Gauntlets of Defense

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Base item gauntlets of dexterity
When carried (none)
When worn
When invoked
Base price 5000 zm
Weight 10

The Gauntlets of Defense are an artifact pair of gloves that appear in SLASH'EM, SlashTHEM and Hack'EM. They are neutral-aligned, and their base item is a pair of gauntlets of dexterity.

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A randomly-generated pair of gauntlets of dexterity has a 120 chance of being made into the Gauntlets of Defense. They can be given as a sacrifice gift to neutral characters, and are the first sacrifice gift for Monks.


In addition to the regular effects of gauntlets of dexterity, the Gauntlets of Defense provide half physical damage while worn and can be invoked to toggle invisibility if the character does not already have the property.


The Gauntlets of Defense are an excellent sacrifice gift and commonly-desired item for ascension kits, and may even be valuable to cross-aligned players since they are not an intelligent artifact. The Gauntlets are a tantalizing early wish for any early neutral character - although they do not grant magic resistance or reflection like dragon scale mails, the half physical damage, invisibility and dexterity bonuses to AC can be a life-saver, especially for casters like Wizards who typically lack armor and hit points.

However, their utility and value as a wish decrease quite a bit over time - the Gauntlets are little better in the late game than standard gauntlets of dexterity, as the invisibility is easily superseded; The Hand of Vecna is always available to all characters, and provides half physical damage as well as hungerless regeneration.