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Attie's Guide to Daily Links


We've compiled a helpful list of daily Neopets links for our guild members. All links open in a new window and are sorted by type. We hope you find them helpful. :) (We've also included a couple sought after links at the end to help you out!)

free stuff

  1. Advent Calendar (Month of Celebrating only)
  2. Coltzan's Shrine (Every 12 hours)
  3. Deserted Tomb
  4. Fruit Machine (Once a day)
  5. Healing Springs (Try this before buying expensive remedies!)
  6. Neopets' Freebies (Once a month)
  7. Neopian Bank (Collect your interest!)
  8. Shop of Offers (Click the floating Slorg!)
  9. Snowager (Asleep between 6-7 AM, 2-3 PM, and 10-11 PM NST)
  10. Symol Hole
  11. Tombola
  12. Turmaculus (Interesting record of past times)
  13. Underwater Fishing (Get to Fishing Level 80+ to get the avatar!)

free food

  1. Giant Omelette

games

  1. Buried Treasure
  2. Deadly Dice (Available from 12-1 AM NST)
  3. Faerie Crossword
  4. Grumpy Old King
  5. Pick Your Own
  6. Plushie Tycoon
  7. Stockmarket
  8. Test Your Strength
  9. Wise Old King

wheels

  1. Wheel of Excitement
  2. Wheel of Knowledge
  3. Wheel of Mediocrity
  4. Wheel of Misfortune
  5. Wheel of Monotony

quests

  1. Brain Tree
  2. Edna in Witch's Tower
  3. Esophagor
  4. Illusen's Glade (Not available within 12 hours of completing Jhudora's quest)
  5. Jhudora's Cloud (Not available within 12 hours of completing Illusen's quest)
  6. Kitchen
  7. Taelia the Snow Faerie

scratchcards

(Limit 1 scratchcard purchase every 6 hours!)

  1. Deserted Fairgrounds Scratchcards
  2. Ice Caves Scratchcards
  3. Lost Desert Scratchcards

training/laboratories

  1. Petpet Lab Ray
  2. Secret Lab Ray
  3. Cap'n Threelegs' Swashbuckling Academy
  4. Mystery Island Training School
  5. Secret Ninja Training School

hidden places / helpful links

  1. Draik's Nest
  2. Fungus Cave
  3. Meerca Chase (Yes, the original!)
  4. Top Games List
  5. Hidden Tower
















HOW TO BE A GOOD NEOPIAN

--by chocolovey

To be a good neopian means you have fame, popularity and not to mention a VERY good reputation in this virtual pet site.
No, you don't have to have a gazillion neopoints and do giveaways every hour to be a good neopian. You can be one with just FIVE neopoints in your hand.

Let's give it a try.


Put all your money in the bank, and have only 5 np with you.
The best place to show your goodness will have to be the chat boards of course!
To begin, we go to the Quests boards.
This is the easiest place to show what a nice neopian you are!
First, create a thread titled
Fast & Easy Quest Help
now, thats an easy thing to do right?
once the thread is up, i assure you at least ONE neopian will visit your board to ask for help.
lets say they need a 'Blue Mirror'. No, you don't have to SPEND money buying them a mirror. You just go the shop wiz and tell them where they can get a mirror. their quest is fulfilled and they come and tell you:

aw, thanks! you're the best!

easy? so that immediately gets you a good name doesnt it?
next you proceed to the Beauty contest boards. what you have do here is common sense right? you vote for other's pets. no, im not asking you to vote for every pet.
just voting for a few pets will make the pet's owner very happy!job there is done.

money spent so far: 0np

next, go to the Help boards and help some needy person there. any help will do.

usually the people there need links to avatar websites or font websites. ANYTHING.
just share your knowledge with them. That's an easy thing to do anyway. so far, neopia already will be thinking you're a nice person. which is a very good start.

Pat yourself on the back once, then proceed to the AC boards.

