|Description||When you read these words aloud you will gain all the knowledge of the universe for a brief time.||
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|Restocks At||Brightvale Scroll|
|Used By||Cunning Mastermind|
This review was a long time coming...
I could wax nostalgic about how Attack Fork used to be good on a budget, but I'll just get right to the point this time: This is a relic of a bygone era.
There's not much reason to use this when you could use a Poisonous Mushroom Tea, which is more powerful (13 icons vs 11 icons) for around the same price. Alternatively, you could save up a little more for something like a Tyrannian Sceptre/Yooyu Knuckle Duster (14 icons), or a Turned Tooth (variable, but averages a bit over 15 icons).
I'd honestly suggest just skipping over this and going straight for something like a Turned Tooth, since that's the strongest buyable weapon on the market these days. You could even save a nice chunk of change compared to the Shop Wizard price of Turned Tooth if you successfully restock one from the Tyrannian Weaponry Shop; it could be a viable option given the Tooth's has a rarity of 89 versus this weapon's rarity of 94 (though you'll want at least around 35k NP saved up before you try restocking a Turned Tooth).
Now, if you really just want to attack with a bunch of different icon types at once, there's still a better option (that's still buyable!): Magic Gridlock Gun, which attacks with all seven non-glitchy icon types (I personally use one as part of my weapon-testing routine). The kicker: the Gun attacks for 14 icons.
When the other reviews here were written, we had recently emerged from an era in which 9-icon buyable weapons like Ice Club and Stone Club were dominant in the 1P space, not-quite-13-iconers like Ylanas Blaster and Brynns Legendary Sword of Wraith Smiting...
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|Value 3/3: 11 icons, buyable. Enough said.|
Tactical 6/6: This is the best option for producing raw damage for low-tier battlers. It's a necessity in 1p battling and the raw power is still useful in 2p arenas, even though it is a little easier to block this weapon there.
This puts all icons through the Scarab Ring. This is important: Many other dual duties that take a chunk out of this can still only break even (at best) when they block some of this weapon's icons. That makes the icon spread of this weapon a less significant flaw.
Other 1/1: This weapon is best-in-class for 1p battling thanks to its raw power and still the weapon of choice for many 2p fights.
Conclusion: Sometimes there's less to say about the best weapons because they speak for themselves. That is the case with this weapon. Be aware that some of its icons are easily blocked in 2p, but that shouldn't stop you from buying one or two if your weapons are in the sub-500k range.
Rated on October 10, 2013
|Overview: It's a solid 11 icons for those on a budget. The only downfall of this weapon is its icon spread.|
The Good: It's available to buy on the Shop Wizard, what more could you ask for? If you find yourself in a slug fest in L97 or 500k battle, then you might as well use two of these, as they're cheap icons. A Scroll of Knowledge is also very viable in 1-player, where you can pick and choose your opponents, and won't be likely to pick an opponent that blocks big chuck of your scroll.
The Bad: Any dual duty worth its salt can beat or at least tie this. Just to name a few, Frozen Water Daggers, Amulet of Inevitable Betrayal, Ancient Gnarled Wand, Golden Compass, and Stocking Full of Coal all match or beat the Scroll of Knowledge, and most of those are cheaper. Also, all those dual duties I mentioned can be used in both L97 and 500k-limit tournaments.
The Ugly Truth: The Scroll of Knowledge is so cheap, that it's worth considering even if you think you'll run up against the dual duties that hurt it. As for raw power, you're not going to do better for the price.
Rated on September 29, 2013
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As time passes and the icon inflation increases- we see old gems such as this becoming less and less relevant. While it is still cheap to be sure, the actual value has gone down when compared to other cheaper more icon rich items.
Another item mostly blocked by the Tower Shield. Luckily as I have said with all these scrolls that are blocked by this, there are little chance of even running into one of these. Besides that they could only block one scroll not two.
Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
At this point you can grab similar high spread icon items like the Magic Gridlock Gun which do more than this for not much more money. While this item is still not horrible, it certainly has lost its luster in recent times.
Other Points (2 Reduction)
And you waste all the knowledge in the universe on this? Why not write some amazing insight into the fundamental parts of the universe?
Rated on September 29, 2013. Updated August 7, 2020
A buyable 11 iconer, here goes icon inflation at it's best. Let's be honest, this is pretty much *the* weapon to get as starter unless you're super short on money in which case you may want to consider the weaker but essentially free Scroll of Ultranova.
Yes, most common starter shields like Leaf Shield will take a big bunch out of this, but let's be honest: if you grab this you'll use it in 1p and it's unlikely your opponent will block a lot of it. However even in 2p dual-wielding this gives a nice spread of icons with enough of each to get a big punch through most shields.
Being spread across 5 icon types and still being surprisingly useful this is a great thing to have.
Unfortunately due to being so cheap and awesome those tend to inflate very fast when needed. Better grab yours while supplies last.
Rated on August 9, 2013. Updated August 7, 2020
|A buyable 11 iconer? What has Neopets come to? :P|
Scroll of Knowledge deals 11 icons; that is simply superb. In terms of raw power, nothing in its price range can top it.
However, a word of caution. This weapon deals too many icon types. A weapon that deals 5 of 7 icon types is just asking to be partially blocked. When I say this I do not just mean this for 2-Player battling, but for 1-Player as well. I know experienced battlers like to say that "icons type don't matter in 1-Player," but this is only partially true. 1-Player opponents each have their own unique defense, but still have defenses nonetheless. It is highly likely that even 1-Player opponents will trim down Scroll of Knowledge's attack because of its wide variety. When battlers say that icon types do not matter in 1-Player, what they mean is that there are no unanimously popular shields for computer opponents like there are for players, meaning a weapon is not more or less desirable for its icon types in 1-Player.
Weapons like Ramtors Spellbook and Rusty Cleaver are ultimately better for their fewer icon types and larger quantities of their icon types, but Scroll of Knowledge earns its 9 out of 10 rating for its low price and brute force, not its spread.
Rated on December 22, 2012. Updated August 7, 2020
|Power/Price (5/5): This weapon has an absolutely insane icon to price ratio. A perfect weapon for newbies looking to deal a lot of damage at a low cost.|
Countermeasures (4/5): Only 4 icons are blocked by Leaf Shield, 6 icons blocked by Shiny Shoal Shell Shield and 8 icons blocked by virtupets X-514 super shield. The Scrolls wide range of icons helps it against the more common shields and full blockers but it falls short if your opponent owns a virtupets X-514 super shield. One of the most popular beginner tier weapons, the scarab ring, does not defend any icons against Scroll of Knowledge.
In 1-player fights, this weapon shines. It's a must for newer battlers because of the amount of icons it deals and the wide range of icon types.
In 2-player fights, this weapon can be stopped by very specific shields, if your opponent is not expecting the Scroll of Knowledge, it may be very difficult to stop.
Alternative: Scroll of the Scholar
Downgrade: Ridiculously Heavy Battle Hammer
Upgrade: Ylanas Blaster, Altador Cup Throwing Star
I am giving this weapon a 9/10, it is an amazing weapon for newer battlers. The wide icon type range prevents the weapon from being easily blocked by most of the common beginner shields and the Scarab Ring. The icon range also helps newbies understand how the battledome works which in my opinion is a big plus.
Rated on November 20, 2012. Updated August 7, 2020