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The Protective Boots are an inventory item in Duke Nukem 3D and its ports.

Description Edit

The Protective Boots prevents the player from taking any damage while standing on a damaging floor surface, such as slime, lava and purple radioactive waste.

The effectiveness of the Protective Boots depends on the surface the player is walking on:

  • Green slime - Roughly 50 seconds
  • Lava - Roughly 25 seconds
  • Purple radioactive waste - Nearly 8 seconds

Picking up new Protective Boots when holding a partially used pair will cause you to discard your currently held pair and pick up the new ones. The protection from the partially used Protective Boots will therefore be lost, so it is wise to collect them carefully.

Trivia Edit

  • The Protective Boots are the only inventory item that could potentially be seen in a weapon animation - specifically, the Mighty Boot. However, these animations and the player's sprites do not change depending on what the player is carrying/currently wielding, so they are not seen.
    • By extrapolation, the Protective Boots are the only inventory item that could potentially be seen in both a weapon animation and in the player's sprites.
  • The Protective Boots are the only item to have a varying effectiveness time. This depends on the surface the player is standing on.
    • The Protective Boots can be the fastest-draining inventory item, when standing on purple radioactive waste. In this case, they drain twice as quickly as Steroids.
  • The Protective Boots are used as the Mighty Boot icon in Duke Nukem 64 and in eDuke32's alternate HUD design.
  • The Protective Boots couldn't protect the player from green slime spawned by a Toxic Barrel or Protozoid Slimer in V1.3D.

The Protective Boots in other games Edit


Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City | The Birth | Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Microwave Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper
Battlelord Sentry | Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor | Alien Queen | Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Organic Turret | Snake Head | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Mandroid
| Trooper | Turret | Alien Queen Sentry
Expansion packs
and add-ons
Duke Assault | Duke Caribbean: Life's A Beach | Duke: Nuclear Winter | Duke It Out In D.C.
Duke Xtreme | Duke!ZONE | Duke!ZONE II | Plutonium PAK | Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise | Unofficial expansion packs
Fan community User maps | Mods & Total Conversions | Level editing (index) | Speedruns
Source ports | High Resolution Pack
Other Difficulty | Hazards | Multiplayer | Cheat codes | Easter eggs
Quotes | Music | Duke Nukem
Build engine | Game bugs | Unused data | LameDuke

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