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An empty Strife card

In the Homestuck universe, weapons can be placed into a Strife Deck, which allows the player to use objects to Aggrieve enemies. Each Strife Deck is contained with a Strife Specibus and a character with multiple Strife Specibi will store them within a Strife Portfolio. In order for an artifact to be allocated to a Strife Deck, it must be the same kind of item as the character's chosen Kind Abstratus. Also, it must be contained within a Captchalogue Card, and then, moved over to the DeckHS.

Each Strife Specibus appears to come with one card in its deck by default.

The different strife specibi are divided among the many Kind Abstrata. They are named with the formula: [weapon]kind. The Kind Abstrata are limited to twelve characters (including "kind") in name, which means that longer names are shortened, usually by omitting vowels, such as "fncysntakind". The characters used so far include lowercase letters, numbers and the symbol "/" (only used as part of ½, depicted as "1/2", in "½bladekind" and "½bowkind").

Apparently, artifacts allocated to the Strife Deck can be used at willHS.

It should be noted that imps can also place items into their strife deck. They drop their Strife Specibus card when defeated if they have done so. John has acquired bunnykind from an imp. Also, all MSPA Readers and (possibly) Doc Scratch​ have the pistolkindHS specibus.

It is implied that while it's not impossible for a character that uses the Strife Deck system to fight with a weapon that doesn't match any specibus type they have, they fight at their best capacity when they have that weapon as a specibus type, as indicated by Jade implying that she previously fought best with rifles when she had riflekind as her specibus and John thinking that it would be a good idea to use Umbrellakind when he got an umbrella weaponHSHS. It is also implied that while characters fight at their best capacity when using weapons they have equipped in their Strife Deck, they aren't inherently masters at using that kind of weapon. It is possible for them to learn, practice, and get better when fighting with that kind of weapon over timeHS.

Every weapon in Homestuck has stats that determine their worth in combat HS.

Damaged or AlteredEdit

If an item used to strife is damaged or fundamentally altered during use, its related Kind Abstratus will change itself into a type to match. This is presumably to avoid getting suddenly disarmed when the item doesn't match the old Abstratus and cannot be allocated. To correct this, the item must be restored to its old shape. However, if a Strife Deck user has a Strife Card of the weapon before alteration, and after alteration, it seems that it doesn't change the Strife Card. For example, Calliope uses a Wandkind Specibus and a Pistolkind Specibus in her Strife Deck, so presumably, her Wand/Pistol will automatically change Strife Cards.Often this can result in a fraction being added to the name; Dave's sword is cut in half so he now has 1/2bladekind, and Feferi had a second fork added to the other side of her Trident making it a 2x3dent. Jane's Junior Battermaster's Bowlbuster Stirring/Poking Solution 50000 can be switched from a spoon to a fork and back, changing Jane's Abstratus with it. Kanaya's lipstick can be changed to chainsaw mode and back, which presumably causes her Abstratus to change to chainsawkind. During his first Imp Strife, John had broken his Slegehammer while Agrieving, and in the process removed the Hammerhead from the Handle (Handlekind). After the Strife, he put the Hammerhead back on the Handle, changing it back to Hammerkind.

Kids' Kind AbstrataEdit

Trolls' Kind AbstrataEdit

  • Aradia Megido used the whipkind specibus before her death. After, she uses telekinesis, similar to Sollux; she continues to use this strifing method after entering the soulbot.
  • Tavros Nitram uses his trusty lancekind specibus, having always wanted to improve as a jouster so he can someday join the ranks of the cavalreapers.
  • Sollux Captor, as a high-level psiioniic, has no need for a specific strife specibus; his telekinesis allows him to manipulate and fling objects at will. However, he appears to favor throwing stars, which lend themselves to this type of strife.
  • Karkat Vantas uses the sicklekind Specibus, as he aspires to be a threshecutioner.
  • Nepeta Leijon uses the clawkind Specibus, and she already had her Claw Gloves allocated when she was introduced.
  • Kanaya Maryam uses makeupkind and chainsawkind specibus, which allows her to equip her lipstick as a weapon. Her lipstick transforms into a chainsaw.
  • Terezi Pyrope's is canekind. She uses her cane to wallop enemies when she enters The Medium. The cane she uses has a sword blade hidden inside it: the top of the cane is its handle and the bottom is its sheath. It is unknown if using her cane in this manner alters her Specibus.
  • Vriska Serket has the dicekind specibus, which uses her enchanted set of 8 eight-sided dice, the Fluorite Octet. By rolling the dice, she can potentially execute a large variety of attacks at random.
  • Equius Zahhak primarily uses the fistkind specibus, although he carries around the bowkind Specibus in case he is ever able to actually fire an arrow, and also the useless ½bowkind.
  • Gamzee Makara's specibus is clubkind. He appears to regularly wield juggling clubs, as it is dangerous to leave his hive unarmed. At a later point in the story, he wields the powerful jokerkind, allowing him to use any possible weapon (but only if it looks really, really silly).
  • Eridan Ampora uses the riflekind specibus, wielding Ahab's Crosshairs. Later he gets the wandkind specibus to use his Empiricist's Wand.
  • Feferi Peixes uses the 2x3dentkind specibus, allowing her to use two-ended tridents, referred to in Alternian parlance as double culling forks.
  • Damara Megido seems to use needlekind or wandkind.
  • Cronus Ampora probably uses riflekind like Eridan; Meenah can find his Ahab's Crosshairs during part 2 of Openbound.
  • Meenah Peixes uses 2x3dentkind, wielding a golden 2x3dent similar to Ψdon's Entente.

