# Sokoban Level 3a

This version of the third level of Sokoban has 16 boulders and 11 holes.

```0 boulder
^ hole
@ starting position/downstairs
< upstairs
```
```--------
---.|....|
|...0....|----------
|.-.00-00|.|.......|
|.00-......|.......|
|.-..0.|...|.......|
|....-0--0-|...<...|
|..00..0...|.......|
|.--...|...|.......|
|....-0|---|.......|
---..0.-----------+|
|..0@^^^^^^^^^^^.|
------------------
```

## Strategy

The following solution solves the level without putting any boulders in an immobile position. Faster solutions which do not necessarily leave every boulder free might exist. You can watch a TTYREC video of this solution or a YouTube video.

All boulders are replaced by letters so they can be referred to. Moving the boulders is shortened to r for right, l for left, u for up, d for down. An asterisk is used to denote the last move filled a hole (and thus removed the boulder from the game). So Nddrr* means move boulder N two times down and two times to the right into a hole.

First clear up the lower part of the room. The opening move is the only one possible. Make sure you move the O boulder out of the way when finishing the L boulder:

```--------
---.|....|
|...A....|---------- O ll
|.-.BC-DE|.|.......| P rr*
|.FG-......|.......| N ddrr*
|.-..H.|...|.......| L ddd
|....-I--J-|...<...| O u
|..KL..M...|.......| L rrdr rr*
|.--...|...|.......| O rddr rrrr r*
|....-N|---|.......| K rddd drrr rrrr*
---..O.-----------+|
|..P@^^^^^^^^^^^.|
------------------
```

Clear the upper left corner, boulders G and F. Now enter the small room in the middle and finish boulder M. Then enter the room just above J and finish I and H:

```--------
---.|....|
|...A....|---------- G dddr dddd rrrr rrrr*
|.-.BC-DE|.|.......| F rddd rddd drrr rrrr rr*
|.FG-......|.......| M rrll llld dddr rrrr rrrr r*
|.-..H.|...|.......| J uu
|....-I--J-|...<...| I dddd drrr rrrr rr*
|......M...|.......| H rddd dddr rrrr rrrr r*
|.--...|...|.......|
|....-.|---|.......|
---....-----------+|
|...@.....^^^^^^.|
------------------
```

Enter the top room through A and push C out:

```--------
---.|....|
|...A....|---------- A rr
|.-.BC-DE|.|.......| C ddrd dddd drrr rrrr rrrr*
|...-....J.|.......|
|.-....|...|.......|
|....-.--.-|...<...|
|..........|.......|
|.--...|...|.......|
|....-.|---|.......|
---....-----------+|
|...@..........^.|
------------------
```

The level is now finished. All boulders can still be moved around freely and should be checked for wands or rings.

```--------
---.|....|
|.....A..|----------
|.-.B.-DE|.|.......|
|...-....J.|.......|
|.-....|...|.......|
|....-.--.-|...<...|
|..........|.......|
|.--...|...|.......|
|....-.|---|.......|
---....-----------+|
|...@............|
------------------
```

## Next level

After this level, you will face either of the following levels. In NetHack 3.4.3 and variants based on it, level 4a has a bag of holding and level 4b has an amulet of reflection. In NetHack 3.6.0 and variants based on it, either level may have either prize with equal probability:

 Sokoban Level 4a ```-------------------------- |@......^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^.| |.......----------------.| -------.------ |.| |...........| |.| |.0.0.0.0.0.| |.| --------.----| |.| |...0.0..0.0.| |.| |...0........| |.| -----.-------- ------|.| |..0.0.0...| --|.....|.| |.....0....| |.+.....|.| |.0.0...0.-- |-|.....|.| -------.---- |.+.....+.| |..0.....| |-|.....|-- |........| |.+.....| |...------ --|.....| ----- ------- ``` Sokoban Level 4b ``` ------------------------ |..^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^..| |..-------------------.| ----.| ----- |.| |..|0-- --...| |.| |.....|--|.0..| |.| |.00..|..|..0.| |.| --..00|...00.-- |.| |0..0...|0..| ------|.| |.00.|..|..0| --|.....|.| |.0.0---|.0.| |.+.....|.| |.......|..-- |-|.....|.| ----.0..|.-- |.+.....+.| ---.--.| |-|.....|-- |.0...| |.+.....| |@.|..| --|.....| ------- ------- ```

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