WARNING:
most neopians hang out here.
so this is THE best place to show your goodness but you must also be careful not to show the n00by side of you. I strongly suggest you participate in a game of avatar survivor. you must be thinking im crazy but nuh-uh. i tell you, this is a VERY good way to make friends.

friends=popularity.

easy right?
be careful not to mess up. be nice to all the participants. remember to wish them good luck during every voting session and all. You can even keep using
the word 'huggles'. thats a good trick cause people immediately like you when you do that!
now you have friends. The first step towards popularity(:

NEVER EVER EVER MAKE BOARDS SAYING 'CAN YOU BE MY NEOFRIEND'. YOUR POPULARITY GOES DOWN EXTREMELY!
when you do those boards, you give people the image that you're a pathetic loser! you dont want that right?
Humor is also important. Its ok if you arent a born-funny person. crack lame jokes and they might just turn out funneh!(:
now you know what you should do to be a good neopian!

CONGRATULATIONS!

however, there are several things you should NEVER EVER do.
1.) breaking the rules
-this is common sense. if you break rules, you get iced.
you get iced, you cant enjoy your fame and popularity cause you'll be stuck in iceland!
you do not want this!

2.) bad attitude
-you do not get frozen for this but people will start hating you.
bad attitude refers to being rude, egoistic, arrogant and so on.
you may be a rude, egoistic and arrogant person in real life but at least pretend to be nice in neopets.

3.) being a n00b
-n00b in layman terms means acting stupid.
how do you act stupid?
below are some ways of acting like a complete n00b.




there ya go. n00bish screenies. so yes, those are ways you should never act. now lets see, money spent: 0np. you have 5np with you right? why don't you generously give it to the money tree? a good deed is a great way to end off there you go, now you have been a very very neopian for the day. go treat yourself to ice cream or something. you're successfully a good neopian! who knows? maybe next christmas, you'll get faaantastic pressies from uncle santa x)
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SPECIAL THANKS TO:
xx_vampyre's page
-your screenies are the best!
















A Guide to Freebies

Let's face it- dailies are what keeps us all going. The first thing we do, well, at least I know that I do, is take care of my dailies. I even judge my day by how lucky I get with my dailies. So, what's the secret to them and maximizing the most of your minimum payment investments? What, exactly, are these dailies anyways?

Well, first off, the secrets to these dailies. There is no right or wrong way to do them, they are all random. But there is one tip for doing dailies do it daily! Hence the name, dailies =3

Okay. And now for a list of these dailies we have the free dailies, the wheels, and the puzzles.

Fruit Machine

Free Dailies:

Wheel of Mediocrity
The Wheels:

Faerie Crossword Puzzle

The Puzzles:
















The Gallery of all that is Delicious" you read on a user's lookup. The next lookup you find "Pink, Purple Paradise" located under the user's shop info. And on the third lookup you spot "Petpet Galleria". Everywhere you go, you see galleries. In the news they announce the gallery winner, and many users try to sell their items claiming it will go perfect with a specific gallery.

The Ifs, Ands, and Buts of Galleries

So what is, exactly, a gallery? A gallery is basically like a shop, except other users can only view what you have, rather than purchase it. In the previous days on Neopets, users would love to show off some things they got by putting it for 99,999 neopoints in their shops, a price that disabled users from purchasing these items. TNT apparently didn't like this, and so, instead, they created the Gallery. Here, you can edit your gallery, and store items that you like. You are not bound to going by only one theme, however, you can be awarded the Gallery Spotlight if you do have one special, specific theme.

Editing a Gallery
Galleries, just like shops, can be edited. Your gallery keeper can be changed to whichever you prefer and say what you want, and you can always change the name of the gallery. Likewise, a background can be added, the tables can be formatted, and cursor types can be changed.

The way you edit a gallery is the same way that you edit your store. When you view your gallery information page, you see the exact same table that is used for a store. The first box asks you for your Gallery Name. The next box asks you for your Gallery Description, which is where you also put any HTML to change the background, table, font and cursor of the gallery. You can choose from the list a new keeper for your gallery, and you can format the keeper's name and what the keeper will say to any viewers. Lastly, there is the gallery upgrade box, which enables you to upgrade your gallery to a larger size. The price/ size correlation is the same as the shops.

