Ring intrinsics in NetHack 3.4
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This spoiler covers all intrinsics that may be granted by
wearing rings, other than the dragon resistances already dealt with
in drgn-343.html: how to acquire them
(in addition to their ring source), how to lose them, and what
effects they have. Note that, as a general rule, any intrinsics
acquired solely by experience level can be lost by being drained
below that level.
- Wearing or eating a ring of aggravate monster.
- Eating a corpse of your own natural race (werecorpses and Kops
count as human), or a little dog, dog, large dog, kitten, housecat
or large cat; Cave(wo)men and orcs are exempt from this.
- Sacrificing a former pet.
- Intrinsic aggravate monster may be lost by night-time gremlin
"You feel less attractive."
Mistreated pets become untame more quickly.
Sleeping monsters (other than leprechauns, nymphs, and jabberwocks)
will always wake up at your approach unless you are stealthy.
Wearing or eating a ring of conflict.
#invoking the Sceptre of
Might (Cave(wo)man Artifact).
- Increases hunger rate by 50% of normal (except from
- Monsters may attack each other instead of you.
- Even peaceful monsters and pets may attack you.
- Steeds may throw you.
- Monsters lose restraint in attacking *trices.
- Pets lose restraint in attacking peaceful monsters.
- Mistreated pets become untame more quickly.
- d4 hostile Angels created on Astral Plane in place of tame
Wearing a ring of free action. (Not eating; that confers sleep
- Protects against paralysis attacks of gelatinous cubes,
guardian nagas, ghouls, shades, and Yeenoghu.
- Protects against passive paralysis attacks of gelatinous cubes
and floating eyes.
- Paralysis and stunning spells cast by monsters have their
effect reduced to one turn.
- Protects against quaffed or thrown potions of paralysis or
- Protects against paralysis effect of chest traps.
- Protects against self-paralysis from looking into a mirror as a
Wearing or eating a ring of hunger.
Increases hunger rate by 50% of normal.
- Wearing or eating a ring of invisibility.
- Wearing a cloak of invisibility.
- Quaffing a potion of invisibility (lasts 31 to 45 (more) turns
- Zapping a wand of make invisible at yourself.
- Eating a stalker (lasts 50 to 149 turns if not already
invisible; if only temporarily invisible, made permanent ("You feel
- Polymorphing into a stalker or black light.
- #invoking the Orb of
Detection (Archeologist Quest Artifact).
- Intrinsic invisibility may be lost to night-time gremlin
"You feel paranoid."
- No effect from looking into a mirror.
- Monsters without see invisible will be less likely to be aware
of your location for approaching and attacking you.
- Monsters without see invisible have a to-hit penalty when
- Shopkeepers will prevent you entering their shop.
- If polymorphed into a monster with a gaze attack or defence,
you cannot use it against monsters without see invisible.
- Wearing or eating a ring of levitation (the latter for 10 to
- Wearing levitation boots.
- Quaffing a potion of levitation (lasts 10 to 149 (more) turns
if not blessed, 250 to 299 (more) turns if blessed).
- Casting a spell of levitation (lasts 10 to 149 (more) turns if
unskilled or basic, 250 to 299 (more) turns if skilled or
- #invoking the Heart of
Ahriman (Barbarian Quest Artifact).
- Polymorphing into any e.
- May be lost by passing over a sink (unless polymorphed into e,
or acquired by eating a ring).
- If the only source(s) of levitation are from a blessed potion,
a skilled or expert spell, and/or the Heart of Ahriman, you can
stop levitating with '>' at will.
- Cannot jump, set bear traps or land mines, dig downwards with
an implement, sit, untrap traps, or spin webs.
- Cannot engrave other than with wands of magic missile, digging,
fire, or lightning.
- Cannot pick up (except possibly by applying a bullwhip), feel,
eat, sacrifice, loot, lock or unlock items on the floor.
- Cannot dip items into fountains or water.
- Cannot quaff from fountains or sinks.
- Cannot push boulders.
- Cannot mount non-flying steeds unless levitating at will.
- Fragile items will usually break when dropped.
- When punished, iron balls will not drag you into traps they
- Kicking requires wall, stone or door to brace against; doors
cannot be kicked open.
- Kicking and throwing may lead to floating in opposite
- Kicking tiny monsters may "miss wildly" and abuse
- Can pass over pits, holes, trap doors, squeaky boards, bear
traps, water or lava safely. (Pits and holes in Sokoban will still
- Land mines have a chance of not being triggered, and will not
wound your legs.
- Engravings will not be eroded by you.
- Improved chances of avoiding death by drawbridge.
- Can move freely when fumbling, over ice or on the Plane of
- Carrying capacity is at maximum.
- Cannot descend stairs or ladders.
- You are out of reach of xans' attacks.
- You escape the dungeon rather than dying by level teleporting
to levels between -9 and -1.
Wearing or eating a ring of polymorph control.
- You can choose what monster to become when polymorphed (if that
monster is available to be polymorphed into at all); still 1/5
chance of "You feel like a new <race>!".
- You are immune from system shock.
- You can decline a lycanthropic change of form.
Wearing or eating a ring of polymorph.
Every turn there is a 1% chance that you will polymorph (for 500
to 999 turns, unless you polymorph again earlier; reduced if
monster form higher level than you).
- Wearing or eating a ring of protection.
- Wearing a cloak of protection.
- Casting a spell of protection (temporary).
- Donating between 400 and 600 times your experience level in
gold to any temple priest.
- Praying to a god whom thou hast pleased with thy progress.
