Dark Battle Duck

Dark Battle Duck [r97]
Multiple Use
Estimated Cost: 180K - 250K NP
Restocks at: Battle Magic
Avg. rating: 5 / 10
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What's this? An evil squeaky duck! Send your opponents running from the battledome with its endless high-pitched noise! *Squeak! Squeak!*
Used by: Malevolent Shadow, Quartermaster
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Reviews (avg rating: 5)

Ominous Squeaking [at Jul 4th, 2008; 1:44 PM]
4 / 10

This used to be very popular, but it got downgraded, and then a while later the Neoquest II weapons were released to make it obsolete. Now, we're even looking at 9-icons being standard.

The water icons are very nice, as the only common defense to it at this level is the Leaf Shield. The dark icons are sure to run into trouble against Golden Compass though. The surprisingly high price is what kills this, and it doesn't seem to want to drop to a fair value anytime soon.

Alternatives: Pike Pike and Essence of Esophagor deal 9 icons, half of which are water.

Counters: Golden Compass knocks off the dark icons. Frozen Wand of Crystals works too.
Classic [at Jun 27th, 2008; 10:26 AM]
6 / 10

I previously rated this with a 4, and I was shocked when I saw it. This deserves more.

Power(1) 8 Offensive icons.

Price(2) This might be a little expensive, but the only alternative to this is actually the Fungus Ray, which in itself is overpriced. In retrospect, this is accurately priced.

Strategy(2) I also previously stated this gets very commonly knocked out, and to be honest, it doesn't. Leaf Shield is no longer keeping it's status of being the most famous low-level shield, and won't always be there to stop this weapon. Faerie Tabard may hurt this weapon, but this is conveniently placed in the in between stages of it and the Leaf Shield. Water, especially at this level, is uncommonly blocked.

Other(1) It's a Battle Duck, so I love it.

Upgrades: Fungus Ray does the same icons plus 3 earth for a little over 1M, in my opinion a worse deal than this, considering the extreme commonness of earth.
Downgrades: King Kelpbeards Blessing does 2.6 water and 2.6 dark, plus it blocks 3 light.