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Unused symbols

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Printable ASCII characters
~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ +
` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - =
Qq Ww Ee Rr Tt Yy Uu Ii Oo Pp {[ }] |\
Aa Ss Dd Ff Gg Hh Jj Kk Ll : ; " '
Zz Xx Cc Vv Bb Nn Mm < , > . ? /

The ASCII characters 6, 7, 8, 9, and , are not used to represent anything in NetHack by default, although , is the pick up command. You can also use the keys 09 to specify a numeric prefix for a command or in a menu.

Some players change the "monsters" option in the options file to take advantage of one of these unused symbols. A default line looks like:

OPTIONS=monsters:abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ@ '&;:~]

One alternative is:

OPTIONS=monsters:abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ@8'&;:~]

which uses "8" for ghosts and shades. This makes them detectable via telepathy as well as generally easier to see.

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