Golden Pirate Amulet (r101) [Special]View in Item Database
DescriptionWhatever you do, dont drop it in the sea! Golden Pirate Amulet


Average Rating [?]
Attack *dark**dark**dark**water**water*
Defense *-light* 100%
Reflect N/A
Effects Drains 1-30hp from opponent (non-heal)
Actual Icons
Restocks At N/A
Used By Cannon Master
Special Categorization Smuggler's Cove - This item was released as an item available for purchase at the Smuggler's Cove.
Notes None
Distributions - Golden Pirate Amulet
Minimum: 1.00
Maximum: 30.00
Mean: 15.48
Ratings - Golden Pirate Amulet
At a Glance (2/3):
Unlock the power of the golden ammy to deal 3 icons of darkness and 2 icons of water damage! Additionally, it will protect you from all light damage. However, it also has a deadly little secret... It drains the very life force from your foes! You don't benefit from the drain directly, but you still should get a kick out of zombifying your opponents.

In-Depth (4/4):
If you're a player that likes to play with 99+ hp pets, stop reading.

Yes. Right now. Do it.

If you're not, or you're a stubborn, old mule, then you will be glad to know of its almost godly effects in Leagues 5 and below. The offense is pretty bad and light defense can easily be had with Parasol of Unfortunate Demise, but that's not why this is feared. This item's ability to chip away an average of ~15.48 hp of pretty much free damage ANY and EVERY turn is invaluable! The best way to reliably counter that drain is to use a multihealing weapon such as Everlasting Crystal Apple. Bad news, though, is that multihealers are typically banned in Leagues 8 and below, so GPA and other multidrainers are essentially almost counterless and extremely dangerous.

There is only a handful of weapons that can drain multiple times like this: Glowing Cauldron, Battle Plunger, Purple Hooded Robe, and the golden ammy drains better than all 3 of them. Yes, the cauldron can drain, but it only has a mere 1/16 chance of doing so, giving it an average drain rate of 1.25 hp per turn. The robe has a 1/4 chance of draining 10 hp, so while it's better than the cauldron, 2.5 hp drained per turn is still pretty bad. The plunger jumps up to a whopping ~...
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Now I may be using a dated term here, but this is a noobinator weapon if I ever saw one.

As far as a low league 2-Player battling goes, Golden Pirate Amulet (GPA) is simply insane.

Golden Pirate Amulet is a high-profile Smuggler's Cove weapon that sells for a nine-digit sum. Why is this weapon so expensive?

In low league 2P, L4 and L5 primarily, it makes winning easy.

Golden Pirate Amulet generates 5 icons of offense while also blocking all incoming Light icons. The true power of GPA lies in its ability to inflict 1 to 30 hitpoints of direct damage with every use.

Testing indicates that GPA inflicts this direct damage completely randomly; the chance of it dealing 1, 2, 3,...,30 points of direct damage is equal, meaning the weapon will average 15.5 points of unstoppable damage each turn. This sum might be trivial for big 1P pets, but for L4 and L5 pets with hitpoint totals like 57, 74, and 97HP, this is a serious amount of damage.

Let's not forget that Golden Pirate Amulet is still generating 5 additional icons worth of damage and also stopping Light icons, making it all the better. GPA is actually the 4th strongest full-Light dual duty behind Skarls Sword, Jhudoras Bewitched Ring, and Darkness Scarab. Light icons are not particularly common, but there's no reason to complain about additional effects to go with direct damage.

Direct damage effects are rare. Among them are the Glowing Cauldron, which offers a slim chance to drain HP and the Cursed Elixir that can take the place of a healer and be used once per battle, but true no-strings-attached direct damagers only exist...
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Price/Power (0/5)
Cove item, and an old one at that. You may not even find one... Price to power wise it just doesn't stack up. Maybe it would have been slightly better if the drain healed you.

Countermeasures (0/5)
Doesn't give enough power to really get through any shields, but at least being a full blocker is a nice touch.

Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
Parasol of Unfortunate Demise is the cheapest way to block light, but the Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield would be better if you have the cash. IF you want a cove light blocker, a Alien Aisha Scrambler would work slightly better as it sacrifices the attack for another 100% block.

Other Points (2 Bonus)
Interesting item, but too weak to hold up.

Final Thoughts
I hope that a Dubloon Collector doesn't expect they have to get one of these too.

Rated on May 26, 2013