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The Neopian Times Week 93 > Articles > 'Defenders of Neopia' Do's and Don'ts

'Defenders of Neopia' Do's and Don'ts

by theeaterofworlds

DEFENDERS OF NEOPIA HEADQUARTERS - All around Neopia there has been a surge of young pets hopefully eagerly capes and tights. What is the reason behind all of this? A new trend in fashion? A fancy-dress ball? If you're starting to think that the old spandex pants in the back of your safety deposit box are about to be the style of the season, let me shed some light on this phenomenon.

The simple truth is, many vile and unspeakable evils slink around our fair planet. Not just any villains these, but SUPER villains! As you already may know, to combat a super villain you need no less than a super hero! The Defenders of Neopia are recruiting any Neopet brave and strong enough to combat this menace. Do you think you're up to the challenge? Before you go running out of the room with a bed sheet tied around your neck, sit down and give it some thought. Here are a few pointers for getting you on your way.

Super Powers

First things first. Do you have any super powers? If the answer to this is no, you may want to rethink going into the super hero business. Of course, if you're not among those lucky enough to have been bitten by a radioactive Poppit, you can always combat evil with loads of pricey gadgets.

Don't- Pretend to have a power you don't have, or exaggerate a power that you do. This will only get you in trouble, and it doesn't impress anyone. Don't say that you have 'Super Toxic Breath' if you've just been eating too many chilli dogs at Hubert's. All of Neopia is counting on you to do what you say you can, so don't let them down!

Do- Be creative in finding new uses for your abilities. (Opening a bag of Cheesy Neos from 15 meters using your telekinesis doesn't count) Just because you're 'The Electric Wocky', that doesn't mean all you can do is shock the bad guys. Try using your power over current and voltage to short out weapons of mass destruction, or to give the Car of Justice a jump if you left the headlights on.

Don't- Use your powers for evil. If you take advantage of your power to exploit the weak, you're not much of a Defender, are you? Even the slightest misuse, like knocking over an Achyfi machine for a free drink, tarnishes your reputation as a super hero.

Picking a Name

A name is what the world will know you by, so it's important that it makes a good impression. It's not just a word, it's an image. Do you think Neocola would sell nearly as well if it was just called 'Fizzy brown liquid'? Of course not!

Do- Pick a name that says a lot about you. For example, if you are a Moehog a good name could be Judge Hog. Sadly, that's already taken so you're going to have to try a little harder. Something like 'The Tusked Crusader' is catchy, and appropriate. The ideal superhero name does several things: it gives the good citizens of Neopia and idea of what your powers are, what species you are, and (most importantly) how amazingly awesome you are.

Do- Try to let your name reflect just what your super power is, if you have one. If you fight crime by shooting powerful streams of water out of your nostrils, 'The Flaming Tonu' is not the moniker for you.

Don't- Let your name get too long. 'The Masked Acara Ninja Assassin of Great Hurting and Doom that Stalks in the Night ' may say a lot about what you do and how you do it, but it's very impractical. A name like that won't be easy to remember when some poor Neopet needs to call out for a hero.

Making a Costume

A costume to hide your secret identity is a must, unless you want reporters from The Neopian Times knocking on your door at all hours of the day and night. Not only does a costume hide your face and give you an air of mystery, it also adds to the image you project as a super hero.

Do- Make it comfortable and easy to move in. No matter how great your costume looks, if it's too tight to run in, you probably aren't going to be catching crooks anytime soon. How vigilant are you going to be on your watch for crime if all you can think about is how much your shoes are hurting you?

Do- Keep fashion in mind, please! No one wants to be known as 'The Avenger Who Can't Dress Himself'. Mixing floral prints and plaids is a huge no-no, and so is overusing bright and painful colors. If you're really lost, find someone who can help. It's better to consult your fashion crazed sister than to patrol the city looking like a circus clown.

Getting Stronger

Even the best of super heroes run into a situation that's more than they can handle. Do they give up when this happens? Of course not! They find a way to build up their powers, then they go back and try again!

Do- Raise your stats. Going to either the Swashbuckling Academy on Krawk Island, or the Mystery Island School, is a reliable way to train. These are the best places for the average pet to get stronger. If you have some money to spare, you can use the lab ray. However, you might find you have to change your name frequently. There's a good chance that you'll be 'The Masked Lenny' this week, and 'The Krazy Krawk' the next.

Don't- Sew fake muscles into your costume. It won't help, and your enemies will be able to tell the difference.

Beating Enemies

One of the integral parts of being a super hero is actually beating the fiends you go up against. Trust me, this is pretty important. If you've been training like you should, this probably won't be much of a problem.

Do- Go into battle prepared. Find out all you can about your opponent from people who have beaten it before, or from trustworthy websites. Commander Garoo, for example, deals a lot of his damage in earth icons. A Shovel Plus could be a handy weapon to use against him, but a U-bend probably wouldn't do a bit of good.

Don't- Give up. No matter how tough your foe seems to be, you'll beat them eventually. It might take more training or better weapons, but it's only a matter of time until you join the ranks of super heroes the likes of Captain K.

Don't- Get too cocky. Just because Meuka is a difficulty of 60 and you've already beaten the Cave Chia (a close 58), that doesn't the little slime ball will be a walk in the park.

Defender Trainer

It's important to not only train you body, but to keep your mind in tiptop shape as well. A great way to do that is to brush up on your Neopian Trivia with the help of Judge Hog's defender trainer. Learn to recognize Petpets and strange items on sight, because you never know when that knowledge will come in handy. (I don't know how you'll use the fact that the word Cobrall contains both the letters 'b' and 'r', but if an established super hero says it's important...)

Do- Play often to increase your knowledge and reaction time. Good reflexes can give you the edge you need in a close fight. (Plus, the NP it gives out has been doubled, and extra money can't hurt.)

Don't- Attempt to make your own Defender Trainer instead. I strongly doubt that your mother will appreciate it if you steal her produce, only to tie it to sticks in the back yard. I don't think your Meepit will be fond of the arrangement either.

Hopefully this guide has given you all you need to start your career as a do-gooding vigilante on the streets of Neopia. With a little luck and a lot of skill, maybe you'll get your own set of trading cards and lucrative Neocola endorsements. Remember that the future of Neopia rests in your hands!

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