The Vegetation Revolution: Hidden Tower
Despite what its detractors say, Battledoming, also known as “BDing” is not only
a game of button mashing. It is a well-designed strategy game, where you have
to evaluate every possible move your opponent might do. Faerie abilities and strength
and defence boosts are important, but the weapons you will use are important as
Of course, some of these weapons, like the mystic Sword of Skardsen, the almighty
Portable Kiln or the famous Ghostkershield are the kind of weapons you’d like
to use against your little brother when he bugs you too much. But, what about
using a sharp carrot to stab, an eggplant to whack or artichokes to use as bombs?
You’d think twice, would you?
May you like it or not, vegetables are in the Battledome now, and they’re out
to do some massive damage. No one should underestimate the power of health food,
to quote the famous Quiggle shopkeeper from the Neopia Central’s Health Food
Shop. But, where do these battle vegetables come from? You could buy or win
vegetation-based weapons from three places: The Hidden Tower, Smugglers’Cove
and Mystery Island. However, for this article, we’ll focus on a single place.
The first and most famous place to buy these weapons is Queen Fyora’s own
shop, the Hidden Tower. Some of the weapons I will name were retired from this
place; however, you might be able to buy them on Mystery Island’s trading post.
- First, straight from Meridell, the Radish Bow, which is, as its name implies,
a bow which can fires radishes with unusually straight and tough-looking leaves.
Battledome-wise, it’s not a bad weapon, but I always wondered if radishes were
aerodynamic enough to be fired from a bow, considering how round they are.
- Next are the Asparachucks, a set of nunchucks. By the way, nunchucks are
two sticks of metal linked together with a chain. Therefore, Asparachucks are
two twigs of asparagus linked together with a chain. Interesting.
- Let’s stay in the asparagus family, with the little brother of the Asparachucks,
the recently retired Asparagus Dagger. According to its description, it is simply
a raw asparagus twig with a small wood handle. However, even though I do not
think a single stick of asparagus is sharp enough to cause severe injuries;
it might be wise NOT to run with this item.
- The first fruit of this article is the well-known Everlasting Apple. Okay,
it’s not really a weapon, but it can be used to create the powerful Everlasting
Crystal Apple, which is a weapon. I just hope there are no Everlasting Worms™
in the Everlasting Apple.
- We shall continue with the Bagguss Bomb. These vegetables are from the Lost
Desert. Apparently, it seems like the gas they hold is explosive, therefore,
they make perfect bombs. I’m going to be scared of the fruit machine now.
- Our next weapon is the Cardboard Sprout Cannon, with its never ending supply
of ammunition. Cardboard would not be my first choice for a cannon because,
when you FIRE something from a cannon, you usually have to set something on
fire. And, cardboard burns rather easily. In conclusion, you’ll have to buy
a new one each time you wish to fire it. Which will be a big hole in your budget.
- Another recently retired weapon, the Carrotblade (And it’s cousin, the Noxious
Carrot Blade) can be quite useful. Unlike asparagus or sprouts, carrots are
actually solid enough to cause serious damage to someone; however, as said for
the Asparagus Dagger, no vegetables are sharp enough to cause a cut.
- Even though they are not a fruit, nor are they a vegetable, I felt like the
Earth Faeries Leaves deserved their place in this article. After all, they are
made of vegetation. However, may they be enchanted or not, I doubt that throwing
a bunch of leaves like you would throw a shuriken will make my opponent run
and scream in fear.
- Next, Faerie Acorns. This is one Hidden Tower weapon you probably never saw,
for it was retired nearly five years ago, and the ones remaining became Faerie
Slingshots anyways. I always asked myself this question: “What is the chemical
reaction that can cause acorns to explode?” (Exploding Acorns were a Battle
for Meridell prize as well…gee, first, Bagguss, now acorns can explode as well?)
- The Chive family (Lesser Attack Chive and its stronger counterpart, Ultra
Attack Chives) are part of the great vegetation attack squadron as well. Okay,
so, they are both retired since a couple of years as well, and they were weak
anyways. But, some people are allergic to weeds and spores. Just stick that
under their noses and laugh at them while they are sneezing. That’s even better
than its Cove counterpart “Sack of Sneezing Powder”.
- Our next weapon is also a powerful explosive. The Tiki Bomb Bag is, in fact,
a Tiki Bomb generator. Tiki Bombs are simply explosive coconuts. It’s like feeding
a ton of Red Scorchipeppers to your Coconut JubJub, only less fun.
- Finally, the Zaptwig. I tried to focus of vegetables, herbs and fruits, but
again, as it is an Earth Faerie weapon, I found it necessary to add it to my
article. It’s a wood stick. With magic. And, if the magic does not work, you
can whack someone with it.
Impressive? While I was writing this article, I was quite impressed by the
place Fyora gives to vegetables or tree-based weapons. Some of these weapons
can be bought in the Hidden Tower. (Radish Bow, Asparachucks, Bagguss Bomb,
Cardboard Sprout Cannon and Everlasting Apple) while the rest might be offered
on the Trading Post, assuming you have the NP for it. Finally, always be careful
while handling these weapons and, under ANY circumstances, DO NOT EAT.
Take care and happy food fight. Stay tuned for an analysis of the vegetation-based
weapons from the Smugglers’Cove.
Author's note: I wish to give a big THANK YOU to the people at In Depth
Battlepedia, for their Hidden Tower item list, which was quite helpful.