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A rothe is one of the deadlier early-game monsters. They have many attacks and often appear in packs, somewhat similar to soldier ants.


They resemble musk oxen or like an imposing woolly ox/bull. They aren't rodents.


  • Fortunately, rothes are larger and move slower than ants, making them far more susceptible to wands.
  • Rothes respect Elbereth.
  • Rothes only provide 100 nutrition, but appear in groups, so they make a good source of food.
  • They also frequently leave corpses, which makes them good sacrifice fodder.

Encyclopedia entry

The rothe (pronounced roth-AY) is a musk ox-like creature with
an aversion to light. It prefers to live underground near
lichen and moss.