Gallery Ideas
One of the hardest things about galleries, besides stocking it all up, is deciding what items to place in your gallery. Some people use theirs to store items that were given to them from friends, or to store items that they are lending for avatars. Guild leaders also use their galleries to store the guild prizes that members could win. But for the people that want a cool, unique gallery, or who just really want that gallery spotlight in their userlookup, they need to decide on a special theme for their gallery. Here is a list that I have compiled for gallery themes:

  • Do you see what eye see"- a gallery of all eye related items.
  • Paper glory"- a gallery of all paper related items.
    I love Happiness"- a gallery of all sloth related items.
    Love makes the world go round"- a gallery of all love related items.
    Who said Jelly World isn't real?"-a gallery of all jelly related items.
    Let it Snow!"- a gallery of all snowball related items.
    Real men eat meat"- a gallery of all meat related items.
    Say CHEESE!"- a gallery of all cheese related items.
    Something's Fruit" a gallery of all fruit related items.
    I Took Your Shirts" a gallery of all shirt related items.

    These are just ten ideas of mine that I hope can help you decide what you want to do for your gallery. If you like one of my ideas, you can neomail me and let me know. My next guides might be on the price of these items and which items are included in the gallery so that you are able to make the perfect, complete gallery.
















    Neopia Central


    As my first article for the newspaper, I'm going to let your imagination fly you from the Guild Newspaper to Neopian Central. In this issue I'm going to guide you through most of the stores at Neopian Central and give a brief, informative write up on each store! Before we begin, go to your bank and take out a considerable sum of neopoints. In case you see a great find, or deal, this way, it won't slip out of your fingers… or claws. The current inflation rate is 2.31%!Remember, the items at TNT owned stores are priced by their rarity and not how much you can buy them for at the Shop Wizard or Trades.

    Pharmacy: As mentioned in SM's last article, the Pharmacy is one of the best places to restock. This shop refreshes roughly about every minute.

    Magic Shop: Like the Neopian Pharmacy, the Magic Shop provides a great place to restock. Although, you must be careful, or you may end up paying a harshly unfair price, it also has the ability to make you stinking rich! It would be smart to keep around 100k when you are restocking at this shop. The Magic Shop restocks two of the most legendary and highly desired items on neopets. These two items are the draik and krawk morphing potions. The Draik Morphing Potion is worth 2 million, and the krawk worth 3. These items can be purchased for only 70-90k at the Magic Shop! This shop restocks frequently at approximately every 40 seconds. All potions are usually priced fairly at around 1000-2000 neopoints around the Shop Wizard price. However, snowball wands are overpriced at an astounding 11,000 neopoints!

    Petpet shop, Food shop, Clothing, Bookstore: All items at these stores are usually priced fairly with the odd overpriced items which trick many unsuspecting Neopians.

    So, my advice is to restock at the pharmacy or magic shop. Keep the window of Shop Wizard open to check prices you are suspicious of! Thank you for reading my article and please post any constructive criticism or suggestions you have!

















    5 ways to make amazing friends and move up in ranks in Neo.Anxious


    So, you're new (or old) and want great connections and best friends. So, what do you do? Well, that's why I'm here. SO SIT DOWN AND LISTEN! Mmmkayy? When I first joined Neo.Anxious, I was at victim to every bad guild in Neopia. I was hopeless, and it seemed like every guild had chewed me up and spit me out. But one day at my guildless board, Lori showed up, and I was saved. Believe it or not, I'd never actually made any really friends in any of the many guilds I'd joined. –Le GASP- I was a guild hopper, and not even by choice, because I'd given up finding a good one! I'd was hoping N/A would be the one, but I wasn't sure. And then I started to make friends, and now, I'm on a Dizzy rank and have a lot of friends, and two Biffles (BFFLs) that I love to death. I've definitely utilized my time here. Soooooo, without further ado, I present to you: 5 ways to make amazing friends and move up in ranks in Neo.Anxious. (Long title, I know. XD)

    1) Post on the boards. A lot!
    Usually, you'll be online at the same time as some people in the guild. So get to know them! You'll see each other often, so talk it up! This'll also help improve your rank, and help you get known among the guildies.
    2) Join some committees!
    When your rank is high enough and you have all the qualifications, it's a good idea to join a few committees. (Like the design committee, the member adoption committee, the newspaper staff, etc.) This will help you get to know the older members, which can help a lot if you want people to notice you. ;).
    3) Get Speedy Chat!
    Most of the older members use speedychat (if you don't know what this is, ask anyone in the guild!), and they talk in big chats together. If you want to see where the big guild action happens, you should collect their usernames and add them to your buddy list.
    4) Do activites and earn PP!
    Lori and the activity committee work hard on making sure we have plenty of fun activites to keep us pre-occupied. So DO them! You get nifty prizes, and OH! You can get avvie lending from your PP too!

