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For the macro used to define all apelike creatures, see S_YETI.

A yeti is a monster that appears in NetHack.

The yeti is an apelike creature that is dangerous and must be dealt with carefully - while it cannot grab the player like a carnivorous ape, the yeti moves quicker than the largest ape, and does extra damage by biting.

Eating a yeti corpse has a 33% chance of providing cold resistance.


Although a yeti is rather quick, with a bit of preparation one can safely deal with it from a distance. Just like most other creatures, you can engrave Elbereth to scare it off. Ranged attacks are also effective in dealing with yetis safely - because they are susceptible to spell damage, even a mediocre spellcaster can kill a yeti with a few uses of the force bolt spell.


The yeti is part of the initial bestiary featured in Jay Fenlason's Hack, and is the first of the apelike creatures introduced to the game. The macro used to define apelike creatures, S_YETI, is named after the yeti, and the monster class uses the Y glyph as the yeti did in the first versions of Hack.


The Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, is an iconic cryptozoological animal said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Folklorists trace the origin of the Yeti to a combination of factors, including the folklore of pre-Buddhist Himalayan cultures such as the Sherpa people, and misidentified fauna such as bears or yak.

The Yeti is often described as being a large, bipedal ape-like creature that is covered with brown, gray, or white hair, and it is sometimes depicted as having large, sharp teeth.



In SLASH'EM, yetis can be tamed by throwing them bananas, but are still mostly carnivores. They can also hit as a +1 weapon.

Lethe patch

In the Lethe patch, seven yetis are generated in the lair of Geryon within Gehennom.

Encyclopedia entry

The Abominable Snowman, or yeti, is one of the truly great
unknown animals of the twentieth century. It is a large hairy
biped that lives in the Himalayan region of Asia ... The story
of the Abominable Snowman is filled with mysteries great and
small, and one of the most difficult of all is how it got that
awful name. The creature is neither particularly abominable,
nor does it necessarily live in the snows. _Yeti_ is a Tibetan
word which may apply either to a real, but unknown animal of
the Himalayas, or to a mountain spirit or demon -- no one is
quite sure which. And after nearly half a century in which
Westerners have trampled around looking for the yeti, and
asking all sorts of questions, the original native traditions
concerning the creature have become even more muddled and

[ The Encyclopedia of Monsters, by Daniel Cohen ]