Dog or other canine, or just canine, refers to a class of monster in NetHack. Represented by d, they have a wide variety of characteristics. Only domestic dogs can be tamed with food, but it is possible to acquire other canines as pets as with any other monster type.
Canines in NetHack fall into four major categories:
- Domestic dogs:
- Breath-using canines:
- Ordinary canines:
Jackals appear early in the game and in packs, making them one of the more dangerous level zero monsters. They have a relatively low HP and should not be too greatly feared. Position yourself in a hallway so that you can engage in melee combat without being surrounded. Once in this position, it may be beneficial to use a long-range weapon, such as a dagger or an attack wand which can hit more than one monster per turn.
A werejackal can summon more jackals to assist in the attack and will be inclined to do so when close to death. In these situations, it is smart to kill the werejackal as soon as possible so that it cannot summon more. When polymorphed into a werejackal, it is possible to summon your own jackal pets which will remain tame after you have returned to your original form and once lycanthropy has been healed.
In Asiatic folktale, jackal provides for the lion; he scares
up game, which the lion kills and eats, and receives what is
left as reward. In stories from northern India he is
sometimes termed "minister to the king," i.e. to the lion.
From the legend that he does not kill his own food has arisen
the legend of his cowardice. Jackal's heart must never be
eaten, for instance, in the belief of peoples indigenous to
the regions where the jackal abounds. ... In Hausa Negro
folktale Jackal plays the role of sagacious judge and is
called "O Learned One of the Forest." The Bushmen say that
Jackal goes around behaving the way he does "because he is
List of coyote names
- Carnivorous Vulgaris
- Road-Runnerus Digestus
- Eatibus Anythingus
- Eatibus Almost Anythingus
- Eatius Birdius
- Famishius Fantasticus
- Eternalii Famishiis
- Famishus Vulgarus
- Famishius Vulgaris Ingeniusi
- Hardheadipus Oedipus
- Carnivorous Slobbius
- Hard-Headipus Ravenus
- Evereadii Eatibus
- Apetitius Giganticus
- Hungrii Flea-Bagius
- Overconfidentii Vulgaris
- Caninus Nervous Rex
- Grotesques Appetitus
- Nemesis Riduclii
- Canis latrans
This carnivore is known for its voracious appetite and
inflated view of its own intelligence.
A fox is one of the earliest monsters your NetHack character will encounter. Out of the early monsters, it is one of the more difficult ones due to its speed, and can be dangerous for weak level 1 characters. However, more experienced characters and fighter types will have few problems with the fox.
One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard
till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine
which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing
to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he
took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning
round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with
no greater success. Again and again he tried after the
tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked
away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are
A dingo is a relatively easy to defeat monster that can be found anywhere from early in the game to the player's last level spent in the dungeons. A couple of dingos will provide a decent meal, as each has a nutritional value of 200.
A wolflike wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a
reddish- or yellowish-brown coat, believed to have been
introduced by the aborigines.
A wolf is a relatively easy to deal with monster that appears in the second half of the early game. Wolves are not a dangerous threat to a moderately prepared player. Far more dangerous are winter wolves.
The ancestors of the modern day domestic dog, wolves are
powerful muscular animals with bushy tails. Intelligent,
social animals, wolves live in family groups or packs made
up of multiple family units. These packs cooperate in hunting
A warg is basically a big wolf. Wargs appear in packs, and while not terribly fast, can do enough damage as a group to warrant a mention. By the time the player encounters them, however, they should not pose a large danger.
Suddenly Aragorn leapt to his feet. "How the wind howls!"
he cried. "It is howling with wolf-voices. The Wargs have
come west of the Mountains!"
"Need we wait until morning then?" said Gandalf. "It is as I
said. The hunt is up! Even if we live to see the dawn, who
now will wish to journey south by night with the wild wolves
on his trail?"
"How far is Moria?" asked Boromir.
"There was a door south-west of Caradhras, some fifteen miles
as the crow flies, and maybe twenty as the wolf runs,"
answered Gandalf grimly.
"Then let us start as soon as it is light tomorrow, if we can,"
said Boromir. "The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc
that one fears."
"True!" said Aragorn, loosening his sword in its sheath. "But
where the warg howls, there also the orc prowls."
Winter wolves are the adult versions of winter wolf cubs. Unlike the cubs, winter wolves do not ordinarily appear until after the player has gained cold resistance. They are still very dangerous, however, traveling in packs and dealing long range damage that can shatter potions.
Winter wolf cub
A winter wolf cub is a young winter wolf. These monsters are particularly dangerous because they appear in the dungeons early enough that the player might not have cold resistance, and appear in packs. Winter wolf cubs have a long range frost attack which can shatter potions and inflict significant damage on the player. Wand them quickly.
Winter wolf cubs respect Elbereth, but have no aversion to attacking you with the frost ray from afar.
In NetHack and SLASH'EM, a hell hound, d, is a monster associated with fire. In SLASH'EM, it might be most familiar as the pet of a Flame Mage, after it grows from a d. Hell hounds typically fight in melee, like other dogs.
In versions of NetHack from Hack 1.0.2 through NetHack 3.0.10, a hell hound can be found inside the room in which the Wizard of Yendor is hiding with the Amulet of Yendor. These hell hounds do not have breath weapons until NetHack 3.0.0.
Hell hounds are fire-breathing canines from another plane of
existence brought here in the service of evil beings. A hell
hound resembles a large hound with rust-red or red-brown fur,
and red, glowing eyes. The markings, teeth, and tongue are
soot black. It stands two to three feet high at the shoulder
and has a distinct odour of smoke and sulphur. The baying
sounds it makes have an eerie, hollow tone that sends a shiver
through any who hear them.
Hell hound pup