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It says they are only encountered in Gehenna, but I found one on the bottom level of the Gnomish Mines (catacombs), it was invisible and it cursed several of my items.

However I suppose it could have been generated by the polymorph trap I found on that level.--Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

You just answered your own question. Not only that, someone came up with this on Talk:Vrock. If we had a FAQ, surely this would merit an entry: a tough monster in a not-tough level usually indicates a poly trap around somewhere. I like to spring any poly traps I find as soon as it is safe, for just this reason.--Ray Chason 18:34, 29 December 2007 (UTC)

Pet nalfeshnee

A user proposed we move the Pet section, but frankly there's not much else to the article so I don't see what it's diluting. Also, it's conspicuous (or maybe just a little counter-intuitive) that a Nalfeshnee can be a powerful opponent but only ever a meager pet. Furthermore, that it cannot be tamed seems important, but maybe that's true of all non-eating, spellcasting monsters (as the user suggested).thefifthsetpin 02:42, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

They're weak as pets because they're spellcasters. Monster spells don't affect other monsters, so spellcasting on a pet is only useful for healing itself (which is nice, but if I had a pet lich I'd want it to use psibolt rather than just heal self). Also, they cannot be tamed because they are demons, it has nothing to do with them being spellcasting or inediate. Demons can only be tamed if you are polymorphed into a demon yourself, otherwise they are made peaceful. -- Qazmlpok 15:08, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
OTOH, nalfeshnees are one of the very few species that survive throne farming at full speed. --Tjr 15:14, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
Good feedback, both of you. I didn't know about the taming demons bit. Maybe if we phrased the section so that it was clear that the Nalfeshnee wasn't really special, just complicated to consider as a pet because of it's many descriptors (demon, inediate, spellcaster, intelligent, having hands {to use an amulet, unihorn, and potions} but also no weapon attacks ) -- thefifthsetpin 22:02, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
Great idea. --Tjr 06:25, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
I polymorphed my kitten into a nalfeshnee, I see it using a short sword, it heals itself and tends to stay close. I would rank this as a pretty good pet over all, not the best though.