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Downsize! (r68)View in Item Database
DescriptionTemporarily shrink. You may be able to avoid attack. Limited Use. (Only one can be equipped and it can only be used once per battle) Downsize!

Once per Battle

Average Rating [?]
Attack N/A
Defense *-air* 50% *-dark* 50% *-earth* 50% *-fire* 50% *-light* 50% *-physical* 50% *-water* 50%.
Reflect N/A
Effects N/A
Actual Icons
Restocks At Defence Magic
Used By Count von Roo
Green Knight
Harry the Mutant Moehog
Zafara Rogue
Special Categorization None
Notes *limit_one* Limit One
Ratings - Downsize!
Price/power (5/5): Relatively cheap these days and blocks 50% of icons. It's like a mini-Thyoras Tear.

Tactical (3/5): Useful if your opponent does a lot of damage on that turn, as this will cut it in half. Otherwise you may be better off using a regular shield, which might even directly counter your opponent's weapon.

Bonus (0/1): Price spikes during plots/wars.

Closing remarks: A useful (but perhaps situational) item in your arsenal. Your upgrades include the fabled Thyoras Tear and the one-use Thick Smoke Bomb.

Rated on January 31, 2016

Overview: Say you've got a pet with little to no defense. What do you do when you think you're opponent is going to throw a bomb? You Downsize!

The Good: Downsize is one of the few defense options available to low-defense pets. Cutting the attack of your opponent means that you can make their bomb less useful, or give yourself the edge if you've got a weaker second weapon (since you only have to overpower the average of your opponents two weapons). The nice thing about Downsize is that it's not at all situational. If you use it at the wrong time, then you're probably just as well off as you would have been without it. Try saying that about a shield or reflector.

The Bad: With Downsize you give up your chance to completely wipe out the opponent's attack. Let's say you know the other pet is going to attack with a sword of Thigl. With a Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield, you'd cut the attack down to a measly 0-4 icons, whereas Downsize would allow 8-12 icons through. That being said, if you guess wrong, Downsize limits the attack of any weapon used, so the fact that you can't pick a wrong time to use Downsize saves it.

The Ugly Truth: Downsize is a great addition to any 2-player set where you have no idea what you're up against. In 1-player, you can pick a shield to devastate your opponent, so Downsize wouldn't shine there the way it does in 2-player.

Rated on September 30, 2013

Downsize! may not be the most amazing item in the game, but it sure is cheap. Downsize! is only R68 and it is also an incredibly old item, meaning tons of these will always be available.

Downsize! has a pretty simple effect, which is to reduce damage by 50%. This effect may sound nice, but remember that by using this item you cut down on your potential to generate offense as well. With room for only one more weapon on the turn you use Downsize!, your offensive capability is also effectively cut in half. Keep in mind that Downsize! eats up a set slot as well.

Considering that bombs are not as popular as they used to be, Downsize! has limited opportunity to provide an edge. Downsize! is a conservative defensive option. It will be sure to block some damage if the opponent makes any sort of attack, but the potential for a big play does not really exist with Downsize!

As for L97, Downsize! is no alternative to Thyoras Tear. Downsize! eats up a precious set slot in this format, and the user gains virtually no advantage by using this weapon. Considering how weak offensive weaponry is in the L97 format, Downsize! is not exactly going to save anyone from anything in the L97 format that a multiple use shield could not handle. I advise against using Downsize! in L97 ever.

So where can Downsize! come in handy? The answer is 1-Player. 1-Player challengers that can deal vicious amounts of damage. 1-Player challengers with boosts much stronger than the player. Downsize! has proven useful time and time again for players attempting to beat Defenders of Neopia and/or the Space Faerie on a budget. For example, the idea of 200...
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Price/Power (5/5)
Take the Thyoras Tear, cut it in half and slap a ridiculously low price-tag on it and you get the Downsize! This item is perfect for cutting though that bomb blast (if you are lucky) in 1P and can often be the difference between winning and losing. While sometimes the slot used by this may be better used by another item such as a Prickly Potion was for me, this is still unrivaled value without moving upwards to the 1-use full blockers or Thyoras Tear.

Countermeasures (5/5)
The best countermeasure of this is luck, however if it hits well this solidly halves the damage dealt allowing you to go wild. While this is only one use it certainly can change the tide of some battles and offers really awesome value.

Alternatives, Upgrades or Downgrades
Realistically the only upgrade around for this is the Thyoras Tear which is prohibitively expensive for most battlers. While you can use single use blockers for important fights like the Thick Smoke Bomb that is by no way a solution in the long term.

Other Points (2 deduction)
Due to the increased number of average icons dealt in combat going from 6, to 9, then 12 basically over half a year this is less use then it was before. However that is purely due to bombs being of less use up to a certain point now days. This item still offers unparalleled value, but isn't worth a perfect rating due to the changes in the battledome.

Final Thoughts
Impressive in a lot of ways, but maybe aging along with the site?

Rated on February 12, 2013