Swamp nymph

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A swamp nymph is a type of monster that appears in dNetHack and notdNetHack. It is an undead nymph that is the strongest type of nymph any player character can encounter randomly: stronger monsters in the monster class only appear to specific roles. Swamp nymphs are part-plant, and like many nymphs they are fey creatures.

Swamp nymphs cast spells in addition to stealing items, and sometimes retaliate by "collapsing into a noxious fluid" when badly wounded in melee. This kills the the swamp nymph immediately, but will inflict disease on the attacker.


Swamp nymphs are only randomly generated in Gehennom, though they may appear in the courts of a throne room ruled by a vampire lord or drow matron.

At least one swamp nymph is guaranteed to appear in the lair of Zuggtmoy, and two swamp nymphs named Surrarr and Nueate appear within rooms on each side of Mammon's throne room in Minauros. In one variation each of the lairs of Malcanthet and Graz'zt, the random nymphs that can generate upon their creation are always swamp nymphs due to generation rules.


Swamp nymphs are the most difficult regular enemy in their monster class by far, especially if one manages to steal your source of magic resistance.

Encyclopedia entry

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[ Adapted from Wikipedia ]