Ascended Nethack

nethack endWohooo! I have finally managed to "Ascend" (finish) nethack! You can read all about it on my newsgroup post titled First Ascension. It's taken me about 3 years of on-again off-again playing to finish it. I was playing a Barbarian - I can see that I'll now have to try another race - perhaps a Wizard?

The screenshot on the right shows the final endgame level - click on it for the full-sized version.

This was my first time into the elemental (and astral) planes so it was an adventure!

Here's a couple of highlights:

  • Jubilex was rather easy... he was already dead! Not sure how I managed this, but it was a bones level - this was actually my "big break" because I managed to pick up something like 3 magic markers that hadn't been re-charged, and heaps of other goodies like rings and scrolls.
  • I played this game over a period of four weeks. Including last night, when I went to bed just as I landed on the astral plane! (It was too late and I would have made a stupid mistake!)
  • I managed to kill Rodney 6 times, including when he cast "Double Trouble". The last time he had stolen my amulet, and I was hovering over some water (Medusa level I think). So I had to drop everything and dive in :)
  • I think that I was very fortunate on the Elemental planes. I didn't have any portal detection devices except for the amulet. Somehow I didn't have any trouble with water elementals and I even managed to kill one.. somehow! I think that the ring of conflict made my life a lot easier :)
  • I killed 5 master mind flayers before genociding them :)
  • I killed death twice, both times with my cleaver, however he wasn't guarding my altar. Famine was, and I didn't have to deal with Pestilence :)
  • On the Astral Plane, I walked into into a doorframe and was confronted by famine! There were ants behind me and my food was in a bag. Took a crazy swing and killed him with one hit! Using only my basic +5 Cleaver! I think that my ring of conflict must have made my life a bit easier :)
  • This was the first time I'd ever seen an Archon - putting a towel over my eyes made things a lot easier!
  • Never had an amulet of life saving :) (Or a ring of regeneration)
  • Never wrote Elbereth :)
  • Didn't polymorph anything, including myself. Never really had the need to (but I'm not really against it... as yet)
  • Got a score of 4325374 - my best so far!
  • Took 81943 moves - how does that stack up?
  • 183 HP (could have sworn it was more like 210 at one point)
  • Character was level 22, AC -29, St 25, Dx 18, Co 18, In 17, Wi 18, Ch 16. I don't think that I ever casted any spells (except to make me confused when neccesary)
  • I forgot to make a copy of my inventory to note down.
  • One thing I've never worked out. How do you take only 1 item out of a bag? If it's stacked?

Anyway, big big thanks to the DevTeam for creating an awesome game, and a big thanks to everyone on r.g.r.n - I think I spent just as much time googling for nethack info as I spent actually playing the game :)

Unnecessary statistics:

Vanquished creatures:

