Gauntlets of fumbling

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gauntlets of fumbling
Appearance random
Slot gloves
AC 1
Base price 50 zm
Weight 10
Material leather

Gauntlets of fumbling are a pair of magical gloves that appear in NetHack. They are made of leather, and have a randomized appearance when unidentified.


Gauntlets of fumbling have a 910 chance of generating cursed with a non-positive enchantment.[1]

Player monsters, including those on the Astral Plane, have a 78 chance of generating with a random pair of gloves and a 15 chance of those gloves being gauntlets of fumbling, for an effective 740 chance (~17.5%).[2]


While worn, gauntlets of power grant 1 base AC and confer extrinsic fumbling, causing the character wearing them to trip over items and make noise among other effects - wearing them also confers a -3 to-hit penalty while firing from bows.[3]


Main article: Fumbling

Gauntlets of fumbling are one of multiple reasons why randomly wear-testing items to identify them is a bad idea. Cursed gauntlets of fumbling are considered a minor trouble by your character's god.[4][5]


Gauntlets of fumbling first appear in NetHack 3.0.0.



In SLASH'EM, a cursed -4 pair of gauntlets of fumbling is generated within the Chamber of Junk in the Lawful Quest at level creation. This also applies to SlashTHEM.


In GruntHack, gauntlets of fumbling set a character's dexterity to 6, as low dexterity in general is changed to also cause intermittent fumbling.


In dNetHack, gauntlets of fumbling grant 0 AC, 1 DR and fumbling while worn.

The November NetHack Tournament

In The November NetHack Tournament, gauntlets of fumbling are ineligible to be placed in the swap chest.


In Hack'EM, in addition to SLASH'EM details, upgrading gauntlets of fumbling can create gauntlets of dexterity, and vice versa.