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Yellow ray: Any one test this on cursed pirate? EDIT: shouldn't work. anything less than 1% is considered conditional. --Dantose 02:45, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

I tested it on a cursed pirate, it doesn't work (as in: major yellow ray works but doesn't cause outfit to drop) Stzein 10:10, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

That's because those are conditional drops. Anything with a drop rate of less than 1% is conditional. --Lordebon 11:20, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Another question on "conditional", are shirts counted as conditional? I thought they were, since they won't drop without Torso Awaregness, but I've got Torso permed and I used the major yellow ray against a Grungy Pirate, got the guitar, the bandanna, and the shirt.--Phantomreader42 00:04, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

At 22 lbs, the first red pointing gives

Gorbel swings his eyestalk toward your opponent, firing a searing ray of heat at him, dealing 128 damage. Man. That was way more entertaining than fireworks!
[Gain 11 of each stat]

Those incidental messages seem to indicate what color the ray will be when you point. --Starwed 09:46, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

The lesser red pointing is at 23 lb

Gorbel shoots a beam from his red eye, hitting her for 46 hotsy-totsy damage.


Gorbel shoots a beam from his blue eye, doing a chilly 66 damage.


Gorbel vaporizes one of your opponent's limbs with a yellow eye-beam, to the tune of 15 damage. Your opponent looks somewhat aggrieved.

--Starwed 09:52, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

This could obviously be a mere coincidence, but I fired the major yellow ray at a Knob Goblin Master Chef and got 1 of each item that he can drop. None of those items has a greater than 15% chance of dropping. Has anyone else observed this or similar behavior?

--Kingofmalkier 14:44, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

I got everything except the Hippy Army MPE From the War Hippy Green Gourmet. The MPE is the only one with over 38.2% drop chance. -- Sir Speshkitty 17:39, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Fighting a War Hippy Shaman, pickpocketed, points, gets the yellow ray with the messages (not exact quote) "Cut them neatly in half. So neatly it probably will take a while before they notice" and 20 damage. Funksling spices and spectre. Wins fight next round. Will try to replicate. --Rb0ne 22:03, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Probably missed something that I did, not duplicatable. Exact quote "<name> sweeps a yellow beam across your opponent's body, doing 27 damage and neatly slicing them in half. So neatly that it may be a while before they actually notice.". Ran ten rounds of spices and spectre sceptre without any effect. --Rb0ne 22:09, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Fired a major yellow ray at the swarm of scarab beatles; got seven drops, missing the palm frond and the shirts. Running +60% item drops at the time, boulder was 39 lbs. —Yendor 22:43, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

I got a full mining gear set from a vanilla miner (14lb with +34% items) and both non-implement drops but no implements from a swarm of fire ants (11lb with no +items). Implements may be conditionals.--Hippoking 23:03, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

I tested this again with the Knob Goblin Master Chef and once again got all 4 items. I'm pretty convinced disintegrating causes a lot more drops. Hippoking, what do you mean by "no implements"; I'm unfamiliar with the term. --Kingofmalkier 11:36, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

I assume that's referring to the familiar equipment, ant hoe/rake/etc., the items with around a 1% drop rate for the swarm of fire ants. --Fig bucket 11:54, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Needs more spading, but while using the arena equipment, I was able to get 1 major of each color. I don't know if this is an increased limit, or a 1/color/day, but that is what happened.Demons carnage 23:31, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

I got one per colour without the equipment, and then no more with. --Hippoking 23:44, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
I have gotten 2 of each major today now... interesting. This is not what people thought. Demons carnage 01:11, 2 August 2009 (UTC)
An easy way to test the 'major yellow causes all drops' theory would be against Sand Worms. Get the melange and everybody's happy.--Chugsworth 16:08, 2 August 2009 (UTC)
That has already been tested. melange is a conditional drop, so it didn't drop. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Demons carnage (talkcontribs) on 10:16, 2 August 2009

Used a major yellow ray on a Mer-kin diver in the Marinara Trench, and it dropped absolutely nothing. --Murmur 19:18, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Used a major yellow ray on a Unholy Diver in the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, it dropped nothing. I caught one in spooky putty, and major yellow ray'd the spooky putty monster version. It only dropped 2 rusty rivets. Edit: apparently most items from the sea are "trivially conditional" which explains this. --Taber 01:58, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

I've now used this over the course of two days. My first point of each day for each color was a major, every point afterwards was minor. First day I didn't equip the quadroculars, second day I did, no change. Furthermore, I used the second day's Yellow Major ray against a Hot Hobo, and this yielded 0 drops. Next thing to test will be against a Hobopolis boss. --Lord Bitchalot 04:37, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Using it against tower monster yeilded one major red, one major blue and a minor yellow. I think the conclusion is that it won't work on tower monsters (at least). --Rb0ne 08:08, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

