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The titan is a monster in NetHack. It is infamous for its guaranteed appearance on one of four variants of Medusa's level and can be difficult for a player at that stage of the game to defeat due to its tendency to summon large swarms of monsters. Titans are therefore one of two significant obstacles on the average dig for victory (the other being minotaurs).

Titans are generally peaceful for Lawful characters, although this is not guaranteed. They will always be hostile for neutral and chaotic characters.

They can throw boulders (and have a 50% chance of starting with one). They are too large to wear suits, shirts or cloaks, but can use all other armor, and can wield two-handed weapons unless wearing a shield.


The greatest threat titans pose is the ability to summon monster swarms so be prepared for any nasty to spawn. Note that titans cannot be genocided, so don't even try it if you're in trouble. They can, however, be genocided in SLASH'EM. Titans do respect Elbereth, which can be a lifesaver. It will not, however, stop them from continuing to summon nasties, including the Elbereth-ignoring minotaurs, elf-lords, elvenkings, captains, and couatls. One can also try taming them, although getting a charm monster spell past their MR 70 can be difficult.

Yet another option is to put them to sleep. A wand will sometimes miss due to their low armor class, but is usually worth trying several times. Titans' magic resistance will make spells of sleep difficult. Potions are a good choice.

Of course, cockatrice corpses are an excellent way to rid yourself of that pesky Titan, provided you have gloves, of course. And the nice thing is that they may summon a cockatrice for you!

As pets

The combination of spell-casting, a decent melee attack, and excellent speed, as well as low AC and high magic resistance makes Titans superb fighters, especially if you equip them with a powerful weapon and strong armor. Titans are obtainable from polymorph traps, and with there speed and spell-casting contest Balrogs as the best monster obtainable by such means. One drawback is that they do eat, though you will be grateful of this the next time you fall down a shaft and find all your pet Titans remain tame. But be prepared to handle a Titan confused from hunger!

Encyclopedia entry

Gaea, mother earth, arose from the Chaos and gave birth to
Uranus, heaven, who became her consort. Uranus hated all
their children, because he feared they might challenge his
own authority. Those children, the Titans, the Gigantes,
and the Cyclops, were banished to the nether world. Their
enraged mother eventually released the youngest titan,
Chronos (time), and encouraged him to castrate his father and
rule in his place. Later, he too was challenged by his own
son, Zeus, and he and his fellow titans were ousted from
Mount Olympus.

[ Greek Mythology, by Richard Patrick ]