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Boots of great speed ( [ )
Item574
Item Type Boots
Artifact? Yes
Weight 20s
Danger Level N/A
Material Nonmetallic

The boots of great speed are a guaranteed artifact in ADOM. Wearing the boots sharply increases speed (as the name suggests) but plague their wearer with the severe disadvantages of dooming, cursing, and continuous corruption. The speed boost is +100 in ADOM version 1.2.0, and +30 in previous versions. They slowly corrupt the PC even if they just carry them.

In their unidentified form, the boots appear as hide boots.

DesirabilityEdit

Very dubious. 100 extra speed points is certainly a very useful thing; but dooming, corruption and cursing are a very steep price to pay for these. Whilst the speed boost greatly facilitates ranged tactics against or escape from dangerous monsters, the terrible luck they bring may cause other problems for the PC—such as creating the possibility of them being eaten by a grue in darkness, which the extra speed can't save them from. The fact that they corrupt just by carrying them adds further risk to PCs intending on lugging them around just in case such an emergency comes up.

Furthermore, the boots are considerably troublesome to get—not only can the Quickling Tree be frustrating to clear due to the equipment restrictions and huge swarms of quicklings, but unless the RNG is generous, many PCs will get quite badly corrupted before they get the two specific corruptions needed to enter the Quickling Tree. Many players won't bother getting the boots for a combination of these reasons.

Guaranteed/Common sourcesEdit

The boots of great speed are found in the last room of the Quickling Tree, guarded by a quickling king and queen.

Greater Identify informationEdit

v 1.2.0

---------------------------------- hide boots--------------------------------

The hide boots are really cursed boots of great speed [+5, 0] (+100 spd).
They are an artifact.

When worn they modify DV by +5 and PV by +0.
When used in melee combat they grant a +0 bonus to hit and cause 1d3 points of damage.
When used as a missile they grant a +0 bonus to hit and cause 1d2 points of damage.

They contain the essence of Chaos and Corruption.
They modify your speed by +100.
They grant bad luck.
Wearing them makes you doomed.

v 1.1.1

---------------------------------- hide boots--------------------------------

The hide boots are really cursed boots of great speed [+5, 0] (+30 spd).
They are an artifact.

When worn they modify DV by +5 and PV by +0.
When used in melee combat they grant a +0 bonus to hit and cause 1d3 points of damage.
When used as a missile they grant a +0 bonus to hit and cause 1d2 points of damage.

They contain the essence of Chaos and Corruption.
They modify your speed by +30.
They grant bad luck.
Wearing them makes you doomed.
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