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Reflection shouldn't count!

If Medusa is anything like in the myth, you shouldn't be able to turn her to stone, or Perseus wouldn't have been able to defeat her by seeing her reflection and giving her battle that way. OneWeirdDude 19:54, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

To be fair, Perseus seems to have died that way in NetHack. --Mogri 19:29, 6 March 2007 (UTC)


there appear to be statues of charaters i used previously, that never made it to the medusa level... or maybe i just forgot?

Correct, the statues get names randomly picked from the hiscore file, no matter where they died. --Paxed 02:03, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Stoning Resistance is NOT Disintegration Resistance

Polyself into a Black Dragon won't save you! -- Kalon 05:02, 3 October 2008 (UTC)


How different is Medusa in SLASH'EM? I just tried polymorphing into a genetic engineer to polymorph and tame medusa. However I ran into some bizarre gaze behavior.
I was wearing a towel and an amulet of reflection. In vanilla, this would prevent Medusa from using her gaze attack, and thus she wouldn't turn herself to stone. Medusa was somehow still able to use her gaze attack against me, which turned herself to stone, despite me being blind. I don't know if this was just coincidence, but she stoned herself several times (stone to flesh) without fail; normally in Vanilla she takes a few rounds of "Medusa didn't notice her gaze was reflected" before actually killing herself.
And after I finally did tame her and turned her back into Medusa, she immediately used her gaze attack against me (yes, she was tame). And she turned herself to stone, and since I killed a tame monster I got the standard distant thunder penalty.

Is this all normal for SLASH'EM? Why is a tame medusa using her gaze attack against me? And is there any way to prevent this behavior? I get the feeling she'd make a good pet. -- Qazmlpok 00:55, April 1, 2010 (UTC)

Apparently, the vanilla DevTeam decided to make Medusa untameable rather than fix their buggy call to Source:Ref/m_respond. Shriekers operate by the same mechanism, and tame shriekers do keep summoning hostile monsters in vanilla. --Tjr 22:43, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Medusa Chat

Does Medusa say anything when #chatted to?--PeterGFin 12:45, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

  • She hisses. "It hisses!" is the message I got when chatting to her. (I was blindfolded, of course.) Delbow (talk) 04:32, 12 January 2013 (UTC)


Upon cancelling Medusa, the message from her gaze attack becomes, "Medusa doesn't look all that ugly!" Delbow (talk) 06:43, 20 January 2014 (UTC)