Levitation boots

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levitation boots
Appearance random
Slot boots
AC 1
Special
Base price 30 zm
Weight 15
Material leather

The levitation boots are a set of boots that appear in NetHack.

Generation

Levitation boots have a 90% chance of being generated cursed.[1]

The statue of Perseus on Medusa's Island has a chance to contain a +0 pair of levitation boots; the second 'titan' variation gives it a 75% chance, while all other variants give it a 25% chance.[2][3][4][5]

Effects

While worn, the boots will cause you to constantly levitate; this levitation can only be ended by removing the boots, unless you gain a source of "levitation-at-will" that allows you to float to the floor on command.

Strategy

Wearing cursed levitation boots prevents you from reaching the floor to grab items or travel down stairs, and any fragile items you drop may break. Levitating over a sink removes any sources of levitation and causes you to crash to the ground; this can be useful for removing cursed levitation boots, but be sure that the damage does not kill you. Cursed levitation boots are also considered a major trouble, so prayer is a viable solution for removal as well.

Levitation boots weigh the same as elven boots, and kicking boots prior to NetHack 3.6.0 also have the same weight; for characters without intrinsic stealth, elven boots are easily auto-identified, and kicking boots can be distinguished in any version via a touchstone, kick-testing them, or water-testing (as kicking boots are iron and will rust). If you have neither of these identified and cannot wear test a pair of suspected levitation boots due to them being cursed or else lacking the means to reliably determine if they are non-cursed, then weight testing - i.e. picking up as many rocks and/or gold pieces as possible without being burdened, then seeing how much you need to drop to unburden yourself after picking up the test object - can work to distinguish them from the other boots.

If you are not in need of very fast speed from speed boots at the time, then non-cursed levitation boots are great for crossing large bodies of water, such as in the Healer Quest and Medusa's Island. A ring of levitation may be preferable to free up the boots slot for the aforementioned speed boots, but levitation boots do not risk destruction from shocking attacks such as electric eel bites.

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