The major yellow ray does disintegrate Infernal Seals, and cause all their items to drop.--Agburanar2 05:06, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

If you have net -100% or worse item drops (e.g. aerated diving helmet + scuba gear) and disintegrate a monster with a yellow ray, you still get no drops. I tested this with a beanbat. Someone in /hardcore thought you could test lion oil with -115% item drops, to see whether it's conditional (yellow-ray immune) but I am officially refuting that result as invalid due to methodology. -Greycat 13:31, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

[hardcore] SirNiko: Okay, I have -47% item drops.
[hardcore] SirNiko: I got nine drops from the shaky clown.
[hardcore] SirNiko: That seems like he dropped everything.
[hardcore] pcentella: That's all the drops, yeah.
[hardcore] SirNiko: So it doesn't seem to be scaling to -items.
[hardcore] pcentella: So if you have -100% or worse, you get nothing, but if you have -99%, you get everything? That's a weird way to act...

-Greycat 15:02, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

It makes sense to me. If your chance to get a drop is 0%, then it won't drop. --Bale 22:02, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

We need a descriptiuon of major vs. minor that explains when/how you get a major instead of a minor. I don't have the data on this but, reading comments, it seems some people do --Feasoron, 13:28 11 August 2009 (EST)

  • Perhaps the mechanics should be noted on this article, but I'd like to point out (huh huh) it's already under the "appropriate" spot on the skill's page. --BagatelleT/C 21:19, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Used a major yellow on a gnarly gnome in the Thugnderdome, and it dropped its flange, but not its clockwork keys. -Minty Yoshi 22:54, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Dangit! Must be the fault of that trophy counting how many keys drop in a run... --Bale 22:59, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
Edit: Sorry, my bad.--Muffinbrute 05:46, 3 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Read the trivial updates. --Flargen 05:44, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Red ray stat gain

31 lbs. familiar, no quadroculars, major red ray only gave me 12 of each stat. So it isn't simply 1/2 weight. --Prestige 10:59, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

40lb, with quadroculars: 13 of each stat. Definitely not 1/2 weight. --Fig bucket 10:54, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

105(!) lbs with quads gave 22 of each stat. —Yendor 11:26, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

50 lbs has got between 13 of each stat and 17 of each stat.Disco Soup 06:01, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Yellow ray and bosses

How does the yellow ray work against bosses (NS, bonerdagon, hobopolis, mother slime, etc)? I'm pretty certain it doesn't work but what happens if you try to use a major yellow ray one a boss? --BongBob 06:13, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

  • The major yellow ray will not fire on bosses. Instead, a minor ray will fire, and you will have to wait until the yellow major ray recharges to use it again. near the bottom of the page. --Evilkolbot 15:43, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

Does Guy Made Of Bees counts as boss for yellow ray? DeSt 09:15, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

His drop is 100% and you have only a 1:3 chance of getting a yellow ray before you lose the fight each time you try, so I wouldn't think it matters. - Msanychta (talk|contribs) 09:47, 5 September 2009 (UTC)


Does the boulder have to be the active familiar for its rays to cool down?Disco Soup 06:01, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

I am inclined to say no as I switched out between the he-boulder and my volleyball style familar this last ascension and noticed I could do a second major ray late in the kol day. --Uzziah 11:58, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Random Speculation

Totally random thought, bu I note that we've seen the images for the Rock Hopper and Rock Fish. Might they be alternate forms of this familiar? A swimming familiar, for the latter. --Terry 14:47, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

No, we've seen what those images are now - combats. --Feasoron 14:14, 7 August 2009 (EST)

Special Equipment Messages

Gravy-covered Maypole: Familiar Name hovers in a slow circle around the maypole. Tam O'Shanter: Lights flicker beneath the Tam O'Shanter as Familiar Name stares at you. Wax Lips: Familiar Name's eyestalks flicker and glow above the wax lips.--Noskilz 18:45, 1 August 2009 (UTC)


"My biscuits are burning" is a quote from the Toy Story 2 character, "Prospector" Sean12349999 10:16, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Actually, the burning biscuits reference is from a Bugs Bunny episode with Yosemite Sam.

