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15th Jun '17 4:06:27 PM tmantookie
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** Gargantuar's Feast. A Legendary trick that summons 3 random, hard-hitting Gargantuars that the Plant Hero can't do anything about would be cool. But the fact that it's so expensive (12 brains) that you'll hardly ever get a chance to play it. In order to be viable, you basically need to combo it with an Event card, Gargologist, which means using a low-tier TierInducedScrappy.
** Interdimensional Zombie. Its special, Legendary-worthy ability? When you play a Science zombie, it transforms into a random zombie that costs 3 brains. Its low cost and above-average health do nothing to help the fact that it's a Rare in a Legendary's clothing.
11th May '17 8:52:47 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'':
** Played straight with the pre 1.3 Enchanted Sword, a rare sword with the ability to fire damaging energy beams with each swing. It is one of the rarest items in the entire game. The game has a small chance of spawning the Enchanted Sword somewhere underground in a destructible background stone when you first generate a world. There is no indication that the sword has spawned and since it's in a random spot underground you could potentially spend a thousand hours in a world with an Enchanted Sword and never know it's there. Even then, there is only a 1/3 chance that the sword in the background stone is the real deal - the other 2/3's are wooden swords that don't even drop upon destroying the stone. On the off chance that luck is in your favor, and you finally somehow manage to find an Enchanted Sword... you'll find that it isn't exactly groundbreaking, especially in comparison to the plethora of much more common, much more powerful items you can find even before Hardmode. It deals only one point of damage more than the Light's Bane, a low tier, fast-but-weak archetype of weapon. The ability to fire energy beams isn't all that special, even pre-Hardmode. The Ice Blade, another pre-Hardmode weapon, does the same thing, is almost as damaging, and is far easier to acquire. Made significantly less junky and rare as of 1.3, where, in addition to the usual stone generations, very obvious Enchanted Sword shrines can spawn (structures with a vertical, one-tile beacon of negative space that stretches extremely far up, sometimes even visible from the surface) that are common enough to reliably find at least two or three with ease in a large world. The Enchanted Sword has also been buffed to now be faster than the aforementioned Light's Bane and stronger than the Blood Butcherer, a mid-tier, slow-but-strong weapon, with its sword beam now doing it much more of a favor with the increased damage, ultimately bringing its newfound power much more in line with its lowered, more justified rarity. Additionally, 1.3 also brought the [[DiscOneNuke Arkhalis]], which has a 1/10 chance to spawn in place of a real Enchanted Sword, seemingly bringing the entire Enchanted Sword category out of infamy for good.
** {{Exaggerated|Trope}} with the Slime Staff. It has the lowest drop rate of any enemy-dropped item: only a 1 in 10,000 chance, and even [[MetalSlime Pinky]] only has a ''1% chance'' to drop it, the highest out of all Slime enemies. This makes it potentially the rarest of any of the summon weapons, on top of being the ''weakest'' with a mere 8 damage and no ranged ability. However, combining this weapon with the Greedy Ring's effects[[note]]causing enemies to drop money when hit and spawn more coins on death than usual[[/note]] and a specially-structured arena can turn it into a very profitable cash cow that nets dozens--if not hundreds--of gold coins in a few minutes, so it's not completely valueless.
** Downplayed with the Coin Gun. It's the rarest drop in a pirate invasion, having a 0.25% chance to drop from the Flying Dutchman Ship (Meaning one in every ''400'' ships has one), a 0.05% chance to drop from Captains, and a 0.0125% chance to drop from anything else. It has a very high damage stat, but you need coins to use it. It has a power of 200... When using platinum coins. Unless you have a good money farm, it's very hard to get this weapon to its peak damage.
10th May '17 12:34:09 AM flamemario12
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** Any shiny ComMons, e.g. shiny Rattatas and shiny Pidgeys. Bonus points if it's a shiny Magikarp. A shiny Magikarp is rare, but junk. A shiny Gyarados (its evolution) is [[MagikarpPower plenty strong]], but not especially rare (it appears in a plot-significant fixed encounter in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and their remakes.)



