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Katniss barters at the Hob for the mockingjay pin with Greasy Sae.

The Hob was the black market in District 12. It was known as the only place to buy and sell banned items, such as spirits, poached game, or other goods illegally obtained. It was often open at times when most legal stores would not be, such as on the day of the reaping and possibly late at night.

The Hob was originally a coal warehouse, but a more efficient system of coal transport was discovered, allowing the coal to be taken directly from the mines to the trains. The warehouse was abandoned and the empty space was gradually taken over by the Hob.

Around the time of 10th Hunger Games, the Hob was the regular home of musical performances by a band called the Covey. There, they had a stage, which a simple arrangement of wooden pallets.[1] However, their performances were eventually banned, as it was felt that their music incited rebellion.[2]

It was almost universally known in District 12, and many residents, such as Greasy Sae and Ripper made their living there. The comparatively lenient District 12 Peacekeepers tolerated the Hob, and some such as Darius even frequented it, as it was the only place for them to buy their favorite foods or spirits.

After Cray was sacked as Head Peacekeeper, his stricter replacement, Romulus Thread, set fire to the Hob. The build- up of coal dust inside caused it to burn quickly and violently before the locals could do anything.

Known users




Known goods

Food and drink


  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Live goats
  • Lynx pelt
  • Paraffin[4]
  • Radios
  • Shoelaces
  • Wool
  • Yarn[3]
  • Live musical performances (formerly)


  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 23
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Epilogue
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Catching Fire, Chapter 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 The Hunger Games, Chapter 1
  5. The Hunger Games, Chapter 3
  6. The Hunger Games, Chapter 20