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The Neopian Times Week 54 > Articles > The Lab Ray: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?

The Lab Ray: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?

by naebean11

UNKNOWN - With rumours of a potential war infiltrating the chat boards and the news page, the prices of items such as codestones and dubloons have risen rapidly. Training your pet for either the Battledome or the up-and-coming war has become quite an investment. If only there was a better way to raise your pets' statistics! For Neopians willing to drop a cool 80,000 Neopoints for all nine pieces of the Lab Ray, this wish has become a reality. Of course there are pros and cons to zapping your pet, but hopefully I can give you the information you need to decide whether or not the Lab Ray is right for you and your pets.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Lab Ray, allow me to fill you in. In the 'Puzzles' section of the Game Room, there is a game entitled Treasure Maps. There are five different maps that you can collect the pieces for and assemble--Original Map, Spooky, Underwater, Laboratory, and Space. Obviously the one we are interested in today is the Secret Laboratory Map. Once all nine pieces are brought to this page, you are given access to the Lab Ray. You can find map pieces as random events anywhere in Neopia, or you can purchase them from privately-owned shops. Once every day you may bring your pets to this page and choose one of them to be zapped. The Ray can do many things to your pet, some good, some bad. It can raise and lower stats as well as change your pet's species, gender, or colour. Now you can see why some people are sceptical about using the Lab Ray on their precious painted pets!

Now comes the debate-- to use or not to use the Lab Ray? Unfortunately, it probably is not a great idea to zap your faerie Krawk or other painted pets with the Ray. Unless you are prepared to live with the consequences if the species or colour changes, DO NOT TAKE RARE OR PAINTED PETS TO THE LAB RAY!! This may seem like a major drawback since most people have one pet that they train, and this pet is usually special to them. I found a personal solution to this problem. My first and favourite pet, Jenova11, was painted faerie before she became a baby. Either way I did not want to risk subjecting her to experimentation because I do not have the money to trade for unbuyable Aisha morphing potions and/or another expensive paint brush. Instead, I visited the Pound and adopted a poor pet that needed a good home! ZachariahX started out as an extremely weak, level one, blue Zafara. I have taken him to the Ray every day since I rescued him from the Pound. I wagered that over time, the benefits of using the Ray would outweigh the costs. I have really cashed in on that bet! If you look him up, you can see that ZachariahX has almost caught up to Jenova11 in stats. He has already surpassed her in hit points. Because I adopted him from the Pound, I do not care what species or colour he is. I have kept careful notes in my Neopian Diary each day, documenting every effect that the Lab Ray has caused. If you are interested, I can share some of this information with you.

In the long run, zapping your pet with the Lab Ray really pays off. Occasionally you lose some stats. I have found from several months of personal experience that you usually gain them back (and then some) quite quickly. Hit points are commonly added five at a time, while other stats can be changed in quantities of one, two, or three. It is really just a matter of accepting the consequences of using the Ray. For people who already have four pets, the adoption of an experimental pet is not an option. These people are truly between a rock and a hard place. They can either choose one of their existing pets to zap or continue paying for codestones and dubloons. Whatever you decide to do, please be responsible about taking on an experimental pet. If you choose adoption, care for and love your new pet just as you would any other. Good luck with the Ray, and hopefully we will be fighting along side each other in the war!

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