Talk:Ruby Rod

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How exactly does it harvest the elements? Do you just equip it in combat and fight until you get drops?--TedPro 06:21, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

  • I believe that after you're hit with certain attacks, it triggers on the next round. —Yendor 06:53, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Everytime I've harvested an element it's been after I used a facehugging alien.--Banana lord 06:54, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Here are the relevant messages when obtaining essences: —Yendor 07:03, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

  • The Rod says, "omigod, Decken, omigod that flame is hot, man! It's hot!" It absorbs the flame into its ruby, then spits out a red-hot disc.
  • The Rod says, "I'm freezing, Decken! I'm freezing in here, man! This is not green!" It absorbs the ice into its ruby, then spits out a disc that's so cold you could stick your tongue to it
  • The Rod says, "Woah, that ain't right. That just ain't right, Decken, my man, Decken, that ain't right, my man." It absorbs the "attachment" into its ruby, then spits out a vibrating, pulsating disc you don't really want to touch.
  • The Rod says, "That alien's freakin' me out, my man, that's freaky, freaky, Decken, omigod, my man!" It absorbs the chestburster into its ruby, then spits out the scariest disc you've ever seen.
  • The Rod says, "omigod, Decken, that smells bad! I mean, that smells bad, my man!" It absorbs the android's foul blood in to its ruby and spits out a fetid little disc.

OK, after a little more investigation I can confirm that yendor is right, the element is harvested after you get hit by the monster's elemental attack. Also, disregard my earlier comment.--Banana lord 07:06, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

As a followup to the followup, the monster can hit or miss you - what is important is the relevant combat message. Though I did not get doused by liquid nitrogen, I got the corresponding miss message, hit with the rod, and got the cold thingy. --Parse 07:17, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Maybe the sixth element is one of the "other elements", bad spelling, shadow or slime.--Kiwin 17:43, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Not quite. --Nossidge 19:07, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Does this work when it's in your off-hand?--Baby Disco Bear 17:13, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes---the way restoring an outfit sometimes permutes weapon/off-hand tripped me up again today, and actually allowed me to verify just that (got the kink essence with the rod in off-hand). --Fig bucket 21:37, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Apparently it's possible to get an essence of heat from Heimandatz after it hits you with a hot attack. I sent a bug report...--Gulgothica 12:45, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

  • Got one from a sausage goblin, too. I hit it with physical/hot damage, got the disk, then it hit me for hot damage, all in the same round. --Baltar (talk) 01:49, 19 February 2020 (UTC)
And just got essence of kink in the same combat, in a round in which we both missed. --Baltar (talk) 01:50, 19 February 2020 (UTC)
Presumably the goblin had hit me with hot/sleaze attacks in the previous rounds. --Baltar (talk) 01:52, 19 February 2020 (UTC)