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Hodgman, The Hoboverlord
Monster ID 688
Locations Hobopolis Town Square: Enter The Hoboverlord
Hit Points 25000?
Attack 750
Defense 675
No-Hit 760
Initiative 250
Meat None
Phylum hobo
Elements None
Resistance None
Monster Parts unknown
Drops
hobo fortress blueprints, Hodgman's bow tie, Hodgman's porkpie hat, Hodgman's lobsterskin pants, stuffed Hodgman, Hodgman's almanac, Hodgman's lucky sock, Hodgman's metal detector, Hodgman's blanket, Hodgman's varcolac paw, Hodgman's harmonica, Hodgman's garbage sticker, Hodgman's cane, Hodgman's disgusting technicolor overcoat, Hodgman's whackin' stick, Hodgman's imaginary hamster, Hodgman's journal 1: The Lean Times, Hodgman's journal 2: Entrepreneurythmics, Hodgman's journal 3: Pumping Tin, Hodgman's journal 4: View From The Big Top, Hodgman's skivvies, tin cup of mulligan stew
Manuel Entry
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Hodgman, The Hoboverlord You're fighting Hodgman, The Hoboverlord

You approach the immense, wizened hobo on the throne, and say "Are you in charge here?"

"<random nonsense>" he replies.

"Umm. What?"

"<random nonsense>."

"Ah, I get it. You're completely insane."

"<random nonsense>" he says, as he stands up and lumbers toward you.

Hit Message(s):

He grabs a battered kerosene lamp from behind his throne of garbage, uses it to relight his stub of a cigar, then throws it at you, bathing you in burning fuel. Argh! Ow! Ouch! Ooh! Argh! Ow! Ow! Oof! Ouch! Ooh! (hot damage)

Hodgman mutters "<random nonsense>" as he sticks his finger in his ear, pulls it out, and pokes you in the <neck> with it. Ooh! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ow! Ow! Ooh! Argh! Ow! Ouch! (stench damage)

He motions toward a spot on the ground behind you, and the skeleton of a hobo bursts out of the earth and chokes you. Man. Even dead hobos respect this guy. Ugh! Oof! Ooh! Ugh! Oof! Ooh! Ooh! Eek! Oof! Ooh! (spooky damage)

Critical Hit Message:

Hodgman goes berserk. He screams "<random nonsense>" as he viciously pummels you about the <neck>, <neck>, <neck>, and <neck>. Ooh! Ooh! Oof! Argh! Argh! Oof! Argh! Ugh! Argh! Ugh!

Miss Message(s):

He points at the ground behind you and mutters "<random nonsense>"

He grabs a battered kerosene lamp from behind his throne of garbage and uses it to relight his stub of a cigar. He regards the cigar contemplatively, and says "<random nonsense>"

Hodgman mutters "<random nonsense>" as he sticks his finger in his ear, pulls it out, and sniffs it. Yech.

Fumble Message:

Hodgman stares off into space for a few moments.

Special Move(s):

Hodgman flips out and gets angry. You get the sense that you won't like him when he's angry, but since you don't like him much to begin with, that's no real surprise.


After Combat

Hobowtie.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's bow tie
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Porkpiehat.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's porkpie hat
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Bpcords.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's lobsterskin pants
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Book3.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's almanac
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Tubesock.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's lucky sock
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Mdetector.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's metal detector
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Varcolacpaw.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's varcolac paw
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Harmonica.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's harmonica
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Picker.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's garbage sticker
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Cane.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's cane
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
Whackstick.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's whackin' stick
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
(This item drops only if Hobopolis is cleared in a single day using no more than 3700 Adventures.)
Hobovercoat.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's disgusting technicolor overcoat
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
(This item drops only if Hobopolis is cleared in a single day using no more than 2300 Adventures.)
Blank.gifAn item drops: Hodgman's imaginary hamster
(This item goes to your clan's basement, and may be distributed to anyone who participated in this Clan Dungeon.)
(This item drops only if Hobopolis is cleared in a single day using no more than 1100 Adventures.)
Blueprint.gifYou acquire an item: hobo fortress blueprints
Stuffhodg.gifYou acquire an item: stuffed Hodgman
Flask.gifYou acquire some flasks of Hodgman's blanket
Stewcup.gifYou acquire some tin cups of mulligan stew
Blacknotebook.gifYou acquire an item: Hodgman's journal #1: The Lean Times
Blacknotebook.gifYou acquire an item: Hodgman's journal #2: Entrepreneurythmics
Blacknotebook.gifYou acquire an item: Hodgman's journal #3: Pumping Tin
Blacknotebook.gifYou acquire an item: Hodgman's journal #4: View From The Big Top
You acquire a clan trophy:Skivvies.gifHodgman's skivvies
You gain 188? <substat>.

Occurs as a choice of Enter The Hoboverlord in Hobopolis Town Square, once all Normal hobos have been killed.

