-identified.
The sink seems to blend into the floor for a moment.
You dropped the ring of stealth down a sink.