Wand of speed monster

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Name speed monster
Appearance random
Abundance 5%
Base price 150 zm
Weight 7
Type beam
Maximum charges 8
Monster use May be used by monsters as misc items.

The wand of speed monster is a wand that appears in NetHack.

Generation

Randomly generated monsters may receive a wand of speed monster as a miscellaneous item, with a 16 chance of one appearing in a monster's starting inventory if a speed item is chosen.[1]

Effects

Zapping the wand at yourself or a monster gives the target(s) intrinsic speed; gaining intrinsic speed by zapping yourself also exercises dexterity. Monsters can zap the wand at themselves, and observing them doing so will auto-identify it. Monsters that you zap with this wand are capable of resisting its effect, dependent on a check against their magic resistance value; zapping a peaceful monster will anger it.

Engraving with a wand of speed monster gives a unique message if you are not blind, but does not auto-identify the wand.[2]

Strategy

Once you have zapped yourself with this wand, the intrinsic speed is permanent, and the wand is generally used for speeding up pets and steeds afterward. Backup wands should be kept stashed elsewhere - including at least one in your 'main' inventory - in the event you are subjected to delayed stoning from a footrice or the slowing attacks of skeletons and shades.

Pets may resist the wand's effect like any other monster, particularly if they are a high-have the same chance of resisting as any other monster; if zapping your pet does not generate a message, they may have resisted or else already have intrinsic speed. If there is no message, the pet probably resisted, or was fast already. You can check to see if a pet has intrinsic speed (fast) by applying a stethoscope to the pet.

History

The wand of speed monster has been present in the game since Hack 1.21, a variant of Jay Fenlason's Hack.

Messages

The bugs on the floor speed up!
You engraved with the wand.
You speed up.
You gained intrinsic speed by zapping yourself.
Your quickness feels more natural.
You gained intrinsic speed while you already had extrinsic speed.
<Monster> is suddenly moving faster.
A monster was zapped with this wand and either became fast or is no longer slow.

Variants

SLASH'EM

In SLASH'EM, two wands of speed monster can be found in the outside area of Grund's Stronghold. This also applies to SlashTHEM.

NetHack brass

In NetHack brass, the wand of speed monster's effects are temporary.

xNetHack

In xNetHack, the effects of the wand instead give you temporary very fast speed, making the wand in general more useful - its effects on monsters are unchanged. The temporary speed can be used to escape from a dire situation, or else close in quickly on a particularly troublesome monster to kill it faster. The potion of speed now grants intrinsic speed, as well as temporary very fast speed.

References