Unused symbols

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Printable ASCII characters
~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + space
` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = { } |
Qq Ww Ee Rr Tt Yy Uu Ii Oo Pp : " [ ] \
Aa Ss Dd Ff Gg Hh Jj Kk Ll ? ; ' Ctrl
Zz Xx Cc Vv Bb Nn Mm , . / < > Alt

The ASCII characters 6, 7, 8, and 9 are not used to represent anything in NetHack by default. However, you can use the keys 09 to specify a numeric prefix for a command or in a menu.

Some players change the "monsters" option in the options file to take advantage of one of these unused symbols. A default line looks like:

OPTIONS=monsters:abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ@ '&;:~]

One alternative is:


which uses "8" for ghosts and shades. This makes them generally easier to see, especially when using telepathy or other means of detecting monsters that would otherwise display a blank glyph unless you move the cursor over its square (e.g. using m to cycle through visible monsters while far looking).

Historical uses

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It may contain text specific to NetHack 3.4.3. Information on this page may be out of date.

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