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Some monsters in NetHack are thick-skinned, which protects them from certain attacks. Thick-skinned monsters have the flag M1_THICK_HIDE in the source code.

The following monsters are thick-skinned:

Effects of thick skin

Thick-skinned monsters take no damage from any flimsy weapon (such as a bullwhip), or any weapon whose material is undefined (such as a worm tooth)[1]. They also take no damage from being kicked.[2]. Thick-skinned monsters are immune to staggering blows[3].