" Circular amulet
Name amulet of strangulation
Appearance random
Cost 150 zm
Weight 20

Wearing an amulet of strangulation quickly strangles you to death, even if you have the unbreathing property.[1] Removing it nullifies the effect; however, most of these amulets are generated cursed.


Amulets comprise 1% of all randomly-generated items in the main dungeon, 1% in containers, and 4% in Gehennom. There is a 13.5% chance that a randomly-generated amulet will be an amulet of strangulation. This amulet is generated cursed 90.5% of the time, uncursed 9% of the time, and blessed .5% of the time.


This amulet auto-identifies when worn.


The messages in the Alt. message column occur when you have unbreathing, and 2% of the time when you don't.[2]

MessageAlt. messageTurns left to live
"It constricts your throat!" "It constricts your throat!" 5
"You find it hard to breathe." "Your neck is becoming constricted." 4
"You're gasping for air." "Your blood is having trouble reaching your brain." 3
"You can no longer breathe." "The pressure on your neck increases." 2
"You're turning blue." "Your consciousness is fading." 1
"You suffocate." "You suffocate." 0


This amulet is dangerous. It is the main reason you shouldn't put on amulets without knowing their BUC status. If cursed, you can pray (assuming it is safe) to have it destroyed. If you find a noncursed amulet of strangulation, though, it can be easily identified and taken off.

Eating this amulet chokes you to death immediately, with a 1/20 chance of survival, providing you are not unbreathing.

If you do manage to get the amulet off, your strength is still abused.

Source referencesEdit

  1. do_wear.c, line 618
  2. choke_dialogue in timeout.c

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