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The Neopian Times Week 42 > Articles > Secrets of the Secret Laboratory Map

Secrets of the Secret Laboratory Map

by sarahishika

SECRET LOCATION - All of you Neopians out there must have been wondering about the powers of the Secret Lab map. It is, by far, the most expensive map, after the Underwater map. That is only because the Underwater map has been retired. Well, actually, the map does nothing at all, except to show you the path to the Secret Laboratory. Residing in the laboratory is a yellow Scorchio professor who claims to be working on a new experiment that will give your pet super powers. But, since it is an experiment, nothing will always go as planned.

Firstly, let's talk about the map pieces. There are 9 of them in Neopia. You can buy them from the Shop Wizard, or find them as a random event. The maps are valued between 7,000 NP to 9,000 NP, depending on the rarity of the piece. Once you have all 9 pieces, you can go to the "Treasure Maps" game and piece the whole map together. It will then show you the way to the Secret Laboratory.

Once you get there, you have to remember that every decision that you make is at your own risk and that it will effect your pet, positively or negatively. Now, let me tell you what the Lab Ray is able to do to your pet:

It can increase your pet's stats. I have been using the Lab Ray for almost a year now, and it has improved my pet's stats a lot. It can increase your pet's strength by 2 - 5 points, increase your pet's defence by 2 - 5 points, increase your pet's agility by 2 - 5 points, and also it can increase the level of your pet. However, it can also decrease your pet's stats by the same amount of points that it increases it by. This is definitely a negative aspect of the Lab Ray, especially after you've spent codestones and time to train your pet.

The next thing that it can do is to change your pet's gender. This may sound weird, but it's true. If your pet is hit with a gender-changing ray, you pet will turn from a male to a female, and vice-versa. The only way to change it back to its original gender is to wait for another gender-changing ray on another day. But, due to the creativity of the creators of Neopets, a potion called "Strange Potion" was created. It is designed mainly to change your pet's gender to the other one, but it doesn't come cheap. You can't buy it at the Shop Wizard, and it trades for about 250,000 NP at the Trading Post. So, be sure that your pet doesn't mind changing its gender for a little while before you fire the ray on your pet.

The next thing that the Lab Ray can do is to change your pet's species and colour. I would not recommend the Lab Ray for owners who have just painted their pet with those expensive paint brushes, as chances are that your beautiful Faerie Scorchio may be turned into a blue Kyrii. For those owners who do not mind having their pets changing species and colour every now and then, I say go for it. You never know what the Lab Ray will turn your pet into. Maybe you'll end up with a cool Halloween Blumaroo, or even maybe a cute Rainbow Aisha! In the one year that I've been using the Lab Ray, my pet has changed from a fire Scorchio to a white Lupe, a Tyrannian Flotsam, a striped Flotsam and a Blue Kyrii, which is its current species and colour.

Basically, that's about all that the Lab Ray could do. So, with the secrets of the Lab Ray now out in the open, what's your choice going to be? I suggest that it's a good investment to get ahold of the 9 map pieces and go to the Secret Lab everyday. My pet has become stronger just by using the Lab Ray, and if you're looking to save money, it will come in handy in the long run. When your pet is of a higher level, you may need 3 - 4 codestones to train it, which will cost you around 9000NP. But chances are with the Lab Ray, your pet's stats may increase by 2 - 5 points in a single day! That's a lot of money that you can save!

But remember, every decision that you make is at your own risk, or should I say your pet's risk. Be sure before you fire that ray as it may change your pet, forever....


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