Faerie Tabard (r200) [Artifact]View in Item Database
DescriptionThis tabard is made of the finest materials and was enchanted by all of the faeries. Faerie Tabard


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Attack N/A
Defense *-fire**-fire**-fire**-fire**-fire**-air**-air**-air**-earth**-earth**-earth**-physical**-physical**-physical**-physical**-physical*
*-water* 100%
Reflect N/A
Effects N/A
Actual Icons
Restocks At N/A
Used By Pride
Space Faerie
Special Categorization Hidden Tower - This item stocks, or used to stock, in The Hidden Tower.
Notes None
Ratings - Faerie Tabard
Faerie Tabard is a superb shield that excels at ever facet of the game.

This weapon stocks for 7.5M NP in the Hidden Tower, and at the time of this review can be found for just under 7M on the player market. Faerie Tabard blocks all Water icons as well as a nice five icons each of Fire and Physical defense and three more icons each of Earth and Air defense.

The full-Water defense is what makes Faerie Tabard especially nice given the relative lack of Multiple Use full-Water blockers. Enchanted Kiko Squeeze Toy offers no additional defense, making it undesirable. Battle Plunger is an amazing option, but only Neopia's most elite are able to afford it. U-Bend of Great Justice is the supreme Water reflector, and its closeness in price to Faerie Tabard makes it the only suitable competition.

Currently, Faerie Tabard has practical applications for 1-Player, general 2-Player, and League 97, making it an all-around useful shield. Let's examine all three areas in detail.

In 1-Player, Faerie Tabard dethroned Ghostkershield as most popular 1P shield when it was released, and it reigned for many years until the release of Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield. Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield is well-liked because it offers a bit more total defense, but Faerie Tabard is still a prime choice for defense against 1-Player opponents. Many 1-Player opponents have a tendency to use more 'elemental' icons than Dark and Light icons, making Faerie Tabard an excellent fit against many challengers. It should be noted that this fact does not hold true for all challengers, for example The Black Pteri and Sidney would be largely untamed b...
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Overview: In my opinion the Tabard is the second-best shield in Neopia. If the quantities of icons blocked were the same as the Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield, it would easily be the best.

The Good: Fully blocks the all-too-common water, while still blocking some fire, air, earth, and physical icons. In the L97 world, this shield will at least partially block almost every weapon. If you were to pair this with a Spyder Stone Necklace, every icon type would be partially blocked, and your opponent would need to deal at least 3 icons of a certain type to get through. Something to remember is that the cheapest "hidden tower sword" is Kelpbeards trident, which also has a twin, the Sword of Tawre. The fact that this shield cuts both of those down to only a few possible icons makes the shield worth having in any set.

The Bad: The air and earth defense is really only novelty defense in anything but the lowest leagues. If someone pulls a Skarls Hasty Mace on you, only 6 of the 13-29 icons are going to get blocked, and it's unlikely that your secondary weapon can pick up the slack.

The Ugly Truth: In L97 or low-league tournaments, the Faerie Tabard is best shield money can buy. Outside of those, the effectiveness is diminished unless used against Kelpbeards trident or Sword of Tawre.

Rated on September 30, 2013

Price/Power (4/5)
Blocks a good deal of fire which is great, all water, and a variety of other icon types. While there are cheaper ways to block water, this is no doubt the best option unless you have a Lab Rat.

Countermeasures (4/5)
Kills the Dr. Sloths Personal Bath Buddy, Kelpbeards Trident and Sword of Tawre among other items. This is a really solid defense.

Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
There is always the Enchanted Kiko Squeeze Toy or U-Bend of Great Justice which may be better if you are a Lab Rat user.

Other Points (No Bonus)

Final Thoughts
One of the staples of the battledome right now it seems.

Rated on May 27, 2013