** Most baby Pokémon are also this. Many of them require you to capture and breed their evolved form(s), sometimes after obtaining a rare item, and then carry an egg around in one of your party slots until it hatches, for a Pokemon that is ultimately weaker than the one you started with due to being unevolved. Even raised up baby Pokémon are often worthless, as statistically there's no difference between a Raichu that started as a Pikachu and a Raichu that started as a Pichu. However some Pokemon do have moves they can only learn in their baby forms (Wobbuffet, for example, can only learn Encore as a Wynaut) so there is some occasional use for them. Some appear in the wild in like regular Pokemon in later games though.
*** A change to the game's method of generating stats for the special group that includes [[OlympusMons Legendaries]] (which cannot be bred): These Pokémon are guaranteed to have maximum potential in at least 3 stats if encountered in the wild. As a side effect, baby Pokemon, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Nidorina and Nidoqueen]] are also affected by this new rule. This makes breeding for perfect stats a bit easier (once you've overcome the hurdle of evolving them to a form that can breed of course).
** This trope can even apply to moves. Kartana is an Ultra Beast with stats just a hair shy of a Legendary Pokemon. It has a move exclusive to it in it's debut game... Cut. The same Cut that was a woefully under-powered HM move in previous games.

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** Most baby Pokémon are also this. Many of them require you to capture and breed their evolved form(s), sometimes after obtaining a rare item, and then carry an egg around in one of your party slots until it hatches, for a Pokemon that is ultimately weaker than the one you started with due to being unevolved. Even raised up baby Pokémon are often worthless, as statistically there's no difference between a Raichu that started as a Pikachu and a Raichu that started as a Pichu. However However, some Pokemon do have moves they can only learn in their baby forms (Wobbuffet, for example, can only learn Encore as a Wynaut) so there is some occasional use for them. Some appear in the wild in like regular Pokemon in later games though.
*** A change to the game's method of generating stats for the special group that includes [[OlympusMons Legendaries]] (which cannot be bred): These Pokémon are guaranteed to have maximum potential in at least 3 stats if encountered in the wild. As a side effect, baby Pokemon, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Nidorina and Nidoqueen]] are also affected by this new rule. This makes breeding for perfect stats a bit easier (once you've overcome the hurdle of evolving them to a form that can breed of course).
** This trope can even apply to moves. Kartana is an Ultra Beast with stats just a hair shy of a Legendary Pokemon. It has a move exclusive to it in it's debut game... Cut. The same Cut that was a woefully under-powered HM move in previous games.
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14th Apr '17 2:37:38 PM DoctorFlygon
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** There are plenty of rare but almost useless {{Mons}}: Tangela and Lickitung were this in the first generation, and subsequent games followed in their footsteps with such duds as Qwilfish and Dunsparce. However, Chimecho takes the cake here: In its [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire debut games]], it was located in a small area of a story location well off the beaten path, only had a 1% chance of appearing there, has a catch rate lower than some [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]], and was not used by any trainer in the game, so [[GuideDangIt you couldn't use the Pokedex to find it]]. If you somehow got lucky enough to find and catch it, you learned that it's one of the weakest Psychic-types ever introduced, with mediocre stats and a terrible movepool.

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** There are plenty of rare but almost useless {{Mons}}: {{Mons}} without much going for them in-battle: Tangela and Lickitung were this in the first generation, and subsequent games followed in their footsteps with such duds as Qwilfish and Dunsparce. However, Chimecho takes the cake here: In its [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire debut games]], it was located in a small area of a story location well off the beaten path, only had a 1% chance of appearing there, has a catch rate lower than some [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]], and was not used by any trainer in the game, so [[GuideDangIt you couldn't use the Pokedex to find it]]. If you somehow got lucky enough to find and catch it, you learned that it's one of the weakest Psychic-types ever introduced, with mediocre stats and a terrible movepool.



*** Played completely straight with Bonsly, which provides only one extra move to its evolution; Fake Tears[[note]]Lowers the Special Defense stat of the opponent two stages[[/note]]. Sudowoodo has one of the lowest base stats in Special Attack of any evolved Pokémon, and in the generation of Bonsly's introduction has access to a whopping FOUR moves that are based on the special attack stat.



