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Writing about NetHack can be cumbersome where item names are concerned. A system of abbreviations has arisen to make this quicker:

  • Instead of writing "blessed" or "cursed", write "b" or "c"
  • Instead of writing the type of an item, use its symbol: "?!+=/
  • Instead of writing "of", write "o"
  • Instead of writing the name of an item, use its first letters

Some common examples:

c!oGL
cursed potion of gain level
b!oFH
blessed potion of full healing
"oLS
amulet of life saving
+oCM
spellbook of create monster
+oMM
spellbook of magic missile
=oSD
ring of slow digestion
/oD
wand of death
/oW
wand of wishing

This scheme is ambiguous for several items, so it's common to extend the fourth rule in cases such as:

 ?oTele, ?oTel
scroll of teleportation
 !oHallu
potion of hallucination

Other popular items have developed abbreviations and acronyms of their own:

GDSM
gray dragon scale mail
SDSM
silver dragon scale mail
*DSM
any dragon scale mail
GoP
gauntlets of power
GoD
gauntlets of dexterity
HoOA
helm of opposite alignment
CoMR
cloak of magic resistance
BoH
bag of holding
unihorn
unicorn horn
FoD
finger of death spell
SoA
The Staff of Aesculapius
AoY
Amulet of Yendor

NicknamesEdit

A few items are popular or notorious enough to have acquired a nickname:

Mojo
Mjollnir
Vorpy
Vorpal Blade
Frosty
Frost Brand
Stormy
Stormbringer
The Staff of Misspelling, The Staff of Asparagus
The Staff of Aesculapius
The Eye, The Eye of Tapioca
The Eye of the Aethiopica
The Orb of Weight
The Orb of Fate
The finger
the finger of death spell

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