Thursday, March 4, 2010
Best Accessories for Stamina and Fullness in Sunshine Islands
The idea of a single Accessory that increases BOTH total Stamina and Fullness capacity or Bars is extremely attractive, but early in the game, I compared the effects of the Small Witch Princess Pendant with those of the Small Harvest Goddess Pendant and Small Kappa Pendants and saw that the combination of Harvest Goddess Pendant with Kappa Pendant offered more of an increase in capacity in total Stamina and Fullness than the same size of Witch Princess Pendant. When I obtained the Medium Witch Princess Pendant, I tested it against Medium Harvest Goddess and Kappa Pendants and again found it inferior. It only remained to test the Large Witch Princess Pendant.
Of all the 'basic' Accessories that you can order from Charlie, it is the Large Witch Princess Pendant that is the most costly, requiring 200 Orichalcum to create. I set an Enchantment in effect by the Green Team to decrease the amount of Material required before I ordered the Large Witch Princess Pendant.
When I tested it, I was not surprised by the results, but I am a firm believer in testing every possible configuration in Harvest Moon and sometimes one will be surprised by an odd or unexpected result...
Nonetheless, incontrovertable proof here that the Large Harvest Goddess Pendant equipped with the Large Kappa Pendant offer a greater increase in total Energy than the Large Witch Princess Pendant. I have included photographs showing the effect of equipping the Large Witch Princess Pendant after unequipping the corresponding H. Goddess and Kappa Pendants as well as the effect or re-equipping the Large Harvest Goddess and Large Kappa Pendants afterwords. As you can see, the increase in total Stamina and Fullness capacity created by the Large Harvest Goddess Pendant and Large Kappa Pendant cause an emptiness in the gauge insofar as the gauge in each case exceeds the capacity given by the Large Witch Princess Pendant.
If this had been HM DS or Cute DS, I simply could equip the Truth Bangle and give precise figures for the capacity of each, but you can see the difference in the effects here by studying the Stamina and Fullness gauges.
I suppose it all makes sense in a way on a philosophical level. After all, the business of the Witch Princess to some extent consists of making mischief. To offer an Accessory that appears to be superior to any other and yet to 'cheat' you a little in the results is quite characteristic of her. Of course, it is far more convenient to be able to use a single slot than be forced to use two for the Accessories that increase your Energy capacity, but I personally will ocntinue to equip the Large Harvest Goddess Pendant and Large Kappa Pendant, enduring the small inconvenience caused by taking two of my equipment slots out of circulation.
Note that you MUST order the Large Witch Princess Pendant if you wish to unlock the remaining advanced Accessories that Charlie can create in Sunshine Islands. If you are interested in Rings that change the speed of time or allow you to collect objects from any position on the Map, you need to cough up the Orichalcum required to make the Large Witch Princess Pendant.
Accessories that you no longer need or never needed either can be stored in your Beauty Box or sold to Chen. I enjoy filling my Beauty Box with one of each type of Accessory but it would be more practical to sell them...