** There have also been [[InvertedTrope inversions too]]. The most notable case is Tentacruel, the fully-evolved version of the jellyfish Pokémon annoying players with their commonness on sea routes since Generation I, appealing to competitive players due to its high Speed, high Special Defense, the ability to shrug off certain field hazards while laying its own, and its Poison-type only becoming more useful because the newly-introduced [[FairFolk Fairy-type]] Pokémon are weak to it. Another is Bronzong, whose basic form, Bronzor, were extremely common in caves from [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]] and onwards, due it its MightyGlacier stats and matching defensive types, at least until [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Generation VI]] when two of the Steel-type resistances (Dark and Ghost) were removed.

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** There have also been [[InvertedTrope inversions too]]. The most notable case is Tentacruel, Crobat, the fully-evolved version of the infamously frequent Zubat, an extremely fast monster which can hit fairly hard, learns some good status moves, and comes with the ''very'' defensively strong Poison/Flying-type combination - Following its final stage's introduction in Gen II, Zubat becomes a very solid party member due to Crobat's mere existence, and its poor starting movepool in most games is offset by usually being able to find the family without difficulty throughout the game. A similar example, and possibly the oldest, is Tentacruel, the evolution of the jellyfish Pokémon annoying players with their commonness on sea routes since Generation I, appealing which appeals to competitive players due to its high Speed, high Special Defense, the ability to shrug off certain field hazards while laying its own, and its Poison-type only becoming more useful because the newly-introduced [[FairFolk Fairy-type]] Pokémon are weak to it. Another is Bronzong, whose basic form, Bronzor, were extremely common in caves from [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]] and onwards, due it its MightyGlacier stats and matching defensive types, at least until [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Generation VI]] when two of the Steel-type resistances (Dark and Ghost) were removed.
10th Apr '17 9:15:01 PM Prinzenick
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** The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Competition Cartridge'' is one of the rarest video games ever released (only 2,500 copies are known to exist) and commands thousands of dollars to buy. With that in mind, the game itself is a completely unremarkable authorized romhack of the first Donkey King Country, only with the save option, multiplayer and animal tokens DummiedOut, and being impossible to complete since the [[UnwinnableByMistake game crashes]] if you complete ''Croctopus Chase'', as the game was solely designed to be used in a Blockbuster high score competition with other players, and has a five minute time limit slapped onto it that can't be turned off. The very rare ''Star Fox Super Weekend'' and ''Nintendo World Championship'' cartridges fall into similar problems.
** The infamous video game adaptation of ''The Guy Game'' is impossible to find, and for ''very'' good reason, since the precense of an underage minor in a pornographic game[[note]]This was not an intentional move on the developers part--one of the actresses, who was 17, lied about her age to get a gig in the games filmed segments. They didnt find out about her charade until after the game was released, and since the filmed segments with her were intertwined into the game, it was impossible to remove her footage without remaking the game from scratch, forcing them to recall the game and take the losses themselves[[/note]] makes it ''illegal'' to sell or own it.

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** The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Competition Cartridge'' is one of the rarest video games ever released (only 2,500 copies are known to exist) and commands thousands of dollars to buy. With that in mind, the game itself is a completely unremarkable authorized romhack of the first Donkey King Country, only with the save option, multiplayer and animal tokens DummiedOut, and being impossible to complete since the [[UnwinnableByMistake [[{{Unwinnable}} game crashes]] if you complete ''Croctopus Chase'', as the game was solely designed to be used in a Blockbuster high score competition with other players, and has a five minute time limit slapped onto it that can't be turned off. The very rare ''Star Fox Super Weekend'' and ''Nintendo World Championship'' cartridges fall into similar problems.
** The infamous video game adaptation of ''The Guy Game'' was panned by critics (most notably Creator/{{Seanbaby}} in an issue of EGM) and is impossible to find, and for a ''very'' good reason, since the precense of an underage minor in a pornographic game[[note]]This was not an intentional move on the developers part--one of the actresses, who was 17, lied about her age to get a gig in the games filmed segments. They didnt find out about her charade until after the game was released, and since the filmed segments with her were intertwined into the game, it was impossible to remove her footage without remaking the game from scratch, forcing them to recall the game and take the losses themselves[[/note]] makes it ''illegal'' to sell or own it.
10th Apr '17 9:13:05 PM Prinzenick
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10th Apr '17 9:08:33 PM Prinzenick
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** The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Competition Cartridge'' is one of the rarest video games ever released (only 2,500 copies are known to exist) and commands thousands of dollars to buy. With that in mind, the game itself is a completely unremarkable authorized romhack of the first Donkey King Country, only with the save option, multiplayer and animal tokens DummiedOut, and being impossible to complete since the [[UnwinnableByMistake game crashes]] if you complete ''Croctopus Chase'', as the game was solely designed to be used in a Blockbuster high score competition with other players, and has a five minute time limit slapped onto it that can't be turned off.
** The infamous video game adaptation of ''The Guy Game'' is impossible to find, and for ''very'' good reason, since the pretense of an underage minor in a pornographic game[[note]]This was not an intentional move on the developers part--one of the actresses, who was 17, lied about her age to get a gig in the games filmed segments. They didnt find out about her charade until after the game was released, and since the filmed segments with her were intertwined into the game, it was impossible to remove her footage without remaking the game from scratch, forcing them to recall the game and take the losses themselves[[/note]] makes it ''illegal'' to sell or own it.

