Weapon Analysis - Power Stone

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Weapon Analysis - Power Stone

Post by D-Man » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:33 pm

Power Stone - From MM5
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Capacity: 28 Power: 1 Type: Other

Obtained from Stone Man, the Power Stone precedes the Capcom-made Dreamcast title by about 7 years, and it is truly the most unique weapon in the series. It is neither shot nor thrown from the user's hand, instead simply projecting 3 rocks outward in a counter-clockwise spiral. They each deal 1 damage, and will spread further the longer they are on screen, usually only making one 360 degree rotation. Because of the strange trajectory this weapon bears, it can be used to bypass shielded enemies, take out high-above targets, and hit enemies directly in front or behind you. The slow spiraling path the Stones travel can sometimes cause it to hit near the same area twice. If used while climbing ladders, it will not stop the player briefly like other weapons.
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Due to the odd firing method of this weapon, Power Stone is prone to missing easily, which is further exacerbated by the inability to refire it while any amount of rocks are left on screen. Although it can reach under and over shields, it is still blocked by them, and, for some asinine reason, enemy projectiles too. The low power of each individual stone does not balance out its low accuracy and speed.

MMM aims to emphasize the "Power" in this Stone weapon by increasing the damage dealt to 3 units, as well as the speed at which the rocks spiral out, and enabling it to ignore enemy shields. If an enemy has more than 3 HP, the rocks will pass through them while still dealing damage. All Gabyoall-type enemies are destroyed instantly by this weapon.

Though it can pierce shields, reflective objects like Count Bombs will still deflect the Stones. Weapon Blocks marked with Power Stone will consume the rocks upon being destroyed, a trait it shares with Dust Blocks, Pole Eggs, and certain destructible projectiles like those fired by Squidon. Finally, the increased speed of the Stones makes it so it will never strike the same spot twice.
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Because of these changes, the Power Stone now functions as a pseudo-screen wide weapon, as opposed to its former role as a backup for Gravity Hold. Its applications beyond this are limited, due to how inflexible the weapon's trajectory is combined with its low amount of risks.
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Re: Weapon Analysis - Power Stone

Post by Blue_Bummer » Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:46 pm

Your weapon analysis posts belong on the official MMM Wiki. This is great stuff.

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Re: Weapon Analysis - Power Stone

Post by D-Man » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:45 pm

Blue_Bummer wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:46 pm
Your weapon analysis posts belong on the official MMM Wiki. This is great stuff.
The people who edit the wiki could go in depth like I do, but they choose not to. Additionally, if this type of information was on the wiki, then people could just go and read it there, and this Weapon Analysis series of mine would lose what little value and meaning it has. Finally, the analyses have better visuals and even comparisons between the original and Maker versions of the weapons, topped with 1-2 sentences dedicated to actual opinion at the end.

If you want to find out more about a weapon but couldn't be troubled to experiment yourself, check the Weapon Analyses on the forums.
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Re: Weapon Analysis - Power Stone

Post by Blue_Bummer » Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:10 pm

D-Man wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Blue_Bummer wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:46 pm
Your weapon analysis posts belong on the official MMM Wiki. This is great stuff.
The people who edit the wiki could go in depth like I do, but they choose not to. Additionally, if this type of information was on the wiki, then people could just go and read it there, and this Weapon Analysis series of mine would lose what little value and meaning it has. Finally, the analyses have better visuals and even comparisons between the original and Maker versions of the weapons, topped with 1-2 sentences dedicated to actual opinion at the end.

If you want to find out more about a weapon but couldn't be troubled to experiment yourself, check the Weapon Analyses on the forums.
Not trying to take from your work D-Man. I was suggesting more exposure for your excellent writing in the exposition of these weapons.

Maybe a link between the wiki and your corresponding articles here in the forums? For example on the Power Stone wiki article, at the bottom of the page, have a link to your Power Stone analysis here.

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