|Description||Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife. This was given out by the Advent Calendar in Y24||
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|Special Categorization||Advent Calendar - This item was available at the Advent Calendar.|
Ratings - Roxtons Trusty Bowie Knife
Cobrall Utility Blade? That's not a knife. This... Now this is a knife.
Well, it's 2023, and it's time to face the new market reality: TNT is hyping up a plot, and weapon prices are up across the board as a result. Or, at least, they were. Thankfully, TNT threw us a few lifelines in the most recent Advent Calendar, with this being the most obviously relevant to the average single-player battler.
Most of you will care most about that juicy constant 15-icon attack. Compare this to Turned Tooth, which averages around 15.3 icons, but has about a 1/3 chance to do only 13 icons. It doesn't matter in every scenario, but there are a few damage calculations where the guaranteed 15 icons makes the difference between always KOing an opponent and sometimes leaving them standing. For example, if you have 55-84 strength against Jetsam Ace, Lens Flare plus two Turned Tooth gives you about a 1/9 chance to leave the Ace at 1 HP! This item can fill a similar niche to Lightning in a Bottle in that regard, while still being useful in longer battles. No, it's not better than Void Blade in this regard, because 16 is more than 15, but right now this item is a fraction of Void Blade's price, so I'm not docking it any points for that.
Honestly, I could end the review there: cheap weapon plus good attack equals great score. And it's true, this weapon would probably warrant at least a 9 if we stopped right there. But we don't have to.
Some of you may be wondering just how good that 75% Earth block is. Good news: it's good, and it's even better once you consider it's good without you having to train your pet's defence stat,...
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It's likely the best value for money way to cut down an earth attack without sacrificing much in the way of attack. While 75% is not 100%- for Lab Rat battlers this clearly would be a massive boost over most every other- normally much more expensive- option in the space. The idea that it is just an afterthought like the physical defense offered by the Altadorian Swordbreaker makes this even more compelling to me.
Then you have the icon choice- air- which is still rather hard to block (besides that one healing turn your opponent clearly will use their new Feel Better Soup...) and the "impossible to reflect" physical damage? This weapon just keeps giving. While it may not have the same pushing power as say- a Void Blade- depending on your opponent's chosen set this could be the ticket.
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The Stone Foam Finger offers more physical icons, but it is a much harder sell next to this. Its current 180k price tag is certainly nothing to cough at either.
I really hope the supply of these advent calendar powerhouses means that attempts to pricefix them will lead to ruin to those who attempt it.
Rated on January 27, 2023