Gauntlets of dexterity
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gauntlets of dexterity
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Gauntlets of dexterity, often abbreviated to GoD, are a type of gloves that appear in NetHack. They are made of leather, and wearing them provides 1 point of AC and modifies the wearer's dexterity based on its enchantment, up to a maximum of 25. Wearing gauntlets of dexterity of any non-zero enchantment auto-identifies them.
Player monsters on the Astral Plane that do not generate with a war hammer have a 7⁄8 chance of generating wearing a random pair of gloves, with a 1⁄4 chance for those gloves to be gauntlets of dexterity - effectively, there is a 7⁄32 or ~21.9% chance for a player monster to carry these gauntlets.
Higher dexterity improves a player's chances of hitting with spells and attacks, but most players can maximize their chances to hit successfully through other means, particularly weapon skill and Luck. As such, gauntlets of dexterity are somewhat fairly uncommon, especially in ascension kits where leather gloves often suffice. Gauntlets of dexterity can still be of use to spellcasters seeking to improve their hit rates on attack spells such as magic missile and finger of death - Monks may prefer them both for general use with martial arts and to help offset the -20 to-hit penalty should they choose to wear body armor.
Other uses for these gauntlets include hitting with a thrown cockatrice egg or a potion of paralysis, whose odds of hitting cannot be improved by anything but a high dexterity score - even with 23 Dexterity, however, there is a 12% chance of missing, and hitting with a wielded egg or potion in melee is still more reliable, if you can afford it.
Gauntlets of dexterity first appear in NetHack 3.0.0.
In SLASH'EM, dexterity improves your AC at higher values, making gauntlets of dexterity much more attractive to the point that they may feature in ascension kits. It is debatable whether they are worth spending a wish on, since you can obtain them by upgrading leather gloves (which will become either these or gauntlets of swimming).
- Shield of the Resolute Heart, an unaligned artifact that can be enchanted to +7 - they confer half physical damage when worn and can be invoked to bless and repair themselves, also raising the enchantment to +3 if it is below that threshold
- The Claws of the Revenancer, a neutral crowning gift that is also made of silver, and has several effects related to life draining and undead.
In addition to SLASH'EM changes, SlashTHEM adds The Pickpocket's Gloves, a pair of chaotic artifact gauntlets of dexterity - they confer stealth and automatic searching while worn, and additionally provide a +20 bonus to stealing from monsters via the borrow extended command.