Lancer Staff 261 – Daily Weapon Gem for December 20, 2012

Happy Thursday, Orbitars! Here’s today’s Daily Weapon Gem from Palutena.

Lancer Staff — Value 261
Ranged 3.5, Melee 2
Knockback defense +2, Shot homing +1, Stamina +2, Recovery effect +3

This Lancer Staff is decent, with above average attributes and modifiers all around. Interestingly, all of the Staff’s attributes are fairly neutral and can work well on any weapon, making the Lancer Staff a good fusion piece if you decide not to use it on its own. Obtaining the Lancer Staff will set you back 25,600 hearts, while grinding it up will net you 199 hearts.

Have a great day!

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Midnight Palm 244 – Daily Weapon Gem for December 19, 2012

Hello once again, Orbitars! Here’s today’s Daily Weapon Gem.

Midnight Palm — Value 244
Ranged 2.5, Melee 3.5
Weakening +1, Standing cont. fire +3, Melee combo +2, Heart bonus +1

This Midnight Palm is all over the place, with attributes and modifiers suggesting a well-rounded approach. Standing cont. fire +3 works quite well with Ranged 2.5, and Melee combo +2 is nice with Melee 3.5. Both Weakening +1 and Heart bonus +! are good to have on any weapon, as both of these modifiers are excellent, even as +1s. This one is probably best used as fusion material (where a weapon with more focus could be made), but is definitely usable on its own. If you’re interested, you can convert the Gem into a weapon for 17,000 hearts. If not, you can always fuse it or grind it up for 160 hearts.

Paw Pad Orbitars 189 – Daily Weapon Gem for December 18, 2012

Good morning, Orbitars! Here’s today’s Daily Weapon Gem from Palutena.

Paw Pad Orbitars — Value 189
Ranged 1.5, Melee 0
Melee defense +1, Shot range +2, Dash ch. shot +2

Despite the low value of these Paw Pads, the weapon actually has pretty good modifiers. Both Shot range +2 and Dash ch. shot +2 could make meaningful contributions of a higher-valued Ranged weapon, therefore making these Orbitars are great fusion piece. If you are interested in using these Paw Pad Orbitars, they cost 6600 hearts to convert into a weapon. If not, you can fuse them with another Gem or grind them up for 68 hearts.

Have a great day! I’m thinking about running a one-day event sometime between now and New Year’s Day. What would be good for everyone?

Weapon Gems for the Weekend and Today (12/15, 12/16, 12/17)

Happy Monday, Orbitars! My busy holiday schedule continues, and will probably be intermittent through the end of the calendar year. As I’ve done previously, I’ll post the weapons with limited analysis today.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fireworks Cannon — Value 234
Ranged 1, Melee 2.5
Status resistance +2, Stamina +1, Melee dash attack +3, Item attack +2

Cost of converting gem into weapon: 14,600 hearts
Reward for grinding up weapon gem: 140 hearts

The Fireworks Cannon is decent, although the mix of Melee 2.5 and Melee dash attack +3 on a Ranged-leaning weapon is less than ideal. Status resistance +2 and Stamina +1 back up the weapon nicely (as does Item attack +2, if that fits your play style).


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dark Pit Staff — Value 263
Ranged 4, Melee 1
Shot defense +3, Dash cont. fire +4

Cost of converting gem into weapon: 27,400 hearts
Reward for grinding up weapon gem: 206 hearts

This Dark Pit Staff is simple, but very effective. Ranged 4 is excellent on this Staff, as is Shot defense +3. Dash cont. fire +4 tends to work better on other weapons with higher firing rates (like Palms and Orbitars), but the modifier is easily one of the strongest in the game, and works nicely here as well.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Tiger Claws — Value 209
Ranged 1.5, Melee 2
Overall defense +1, Health +3, Burning +2, Shot range +1

Cost of converting gem into weapon: 9800 hearts
Reward for grinding up weapon gem: 98 hearts

These Tiger Claws aren’t much to write home about, but there are a few bright spots. Health +3 and Burning +2 are both pretty good modifiers, and while the +1s won’t do too much to change the weapon’s overall makeup, both Overall defense and Shot range are useful modifiers you won’t mind having. These Tiger Claws are a good weapon for their relative value range, even if they aren’t quite usable for competition on their own.


Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Cutter Palm 220 – Daily Weapon Gem for December 14, 2012

Happy Friday, Orbitars! Here’s today’s Gem, and it’s an interesting one!

Cutter Palm — Value 220
Ranged 3, Melee 1.5
Shot cancellation +1

This Cutter Palm is actually very good for its relatively low value, as it has a good Ranged 3 coupled with Shot cancellation +1, one of the rarest modifiers in the game. Being able to nullify incoming shots is a boon for any weapon, but it especially works well on a Palm such as this. It is worth noting that Shot cancellation is “worth” a lot on a weapon, and as such can be difficult to fuse onto other weapons due to being a very powerful modifier. If you are interested in this Cutter Palm, you can convert the Gem into a weapon for 11,800 hearts. If not, you can always fuse the Gem, or grind it up for 115 hearts.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Midweek Weapon Gems (Dec 11-13 2012)

Hello, everyone! Here are the Weapon Gems for the past few days! I’m having a busy week this week, so I’m going to cut the analysis out of this post. If you’re interested in a general idea of how to make good weapons (and how to tell how a weapon is better than another), be sure to check out The Science of Weapon Fusion.


Tuesday, Dec. 11:

Fairy Orbitars — Value 233
Ranged 3.5, Melee 1.5
Knockback defense +2, Walking speed +1, Dash cont. fire +2, Knockback recovery +1

14,500 hearts to convert; can be ground into 139 hearts


Wednesday, Dec. 12:

Samurai Blade — Value 202
Ranged 2, Melee 1.5
Bkwd-dash cont. fire +3, Melee combo +3

8600 hearts to convert; can be ground into 86 hearts


Thursday, Dec. 13:

Crusher Arm — Value 251
Ranged 2.5, Melee 1
Overall defense +2, Health +2, Poison +3, Shot homing +1, Dash cont. fire +2

19,700 hearts to convert, can be ground into 175 hearts


If you have any questions or comments about these Weapon Gems, be sure to leave a comment!

Capricorn Club 100 – Daily Weapon Gem for December 10, 2012

Hello once again, all! Here’s today’s Daily Weapon Gem.

Capricorn Club — Value 100
Ranged 0, Melee 0
No modifiers.

Like all Value 100 weapons, this Capricorn Club isn’t good for much other than testing out to see if you like how a weapon handles. Like all Value 100 weapons, it can be converted for use for 200 hearts, or ground up for 12 hearts.

Also, it’s worth noting that if you’re wondering how to unlock the Capricorn Club, you can find out the location of the Capricorn Chamber on our Weapon Unlocks page.

Have a great day!