Leather gloves

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leather gloves
Appearance random
Slot gloves
AC 1
Special (none)
Base price 8 zm
Weight 10
Material leather

Leather gloves are a type of gloves that appear in NetHack, and grant 1 AC when worn. They are naturally made of leather and have a randomized appearance when unidentified. Leather gloves are known as yugake to Samurai.


Healers start each game with a +1 pair of leather gloves, Knights start the game with a +0 pair of leather gloves, and Monks start each game with a +2 pair of leather gloves.[1][2][3] Barbarians, Samurai and Valkyries start the game with knowledge of the pair of leather gloves' randomized appearance.[4][5][6]

Thugs have a 12 chance of generating with leather gloves, and mercenaries such as watchmen and Yendorian Army soldiers will often generate with leather gloves.[7][8]


While lacking in perks compared to the gauntlets of dexterity or gauntlets of power, simple leather gloves are still more than sufficient enough to last you through the game and make up part of a possible ascension kit: any pair of gloves is enough to prevent most footrice-related deaths (e.g. moving over a footrice corpse while blind or attacking a live one bare-handed), and allows you to wield footrice corpses as weapons. If you have settled on them as your long-term gloves, you may consider using enchant armor scrolls on your leather gloves before other armor, since they cannot be destroyed by an unexpected polymorph (e.g, from a polymorph trap).

Soldiers and their higher-ups are a common source of leather gloves that you can use as backups for your current pair or as material for polypiling.


Leather gloves are trivial to distinguish via price identification, due to having a lower base cost than other randomized gloves (8zm versus 50).


Leather gloves first appear in Hack 1.0. From this version to NetHack 2.3e, they were the only gloves present and were known simply as a pair of gloves.


Variants with object materials systems will usually refer to the leather gloves as a "pair of gloves" with the object's material appended (e.g. "a pair of cloth gloves").

In variants that incorporate the Jedi role, all Jedi start the game with a +0 pair of leather gloves.

In variants that incorporate the Pirate role, Mayor Cummerbund will generate with leather gloves, as will githyanki pirates.


In SLASH'EM, leather gloves can be upgraded into either gauntlets of swimming or gauntlets of dexterity; upgrading either of those gloves will produce leather gloves.

The statue trap of an arch-lich in the Lawful Quest contains a cursed -1 pair of leather gloves.

NetHack brass

In NetHack brass, leather gloves do not give any base AC.


In dNetHack, leather gloves grant 1 DR and 0 AC, and are renamed to a "pair of gloves"; their material is always displayed, even if it is the same as its base material. All Nobles start the game with a pair of gloves, and dwarven Binders start the game with a +0 burnt pair of gloves. Gauntlets exist as a 'hard-material' counterpart to gloves.

Center of All is generated with a large concordant +0 pair of leather gloves.

The November NetHack Tournament

In The November NetHack Tournament, all Devteam members generate with leather gloves, and the deathmatch opponent has a 14 chance of generating with a blessed fireproof +4 or +5 pair of leather gloves if they do not already have a set of gloves.


In EvilHack, gauntlets are also present as a 'hard-material' counterpart to leather gloves. All Knights start the game with a pair of gauntlets in place of leather gloves, except for elven Knights (who retain their leather gloves due to iron allergies) and drow Knights (who receive their own racial gloves).

Dragonbane has its base item changed to a pair of dragonhide gloves.


In Hack'EM 1.2.0, leather gloves can be upgraded into rogues gloves, boxing gloves or gauntlets.

Encyclopedia entry

The following entry only appears for "yugake":

Japanese leather archery gloves. Gloves made for use while
practicing had thumbs reinforced with horn. Those worn into
battle had thumbs reinforced with a double layer of leather.