Spirit Hobo

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Spirit Hobo

Scruffy vagabond
Booze-fueled, non-corporeal
Smiles and makes magic.

Increases stat gains, attacks enemies, restores MP (also drinks a lot)

Ability: Acts like a volleyball, and when given booze, also acts like a starfish.

Throne/Bjorn: +15% Booze Drops from Monsters, sometimes gives 5-15 meat

Hatchling: Ghoboh.gif homeless hobo spirit

Familiar-Specific Equipment: Squeegee.gif weegee sqouija

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Mumming Trunk Abilities:

+30% Meat Drop 4-5 MP +3 Muscle statgain +15% Item Drop +4 Mysticality statgain 8-10 HP +2 Moxie statgain
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Combat Messages

Arena Messages

  • When entered in a Hide and Seek match:
    <name> glows with an eldritch light (and smells with an eldritch odor). It's hard for him to hide.


  • When it is your active familiar, all of your booze items have a [give to hobo] option after [drink] in the inventory.
  • Each booze gives you as many starfish-like attacks as the booze normally gives adventures.
  • MP and damage amount seems to be be in the range (floor((weight+3)/2) to (weight+3).
  • The Ode to Booze formula applies to things the Spirit Hobo drinks.
  • Drinks made with the magical ice cube with a fly in it do not have the [give to hobo] option after [drink] in the inventory.
  • The booze effects remain in place even if you adventure with another familiar.
  • The booze effects also remain in place through rollover, and do not get reset like drunkenness levels.
  • The booze effects do not carry over between ascensions.


  • The "indecipherable squiggle" is a reference to "hobo signs", symbols drawn on fenceposts by hobos to tell what type of person the owner of the house was. This was to show other hobos whether the person was nice and offered food, offered lodgings, or was just plain mean to the homeless, etc.
  • The message about the grey ectoplasm being spit into a pocket is a reference to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, where Beetlejuice abruptly halts midconversation and then proceeds to spit a glob of phlegm into the inside pocket of his jacket, proclaiming "I'll save that for later".
  • The offer to "Wash yer windows?" refers to the panhandling tactic of wiping the windshields of stopped cars in traffic in exchange for tips or handouts.
  • The message about a pie cooling in a nearby window refers to the common depression-era fear of theft of food. This was depicted in Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy films, as well as animated shorts from that era, and this occurrence is possibly a reference to an episode of Futurama, where some hungry, hungry hobos are captivated by a pie with "hobo-lifting aroma" and float toward it.
  • The reference to "precious bodily essences" is an alteration of a quote from the film Dr. Strangelove, in which U.S. Army General Jack T. Ripper starts World War III to prevent the fluoridation of water supplies by the Soviet Union (and protect his "essences"). At one point, General Ripper says "I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."
  • "I been all around this world" and "Don't tell me no lies" are lines from the songs "Been All Around This World" and "Big Railroad Blues", respectively, both of which have been covered by The Grateful Dead. The "lie"->"lime"->"potato" confusion refers to the "potato beats lime" interaction in the The Sorceress' Tower.
  • The message about "low rates and percent signs" comes from Senor Cardgage, a hobo who resembles a "crazy old homeless man" version of Strong Bad, from Homestar Runner. In the "Senor Mortgage" short, he owns his own mortgage company, and talks about "low rates" and "percent signs" in a commercial for the company.
  • Seeing pink elephants is a popular stereotypical drunken hallucination, most famously visualised in the Walt Disney film Dumbo.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain is a traditional American song with origins in the 1890s and first recorded in 1928 by Harry McClintock and popularized by hobos during the Great Depression.
  • The "millennium hand and shrimp" line, as well as the "Here's to Foul Ole' Ron" line, are both references to Foul Ole Ron, a beggar who is a recurring minor character from the Discworld series.
  • The "millennium hand and shrimp" line is also a reference to the discworld novel "Lords and Ladies", specifically, the part where the Bursar stands against a tree while on his "rigid" phase of his dried frog pills and mutters about numerous foods, including millennium hand and shrimp.
  • The line about a girl named Helvetica may be a reference to the Strong Bad Email garage sale, where Senor Cardgage, who has a habit of refering to people by feminine names, calls Strong Sad "Helvetica". "Confederatio Helvitica" is also the Latin name for Swiss Confederation, and Helvetica is the name of a sans-serif typeface designed by Swiss graphic designer Max Miedinger.
  • "I swear I will never do this again as long as I live. And this time, I mean it!" is the final line of comedian Larry Miller's "The Five Stages of Drinking" stand-up routine.
  • "Here's mud in your eye" is a jovial toast popularized during WWI. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is a Broadway show tune famously covered by The Platters.
  • The "Queen of America" line is a reference to Disney's The Three Musketeers, in which Porthos says to D'Artagnan, "That sash was a gift to me, from the Queen of America."
  • "Let me tell ya ... let me tell ya... let me tell ya somethin'," could be a reference to the drunken man in Lefty's Bar in the Sierra game Leisure Suit Larry. After you give him a glass of whisky, part of the response includes, "Shhoooo. I'm gonna give ya my only posshhess.... hhic! ...my only posshhess.... hhic! ...my only posshhess.... hhic! ...my only posshhess.... hhic! ...All I got in the world."
  • "Have you ever been stung by a dead bee?" is the repeated question of Eddie (played by Walter Brennan) in the 1944 movie, "To Have and Have Not". Eddie tends to be drunk, looking for a drink, or borrowing money to get drunk throughout the movie.

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