Beyond a Newbie: Debunking the Myths
Every single Neopian began as a newbie, struggling through numerous challenges
whilst unravelling the secrets of the mysterious world of Neopia. I, for one,
made countless mistakes when I first began playing NeoPets on the 23rd of March
2001. If you're a newbie, don't worry about not knowing what happens where on
NeoPets. That's what this article is about, and in case you're wondering where
you even are now, this is an article in the NeoPets weekly newsletter, the Neopian
Times. This week, I will tell you the many things Newbies, or even experienced
players, misunderstand on NeoPets.
If an option is marked with an asterisk (*),
non-Newbies should also pay closer attention.
1. In the Battledome, weapons are not required as you have a selection
of attacks for your pet to use. This is a blunder made by the average newbie.
I made this error too and was wondering why I wasn't doing any damage to the
opponent. Remember, these varieties of attacks only affect the way your weapons
are used to harm your adversary, thus, weapons are a must unless you have superb
2. The bank protects my money from potential thieves like the Bug Brothers
or Money Tree ghosts. *Many people are still
in the dark about this. The bank is not a security storeroom like the Safety
Deposit Box, it allows Neopians to earn NP through interest and permits them
to limit the amount of money they use. If money thieves decide to pay you a
visit, NP will still be deducted from your account even if you have none with
you, and you will end up a negative amount of money.
3. By asking other Neopians I can find out where and when Willis Chia died,
since the Brain Tree must have posed the same question to other Neopians before.
Uh-uh. The year and place of the death for each individual the Brain Tree asks
about is completely random, and the Esophagor, who is eternally famished, determines
these numbers. Pay him a visit; he can be located at the lower portion of Haunted
Woods. By satisfying two of his hunger pangs for Spooky Food, he will refund
you with the solution to the Brain Tree's question. Watch out, though, the foods
he asks for are rather pricey, so you may want to complete some of Edna's quests
before continuing to the Esophagor's, although Edna's missions can sometimes
be a rip-off as well.
4. Ack! The NeoPets staff will freeze me because I have more than one account!
Your worries are unfounded. You can own up to 5 accounts, but only one (your
main account) can be used for daily NP-gaining activities such as flash games,
give-away stations (e.g. Coltzan's Shrine) and even contests such as the Caption
Competition. Apart from your main account, the other accounts are only allowed
to earn money via selling or trading, where the Neopoints are not generated
from nowhere for your expenditure.
5. My NeoPet has been successfully equipped with a weapon. That means he
can use it, right? *Wrong!
If you equip an Eyrie Rainbow Flash to your Lupe, he still cannot use it against
his challenger in the Battledome. You will simply receive a message that informs
you that your pet is unable to use that certain weapon. If the weapon you own
has a pet name on it (e.g. Flyweight Nimmo Boxing Gloves), it can only be used
by that particular species of NeoPet.
6. I can only have 50 items in my Inventory. *By
taking more than 50 items out of your Safety Deposit Box, you can actually make
your Inventory exceed its limit of 50. Then again, your Inventory will then
be deemed full, so you can't receive any more items.
7. If I type my password on the chat board, it will appear as asterisks.
This is one of the more common hoaxes used by scammers to attempt to get
your password. Don't fall for it! Your password will still show up. If you have
already posted your password on the chat board, all is not lostů yet. Quickly
go to "Help" on the all-familiar gold NeoPets navigation sidebar, and then click
on the Flash button that advises you to change your password often. The next
step is obvious. Change your password! Of course, prevention is better than
cure, so it will be better if you don't fall for this trick in the first place.
8. The Pant Devil steals the most items in Neopia. Notorious as he
is, the Pant
Devil is not the thief of the most items in Neopia. Then who is? The
solution can be found dwelling in the Ice Caves of Terror Mountain. The Ice
Devil, although not widely publicised, has stolen more items from me alone than
I count. Items that he took from me include a Blue Frost Cannon, Silver Butter
Knife and Roo Island Crystal. So next time you are endeavouring to steal something
from the Snowager, beware that nothing of yours is stolen.
Well, that's it for now. I hope the information supplied has been of use to
you. If you have any queries, feel free to Neomail
me. This is Druidgetafix, wishing you good luck in your adventures throughout
the vast world of Neopia.