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If you want these video game collectibles, you'll have to work for them. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the most difficult items to obtain in video games, though we're excluding skills and abilities. Our countdown of the hardest video game collectibles to get includes the Super Suit from “Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars” (1996), the Hand Cannon from “Dead Space 2” (2011), the Light Ball from the “Pokemon” Series (1998-), Thunderfury from “World of Warcraft” (2004), and more!
Script written by Johnny Reynolds Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the most difficult items to obtain in video games. We’re only including physical collectibles today, so you won’t find any unlockable skills or abilities here.

#10: Isu Armor

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“Assassin’s Creed Origins” (2017) While the Isu Armor is easier to obtain in later entries, its first appearance in “Origins” essentially requires you to scour its fairly large map. Players will first have to solve all twelve stone circle puzzles, which are naturally scattered throughout the world. That’s pretty standard in a game of this size. But you also have to have collected 50 silica, a rare resource only found in ancient tombs which, of course, are also scattered about the map. You then have to go to the tomb underneath the Great Sphinx in Giza to earn the armor. With the amount of work and resources involved, there’s no way to get the armor quickly, if you do at all.

#9: Light Ball

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“Pokemon” Series (1998-) There are a lot of items your Pokemon can hold to give them a slight edge in battle, though the light ball is definitely one of the hardest to get your hands on. Introduced in Gen II, you could only get it by trading your Pikachu from “Pokemon Yellow” into “Gold” or “Silver.” But in most subsequent entries, you’ll only find it by catching wild Pikachu, which still only have a 5% chance of holding it. In most appearances, it doubles the attack and special attack stats of the Pikachu who has it, so it’s certainly beneficial. But with that low a spawn rate, don’t expect to find it often.

#8: Zenith

“Terraria” (2011) Over its lifespan, “Terraria” has included many incredible weapons. So, one that requires you to have ten completely different swords to craft is naturally going to pose a challenge. The Zenith sword was added through the 1.4 update in 2020. If you have the means to get it, you absolutely should, as any swing creates a flurry of previous blades used to create it. Since these swords are earned throughout the game, it was likely easier for seasoned players to craft it than new ones. Even still, some of the weapons, like Meowmere and Star Wrath, have low percentage drop rates. And the Zenith can only be crafted using a rarer anvil. Either way, prepare to grind.

#7: Super Suit

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“Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars” (1996) Like many RPGS before it, “Legend of the Seven Stars” lets you purchase better armor as you progress. But the best one tests your jumping skills rather than requiring money. One of Mario’s attacks is the Super Jump, which will have Mario continue jumping on an enemy’s head if the player pushes the attack button at the proper moment. In Monstro Town, you’ll find a character that keeps track of your record. Only after reaching the maximum of one hundred will this character give you the Super Suit. Since this can only be done in combat and is very easy to mess up, it can take a lot of time and frustration.

#6: Hestu’s Gift

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (2017) The “Zelda” franchise includes a handful of items that are pretty tough to obtain. However, none of them require the same level of time commitment that Hestu’s Gift does. Link is given a seed whenever he finds a Korok, which can then be given to Hestu to expand his inventory space. Only after finding all nine hundred of them does Link get Hestu’s Gift, which is as useless as a golden turd…because that’s what it is. No single Korok puzzle or challenge is too difficult. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are NINE HUNDRED OF THEM. Nintendo also increased the number to one thousand for “Tears of the Kingdom,” yet didn’t offer us any better reward for finding them.

#5: Sword of Kings

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“EarthBound” (1995) In RPGs, you want to seek out items that make your party members the very best they can be. But in “EarthBound,” you better be prepared to grind several hours if you want to get Poo his best possible weapon. The Sword of Kings only has a 1-in-128 chance of appearing, which is less than a single percent. Thankfully, it can only be found in a single location, the Stonehenge Base, and is only dropped by a single enemy, the Starman Super. Knowing where to look isn’t difficult, but you’ll still have to put in the time. This can be made easier with Jeff’s ‘Spy’ ability, which can find and steal enemy items. But the appearance rate is still extremely low.

#4: Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker

“World of Warcraft” (2004) With a name like that, it’s safe to assume this powerful blade takes a lot of effort to unlock. Thunderfury is earned at the end of a very long, very high level string of quests. Players must first go through a level 60 raid dungeon, the Molten Core, gain the Bindings of the Windseeker from two separate bosses, and bring them to Highlord Demitrian in Silithus. Then, you must defeat Ragnaros, the dungeon’s final boss, who drops the Essence of the Firelord. Then you just have to collect a bunch of other resources, one of which can only be found in another level 60 raid dungeon. Take all these things back to Demitrian, who summons one more boss for you to face before you finally earn your prize.

#3: Recon Armor

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“Halo 3” (2007) & “Halo 3: ODST” (2009) While this armor would be made available to all players in later games, unlocking it back in the day was a mighty challenge. Originally, Bungie would give this cosmetic armor out during special in-game events, and only to players that proved worthy. When “ODST” was released two years later, the developer made it so completing seven Vidmaster challenges across both games would unlock it. Seven doesn’t seem that high a number until you consider how balls-to-the-wall hard these challenges were. One required beating a campaign level on Legendary, solo, without firing a round or throwing a grenade. Another could only be completed by making it through 60 waves of enemies in the ‘Firefight’ mode. But if you had the armor, you were a God among men.

#2: Hand Cannon

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“Dead Space 2” (2011) Players wield some pretty creative weapons in their fight against the Necromorphs. But none of them are as unique, or as hard to get, as a Foam Finger humorously called the Hand Cannon. The weapon first appeared in “Dead Space 2.” Players would have to beat the game once to unlock Hard Core difficulty, and then beat that to earn the prize. This mode gets rid of checkpoints and only allows for three saves, so ‘Hard Core’ is a pretty accurate name. The Hand Cannon returned in the 2023 remake of the first entry, unlocked after beating it on Impossible difficulty (Xref). This mode can only be unlocked after beating the game on Hard, and actually forces you back into that difficulty after you die once.

#1: Great Trango & Seitengrat

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“Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age” (2017) In the original version of “Final Fantasy XII,” the Zodiac Spear could be lost if you opened one of four specific chests, something the game doesn’t tell you (Xref). However, in the HD remaster, “The Zodiac Age,” the developers included new, invisible weapons that are even harder to get. The Great Trango has a 20% chance to be inside a chest in Subterra, itself which only has a 2% chance to appear. You also have a 3% chance to steal it from secret boss, Zodiark, which raises to 6% with the Thief’s Cuffs. Similarly, the Seitengrat has a 20% chance to be on the Skyferry. Only, it’s inside an invisible chest that has a 1% chance of spawning, or 5% if you have a Diamond Armlet equipped. Happy hunting! Which of these holy grails have you unlocked? Are there any we missed? Let us know down in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe for more great gaming videos!