|Description||It is banned at the Altador Cup but will come in quite handy in the Battledome.||
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|Special Categorization||Altador Cup Prizes - This item is exclusively available from the Altador Cup.|
|Notes||Tested By: Chokolis|
Ratings - Stone Foam Finger
|At a Glance (2/3):|
Use this solid foam finger (foam? solid?) to poke your opponent with 10 icons of physical and 5 icons of light, totaling up to a solid 15 icons of damage. Yeah, that does sound handy!
The Finger is a dangerous weapon. One the one hand, physical damage is easy to block, especially in the Hidden Tower level, due to the regular use if HT shields (IE - Faerie Tabard). Additionally, Rusty Pitchfork and Altadorian Swordbreaker will check it. On the other hand, it is difficult to fully block with said HT shields, and stacking two of them will put the opponent at a bind for that round. Only the swordbreaker needs not to be fearful of this, as it will mitigate all of the physical damage, instead putting the pressure on the opponent. Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield will also cut the combo down considerably by blocking both the physical and all of the light damage.
There used to be a HT weapon called Asparachucks that was could be purchased for 7m. The Finger is 1 icon stronger, AND is 5m cheaper. Compared to that, I'd say that the price is pretty reasonable.
This is quite the oxymoron of a weapon... I mean, sure, with enough weight, something as soft as foam could be as hard as a rock... but then it might be too heavy to properly wield...
Final Score: 7/10
Rated on June 30, 2014
|Overview:About the strongest mid-tier weapon you can buy, this weapon really is a potential game-changer.|
The Good:15 icons for two million neopoints! You're not going to get it better than that. Basically you get to hit the same as a one-use muffin, but every single turn. To make the next jump up in weapons, you're going to be spending considerably more. The small step down for a little less is the 14-icon Dr. Sloths Personal Bath Buddy, which could actually be paired with the foam finger for an effective 1-player setup.
The Bad: Physical is very commonly partially blocked at every level of battling, and can be fully blocked if anticipated. In more expensive defense, the Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield soaks up this entire thing. More cheaply, the Altadorian Swordbreaker ties this weapon by blocking all of the physical. Alternatively, Rusty Pitchfork went from good to great since it now has a common weapon that it can beat. Luckily, the Scroll of Knowledge is cheap and free of physical icons, so the Stone Foam Finger can rampage along with cheap backup.
The Ugly Truth: Despite the real risk of having this partially blocked a lot, the stone foam finger brings mass icons to the budget-conscious battler, and is definitely worth having in any 1-player set. It's also great for 2-player as long as you have a contingency plan for big physical dual duties like the Altadorian Swordbreaker or the Rusty Pitchfork.
Rated on August 1, 2013
15 Icons for around 2 mil is pretty hard to beat, especially considering most 15 icon weapons are single use bombs rather then actual good multiuse weapons. I worry that this means the next surge of plot weapons will all be 15 icons but with a better spread of icons. This item is pretty cheap right now, but as with all retired items may raise up over time.
This is where the weakness of this weapon comes through, it is very easy to block large amounts of physical using common hidden tower level shields and light blockers like the Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield can mutilate this. Then you run into an Altadorian Swordbreaker and you know you are done for.
Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
Honestly, when given the choice between this and the similarly priced but one icon weaker Dr. Sloths Personal Bath Buddy, I would say the Dr. Sloths Personal Bath Buddy wins every time. The better icon combination easily beats out the extra easily blocked icon of physical. Upgrade wise you are always looking at anagram swords right now.
Other Points (No Bonus)
Too high for me to give a bonus, especially due to its icon distribution. I may give it a bonus for being retired here when the price goes so high I have to lower my rating.
Interesting weapon TNT, but just as the Ylanas blaster set a precedent in plots i hope this one doesn't, imagine if they released an item that had 10 fire, 5 dark or something...
Rated on July 4, 2013
Price/power (5/5): This is going for about 2 million at the time of writing. That's even more cost-effective than Dr. Sloths Personal Bath Buddy!
Tactical (3/5): Mass physical could potentially be a fatal weakness. High level shields such as Faerie Tabard, Ghostkershield, Dr. Sloths Personal Body Armour, and Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield all block 5 physical icons. This means the attack here will be reduced to 5-10 icons depending on the shield. In addition, weapons such as the Altadorian Swordbreaker come out even against this, so that's another thing to watch for. If you're also using weapons such as Ylanas Blaster, Brynns Legendary Sword of Wraith Smiting, or the Altador Cup Throwing Star, you need to be even more careful about what shields or dual duties your opponent is using, since your attack will be very easy to counter if they anticipate it properly. That being said, in the right situations (e.g. if your opponent is frozen) a 15-iconer and a 13-iconer paired together can be devastating. This will also be effective if your opponent uses percentage defenders such as Downsize!.
Bonus (1/1): TNT seems to be throwing us a bone after they failed to release good weapons when the Obelisk War ended. Unlike what happened with Ylanas Blaster and Brynns Legendary Sword of Wraith Smiting, I think they're doing a decent job this time. Sure, this is extremely cheap for a 15-iconer, but it's also easily the worst 15-iconer out there, so maybe it kinda, sorta balances out? I'm sure many people will disagree with me here--15-iconers being this cheap is unprecedented, after all.
Closing remarks: After the...
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