Graffiti refers to the messages engraved on the floors in NetHack either by shopkeepers ("Closed for Inventory") or on a random basis. These messages are often helpful tips, but sometimes are silly.

Graves have their own random epitaphs.

Random MessagesEdit

Graffiti messages can be taken from rumors.tru or rumors.fal, or can be one of the following additional messages:[1]

Vlad was here
ad aerarium
Kilroy was here
A.S. ->
<- A.S.
You won't get it up the steps
Lasciate ogni speranza o voi ch'entrate.
Well Come
We apologize for the inconvenience.
See you next Wednesday
notary sojak
For a good time call 8?7-5309
Please don't feed the animals.
Madam, in Eden, I'm Adam.
Two thumbs up!
Hello, World!
You've got mail!
As if!

Some of these messages can be confusing: “Elbereth” can also indicate a bones level, and “ad aerarium” can also indicate a vault teleporter. However, random messages appear as though written with a magic marker, whereas vault messages are always written in the dust,[2] and player-written Elbereth engravings rarely come from markers.


  1. List of extra graffiti messages (engrave.c, line 13)
  2. Niche trap engraving type (mklev.c, line 491)
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