Boots of the
divine messenger
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Item Type Boots
Artifact? Yes
Weight 25s
Danger Level 6
Material Nonmetallic

The boots of the divine messenger are an artifact in ADOM. In ADOM v 1.1.1 and some earlier versions, the artifact can only be generated by crowning.

Wearing the boots grant a +5 bonus to Dexterity, teleport control, and the desirable resistances to paralyzation and death rays.

In their unidentified form, the boots of the divine messenger appear as fine leather boots.


All in all, there is a lot to like about the boots of the divine messenger. Death ray resistance and paralyzation resistance are two very valuable intrinsics that can save the PC's life (quite literally, of course, in the former case) in dangerous situations. Both of these intrinsics are usually only available from amulets (or other artifacts), thus freeing the neck slot for other valuables items like an amulet of life saving or the ankh. Additionally, they can be a helpful source of teleport control for champions or aspiring paragons of Order — as this intrinsic is most commonly obtained from eating blink dogs, but killing blink dogs brings a significant risk of alignment drop (especially if they weren't hostile to begin with).

Comparing the boots to other boots in the game, their defensive stats are pretty decent but not quite as amazing as those of eternium boots that are dropped by chaos warriors or chaos knights on high DLs. Also, the main boots of choice for many PCs are seven league boots for the excellent advantage they bring. Nonetheless, the boots of the divine messenger are usually still well worth at least carrying around if found due to the situational usefulness of their bonuses.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They are a possible crowning gift for Archers, Bards, Beastfighters, Merchants, Monks, and Rangers.

As of v. 1.2.0 they can also be granted as a precrowning gift or a reward for making use of a potion of uselessness; generated in a surge of power or greater vault; or generated as random loot (albeit very rarely).

Greater Identify information[]

---------------------- fine leather boots------------------------------

The fine leather boots actually are blessed boots of the divine messenger
[+3, +3] {Dx +5}.
They are an artifact.

When worn they modify DV by +3 and PV by +3.
When used in melee combat they grant a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 
points of damage. When used as a missile they grant a +0 bonus to hit 
and causes 1d2 points of damage.

They modify your dexterity attribute by +5.
They allow you to control teleportation.
They grant resistance to death attacks.
They grant resistance to paralyzation.