Varia is the Bomb (r101) [Special]View in Item Database
DescriptionWhen super charged this thing can be very strong! Varia is the Bomb

Once per Battle

Average Rating [?]
Attack *physical**physical**physical**physical**physical**physical**physical**physical**physical**physical**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**fire**light**light**light**light**light*
Defense N/A
Reflect N/A
Effects N/A
Actual Icons
Restocks At N/A
Used By N/A
Special Categorization Lost Fragments - This item was released as a prize for participating in the Lost Fragments event.
Notes *limit_one* Limit one
Ratings - Varia is the Bomb
I wanted to wait for the price of this thing to stabilize a bit more before reviewing it, but I definitely can't let this weapon's rating remain a 6. I think this weapon is the best bomb released in at least the last ten years, so long as we carefully exclude Thunder Sticks from that definition. Freezers, while often also technically bombs (once per battle weapons that do damage), don't feel very bomb-y.

As of the time of writing, these bombs are going for around 2 million Neopoints - a huge discount compared to the less-consistent but roughly-equivalent Ghostkerbomb - for a mind-boggling 25 icons. In case you're not aware, that is actually still a lot of icons, even in 2023, especially now that Wand of the Dark Faerie is back up to prices of 200m and climbing.

"Why do you need that kind of power? Isn't 16 icons enough?" I hear you saying. What if I said yes? It turns out that this item is so strong it forms the new cheapest way to deal at least 40 icons in one turn 100% of the time: one of these plus anything that will always do at least 15 icons (a Roxtons Trusty Bowie Knife, Void Blade, or even Lightning In A Bottle will do the trick). That's just enough power to knock out the Giant Space Fungus on Mighty in one shot when used with Lens Flare - the path of least resistance when it comes to your daily Nerkmid farming. This item has knocked an entire digit off the cheapest 40-icon turn's price tag: you can now have for around 2-3 million what used to require a Ghostkerbomb and a Fan of Swords that together cost at least 22 million!

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eh... it is a more consistent Ghostkerbomb with different icons.

Bombs are an odd weapon class in the current state of the Battledome. They are marginally better than the standard weapons being released, such as Blaze or Roxtons Trusty Bowie Knife, and actually produces less damage than Super Attack Pea. However, like all bombs, this is once per battle. To be honest, unless you are OHKO-ing 1p opponents with this, I would much rather be running something with more versatility in 1P than a bomb.

It is ok for what it does. It is much more consistent and reliable for icon damage than the stalwart Ghostkerbomb, and this weapon being practically given away for free a few short weeks ago doesn't hurt. However, this weapon is in an awkward spot of not really having a home.

Rated on April 12, 2023