Wand of probing

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Name probing
Appearance random
Abundance 3%
Base price 150 zm
Weight 7
Type beam
Maximum charges 8
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

A wand of probing can give you information about a monster, or the contents of a container. When zapped, it will probe all targets in the path of its beam. It also has other uses.


In general, wands of probing act much like stethoscopes. Zapping one prompts the player for a direction, and if there is a suitable target, shows the name, alignment, level, HP, AC, and status of the target. Like a stethoscope, it does not anger peaceful targets. Unlike a stethoscope, it is a directional beam, allowing the remote assessment of the target, and it will also show the inventory of the target.


The wand has some situational usages, such as:

Otherwise a wand of probing is inferior to a stethoscope, being heavier, slower, and having only limited charges. This makes it a good candidate for polypiling.


  1. zap.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 2309: Behavior of wand of probing zapped downwards.

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