A special room is different from the normal rooms of the randomly-generated dungeon. For example, it might contain a shop or a collection of monsters. They only appear in random rooms-and-corridors levels in the Dungeons of Doom, not in mazes or cavern levels.
This list might be incomplete.
- Main article: Shop
Shops contain a shopkeeper, an assortment of items, and allow you to buy and sell items. There is at least one guaranteed shop in Minetown. Shops will only be created in rooms with exactly one entrance (and no closets or special features), and are thus usually found at the periphery of the map.
(3/DL, DL 2+, not below Medusa, suitable room - note that this always tries to produce shops on levels 2 and 3, although they will only be created if there is a suitable room)
- "You hear someone cursing shoplifters."
- "You hear the chime of a cash register."
- "You hear Neiman and Marcus arguing!" (hallucinating)
- "This shop appears to be deserted." (entering, no shopkeeper)
Throne rooms contain an assortment of monsters, a throne, and a chest. There is a guaranteed throne room in Fort Ludios, in the Castle and in Vlad's tower. Monsters that are already in the throne-room (asleep) when the room is generated, or that are generated by effects of the throne, are called "Throne Room Monsters", and are the classes koCDGHT as well as bugbears.
(1/6, DL 5+)
- "You hear the tones of courtly conversation."
- "You hear a sceptre pounded in judgment."
- "Someone shouts "Off with <his/her> head!""
- "You hear Queen Beruthiel's cats!" (hallucinating)
- "You enter an opulent throne room!" (entering)
Filled with sleeping leprechauns and gold.
(1/8, DL 6+, leprechauns not genocided/extinct)
No level sounds.
- "You enter a leprechaun hall!" (entering)
(1/7, DL 7+)
- "You hear a sound reminiscent of an elephant stepping on a peanut."
- "You hear a sound reminiscent of a seal barking."
- "You hear Doctor Doolittle!" (hallucinating)
- "Welcome to David's treasure zoo!" (entering)
An altar with a priest tending it is a temple. If the priest and altar are co-aligned with you and your alignment record is good enough, the temple is a sanctuary. If a temple's resident priest dies or is otherwise removed from the room, the temple becomes haunted. Every time you enter a haunted temple, there is 1/3 chance of "an enormous ghost" appearing next to you, paralysing you for a few turns, and then acting as an ordinary ghost. A haunted temple cannot be restored.
Known locations of temples
Minetown is guaranteed to have a temple altar.
The knight quest locate level has a neutral temple.
While any temple can be made haunted by desecrating it in a number of ways, there are also temples in fixed-layout levels created haunted to begin with, i. e. without their tending priest and/or altar. Whenever you enter one, you will get a message and perhaps a ghost. The wizard quest end has one with a cross-aligned altar, the tourist quest locate level features one without even an altar, and several other of the quests have such temples.
The unaligned altar room in Orcus Town is no temple at all.
What to do in a temple
It is possible to change the alignment of an altar in a temple by sacrificing a monster, especially the right type of unicorn, but doing so will anger the priest. More information is on the page about altars.
What not to do in a temple
If you are read-identifying scrolls that you have recently BUC tested in the temple, it would be a good idea to read scrolls that are possible Scrolls of fire away from the priest, preferably in another room, to avoid having the scrolls accidently damage and anger the priest.
If there is a gas spore in the room, lure it out of the temple before killing it - if you kill it while in the temple and the priest is caught in the explosion, the priest will get angry. Do not test a drum that might be a drum of earthquake anywhere on the level. If the altar is within line of sight, it may be destroyed, and the priest be made hostile. Even if the altar is not within line of sight, the priest may still be made hostile by a chasm opening underneath him.
Frequency and alignment
One temple is created with probability 1/5 from level 9 on in an ordinary rooms-and-corridors level in the main dungeon, provided it does not already have a shop, a throne room, a leprechaun hall, or a zoo. There is an 80% chance the temple is the same alignment as its hosting dungeon branch, the rest of the time it has 1/3 chance of each aligment.
