Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath [r101]
Multiple Use

Restocks for 155 dubloons at the Smuggler's Cove.
Estimated Cost: 200M NP
Restocks at: Smugglers Cove
Avg. rating: 7.5 / 10
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These grapes are VERY angry.
Smuggler's Cove weapon
Used by: Wrath
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Reviews (avg rating: 7.5)

I eat these like a king [at Jun 12th, 2012; 5:12 PM]
8 / 10

One of the strongest weapons around, with a constant 24 icons of mass fire and earth, the only thing this weapon lacks is a low price tag.

Being a cove item, and a sought out for one at that, this weapons price has risen dramatically.

Now this may make you think slightly less of this weapon, but an anagram sword does the same number of icons at max power, but the average for one of those is 18 icons while this is 24.

This can also be seen though as a constant Ghostkerbomb.

Mass earth, gets through sink VERY nicely, fire is hard to block already.

Downgrades: The only weapons that might compete with this are the sister swords: the Sword of White Lies and Ghostkersword, one of which is a cove item, and the latter of which is a retired HT weapon. The average icons of these swords don't match up to the consistency of these grapes, but have the potential, to deal more. If you own one of these bunches of grapes, and are looking to upgrade, you can choose the more impossible to get, attack pea family.

This is your stepping stone to the attack peas really, though it is debatable to whether this is easy to sell or not.

Counters: Full earth blockers/reflectors are your best bet, or simply try to out offense your opponent. [weap]Pirate Captains Hat/weap] gains much reputation due to the fact that it can reduce this weapon to simply 4 fire icons. In the long run though, the hat will break and this will not.

In conclusion, only get this if you have A TON OF neopoints, need an upgrade from sowl and gsword, but aren't quite at the point to buy a pea.

Other notes: thank you surfy_894 for letting me use this, it was awesome :D
Grapes of Ultimate Fury! [at Nov 23rd, 2009; 12:17 AM]
7 / 10

Awesome weapon, real earth thing. One of the only rivals to the Attack Pea weapon line.

Power (5/5) - 24 consistent icons total. 15 earth, 9 fire. Amazing power? I think so. While we're on the subject, this is really classified as a bomb, most probably due to power and the item image. However, technically, it's not a bomb, as it is multiple use, and it looks like it's going to stay that way, as stated in an NT editorial.

Price (0/2) - ... Yeah. Extremely expensive. When it first restocked at the Cove, it was probably worth 20mil at the most. That was a week and a half ago. Now, it's probably worth more than 500mil. Actually, I just saw a trade that had "2x Faerie Slingshot" in the wishlist area. That's about 400mil. This is probably going to get up to a billion before we know it. Guess we should've expected that.

Tactical (2/3) - It has 24 consistent icons, and is multiple use. Awesome if there's some guy on the BDC with really awesome weapons and stats and wants to verse you.

Anyway, earth is actually pretty easy to be blocked. Well, it is if we're talking about weapons that are nowhere near the price of this. Pirate Captains Hat is a full earth blocker + 5 fire, Illusens Silver Shield is also a full earth blocker, and Ultra Dual Shovel could also be a good choice.
If a weapon is going to have a lot of power in one icon type, then it's going to have to be one of those ones hard to block.

Overall Score (7/10) - Very expensive. But a good choice power-wise, and okay tactically. If you can get your hands on one, try and get one.

Upgrades/Alternatives - The Attack Pea is an obvious upgrade to this. With 24 icons in the first one, and going up to 32 in the SuAP, amazing little peas.
A good alternative to this is the Carrotblade. Impossible to find nowadays, but still good wasting all your time trying to find one. It's only listed in Alternatives since it can do more earth icons than this at its best.

Counters - Well, like I said in the Tactical section, this has a lot to go up against. A Pirate Captains Hat kills this to a mere 4 fire icons, Illusens Silver Shield blocks 15/24 icons, and Ultra Dual Shovel sends 75% of the earth right back at you.
Also, the Shovel Plus reflects half of the earth.
Then we have some other lists. Greater Staff Of The Earth Faerie blocks all earth, and the Faerie Tabard takes care of the fire side of things.