Source: Nethack spoilers. www.win.tue.nl/games/roguelike/nethack

In Nethack, one way to identify a ring is to drop it on top of a sink and see what message you get. You then have to look it up using the table included below.

That's the good news. The bad news is that there is a 95% chance that the ring will fall down the drain and (as far as I know) be unrecoverable. Please /msg me if you know how to prevent this or get the ring back.

Also, repeatedly kicking the sink will unleash some black ooze which will kill you.


Here's the table:
          Ring                                 Message

 meat ring               Several flies buzz around the sink.
                         Works when blind.

 adornment               The faucets flash brightly for a moment.

                         If you are unblind and there are any items on the
 hunger                  sink (except ball or chain) and they fail a
                         resistance roll, they disappear:
                         Suddenly,  vanishes from the sink!

 protection              The sink glows silver/black for a moment.
                         depending on non-negative/negative enchantment.

 prot from shape
 changers                The sink looks nothing like a fountain.

 stealth                 The sink seems to blend into the floor for a
                         moment.

 sustain ability         The water flow seems fixed.
                         Works when blind.

 warning                 The sink glows white for a moment.

 aggravate monster       Several flies buzz angrily around the sink.
                         Works when blind.

 cold resistance         The cold water faucet flashes brightly for a
                         moment.

                         The water flow seems greater/lesser now.
 gain constitution       depending on non-negative/negative enchantment.
                         Works when blind.

                         The water flow seems stronger/weaker now.
 gain strength           depending on non-negative/negative enchantment.
                         Works when blind.

                         The water flow hits/misses the drain. depending
 increase accuracy       on non-negative/negative enchantment.
                         Works when blind.

                         The water's force seems stronger/weaker now.
 increase damage         depending on non-negative/negative enchantment.
                         Works when blind.

 invisibility            You don't see anything happen to the sink.

 poison resistance       You smell rotten .
                         Works when blind.

 see invisible           You see some air in the sink.

 shock resistance        Static electricity surrounds the sink.
                         Works when blind.

 fire resistance         The hot water faucet flashes brightly for a
                         moment.

 free action             You see the ring slide right down the drain!

 levitation              The sink quivers upward for a moment.
                         Works when blind.

 regeneration            The sink looks as good as new.

                         You thought your ring got lost in the sink, but
 searching               there it is!
                         You never lose the ring.
                         Works when blind.

                         The ring is regurgitated!
 slow digestion          You never lose the ring.
                         Works when blind.

 teleportation           The sink momentarily vanishes.

 conflict                You hear loud noises coming from the drain.
                         Works when blind.

 polymorph               The sink momentarily looks like a fountain.

 polymorph control       The sink momentarily looks like a regularly
                         erupting geyser.

 teleport control        The sink looks like it is being beamed aboard
                         somewhere.
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Last changed: March 22, 2000

Nethack spoilers: rings / Boudewijn Waijers / kroisos@win.tue.nl

foofernarf adds, "If you drink from the sink repeatedly, you can find a ring (or toxic wastes that make you polymorph, or random potions). Also if you kick the sink enough it'll say 'The dishwasher returns!' and an incubus or succubus will appear, depending on your gender."

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