Cherubs' Kind AbstrataEdit

Hiveswap Kind Abstrata Edit

Hiveswap does not show Kind Abstrata as being part of their mechanics, instead using Abilitechs, which are not limited to weapons. However, it is assumed that their weapons also have Kind Abstrata, as they and Abilitechs are utilized in a similar way. Furthermore, all the names for Kind Abstrata in Hiveswap are conjectural.


List of Selectable Abstrata Edit

Kind Abstrata

This list was made from referencing the image in the list of kind abstrata to the right. However, since some abstrata that do not appear on this list have been used in Homestuck, it seems that, despite there not being any sort of button to switch between pages on the list, those are far from the only kind abstrata that are available to choose from.

(It is interesting to note that Plungerkind appears twice: once in the fourth position of the first column and again, sixth from the bottom in the second column, causing one to wonder if there are multiple kinds of plungers which are classified in two separate categories based on some quality that is unique to each of the two kinds. This is also the only known canon example of this type of dual-category abstrata to date.)

  • aerosolkind
  • ballkind
  • barbwirekind
  • batkind
  • bladekind
  • bombkind
  • bookkind
  • bowkind
  • bowlgpinkind
  • branchkind
  • brasskind
  • broomkind
  • bustkind
  • candlstkkind
  • canekind
  • chainkind
  • chainsawkind
  • chiselkind
  • cleaverkind
  • cordkind
  • crowbarkind
  • curlironkind
  • dartkind
  • dumbbellkind
  • fankind
  • fireextkind
  • fireworkkind
  • fncysntakind
  • forkkind
  • glovekind
  • golfclubkind
  • hatchetkind
  • hairdryrkind
  • hammerkind
  • hckystckkind
  • hosekind
  • icepickkind
  • iceskatekind
  • ironkind
  • jumpropekind
  • knifekind
  • ladlekind
  • lampkind
  • lcrsstckkind
  • marblekind
  • mopkind
  • nailgunkind
  • needlekind
  • paddlekind
  • peprmillkind
  • peprsprykind
  • pipekind
  • pistolkind
  • pizzactrkind
  • plankkind
  • plierkind
  • plungerkind (appears twice)
  • pokerkind
  • puppetkind
  • rakekind
  • razorkind
  • riflekind
  • rockkind
  • rollpinkind
  • sawkind
  • scissorkind
  • scrwdrvrkind
  • scythekind
  • shoekind
  • shotgunkind
  • shovelkind
  • spadekind
  • spatulakind
  • spoonkind
  • staplerkind
  • stungunkind
  • tablelegkind
  • thrwstarkind
  • tongskind
  • trophykind
  • umbrellakind
  • vacuumkind
  • woodwindkind
  • wrenchkind
  • yoyokind



In Homestuck^2 (Dubiously Canon)Edit

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Another list of kind abstrata was seen in Homestuck^2 when Harry Anderson was setting his strife deck.

  • crlngirnkind[1]
  • aerosolkind
  • anvilkind
  • anyngdogkind
  • axekind
  • bassoonkind
  • bolaskind
  • bombkind
  • bookkind
  • bottlekind
  • bowkind
  • branchkind
  • bsbllbatkind
  • bwlngbllknd
  • bwlngpinkind
  • canekind
  • chainsawkind
  • cheesknfkind
  • chiselkind
  • clawkind
  • clubkind
  • cndlstckkind
  • coffeemgkind
  • crcktbatkind
  • daggerkind
  • dartkind
  • dicekind
  • dumbbellkind
  • fistkind (appears twice)
  • flmthrwrkind
  • footkind
  • forkkind
  • fthrdstrkind
  • golfclubkind
  • gunkind
  • hammerkind
  • hatchetkind
  • hckystckkind
  • hntddollkind
  • hoekind
  • hrstrtnrkind
  • icepickkind
  • irnggbrdkind
  • knifekind
  • knkldstrkind
  • ladlekind
  • lancekind
  • lasergunkind
  • lcrsstckkind (appears twice)
  • lwnmowerkind
  • macekind
  • machetekind
  • nailclprkind
  • nailgunkind
  • needlekind
  • nwspaperkind
  • nunchuckkind
  • pepprmllkind
  • pinkind
  • pipekind
  • pistolkind
  • pornmagkind
  • puppetkind
  • pwrdrillkind
  • rapierkind
  • razorkind
  • rockkind
  • rollpinkind
  • ropekind (appears twice)
  • saltshkrkind
  • scissorkind
  • scythekind
  • shoekind
  • shotputkind
  • shurikenkind
  • spadekind
  • spearkind
  • spoonkind
  • staffkind
  • tridentkind
  • wirekind
  • wlkngstkkind
  • wrenchkind
  • wtrngcankind


References Edit

  1. "Some people were curious about the kind abstratus that's partially hidden by the cursor. To you, beloved Patrons, I can exclusively reveal that it was "CRLNGIRNKIND"." "A Daughter Astray" chapter commentary. April 30, 2020.
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