Talk:Zombie (monster class)

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Zombies don't cause the player to rise from the dead

As the same misinformation has been added twice, I figure I should clarify:

In done_in_by in end.c, the u.ugrave_arise variable is set if your corpse will rise from the dead in a bones file. The defined ones are:

  1. If killed by a wraith, barrow wight, or Nazgul, you rise from the dead as a wraith.
  2. If killed by a mummy, you rise from the dead as a mummy of your own race.
  3. If killed by a vampire, vampire lord, or Vlad the Impaler, and you are human, you rise from the dead as a vampire.
  4. If killed by a ghoul, you rise from the dead as a ghoul.

Notice that zombies are missing from that list. If you get yourself killed by a zombie, you don't rise from the dead. 05:05, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

The reason I added it back in was because the original text made it sound like you come back from the dead when you are killed by a zombie, and the revert made it seem like that was the case. I'm no source expert, so I changed the original text to say that your corpse is a zombie in a bones file in an attempt to clarify it. I also thought that was true because I remember running into a bones character that wasn't a ghost, but I didn't remember exactly what type of monster it was. Being the trusting person I am, I assumed the first person had it correct. --MadDawg2552 03:20, 1 March 2007 (UTC)


This page is marked as a stub. A question I have is: is there really much more one can say about the individual zombies? The general qualities of zombies (rotten base monster corpses, etc) are covered in the header; the individual distinctions are also covered (eg elf zombies being tinned for sleep resistance). This is a problem not specific to this particular article; things like pit viper, kobold, imp, ettin, and others cover monsters who don't really have many distinguishing features, and whose articles are necessarily short. However, to call them stubs implies they are incomplete, which I don't believe to be true. So should we perhaps remove the stub designation from pages of non-distinct monsters? This extends to some item articles as well, eg orcish short sword. -Ion frigate 03:58, October 12, 2010 (UTC)

In my opinion, this article should be un-stubbed. Tjr 12:30, October 12, 2010 (UTC)

Human Zombie does not have human attribute

I can see in the source that the human zombie does not have the M2_HUMAN flag. Does this matter in the game? When you are human, does eating their corpse count as cannibalism? Does it count for sacrificing? Are there any other example where it would matter if the monster was human? -- 07:42, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Zombies don't leave zombie corpses, so it will not affect cannibalism or sacrificing. A human zombie leaves a human corpse, which does have the M2_HUMAN flag. There's a list of what this will affect at Human_(monster_attribute)#Effect; among others, a human zombie could not be tamed and would ignore Elbereth if they did have M2_HUMAN, so I imagine the omission is deliberate. -- Qazmlpok 13:29, 16 October 2011 (UTC)