Beating Punchbag Bob is a Trophy Well-Earned
BATTLEDOME - I don’t know what possessed me whenever I made it one of my goals
to beat Punchbag Bob. You see, I am extremely busy during the school year, and
can only play Neopets over the summer. Because of this, I pick goals that I want
to accomplish during those three long months. For instance, last year I picked
to get a trophy in an actual game, reach half a million NP, and to win at better
than you. So I got to work and accomplished all of these goals (the game I won
was Maths Nightmare…after playing for over an hour on my slow computer, it really
was a nightmare for me).
This summer, our computer decided it wasn’t going to work. After all, it was
eight or nine years old. I finally talked my parents into buying a new one,
because they were just as frustrated. We just received it about two weeks ago,
and so I’ve only got to play Neopets for about one week this summer. So, when
I picked my goals, I wanted them to be something I have never even come close
to doing before. And one of those goals was to beat Punchbag Bob.
I was not a very patient person. Punchbag Bob had always seemed so far beyond
my limits. There was no way in Neopia that I was ever going to attempt it, until
this summer. Not to mention the fact that I had a one-player Battledome record
of 1 out of 2. I equipped my Ixi with a couple snow balls and began my challenge
with him. It was so frustrating: There I was with my very poorly-equipped Ixi
that didn’t have a whole lot of strength. In my turns where I used a snowball,
I got about 9 HP off of the punching bag. When I ran out of snowballs, I began
using my rainbow gun, the most effective weapon I owned. Needless to say, I
was extremely lucky if I got 5 HP out of him. I didn’t even know that my Ixi
knew Ixi charge.
After hours of my repetitious labor, I had him down to a “low” 4300/5000 HP.
I was so excited! This was all the more I could handle at that time, so I got
off the computer to go do something else and rest my mind.
Later in the evening, when I went back to get into the battle, I couldn’t
figure out how to do it. I tried all the links. I didn’t know that you couldn’t
leave a one-player battle and then return. But through all of my clicking I
did learn a valuable lesson: Never click the status page while you are in a
battle. I REPEAT: Never click the status page while in a battle.
But I did click it, and was withdrawn from the battle (even though I couldn’t
re-enter it anyway). I got so upset until I realized that now I had the chance
to do it correctly. I went to the battle magic shop and I bought a yellow frost
cannon and a lightning gun. I thought to myself, “Punchbag Bob’s really going
to get it now.” I completely used my eight equipped items by adding all the
snowballs I could. I knew I would really get him this time.
So, I challenged Punchbag Bob once again to fight me. I worked and worked,
clicking the same patter over and over and over again until my mind was mush
and my eyes couldn’t focus. (NOTE: I highly recommend something like listening
to music while fighting Bob. Otherwise, you might fall asleep.) Then, after
a very long time, I had him down to 2500. I figured that he was half-beat, so
I could go to Cross-country practice and come back to beat the other half of
him sometime later. My plan was to just look up the page in my History and return
to the battle. I logged off and shut off my computer.
The next morning, I got up and was so excited because I was going to beat
Bob and get the trophy that, by now, I had definitely earned. I logged in and
went straight to the page in my history. To my great disappointment, I couldn’t
get in that way. I said that I was giving up on getting that trophy, and I went
off to the game room. Sometime around when I was playing Tyrannian Mini-Golf,
a light bulb flashed in my head. “Why don’t I just send my Ixi to the Island
Training School?” I dropped Chilibolero off for a two-hour class in Strength,
which he needed very badly. I went and bought a Mau Codestone for 5,000 NP (I
was shocked at how much prices can change from one summer to the next), and
paid for the class.
When my pet was done and had gained some strength, I once again stocked up
on snowballs, but not before buying an Attack Fork. I equipped those weapons,
and headed off for what I hoped would be my last fight with Punchbag Bob.
And that it was! The Attack Fork and the new strength really helped. It was
amazing that each hit went from being perhaps 3 HP to 9HP, or even 14 HP (without
snowballs). I beat Bob and got the trophy that I had admired since Punchbag
Bob arrived on Neopets.
Now I have some advice for all of you who want to beat Punchbag Bob, but just
don’t think you can. First, you have to believe that you can do it. The more
you get frustrated about it, the less you will enjoy the trophy once you have
it. Second, as I said earlier, have something like music playing (preferably
not on the computer if you want it to go as fast as possible). This will make
it feel like it takes less time. Third, it is possible to do this on a 56K modem:
I did it, and so you can too. Faster computers will definitely help take away
the pain of the punchbag. Fourth, try visiting the Island Training School for
at least one course in strength before attempting to beat him. It will definitely
make a difference in the number of hit points are taken off each time you hit
him. Fifth, make sure you have good enough weapons. Mine were rather mediocre
because I didn’t want to spend much money. Just go with whatever will fit in
your budget. Sixth, if your pet has special moves (i.e. my Ixi had Ixi Charge),
your best bet is probably to combine that move with your best weapons for maximum
damage. Experiment to find the best combination, but remember that it makes
a big difference if he defends himself. The fiercer his attack, the more HP
should be taken off.
To all of you who plan to fight Bob, I hope this article has helped you.
To those of have beaten him, I most definitely commend you because you have
withstood the amazing test, and have proved to be patient through it. I know
what it took for me, and all of you must have amazing determination.