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.


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