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This is a list of pieces in Khet:

Piece Quantity Description
Pharaoh (1 of each color) 1 The Pharaoh holds paramount significance for each side. When hit by a laser, it gets destroyed, resulting in the owner's loss of the game. Comparable to the king in chess, Pharaoh pieces are relatively vulnerable and are typically moved only when necessary.
Scarab/Djed (2 of each color) 2 Scarabs, previously known as Djeds, predominantly consist of large, dual-sided mirrors. They possess the ability to reflect lasers coming from any direction, rendering them impervious to elimination from the board. Uniquely, Scarabs can move into an adjacent square even if it's already occupied, swapping places with the piece present there, regardless of its color. Consequently, they are the most potent pieces on the board but require careful handling, as a move that optimizes one side of the mirror may expose the player to attacks from the opposite side.
Pyramid (7 of each color) 7 Pyramids are equipped with a single diagonal mirror, serving as the primary means to control the laser's trajectory. Vulnerable to laser strikes from two out of the four sides, they necessitate protection to ensure players retain the ability to construct laser paths of any length.
Obelisk (2 in Deflexion, 4 in Khet 1, not in Khet 2) Varies These substantial pillars lack mirrored sides, making them susceptible to attacks from any direction. They are typically employed as a last-ditch sacrifice to shield other pieces, such as the Pharaoh. In Khet 1, each player starts with four obelisks, with a laser hit always resulting in the removal of an obelisk.
Anubis (2 in Khet 2 only) 2 In Khet 2.0, Anubis replaced Obelisks. While they remain unmirrored, they possess an advantage in that they are impervious to laser strikes from the front; elimination requires hits on the sides or rear.
Sphinx (1 of each color) 1 In Khet 2.0, Sphinxes are the custodians of the lasers. Although they are immobile (each player's Sphinx is located in their closest right-hand corner), they can be rotated to alter the direction of laser emission along the rank instead of the file. Importantly, Sphinxes are immune to laser fire, whether from opponents or even their own reflected beams.