No level sounds.
- "You have a forbidding feeling." (entering, priest of different alignment to altar)
- "You have a strange forbidding feeling." (entering, priest present, cross-aligned or your alignment worse than -5)
- "You experience a strange sense of peace." (entering, priest present otherwise)
- "You have an eerie feeling..." (entering, lost priest)
- "You feel like you are being watched." (entering, lost priest)
- "A shiver runs down your <spine>." (entering, lost priest)
(1/5, DL 10+, killer bees not genocided/extinct)
- "You hear a low buzzing."
- "You hear an angry drone."
- "You hear bees in your bonnet!" (hallucinating, wearing helmet)
- "You hear bees in your (nonexistent) bonnet!" (hallucinating, no helmet)
- "You enter a giant beehive!" (entering)
Also called crypts or morgues. Contains undead, corpses, chests, boxes, and graves. The Valley of the Dead contains three graveyards, though they are cavernous areas rather than rooms in the usual sense. The lair of Orcus also has a graveyard.
On levels containing graveyards, undead creatures are less likely to leave corpses. This includes wraiths, whose corpses are highly desirable. Some players take the trouble to lure wraiths away from graveyard levels before killing them. Note that the Castle is considered a graveyard level.
(1/6, DL 12+)
- "You suddenly realize it is unnaturally quiet."
- "The <hair> on the back of your <neck> stands up."
- "The <hair> on your <head> seems to stand up." (hallucinating)
- "You have an uncanny feeling..." (entering between 0100-2359)
- "<Run> away! <Run> away!" (entering between 0000-0059)
(1/8, DL 13+)
No level sounds.
- "You enter an anthole!" (entering)
Filled with either soldiers, sergeants, lieutenants, or captains, depending on depth. There are guaranteed barracks in the castle and in Fort Ludios. Contains chests or boxes (created on roughly 1/20 of squares).
The occupants will be asleep if nothing has woken them; Fort Ludios soldiers will automatically awaken when you enter the level.
(1/4, DL 15+, soldiers not genocided/extinct)
- "You hear blades being honed."
- "You hear loud snoring."
- "You hear dice being thrown."
- "You hear General MacArthur!" (hallucinating)
- "You enter a military barracks!" (entering)
- "You enter an abandoned barracks." (entering, empty)
Swamp rooms occur together: up to 5 rooms on a level may be swamps, with a chequered pattern of pools of water containing sea monsters.
(1/6, DL 16+)
This room has been known to very rarely appear between Medusa's level and the Castle.
- "You hear mosquitoes!"
- "You smell marsh gas!"
- "You hear Donald Duck!" (hallucinating)
- "It looks rather muddy down here." (entering)
- "It feels rather humid down here." (entering, blind)
(1/8, DL 17+, cockatrices not genocided/extinct)
No level sounds.
- "You enter a disgusting nest!" (entering)
Vaults are 2x2 rooms (4x4 including external walls) with gold on each of the empty squares. Tunnels are not generated to them so you will either have to dig to reach them, or fall through a trap door and land inside. Landing inside a vault without a pickaxe to escape with can be remedied by waiting for the guard to escort you outside.
Levels with vaults might contain a room with a square marked "ad aerarium" (Latin: to the treasury) written in the dust. If you search long enough on such a square you will find a hidden door, behind which there may be a teleport trap. If there is a teleport trap, it will take you into the vault (unless you are magic resistant; note that even ctrl + t won't send you into the vault if you are magic resistant). The trap disappears once used; you will have to escape the vault on your own.
(independent approximately 35% chance)
- "You hear the footsteps of a guard on patrol."
- "You hear Ebenezer Scrooge!" (hallucinating)
- "You hear someone searching." (looted)
- "You hear someone counting money." (unlooted)
- "You hear the quarterback calling the play." (unlooted, hallucinating)
- More information at http://www.steelypips.org/nethack/343/room-343.html
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