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The Neopian Times Week 15 > Articles > Codestones vs. Dubloons

Codestones vs. Dubloons

by Finalhit

OK, we are all familiar with the greatly renowned Mystery Island Training School and its competition Cap'n Threelegs' Swashbuckling Academy. But the real question is, Which one is cheaper? Which one is more time efficient? Or all in all, Which one is better?

Well, okay, let's take a look-see and do some comparison

Codestones
Level
Est. Cost (NP)
Time
Basic
1-20
3 500
2
Advanced
21-40
7 000
3
Master
41-80
10 500
4
Grand
81+
14 000
6

Dubloons

Level
Est. Cost (NP)
Time
Urchin
1-10
1 600
4 Hours
Deckhand
11-20
3 000
6 Hours
Pirate
21-30
5 000
8 Hours
Cap'n
31-40
5 000
10 Hours
 
First, and foremost, you have to decide for yourself, which would you prefer Speedy, or Cheap and there is a real big difference so you should really consider.  Looking at the table above, you would see a simple equation that most of the time, speed would cost you some money. 
 
My suggestion is, go with CHEAP. Most of the time anyway, you won't manage to re-enroll your pet immediately right after the previous one ends.  So I really recommend the Swashbuckling Academy over the Training School.
Also....a very very VERY important thing to consider is that YOU NEED WEAPONS.  If you use so much money on training, you might not be able to afford some really good weapons out there.  Specially those Hidden in a Tower somewhere.  And if you save up those Dubloons, with some luck, and persistence, you might be able to get some weapons smuggled by some pirates to a cove somewhere. So again...go for CHEAP.
 
Level 1-10
At this point, the academy is about 50% cheaper than the training school. It's pretty obvious that if you don't have that much money to splurge, just go with the Dubloons
 
Level 11-20
When you reach this level, you should see that the training cost is almost about the same, but the time exactly 50% shorter for the Academy.  So at this point, consider giving your pet a change of scenery and send it to Mystery Island for training, (and maybe some shopping from the Tiki-Tack man)
 
Level 21-30
Here is where you need to do some decisions.  Would you like to spend 2000 NP extra and enroll in the Training School, or spend and extra 5 hours in the Academy? Well, here some idea.  On days when you don't have access to Neopets (maybe weekdays), send your pet to to the Academy, and on days when you visit your Neopets more (like weekends), send it to the Training School
 
Level 31-40
Same goes from the previous level group, except this time, it's an extra 7 hours.  So think about that on choosing which school to go to.
 
Level 41+
At this point, your only choice is the Mystery Island Training School.  And of course, some people would say "HEY, WHAT ABOUT NEGGS??"
Those people would be referring to Sneggs, Cool Neggs, etc. But don't listen to them.  They are not worth the money.  Yea sure, instant stats...but with even that, it's totally not worth it.
 
Consider COOL NEGG
One Cool Negg is currently valued at 120,000 NP.  And all it does is give your pets 1 Level, 2-3 HP, 2-3 Strength, 2-3 Movement.
OK, now let's assume you were lucky and got the max possible.  And let's say your at above 81+ so you need 4 codestones per stat.
 
Worst Case Scenario (Level 81+ Pet)
# Codestones
Est. Cost
(1) Level
4
14 000
(2) Hit Points
8
28 000
(2) Strength Points
8
28 000
(2) Movement Points
8
28 000
TOTAL
20
70 000

Best Case Scenario (Level 81+ Pet)

# Codestones
Est. Cost
(1) Level
4
14 000
(3) Hit Points
12
42 000
(3) Strength Points
12
42 000
(3) Movement Points
12
42 000
TOTAL
28
98 000

First of all, I did not add the Movement points in the tally everyone one know that speed doesn't really count in the Battledome.

 
As I said before, Cool Neggs are currently valued at 120,000 NP and at the best case scenario it only gives you 98 000 NP worth of stats.  And even if you add Movement points in, it would be worth about 126 000 NP, which is really not a very good gain, considering getting the best roll possible is not that common.  And what happens if you get the worst roll?? You'd have wasted about 22000 NP (even if you count in the Movement points)
 
Though a COOL NEGG is worth about 42-60 Hours of training time.  So if you are one of those multi-billion NP stockbrokers and business people....and totally impatient, COOL NEGG might be a good alternative for you.
 
Note that I only discussed COOL NEGG.  This is because if you ever consider using Neggs, a COOL NEGGS would be your best bargain.
 
So that's about it for today!!!
This is Prof. Finalhit (Ph.D.) signing out :D

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