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** The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Competition Cartridge'' is one of the rarest video games ever released (only 2,500 copies are known to exist) and commands thousands of dollars to buy. With that in mind, the game itself is a completely unremarkable authorized romhack of the first Donkey King Country, only with the save option, multiplayer and animal tokens DummiedOut, and being impossible to complete since the [[UnwinnableByMistake game crashes]] if you complete ''Croctopus Chase'', as the game was solely designed to be used in a Blockbuster high score competition with other players, and has a five minute time limit slapped onto it that can't be turned off.
off. The very rare ''Star Fox Super Weekend'' and ''Nintendo World Championship'' cartridges fall into similar problems.
** The infamous video game adaptation of ''The Guy Game'' is impossible to find, and for ''very'' good reason, since the pretense precense of an underage minor in a pornographic game[[note]]This was not an intentional move on the developers part--one of the actresses, who was 17, lied about her age to get a gig in the games filmed segments. They didnt find out about her charade until after the game was released, and since the filmed segments with her were intertwined into the game, it was impossible to remove her footage without remaking the game from scratch, forcing them to recall the game and take the losses themselves[[/note]] makes it ''illegal'' to sell or own it.
10th Apr '17 9:06:18 PM Prinzenick
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** The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Competition Cartridge'' is one of the rarest video games ever released (only 2,500 copies are known to exist) and commands thousands of dollars to buy. With that in mind, the game itself is a completely unremarkable authorized romhack of the first Donkey King Country, only with the save option, multiplayer and animal tokens DummiedOut, and being impossible to complete since the [[UnwinnableByMistake game crashes]] if you complete ''Croctopus Chase'', as the game was solely designed to be used in a Blockbuster high score competition with other players, and has a five minute time limit slapped onto it that can't be turned off.
** The infamous video game adaptation of ''The Guy Game'' is impossible to find, and for ''very'' good reason, since the pretense of an underage minor in a pornographic game[[note]]This was not an intentional move on the developers part--one of the actresses, who was 17, lied about her age to get a gig in the games filmed segments. They didnt find out about her charade until after the game was released, and since the filmed segments with her were intertwined into the game, it was impossible to remove her footage without remaking the game from scratch, forcing them to recall the game and take the losses themselves[[/note]] makes it ''illegal'' to sell or own it.
5th Apr '17 8:13:54 PM Amahn
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* ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI FF XI's]]'' Voidwatch had absolutely abysmal [[RandomDrop drop rates]] for gear - as in .01% or lower (thankfully each player received their own loot, so there was no fighting over such rare drops). Most of the bosses with the good stuff had 2 such rare drops, and both were usually good in their own rite. However, depending on what jobs a person had leveled (or planned to level) it wouldn't be uncommon for 1 of the 2 items to be "junk". A notable example was 1 boss which dropped one of the best mage robes at the time - sought after by all casters. His 2nd drop was a bullet that was quite good, but only for a single job (out of 20), the Corsair. By the time you got your 5th .01% bullet to drop and still didn't get the robe, you were ready to go on a murderous rampage of the [=RNGods=].
29th Mar '17 5:48:42 AM Theriocephalus
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