Role

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When starting NetHack, the game asks for the role you want to play with the option of letting the game randomly pick one. You can also set the role in your nethackrc file or specify it on the command line with the -p option.

Each role begins with different starting equipment and different levels of mastery in weapons. Intrinsics that are gained when leveling up (such as a Ranger's intrinsic stealth) and conducts (such as the Monk's vegetarian conducts) also vary with each role. Experienced players often attempt to ascend all thirteen roles. Some roles are considered more difficult to ascend than others. See role difficulty for more details.

Role table by median starting attributes[edit]

The following approximates the median starting attributes for various roles played as humans.

Str Int Wis Dex Con Cha
Archeologist 12 15 15 10 12 10
Barbarian 18/01 7 7 17 18 6
Caveman 18/01 9 9 13 17 8
Healer 9 10 16 9 14 17
Knight 15 8 15 8 11 17
Monk 17 10 14 14 11 10
Priest 12 10 18 12 13 10
Ranger 14 10 10 18 14 9
Rogue 15 14 14 10 14 8
Samurai 16 10 8 16 18 7
Tourist 11 13 9 11 15 16
Valkyrie 18 9 9 13 18 9
Wizard 10 18 10 13 13 10

Role table by alignment and race[edit]

The following role, race, and alignment combinations are permitted upon character creation.[1]

Human Elf Dwarf Gnome Orc
Archeologist Law Neu Law Neu
Barbarian Neu Cha Cha
Caveman Law Neu Law Neu
Healer Neu Neu
Knight Law
Monk Law Neu Cha
Priest Law Neu Cha Cha
Ranger Neu Cha Cha Neu Cha
Rogue Cha Cha
Samurai Law
Tourist Neu
Valkyrie Law Neu Law
Wizard Neu Cha Cha Neu Cha

Variants[edit]

SLASH'EM Role table by alignment and race[edit]

The following role, race, and alignment combinations are permitted upon character creation.[2]

Doppelganger Drow Dwarf Elf Gnome Hobbit Human Lycanthrope Orc Vampire
Archeologist Neu Law Law Neu Neu Law Neu
Barbarian Neu Cha Cha Neu Neu Cha Cha Cha Cha
Caveman Neu Law Neu Law Neu
Flame mage Neu Cha Cha Law Neu Neu Law Neu Law Neu Cha Cha
Healer Neu Neu Neu Neu
Ice mage Neu Cha Cha Law Neu Neu Law Neu Law Neu Cha Cha Cha
Knight Law
Monk Neu Cha Law Neu Law Neu Cha
Necromancer Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha
Priest Neu Cha Cha Law Neu Law Neu Law Neu Cha
Rogue Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha
Ranger Neu Cha Cha Neu Neu Neu Neu Cha Cha Cha Cha
Samurai Law
Tourist Neu Neu Neu
Undead slayer Neu Cha Cha Law Neu Neu Law Neu Law Neu Cha Cha Cha
Valkyrie Neu Law Law Neu
Wizard Neu Cha Cha Neu Neu Neu Neu Cha Cha Cha
Yeoman Law Law Neu Law

dNethack Role table by alignment and race[edit]

The following role, race, and alignment combinations are permitted upon character creation.

Some race/role combinations result is special quests, this is shown as (Q: Quest Code)

Clockwork Drow Hedrow Dwarf Elf Gnome Half-Dragon Human Incantifier Orc Vampire
Archeologist Law Law Neu Law Neu Law Neu Law Neu Neu
Barbarian Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha
Binder Void Void Void Void Void Void Void Void Void Void Void
Caveman Law Neu Law Neu Law Neu
Convict Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha
Healer Neu Neu Neu
Knight Law Law (Q: Dna) Law Law Law
Monk Law Law Law Law
Noble Cha (Q: Ndr) Neu (Q: Nhd) Law (Q: Dnb) Cha (Q: Elf) Law Neu Cha Law Neu Cha Neu Cha
Priest Law Cha (Q: Dro) Neu (Q: Hdr) Cha (Q: Elf) Law Neu Cha Law Neu Cha Law Neu Cha
Pirate Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha
Rogue Cha (Q: Dro) Neu (Q: Hdr) Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha
Ranger Cha (Q: Dro) Neu (Q: Hdr) Cha (Q: Elf) Neu Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Cha
Samurai Law Law Law Law
Tourist Neu Neu
Troubadour Random (Law Neu Cha) Cha Neu Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Cha
Valkyrie Law Law Neu Law Neu
Wizard Cha (Q: Dro) Neu (Q: Dro) Cha (Q: Elf) Neu Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Cha Neu Cha

See also[edit]

Other games[edit]

Some other games, such as Dungeons & Dragons use the word "class", and MapleStory and Final Fantasy, for example, use "job", while NetHack always calls them roles.

References[edit]

  1. role.c, line 8
  2. role.c in SLASH'EM 0.0.7E7F2, line 8