Hobbes' nail boots

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Item Number: 767
Description ID: 5732869
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Hobbes' nail boots
Plural: Hobbes' nail bootses
This is a pair of old fashioned boots, stuck together with heavy iron nails that stick out from the sole, so they make a terrific amount of noise when you walk. They've also been wrapped in genuine fake tiger skin to make them look fashionable. Supposedly. You're rather skeptical that anyone would consider these things chic. If you had to describe them, you'd probably say they were nasty, brutish, and short. Yes. Short.

June 2009 Item of the Month

Power: 5
Item cannot be auto-sold
Item cannot be worn in runs with a 'no pulls' restriction

+5 Melee damage
Occasionally grants a bonus tiger pounce attack if you win initiative.
+5% item drops
Increased chance of combat adventures.*

* Combat and noncombat chances can only be increased up to a maximum of 20% in either direction.

How Obtained

The Wok of Stars

Other Uses

Occasionally, when you win initiative:

You've caught your opponent by surprise, and with a mischievous, feral snarl you Pounce! the way any tiger worth his fur should. The nails on your boots (they're not quite claws, but they'll do) cause ?-29-32-? damage to your opponent when you land.


  • The name of this item is wordplay on Hobnailed boots, which are boots reinforced with nails for greater durability.
  • "nasty brutish and short" is a reference to a quote from the philosophical treatise Leviathan written by philosopher Thomas Hobbes; in full being: "the life of man [is], solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
  • The tiger skin and the pounce attack are references to Hobbes, a character in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Hobbes is a stuffed tiger, named after the above mentioned Thomas Hobbes, and is fond of greeting Calvin with vicious yet playful pounces.

Item of the Month
Preceded by
highly implausible script
June 2009
Hobbes' nail boots
Mummers' gloves
Succeeded by
three-speed bicycle shorts (first gear)