Goosebumps and Fear Street are two different series of horror stories. Just thought I'd remind the people who, you know, can actually edit the references without completely tripping over the formatting.--Gan 12:22, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

  • Done, though if you want a link to the author/series pages on wikipedia, it can be edited later. --Jimfromtx 19:25, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Why in the world do you say it's mere coincidence that it seems to reference a Beholder? The name "He-Boulder" is only a phonetic shuffling of "Beholder", and the hatchling form directly references the Beholder. If the statement in the page is sarcasm, a Wiki isn't the place for it, and it should be edited. - Msanychta 12:29, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

So... how is this not a reference to the Beholder! He-boulder, beholder... This is no coincidence.--Gan 07:29, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

From wikipedia: The beholder is considered "Product Identity" by Wizards of the Coast and as such is not released under its Open Game License. This might explain further: --Rb0ne 07:36, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, whoever wrote that up just wanted to make a meta-joke about how you can't actually call the thing a Beholder without risking legal troubles. --Flargen 09:33, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
I was actually going to call it an "Eye Terror", but my caustic nature seeped through.--Toffile 17:22, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Hehh, wondered if that was the case, but couldn't be sure >) --Gan 12:19, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Might this things name also be a reference to the element helium, thus also wordplay as to how it floats? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kajamakuji (talkcontribs) on 13:22, 1 August 2009

Fixed. shockeroo 14:31, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Aw, but the old reference text was hilarious. Maybe too meta for the wiki? --Variatas 19:34, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

"<name> punches a hole through your opponent's torso with a yellow beam of light. This causes X damage, which seems a little low. I guess he didn't hit any important organs." Is this a reference to Kung Pow?

Looks similar to the wise one from Golden Sun to me, but don't see any specific references I guess --Cubsmaniac 01:18, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

First thing I thought too when I saw it, but no references perhaps means coincidence?--Sir Spanky 20:52, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Definitely a reference to the beholder, the Wise One itself was a potential reference to them as well. Not so much a reference to the Wise One therefore. --Chopstix 06:25, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Is it just me or is the D&D reference getting a bit unneccessarily long? The whole "looks similar to the familiars image ..." bit is almost completely explained within seconds of clicking the wikipedia link, and the "name ... is obviously..." bit is completely unneeded, since when did we give puns a step-by-step explanation when they're this blatant? I'm going to trim it back to something more reasonable. --Variatas 16:36, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Also note that the CYOA4 from ComicCon this year featured a He-Boulder. :) -- sulfur 17:48, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

helium? no

  • i'm disappointed, flargen, that you're seduced by this non-reference. i thought better of you.
  • to (i would have thought needlessly) quote the rules, there has to be more than just a word or phrase for a reference to be valid.
  • the "he-boulder" can be explained by a switching of consonants, somewhat because beholders are tm d&d, but mostly because it's funny.
  • most references have very little text, but this item has it coming out the wazoo, acres of the damn stuff. i read it all, and there'd not a single mention of helium. they're not shy. thinking of a joke like that would have caused them to point it out gleefully.
  • the fact that they didn't means no reference.
  • you could ask on the radio but you'll get the same answer as rock snake/pokemon.
  • good luck. --Evilkolbot 07:21, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
    • That's a lot of itemized disappointment. I still think it's valid. Even though they may have come up with the name through nothing more than the consonant switch, I don't think they would have capitalized and dashed it as they did if they weren't very much aware of the elemental symbol of helium there. But I can send it to the radio show and see what they say. --Flargen 07:28, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
      • your only evidence is the floatiness, which is entirely explained by the fact that that's what beholders do. if helium was meant it would be mentioned.
      • however, i'll stand by whatever answer you get from the radio. i'm guessing, though, that at best it'll be a "yeah, why not" indicating that they didn't think of it but it's cool anyway.
      • and yeah, at my age bitterness and disappointment become your only friends. --Evilkolbot 11:32, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
      • i really wanted to agree with you Flargen, but looking at everything else, I think he's a floaty because he's made of the same floaty sand/floaty rock/etc, and nothing implies helium there either. Also considering it's considered a male familiar, I can't help but think that the "He" in He-Boulder means it's a "he", not Helium. --Jaolen 02:00, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

Unfortunately, when someone mentioned helium on the radio show tonight, Jick perked up and thought it sounded like a great idea, so now officially it is a helium reference. Ah well. - Msanychta 03:09, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

  • I dunno. I didn't catch the show tonight. The "transcriber" on the forums, in his usual fashion, had very little details on what they said and claimed it was sarcasm. I don't trust that transcriber, though, so I'd wait until I can download the recording of the show. --Flargen 04:17, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Arena Strengths

I'm new at this but here are some results hopefully others can decipher: At 18 pounds it takes ~183 seconds on the Obstacle Course. At 19 pounds it lasts ~46 seconds in Hide n' Seek. At 20 pounds it finds ~34-35?(There was a clear downtrend)items in the Scavenger Hunt. --DeGasse 12:14, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Wardrobe mimicking

I've been wondering about this, and I finally just confirmed it - I was using a Stocking Mimic with the Wardrobe, and when it mimicked a boulder, I used the YOROIDS. On the next adventure, I switched to my actual boulder and tried using YOROIDS, and got the 'minor ray' message. Not sure where to put this though - Notes here, Notes on the YOROIDS page, etc.? --Kasanax 20:46, 27 December 2009 (UTC)