Notes

  • Hodgman will drop either tin cups of mulligan stew or flasks of Hodgman's blanket when defeated, never both. The number dropped increases with item drop bonuses at 1 for 50%, then 1 for each 150% item drop.
  • Hodgman will always drop exactly 1 piece of his outfit.
  • Hodgman will always drop exactly 1 of his offhand items (Hodgman's almanac, Hodgman's metal detector, Hodgman's varcolac paw, Hodgman's harmonica, Hodgman's garbage sticker, or Hodgman's cane).
  • Hodgman's lucky sock is not one of these, but has some independent chance or mechanism, and can drop in addition.
  • Hodgman will drop only 1 of the Journals, if he drops any at all, OR the hobo fortress blueprints, OR a stuffed Hodgman.
  • If the elemental bosses of Hobopolis are not killed, they will give Hodgman a hand in battle.
  • If Ol' Scratch is still alive (removes all buffs, even if fewer than 5 are active):
Ol' Scratch runs up from behind you and sets you on fire. You manage to put yourself out, but it shakes you up a little.
  • If Frosty is still alive (reduces damage by a lot):
Frosty hops up to Hodgman and gives him a rubdown. Hodgman shivers.
  • If Oscus is still alive (causes 5 + 5 damage, tripling each round, with no known cap)
Oscus saunters in, waves at Hodgman, and saunters out. The memory remains, however, as does the stench.
  • If Zombo is still alive (unequips all accessories, hat, pants, and shirt):
Zombo sneaks up behind you and scares the crap out of you. Well, not the crap, but all of your clothes. And not out, but off, I guess.
  • If Chester is still alive (ignores your damage resistances):
Chester walks up to Hodgman and whispers something in his ear. You don't catch what it is, but you do catch Hodgman's eyes getting wider in a way you don't exactly like...
  • Killing Hodgman closes off all Hobopolis subzones, whether they're finished or not.
  • Hobopolis bosses are immune to effects which would cause them to be unable to act over multiple rounds, such as Entangling Noodles, chloroform rags, and Richard's grenades.
  • Hodgman is also immune to single round stunners.
  • Hodgman has a special form of damage reduction that depends on whether or not Frosty has been defeated.
    • With Frosty defeated, a 25% reduction is applied to the base damage of any attack. If the remaining damage is no more than 500, then no further reduction is applied. Otherwise, the amount of damage done by a base damage of x (before the 25% reduction) is 500+floor((ceiling(0.75*x)-500)^0.85).
    • With Frosty undefeated, a 95% reduction is applied to the base damage of any attack. If the remaining damage is no more than 300, then no further damage reduction is applied. Otherwise, the amount of damage done by a base damage of x (before the 95% reduction) is 300+floor((ceiling(0.05*x)-300)^0.75)
    • The following table shows the amount of damage done to Hodgman for various base damages
Unmodified
Damage
Frosty defeated Frosty undefeated
Modified
Damage
Rounds
to Kill
Modified
Damage
Rounds
to Kill
100 75 334 5 5000
200 150 167 10 2500
500 375 67 25 1000
1000 609 42 50 500
2000 854 30 100 250
5000 1466 18 250 100
10000 2354 11 353 71
20000 3944 7 436 58
50000 8137 4 621 41
100000 14346 2 867 29
200000 25529 1 1277 20
500000 55130 1 2270 12
1000000 99027 1 3628 7
2000000 178145 1 5910 5
5000000 387648 1 11470 3
10000000 698374 1 19094 2
20000000 1258455 1 31915 1
  • This monster cannot be copied.
  • Hodgman's nonsensical speech at the start of combat and during certain hit messages is composed of a random selection from a pool of words and phrases. See the Stuffed Hodgman page for more information.
  • If you are in a clan with a Speakeasy, Hodgman will give you the password for the Flivver drink every few rounds:
Hodgman mutters "<random nonsense> Thirsty. THIRSTY! I want a... a... <word>" as he sticks his finger in his ear, pulls it out, and pokes you in the <neck> with it.

References

  • The fact that the hobo speaks in random nonsense possibly refers to Foul Ole Ron, a beggar in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series who speaks only gibberish, most notably the words "Bugrit!" and "Millennium Hand and Shrimp!" The message that is given if Oscus is alive may be another reference to the smell of Foul Ole Ron, which has a life of its own.
  • John Hodgman is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, which includes a list of 700 hobo names (expanded to 800 in the paperback edition), among other hobo trivia. The admins asked for and were granted permission by Hodgman for the use of parts of his hobo names, as well as for permission to use him as the final boss of Hobopolis. Hodgman was reportedly "flattered".
  • Hodgman's flip-out paraphrases Bruce Banner's warning, "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry", alluding to Banner's potential to transform into his alter ego, The Hulk.
Hobopolis
Advanced MechanicsA Maze of Sewer TunnelsRichard's RedoubtShoppingHobo Code
Hobopolis Town Square
Hodgman, The Hoboverlord
Burnbarrel Blvd.
Ol' Scratch
Exposure Esplanade
Frosty
The Heap
Oscus
The Ancient Hobo Burial Ground
Zombo
The Purple Light District
Chester
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