- Intrinsic protection may be lost by night-time gremlin attack
("You feel vulnerable."), by angering your god, by changing
alignment, by killing a co-aligned priest, or by attempting to wear
a helm of opposite alignment (and being prevented) on the
Your armour class is reduced by the amount of protection.
protection from shape
Wearing or eating a ring of protection from shape changers.
- Chameleons, doppelgangers, and sandestins take their natural
form rather than shapeshifting.
- (Giant, large) mimics take their natural form rather than
- Werejackals, werewolves, and wererats take their human forms and
cannot summon help.
- Protects against lycanthropy-infecting attacks of werejackals,
werewolves, and wererats.
Wearing or eating a ring of regeneration.
Wielding the Staff of
Aesculapius (Healer Quest Artifact).
Polymorphing into an imp, quasit, vampire bat, or any of LTV.
Being in animal form while lycanthropic.
- If in natural form, regain 1 HP on turns you would not normally
heal up; negates slowing effect of encumbrance on healing.
- If not in natural form, regain 1 HP per turn no matter
- Exercises strength every five turns if from eating a ring.
- Increases hunger rate by 50% of normal (if regeneration
Wearing or eating a ring of searching.
Reaching XL 9 as a Monk, XL 10 as an Archeologist, Rogue or
Tourist; or from the start as a Ranger.
"You feel perceptive!"
Automatically search the surrounding squares each turn.
- Wearing or eating a ring of see invisible.
- Quaffing a potion of see invisible (lasts 750 to 849 (more)
turns if non-blessed).
- Quaffing from a fountain (if blind and invisible, "You feel
very self-conscious"; if blind and not invisible, "You feel
transparent"; if not blind, "You see an image of someone stalking
- Sitting on a throne ("Your vision becomes clear").
- Being crowned.
- Eating a stalker while invisible.
- Polymorphing into a (master) mind flayer, black light, Aleax,
any adult dragon, stalker, sasquatch, Woodland-elf, Green-elf,
Grey-elf, elf-lord, Elvenking, marilith, ice devil, pit fiend, or
- Reaching XL 15 as a Ranger; or from the start as a Monk.
- Intrinsic see invisible may be lost by night-time gremlin
"You thought you saw something!"
"You tawt you taw a puttie tat!" (hallucinating)
You can see monsters which would otherwise not be seen due to
You can see yourself while invisible.
Wearing a ring of slow digestion (can't be eaten).
- Eliminates normal turn-by-turn food consumption.
- Protects against digestion attacks of lurkers above, trappers,
and purple worms; you do no damage with digestion attacks when
polymorphed into these monsters.
- Wearing or eating a ring of stealth.
- Wearing an elven cloak or elven boots.
- Carrying the Heart of
Ahriman (Barbarian Quest Artifact).
- Praying to a god whom thou hast pleased with thy progress.
- Reaching XL 5 as a Monk, XL 7 as a Ranger, or XL 15 as a
Barbarian or Samurai; or from the start as an Archeologist, Rogue
"You feel stealthy!"
- Intrinsic stealth may be lost by night-time gremlin attack.
"You feel clumsy."
Sleeping monsters will not be awakened by your approach (other
than ettins, who have a 90% chance of overcoming this).
Monsters in a throne room, zoo, graveyard or swamp will not be
awakened by your entrance.
Wearing (not eating) a ring of sustain ability.
Your base attributes will not be altered in either direction by
anything other than polymorph. (The effective value may be modified
by extrinsic factors, but the base value will be fixed.)
Wearing or eating a ring of teleport control.
Carrying the Master Key of
Thievery (Rogue Quest Artifact).
Eating a tengu or the Wizard of Yendor.
"You feel in control of yourself."
"You feel centered in your personal space." (hallucinating)
Polymorphing into a tengu.
Reaching XL 17 as a Monk or Wizard.
"You feel controlled!"
"You feel uncontrolled!" (level drain loss)
When teleported or level teleported, you can choose the location
or level you wish to go to (unless unconscious or stunned;
confusion may result in a level teleport being random).
You will always try to use teleportitis to escape drowning.
Wearing or eating a ring of teleportation.
Eating a tengu, leprechaun, any nymph, or the Wizard of
"You feel very jumpy."
"You feel diffuse." (hallucinating)
Polymorphing into a tengu, leprechaun, any nymph, or quantum
Intrinsic teleportitis may be lost by night-time gremlin
"You feel less jumpy."
Each turn you have a 1/85 chance of teleporting.
If you are at least XL 12 (XL 8 if a Wizard), or polymorphed into
a teleporting monster, you can use the ^T command to teleport at
will. You may attempt to teleport in order to escape drowning.
Wearing or eating a ring of warning.
Carrying the Orb of Fate or
the Master Key of Thievery
(Valkyrie and Rogue Quest Artifacts).
Reaching XL 7 as a Monk, or XL 15 as a Cave(wo)man, Healer,
Priest(ess) or Wizard.
"You feel sensitive!"
Non-trivial monsters in your vicinity are shown with a symbol
indicating their difficulty.
against specific monsters
Wielding Sting (specific to orcs).
You are able to see monsters against which you are warned
specifically no matter where they are on the level.
The following rings do not grant
intrinsics, but instead alter combat modifiers by their enchantment
when worn or eaten:
increase accuracy (modifies to-hit roll)
increase damage (modifies damage roll)
The following rings do not grant intrinsics, but instead modify
attribute values when worn or eaten (note that the attribute
changes from eating the rings will not last when polymorphed, so
can only affect the metallivore or gelatinous cube form that ate
gain constitution (Constitution)
gain strength (Strength)
Corrections and clarifications provided by Samson Gafkjen, David Goldfarb,
Kate Nepveu, Pat Rankin, Jason Short, and Boudewijn Waijers.
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