|This legendary dagger was commissioned by a band of mad rogues to prove the worth of the Dirk.|
|Damage||150–290 (average: 220)|
|Projectile Speed||18 tiles/second|
|Rate of Fire||90%|
|On Equip||+6 WIS|
The Dirk of Cronus is an extremely powerful dagger with a range shorter than tiered daggers by 1.1 tiles, but greater than the Etherite Dagger by about 0.7 tiles. It is generally not used as an all-purpose dagger because of this, but can still be used as such. If the target can be approached safely, such as by using a cloaked Rogue, the use of the Dirk of Cronus is justified. The Dirk also gives a decent WIS bonus on equip which can be especially useful to the Assassin due to its reliance on throwing poisons for damage.
After its buff on September 20th, it always outdamages the Etherite Dagger and the Dagger of Dire Hatred. It does get outdamaged by Avarice until high levels of DEF and has much shorter range but is easier to aim as it shoots straight. The Queen’s Stinger is often compared to the Dirk, but the Dirk significantly outdamages the Stinger up to over 100 DEF, making it better for almost all situations in the game as long as piercing isn’t a big factor.
On November 11th, 2011 (Build 119), an irritated player named Cronus posted an expletive-filled thread on the old WildShadow Forums. In his rant, he furiously complained about his trading misfortunes. New players constantly offered him relatively worthless items, namely dirks, for more expensive ones.
Matt (Itani), Guolin, and several others responded in jest, stating that such deals were of great value. Others scorned Cronus for underestimating the true value of dirks. Even DOKTORPUSZ mentioned his deep and lasting regret for turning down a trade for a dirk.
As the thread gained popularity, a Developer (Chedd) suddenly stated:
Although he mentioned it jokingly, the player population took it and ran, making dozens of forum posts and intra-thread trades. Some even went as far as trying to sell dirks for Wine Cellar tops. At the peak of this “dirk frenzy,” 8 dirks became the in-game equivalent of 1 Defense Potion, making them highly sought after.
Furthermore, Chedd had to address the issue publicly in this thread, where he stated:
As funny as it has been to watch the increasing fervor and rampant speculation about dirk rarity in these forums, I’m becoming worried that some poor soul might actually get tricked into trading away things of great value in exchange for a dirk, so let me officially put a stop to the silliness: no, dirks are not becoming ultra-rare or ultra-valuable.
The root of this rumor seems to be this thread, where many of players were joking around. Rest assured, it truly was just a joke.
Chedd then posted that he also got inspiration to make an overpowered dagger named after Cronus as an “apology” for adding to his complaints.
The initial testing description of the Dirk of Cronus read: This legendary dagger was commissioned by the Realm denizens known as ASDF, BMJ, and REALNAPALM.
It is also important to note that other “dirk crazes” started with players back in Build 105 (or perhaps earlier) quickly swapping Dirks into public loot bags dropped by events. They would then say that the Cube God (or other event boss) actually dropped the Dirk.
In 2018, due to the Dirk of Cronus being weaker than the Etherite Dagger despite being a white bag drop, “buff cdirk” became a meme on the RotMG subreddit. A subredditor named GoldennHD_(Brett) made “buff cdirk” posts for 115 straight days, eventually being made to stop by the mods (post link).
In response to this, around the beginning of February, the subreddit exploded with “buff cdirk” memes, almost to the point of spamming, according to the moderators. Then, in response to complaints about “buff cdirk” posts flooding the subreddit and decreasing post/meme diversity, the mods decided that “buff cdirk” posts would be banned starting after this post was 24 hours old.
The item was eventually buffed in Patch X.23.0, about one month after the banning of posts.
Before Exalt Version 126.96.36.199 (Sep 2020), this item had a damage of 130-250.
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