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 and intrinsics

The following approximates the median starting attributes, initial intrinsics, and intrinsics gained at specific experience levels, for various roles played as humans.

Str Int Wis Dex Con Cha Initial intrinsics Gained intrinsics
Archeologist 12 15 15 10 12 10 speed, stealth XL 10: searching
Barbarian 18/01 7 7 17 18 6 poison resistance XL 7: speed, XL 15: stealth
Caveman 18/01 9 9 13 17 8 XL 7: speed, XL 15: warning
Healer 9 10 16 9 14 17 poison resistance XL 15: warning
Knight 15 8 15 8 11 17 XL 7: speed
Monk 17 10 14 14 11 10 see invisible
sleep resistance
speed
XL 3: poison resistance
XL 5: stealth
XL 7: warning
XL 9: searching
XL 11: fire resistance
XL 13: cold resistance
XL 15: shock resistance
XL 17: teleport control
Priest 12 10 18 12 13 10 XL 15: warning, XL 20: sleep resistance
Ranger 14 10 10 18 14 9 searching XL 7: stealth, XL 15: see invisible
Rogue 15 14 14 18 14 8 stealth XL 10: searching
Samurai 16 10 8 16 18 7 speed XL 15: stealth
Tourist 11 13 9 11 15 16 XL 10: searching, XL 20: poison resistance
Valkyrie 18 9 9 13 18 9 cold resistance, stealth XL 7: speed
Wizard 10 18 10 13 13 10 XL 8: teleport at will if wizard has teleportitis
XL 15: warning
XL 17: teleport control

Role table by alignment and race

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

SLASH'EM Role table by alignment and race

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

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 (female) Drow (male) Dwarf Elf Gnome Half-Dragon Human Incantifier Orc Vampire
Archeologist Law Law Neu Law Neu Law Neu Law Neu Neu
Anachrononaut Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha
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 (Q: Gnr) Neu Cha Neu Cha Neu Cha Cha
Samurai Law Law Law Law
Tourist Neu Neu
Troubadour Neu 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

Other games

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

  1. role.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 7
  2. role.c in SLASH'EM 0.0.7E7F2, line 8

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