Demons are a class of monster mostly found in Gehennom. The class is not synonymous with the monsters represented by the & symbol: the riders and djinn are not demons (although NetHack itself is inconsistent on this point; asking for information on a rider will identify it as a "Major Demon"), and the i class is comprised of minor demons. The mail daemon is technically a member of this class, but is not generally viewed as an actual monster.
Characteristics of demons[edit | edit source]
Although minor demons are not a significant threat, major demons are quite strong opponents, and can summon other major demons and demon lords. (Foocubi and balrogs cannot summon, but other demons can summon them.) Sacrificing your own race can summon a demon lord, as can angering a chaotic god when on an altar (by praying with negative alignment, converting a chaotic altar, amongst other effects).
Types of demons[edit | edit source]
The minor demons are
SLASH'EM adds these minor demons
The ordinary major demons are
- & water demon
- & horned devil
- & succubus & & incubus
- & erinys
- & barbed devil
- & marilith
- & vrock
- & hezrou
- & bone devil
- & ice devil
- & nalfeshnee
- & pit fiend
- & balrog
SLASH'EM adds these major demons
Unique demons[edit | edit source]
The named demons are divided into two ranks: the lower demon lords, and the higher demon princes.
The demon lords are
The demon princes are
Of these, Juiblex, Orcus, Baalzebub and Asmodeus have lairs within Gehennom, and are guaranteed to appear in every game (SLASH'EM gives every unique demon a lair). The others must be summoned, and will not necessarily appear in a given game.
Nemesis demons[edit | edit source]
Demon summoning[edit | edit source]
Every major demon has a 1/13 chance of summoning another major demon for each attack hitting you. The difference between demons, demon lords, and demon princes lies in which other demons they can summon, and how often. See the Demon summoning spoiler for details. The flag "generated only in Gehennom" is ignored. Demons will never summon demons while attacking other monsters, therefore tame demons will not normally summon other demons (which would be hostile, anyway).
Summoning while polymorphed[edit | edit source]
If you are polymorphed into a major demon that can summon, and you hit a monster with bare or gloved hands, there is a 1 in 13 chance of summoning a tame demon at your side, announced with the message "Some hell-p has arrived!". This is done on a per-attack basis, so demons with many attacks, such as a marilith will be more likely to summon a demon. You will never summon a demon lord.