Asmodeus
Baalzebub
Orcus
The Wizard of Yendor (6 times)
Death (twice)
Famine
a high priest
4 mastodons
Medusa
Croesus
4 krakens
11 iron golems
a master lich
7 storm giants
3 titans
3 glass golems
4 balrogs
Thoth Amon
5 purple worms
3 gray dragons
6 silver dragons
5 red dragons
7 white dragons
5 orange dragons
5 black dragons
5 blue dragons
8 green dragons
3 yellow dragons
18 minotaurs
4 jabberwocks
10 baluchitheria
6 Angels
3 demiliches
Vlad the Impaler
6 stone golems
5 master mind flayers
15 Olog-hai
4 Nazguls
14 pit fiends
5 sandestins
3 hell hounds
9 titanotheres
5 trappers
a baby red dragon
a baby white dragon
a baby blue dragon
a guardian naga
12 disenchanters
28 vampire lords
4 skeletons
2 shopkeepers
12 aligned priests
7 captains
6 shades
4 clay golems
12 nurses
5 ice devils
4 nalfeshnees
8 lurkers above
2 Aleaxes
15 frost giants
11 ettins
3 golden nagas
27 black puddings
32 vampires
10 lieutenants
33 ghosts
3 queen bees
6 winged gargoyles
a mind flayer
13 giant mimics
14 zruties
13 fire giants
8 ogre kings
10 ice trolls
61 rock trolls
11 umber hulks
a flesh golem
7 Elvenkings
3 doppelgangers
9 hezrous
21 bone devils
11 large mimics
8 wumpuses
6 fire vortices
2 baby purple worms
12 long worms
6 couatls
24 stalkers
4 air elementals
4 fire elementals
15 earth elementals
a water elemental
6 hill giants
9 giant mummies
3 black nagas
14 xorns
10 giant zombies
14 elf-lords
22 sergeants
12 barbed devils
5 vrocks
5 salamanders
25 wargs
7 winter wolves
a hell hound pup
27 small mimics
2 glass piercers
2 warhorses
10 steam vortices
21 xans
3 ettin mummies
18 ogre lords
16 quantum mechanics
35 trolls
a sasquatch
3 wood golems
4 erinyes
5 mariliths
2 djinn
4 sharks
7 electric eels
15 gelatinous cubes
3 pyrolisks
a large dog
9 freezing spheres
17 flaming spheres
9 shocking spheres
17 tigers
11 gargoyles
4 dwarf kings
5 tengu
15 ochre jellies
13 leocrottas
11 energy vortices
9 mountain centaurs
2 stone giants
8 elf mummies
14 human mummies
3 red nagas
5 green slimes
19 pit vipers
6 pythons
18 cobras
50 wraiths
7 carnivorous apes
24 ettin zombies
7 leather golems
13 Grey-elves
121 soldiers
4 horned devils
5 succubi
7 incubi
14 chameleons
3 crocodiles
18 giant beetles
11 quivering blobs
24 cockatrices
42 wolves
16 winter wolf cubs
2 lynxes
6 panthers
48 gremlins
4 spotted jellies
53 leprechauns
6 orc-captains
4 iron piercers
3 mumakil
18 giant spiders
13 scorpions
6 horses
14 black lights
18 vampire bats
7 forest centaurs
10 gnome kings
11 orc mummies
11 dwarf mummies
83 ogres
8 brown puddings
16 rust monsters
19 owlbears
10 yetis
6 gold golems
6 werewolves
37 Green-elves
3 piranhas
20 giant eels
20 lizards
3 chickatrices
3 dogs
5 dingos
a housecat
4 jaguars
5 dwarf lords
9 blue jellies
5 white unicorns
a gray unicorn
6 black unicorns
14 dust vortices
20 ravens
12 plains centaurs
6 gnome mummies
12 snakes
15 water moccasins
21 apes
21 human zombies
4 rope golems
23 Woodland-elves
21 soldier ants
10 fire ants
34 bugbears
an imp
16 lemures
11 quasits
7 wood nymphs
9 water nymphs
9 mountain nymphs
23 Mordor orcs
56 Uruk-hai
6 orc shamans
10 rock piercers
8 rock moles
a pony
6 fog clouds
17 yellow lights
12 violet fungi
36 gnome lords
16 gnomish wizards
5 kobold mummies
a red naga hatchling
a golden naga hatchling
6 gray oozes
4 barrow wights
22 elf zombies
18 ghouls
9 straw golems
7 paper golems
5 jellyfish
a baby crocodile
39 giant ants
4 little dogs
11 floating eyes
29 dwarves
4 homunculi
6 kobold lords
5 kobold shamans
29 hill orcs
31 rothes
6 rabid rats
4 centipedes
6 giant bats
5 monkeys
20 orc zombies
26 dwarf zombies
3 wererats
2 werejackals
10 iguanas
87 killer bees
2 acid blobs
3 coyotes
a gas spore
11 hobbits
5 manes
4 large kobolds
41 hobgoblins
8 giant rats
24 cave spiders
4 brown molds
5 yellow molds
2 green molds
a red mold
76 gnomes
9 garter snakes
17 gnome zombies
13 geckos
13 jackals
a fox
7 kobolds
9 goblins
10 sewer rats
8 grid bugs
2 bats
13 lichens
16 kobold zombies
12 newts

3285 creatures vanquished.

Genocided species:

hobbits
dwarves
bugbears
dwarf lords
dwarf kings
mind flayers
master mind flayers
liches
demiliches
master liches
arch-liches
jellyfish
piranhas
sharks
giant eels
electric eels
krakens

17 species genocided.

Voluntary challenges:

You genocided 17 types of monsters.
You never polymorphed an object.
You used 8 wishes.
You did not wish for any artifacts.

Goodbye Loki the Demigod...

You went to your reward with 4325374 points,
Werebane (worth 1500 zorkmids and 3750 points)
The Heart of Ahriman (worth 2500 zorkmids and 6250 points)
Cleaver (worth 1500 zorkmids and 3750 points)
Vorpal Blade (worth 4000 zorkmids and 10000 points)
The Bell of Opening (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
The Candelabrum of Invocation (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
1 amulet of reflection (worth 150 zorkmids),
1 amulet of magical breathing (worth 150 zorkmids),
and 0 pieces of gold, after 81943 moves.
You were level 22 with a maximum of 183 hit points when you ascended.