Wraith (monster class)

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For the monster, see Wraith.

The wraith monster class contains monsters represented by the symbol W:[1]

Wraiths are designated internally by the macro S_WRAITH.[2][3]


Players killed by a member of the wraith class rise as a W wraith monster in any bones file created.[4]

Wraiths are the second quest enemy class for Priests and Wizards.[5]

Common traits

Wraiths hold the following traits in common.[1] They all:



In xNetHack, the ghost monster class is folded into the wraith class to reduce the number of punctuation-based glyphs.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wraiths in monst.c: Wraiths and their attributes
  2. monsym.h in NetHack 3.4.3, line 60: S_WRAITH macro
  3. include/monsym.h in NetHack 3.6.4, line 63: S_WRAITH macro as of 3.6.4
  4. end.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 229: players killed by a W rise as a wraith
  5. Priest in role.c, Wizard in role.c: Wraiths are an enemy class for Priests and Wizards