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Basic Trope: The best equipment in the game requires considerable effort on the part of the player to acquire.

  • Straight: To get the Ultimate Sword, Ultimate Dagger, Ultimate Spear, Ultimate Bow, Ultimate Hammer, and Ultimate Staff for your heroes, you need to get to the final dungeon.
  • Exaggerated: The items for them are Randomly Drops from the Bonus Boss at the end of the Bonus Dungeon that you can only get to if you speak to a particular NPC in the third town, the sidequest to get them won't start, and the other NPCs won't talk... and they're too late, being outclassed by the Double-edged Bonecleaver.
  • Downplayed:
    • The equipment appears as a more common, yet just as powerful Infinity -1 Sword.
    • The Ultimate equipment is obtained fairly early into the game, but it's all Too Awesome to Use, meaning you'll probably save it for the final dungeon anyway.
  • Justified: They show Character Development.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: They're considerably weaker than the other weapons.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until you grind their stats a bunch, at which point they're hands down the best weapons.
  • Parodied: Their compendium info says "Their power can only be wielded by five true heroes... who have way too much time on their hands. Come on, guys."
  • Zig Zagged: The items have the best boost to your Attack stat, but the Double-edged Bonecleaver or the Sword of the Ancients is better in some situations for whatever reason. However, once you obtain their unique Combination Attack, there's no contest.
  • Averted:
    • There is no sidequest for an ultimate weapon. The best weapon in the game can be purchased or obtained through story progression.
    • "Best weapon" is a fan designation based on highest boosts - there's no Ultimate anything.
  • Enforced: Ultimate weapons of this type are generally recognized as a common element in the games they show up in.
  • Lampshaded: "We could have used the time you spend getting that sword on, you know, SAVING THE FRICKING WORLD!"
  • Invoked: It's common knowledge among the game's characters that a diamond-edged sword would be pretty much the most powerful thing ever- it's often said that such a sword could cleave even atoms in half, but it's also commonly thought to be impossible to gather the materials needed to make one.
  • Exploited: It may be found very early in the game, if you know where to look.
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  • Defied: Screw the sidequest, I'll just go level grind if I need to.
  • Discussed: That better be the ultimate sword. Look what we did to get it.
  • Conversed: Couldn't you have just beaten the game already?
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • The initial parts of the sidequest are made intentionally tedious or obscure to discourage players who aren't really focused on 100% Completion from wasting their time. Instead, those players just finish the game and move on, and everyone's satisfied.
    • The game has a New Game+, meaning that if you put the time and effort to get the Diamond-Edged Atomcleaver with it's boosts, you get to experience the joy of mopping the floor with That One Boss's ugly face with them.
  • Played for Laughs: The strongest weapon in the game is the GIGASPOON, which hits the damage cap with every swing, and requires you to complete a ridiculously funny and absurd end-game quest in order to be acquired.
  • Played for Drama: The weapons were awakened by the soul of The Hero's dead little sister, who was killed by the Mooks.

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