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Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie (r180) [Retired]View in Item Database
DescriptionStrong in attack, and with the power to nearly completely block attacking earth magic, the Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie has been locked in the Hidden Tower for centuries. Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie

Multiuse


Average Rating [?]
5
Attack *earth**earth**earth**physical* + *physical**physical*
Defense *-air**-air*
*-earth* 100%
Reflect N/A
Effects N/A
Actual Icons
ATTACK EARTH 3 ATTACK PHYSICAL 0.3-3 DEFENSE_PERCENT EARTH 100% DEFENSE AIR 2
Restocks At N/A
Used By N/A
Special Categorization -
Notes None
Distributions - Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie
Minimum: 3.30
Maximum: 6.00
Mean: 4.65
Ratings - Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie
Rating:
8
Initial look- At first glace this weapon looks pretty weak and over priced for what it can potentially do but, upon further analysis, we will see that looks can indeed be deceiving.

Offensive Power- 1/3- It scores a point simply because it does the largest amount of icons for full earth blockers but attacking isn't the reason why you use it; the staff was never meant to be an offensive weapon. Its primary function has always been defense but, even then, a little offense is always a nice added benefit irrespective of the weapons actual intended use.

Defensive Power- 5/5- News Flash: The game has changed. Not only is the strongest attack constant in Neopia, the infamous Super Attack Pea, readily available and widely used its brothers, Seasonal Attack Pea/Attack Pea, are also seen more often than in the past. Not only that but other elite weapons such as Faerie Slingshot, Illusens Staff and Grapes of Wrath all deal massive earth icons and are being seen more and more often in the new battledome...Especially Illusens Staff due to a VERY recent price drop to less than 40mil!. With all of these super powerful earth dealing weapons becoming more and more available, having the strongest full earth blocker in the game is almost a must unless you don't mind being Dual SuAP'd every turn (Yes, that actually happens now, even at the "lower" levels of battling).

Counters- *Secret bonus point unlocked +1* This actually gets my super secret bonus point award because of the simple fact that this weapon is actually hard to stop when used properly. There's really no way to subvert its superb defensive vs all of the extremely power...
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Rating:
6
Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie (G-Staff for short) is an ancient weapon available for consideration for the wealthiest of players. G-Staff is hard to come by these days, and its lucrative full-Earth defense means that sellers will expect a handsome payment. In terms of cost, G-Staff falls in the "Hidden Tower+" range, priced well beyond the stock prices of active Hidden Tower weapons.

Although the full-Earth defense is the selling point of Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie, the weapon does possess a sprinkling of other icons. G-Staff offers 3.3 to 6 icons of offense as well as two icons of air defense to compliment the mighty Earth block.

At the highest levels of 2-Player battling, Earth icons reign supreme. Super Attack Pea, Seasonal Attack Pea, Attack Pea, Grapes of Wrath, Illusens Staff, and Faerie Slingshot all deal lethal amounts of Earth icons. At the Hidden Tower level, Skarls Hasty Mace, Sword of Thare, and Sword of Lameness are all Earth threats. When facing elite competition, an Earth counter is a necessity.

However, G-Staff does have competitors in the department of Earth defense. At a measly 6 icons, Greater Staff of the Earth Faerie does have the strongest potential attack of any Earth-blocking dual duty, but alternative Earth defenders have other offerings.

The Pirate Captains Hat is semi-fragile, but it costs a fraction of the price of G-Staff and offers full-Light defense as well as a small amount of Fire defense, making better equipped to fend off blows from Seasonal Attack Pea, Faerie Slingshot, and Grapes of Wrath.

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Rating:
1
Price/Power (0/5)
Provides a sizable full blocking power but without the added defense of a lot of hidden tower level blockers. Given the price of this retired weapon it just isn't worth the price.

Countermeasures (0/5)
Doesn't provide the pushing force able to get through many shields, but due to the full blocking earth power it can easily take down Sword of Thare or cut down any Attack Peas you will never run across.

Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
If you want a full blocker which provides attack it is most likely better to look at Hanso Charisma Charm or Altadorian Swordbreaker... If you really want to block some earth, the hidden tower Shield of Pion Troect is much more cost effective.

Other Points (1 Bonus)
Had to, retired hidden tower item.

Final Thoughts
Should have stayed locked in the tower.

Rated on May 29, 2013