Winged gargoyle

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The winged gargoyle, g, is a monster in NetHack.


Winged gargoyles hit even harder than the basic gargoyle and are known to appear deceptively simple to deal with, but cause many deaths. They are relatively fast (at speed 15 compared to a native 12 for a player) and hit for between 9 and 48 points of damage if all attacks land. As a result, having boosted speed and a low AC are advisable to deal with them; a wand of slow monster can be effective as well. Winged gargoyles are only encountered at relatively deep dungeon levels, so most players are able to deal with them when encountered.

Being made of stone, winged gargoyles resist stoning, so save your rubber chicken and cockatrice eggs for other opponents. They are not, however, negatively affected by wands of digging, nor are their corpses unsuitable to eat (although they convey no intrinsics).

The g gremlin monster class contains only gremlins, gargoyles, and winged gargoyles, making it a poor candidate for a blessed scroll of genocide.

A player polymorphed into a female winged gargoyle can lay eggs, but most will be ordinary gargoyle eggs; very few will be winged gargoyle eggs.

If you can tame them, winged gargoyles make excellent pets, and are relatively common at deeper dungeon levels.

Encyclopedia entry

And so it came to pass that while Man ruled on Earth, the
gargoyles waited, lurking, hidden from the light. Reborn
every 600 years in Man's reckoning of time, the gargoyles
joined battle against Man to gain dominion over the Earth.
In each coming, the gargoyles were nearly destroyed by Men
who flourished in greater numbers. Now it has been so many
hundreds of years that it seems the ancient statues and
paintings of gargoyles are just products of Man's
imagination. In this year, with Man's thoughts turned toward
the many ills he has brought among himself, Man has forgotten
his most ancient adversary, the gargoyles.

[ Excerpt from the opening narration to the movie
        _Gargoyles_, written by Stephen and Elinor Karpf ]
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