Scarab Ring

Scarab Ring [r101]
Multiple Use
Attack

Defense

Estimated Cost: 1.5K-2K NP
Restocks at: Nowhere
Avg. rating: 9.5 / 10
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This remarkable ring can both attack an opponent and provide great defence for the wearer. This is a prize from a Lost Desert Scratchcard.
Dual duty (attack + defense)
Used by: Cunning Mastermind
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Reviews (avg rating: 9.5)

Classic dual-duty [at Nov 30th, 2011; 6:34 AM]
9 / 10

professorelite
While the Scarab Ring has long been the bargain benchmark for dual-duty weapons, another weapon, the Oversized Maractite Rune Sword, now challenges the ring for the title the best dual duty in the price class.

With twelve total icons, the ring still provides the best raw power-to-price ratio; however, the icons types are are weaker than those of the Oversized Maractite Rune Sword. Five icons from the sword slice through the ring while cutting the ring down to four icons. Likewise, the oversized sword splits the common Tooth of Terask in half while being untouched itself. In contrast, the tooth is untouched by the Scarab Ring while blocking two dark icons from the ring.

Nonetheless, there is no rule against using more than one dual-duty in a the same set. In fact, using both the sword and the ring together is usually a stronger strategy than pairing a pure attacker with a pure shield for the same amount of NP, though their overlap in physical and water attack make them quite vulnerable to many common shields.

The most effective shield against the ring for the least NP is Fish Scale Breastplate, which blocks all but water for only 2K. You have to spend about 30K before you can block more by using Virtupets X-514 Super Shield.
The Famous One [at Nov 25th, 2011; 8:32 PM]
10 / 10

Crimsonite
Power to Price (6/6): This IS the best dual duty for 6 iconers and is cheap enough that anyone can buy one on their first day.

Tactical (3/3): The attack icons almost guarantee that at least one type makes it through at the level most users of this weapon battle at. Physical and Fire are common enough in many weapons such as Tyrannian Lupe Tooth, Scroll of Flame Strike, Bow of the Hegelob, Ylanas Blaster, Brynns Legendary Sword of Wraith Smiting, Lost Desert Dagger, Garoo Elite Blaster, Sword of Apocalypse, and Carved Qasalan Blowgun.

Other Observations (1/1): This is still the powerhouse it was when it was released.

Downgrades: Attack Fork drops a couple icons. Candy Cane Sword, Fruit Cake Brick, and Glowing Meteor Rock are the cheap 6-iconers.

Alternatives: Unstable Slime, Tomato Spitter, and Skull and Crossbow are good 7-8 iconers. Snowager Sword, Makeshift Ships Hammer, Elegant Desert Sword, and Seti Hilt Sword defend similar icons. If you need a shield to defend these icons, consider Sophies Magic Hat.

Upgrades: Carved Qasalan Blowgun and Rainbow Scroll are the cheapest 9-iconers.

Defenses/Countermeasures: Virtupets X-514 Super Shield blocks most of the attack. Leaf Shield and Sophies Magic Hat leave just two icons. Rainbow Scroll and Scroll of the Earth blast through this untounched.