Neutral
Asset. Accessory

Item. Relic.

Cost: 2. XP: 3.
Test Icons:
Health: –. Sanity: 4.
This has been in my family for generations. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.
Dimitri Bielak
Core Set #95.
Elder Sign Amulet
Reviews

I don't think that these protective cards are getting enough love. It is hard to consider for three experience (along with Bulletproof Vest), but I think that these are definitely worth the purchases. I tend to lean towards including Elder Sign Amulet in Roland Banks's deck and "Skids" O'Toole's deck since they have such low sanity values that this can effectively double what you can sustain throughout the adventure.

You have to consider that the slot it is consuming is likely not even used. In my Roland Banks deck there is an absence of accessories. So, when adding this in there is no conflicting option to worry about when you draw it. It is never a dead draw card. Especially with the symbols that it comes with. Cards meant to keep you alive are not typically the fun cards, but they are the ones that get you the additional experience in the long run to survive and make it through the campaign and get the cards you really do want later.

Bronze · 69
SPOILER LAST SZENARIO: With this amulet and a beat cop, roland survives 3 (without "dodge") turns of attacks from the last boss, which can be enough for the rest of the team to win. — Django · 1779

I know that this is probably not a fair comparison, but I think that interest in Elder Sign Amulet will probably decline now that the Key of Ys exists. They both take up the accessory slot, are both neutral, have the same skill icons, have the same horror soak, and have the same Item and Relic keywords, However, for 1 resource and 2 experience more the Key of Ys gives you a really powerful effect. It's really hard to justify spend 3 experience on this when you can get the Key for 2 more experience because it's almost always worth it.

The advantages Elder Sign Amulet has over Key of Ys:

Key of Ys is so similar to Elder Sign Amulet that if you asserted that the Key of Ys was originally slated to just be the level 5 version of Elder Sign Amulet, I would have been inclined to believe you. Of course, saying that this card is a worse version of what many would argue is the best card of the game isn't really an insult. This is a relatively well-balanced card and I think a lot of people considered it as a reasonable source of horror soak in the core set. However, I think that going forward it will be hard for people to take this card without thinking "maybe I should save up for the Key of Ys instead..."

Very true. But even Higher Education doesn't look so good when Key of Ys is setting the bar... — CaiusDrewart · 1015
In 4 Player this Card is a very good Horror soak for most guardians. — Django · 1779
One downside Key of Ys has over Elder Sign Amulet is that you can't use it to soak a lot of horror in a single turn. Ideally, when playing Key of Ys you want to place on it 1 Horror at a time to get the most benefit out of it. That means that if you want to soak a lot of horror on a single turn, its ability will probably go into a waste. Your approach on getting Key of Ys instead of Elder Sign Amulet is interesting, but if all I'm looking for is horror soak, then I'd rather spend 6 XP on 2 Elder Sign Amulets than 5 XP on a Key of Ys. — matt88 · 568
@matt88: I just don't think that's right. There is absolutely nothing wrong with playing a Key of Ys and then dropping 3 horror on it right away. In fact, that is pretty much ideal. (The game almost never deals more than 3 horror in one go, anyway.) — CaiusDrewart · 1015
@CaiusDrewart If you do that, then 1 point of horror kills it along with the top 10 cards of your deck and you will probably not enjoy your increased Stats for long. I agree that getting +3 to all skills right away is pretty powerful but you 're in danger of losing the bonus any time. And if you 're playing in the Dunwich cycle you are also in great danger of getting killed by Beyond the Veil once your cards get discarded. — matt88 · 568
I don't think Key of Ys is the card you want when rampant horror is your problem. As good as that card id, a 2 cost accessory that prevents horror is a far better anti horror option then a 3 cost accessory that you like to dump as much horror on as you can get — Tsuruki23 · 339
@matt88 @Tsuruki23: Just play the Key of Ys with some other horror soak (like an ally, which is surely something you wanted anyway), and these concerns basically go away. A Key of Ys can provide essentially all the benefits of an Elder Sign Amulet while also being immensely more powerful. — CaiusDrewart · 1015
@CaiusDrewart Wait a minute. I thought that when assigning horror while you have Key of Ys in play, you must assign 1 of that horror to Key of Ys regardless if you have other assets that have Sanity or not, because "you" refers to your investigator in general and not your investigator card. Is this correct??? — matt88 · 568
Nope, it means your investigator card. So if you have other quality soaks in play, you can sustain a 3-horror Key of Ys for a long time. That's one reason why many people (myself included) think Key of Ys is grossly overpowered. — CaiusDrewart · 1015
Then, that's amazing!! — matt88 · 568
I have a personal house rule: Key of Ys doesn't exist. — crymoricus · 168