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Hanso Charisma Charm (r101) [Special]View in Item Database
DescriptionThe most charisma you can legally cram into one object. Hanso Charisma Charm

Multiuse


Average Rating [?]
9.4
Attack *earth**earth**earth**earth**earth**light**light**light**light**light*
Defense *-dark* 100%
Reflect N/A
Effects N/A
Actual Icons
ATTACK EARTH 5 ATTACK LIGHT 5 DEFENSE_PERCENT DARKNESS 100%  
JN Price 12,800 NP
Restocks At N/A
Used By N/A
Special Categorization Faeries' Ruin - This item was released as a prize for participating in the Faeries' Ruin event.
Notes None
Ratings - Hanso Charisma Charm
Rating:
10
Recommended for: Beginner and Intermediate Battlers
Price at Time of Rating: Less than 1,000 NP

This dual-duty weapon was great when it cost a few hundred thousand NP, and now it’s an absolute steal since it’s been given out en masse via the new Quest Log feature. At the time of this review, you can buy it for dirt cheap prices. While defense isn’t a high priority for daily 1P battling, I’d recommend that everyone pick up one of these while they’re cheap, just to tuck away in case you ever need it against a future plot boss or a tough opponent.

Strengths:
The 100% dark defense has always been the main reason to pick this up, as this can come in handy against tough opponents.

What’s even better is that, at its current low prices, this weapon is now a great beginner weapon too! With 10 icons of attack, it’s a step up from Ridiculously Heavy Battle Hammer and Scroll of Ultranova.

Weaknesses:
Dual-duty weapons are in an awkward spot in the current battledome meta, where attack is of higher priority than defense. So for intermediate and above battlers, this weapon won’t shine to its full potential unless it is defending against a dark-heavy attack. However, its drop in price means that it is now great for beginners who might not have the faerie abilities Lens Flare and Warlocks Rage yet, and thus may need the extra defense each turn.

Alternatives:
Ring of the Lost is the other major 100% dark defender, and is a direct icon swap of fire instead of earth for the attack. However, it is significantly more expensive at this time, so Hanso...
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Rating:
10
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Price/Power (5/5)
The price is now next to nothing.

Countermeasures (4/5)
Pretty easily blocked by several hidden tower weapons, but realistically the cheapest way to counter this is to simply not use dark. Given the popularity of the Sword of Skardsen has dropped recently that should be technically more possible then ever.

Alternatives Upgrades or Downgrades
The Ring of the Lost is the main alternative to this but right now costs far too much to really be worth it. Another option in cheap full blocking is the Parasol of Unfortunate Demise or the Altadorian Swordbreaker.

Other Points (1 Bonus)
It is so SO cheap right now- damn, why not? If you dont have any other dark blockers this one is a no-brainer.

Final Thoughts
The release of this item annoyed a lot of collectors.

Ahem, sorry about that. I must have tried to rate it 11 and it cycled back round. /s

Rated on September 29, 2013. Updated December 1, 2023

Rating:
8
Power: 5/5
10 offensive icons paired with a full dark block for under 1M is a real steal. People used to pay far more for this when Ring of the Lost was the dark blocking dual duty of choice.

Counters: 2/3
Now here we go for the downside. The offense is completely shut down by the very popular Hubrid Nox Memorial Shield and reduced to 2 light icons by Ghostkershield, but at least it gets 7 icons through Faerie Tabard.

On the lower levels Leaf Shield and Virtupets X-514 Super Shield reduce it to 5 icons and 7 get through Shiny Shoal Shell Shield.

To sum it up: chances are the offense will be stopped or severly cut down if the enemy uses any popular defense, yet it's still a great dual duty if you know you'll encounter mass dark.

Uniqueness: 0/1
You might want to still consider Ring of the Lost instead of this if you can afford it as its offense is harder to stop whcih may get you ahead.

Bonus: 1/1
Certainly the best plot prize I've seen in a long time.

Rated on September 14, 2013. Updated December 1, 2023

Rating:
9
Back when Ring of the Lost was first released it was considered an amazing value. Then came Hanso Charisma Charm, offering an even better value.

Hanso Charisma Charm attacks with 5 Earth and 5 Light for a total of 10 icons while completely blocking Dark icons at the same time, all for a price of ~500k. (at the time of review)

Full defense against an icon type is few and far between when speaking of weapons priced under a million Neopoints, but 10 icons of offense on top of a full block is unheard of. Considering the sheer number of these in existence, the price won't be going far anytime soon.

The price and power of Hanso Charisma Charm are perfect: this weapon fits into both intermediate and upper-level sets. Hanso Charisma Charm can tear apart opposing Sword of Skardsens and Wand of the Dark Faerie. At a more intermediate level, none of the 13-icon weapons nor Dr. Sloths Personal Bath Buddy or Stone Foam Finger will fall to Hanso Charisma Charm head-to-head, but it still serves as an excellent choice for 1P battling for a wide variety of budgets. (Remember to check iDB's challenger profiles to see which challengers use lots of Dark icons!)

Pairing Hanso Charisma Charm with a Faerie Tabard or Wanderers Cloak will provide solid protection against sic out of seven icon types while still outputting 10 icons of offense.

Golden Compass would be a step down for those on a miniscule budget. Illusens Staff would be a step up for those with deep pockets. But for most battlers, Hanso Charisma Charm is the best choice for a Dark-blocking Dual Duty.

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Rating:
10
Price/power (5/5): Despite having been around since 2011, this is still ridiculously cheap for what it does. Very few full blockers are dual duties that attack with 10 icons. It's essentially a high-level weapon with a mid-level price.

Tactical (4/5): Comes out ahead against Sword of Skardsen. However, it gets shut down by Pirate Captains Hat. It's also vulnerable to shields such as Leaf Shield, Wanderers Cloak, and Studded Leather Cuirass. With the release of the other anagram swords (i.e. everything other than Skardsen), the use of this weapon has diminished quite a bit. Even so, its potential as a dual duty cannot be overlooked.

Bonus (1/1): Back in the day, Ring of the Lost did pretty much the same thing and cost 10-20 times as much.

Closing remarks: While you do get more cheap full blockers these days (Altadorian Swordbreaker, Parasol of Unfortunate Demise, etc.) there really aren't many dual duties that excel at both offense and defense. Get this while the low price lasts, because there are no viable alternatives to this. Then again, it's been quite some time since Faerieland fell from the sky, and the price of Hanso's charm has been pretty stable...

Rated on November 27, 2012. Updated December 1, 2023