    5) Make friends with Molly (AKA: cookiecrumbs226)
    For this ceremonious occasion, I have interviewed Molly to tell you how cool she is.
    Mo says:
    How long have you been in N.A?
    Molly says:
    Nine months.
    Mo says:
    Help me think of more questions!
    Molly says:
    How has ____ made you ___?
    Molly says:
    Haha, I don't know!
    Mo says:
    How has Bob made you cook?
    Molly says:
    Well, Bob and I broke up. I don't wah wah wannnt to tah tah talk about it. L
    Mo says:
    And how do you feeeeel about that?
    Molly says:
    I feel... Shocked. I mean Bob always wrote me poems confessing his love about cooking.
    Mo says:
    That's deep.
    Mo says:
    Do you like honey lemon cough drops?
    Molly says:
    No.
    Mo says:
    WHY NOT?
    Molly says:
    Only cherry. =)
    Mo says:
    What is your favorite avatar?
    Molly says:
    Pinatas Candy.
    Mo says:
    Whose the bestest person in the whooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllle guild? (MO!)
    Molly says:
    Mwa.
    Molly says:
    ;D
    Mo says:
    Mo. Times 10.
    Molly says:
    The biffs.
    Mo says:
    Say some concluding remarks:
    Molly says:
    I don't like green eggs, but grass I can tolerate.

















    The Paintbrush Guide


    Anyone who can remember being new to neopets will probably recall the time they found out what a paint brush was. At the time, they seemed like impossibility, something far out of the reach of their pitiful first few neopoints. This is to be expected, but it would surprise many neopians about how many more experienced players still get confused when faced with painting their pet. Therefore, this guide is aimed to cover the very basics, some more advanced stuff, plus a list of paint brushes with a price guide.

    Easy questions answered

    What is a paint brush?

    A paint brush (sometimes simplified to 'pb') is a magical item, which can be used to paint your neopets. They come in all different themes, colours and shapes, all with the aim of making your pet look snazzy.

    How can I get a paint brush?

    Paintbrushes are not sold in TNT-owned shops*, so the only shops you can buy them in are user-owned shops. However, shops can only sell items up to 99,999 neopoints, and as most paint brushes are worth over this, they are sold in the trade post or at auction. Competition winners are also sometimes awarded with paint brushes though this is entirely random.

    *The Hidden Tower in Faerieland does sell some paint brushes, such as royal or faerie, but they come with a hefty price tag!

    Why should I want to paint my pet? I like him the way he is!

    Well, that's just fine! Not everybody strives to paint their pet - some neopians would be much happier buying plushies or making a great neohome - some don't like earning neopoints at all. If this is you, then there's nothing wrong - and you don't need to worry about the rest of the guide!

    How many pets can I use my paint brush on?

    Just one. Once you have used a paint brush, it disappears from your inventory, so think carefully before using it!

    Can I paint a pet that has already been painted?

    Yes - there is no limit to the amount of times you can change the colour of your pet. However, once you repaint your pet, there will be no features kept from the previous colour. For example, you cannot get a half royal - half pirate uni by using both paint brushes on it.

    How do I decide on a colour?

    You can go to the rainbow pool in Neopia Central, the press on 'all pet colours' to see all the variations of pets. However, since the graphics have changed on neopets, the rainbow pool has not been updated, so you might want to try www.neopets.com/~Shieboo for all the current graphics. In addition, you might like to look on the trade/auction boards to see what colours people are selling there.

    Okay, so I went to the boards, and I saw a paint brush being sold for only 120 K! Cheap, huh?

    You've raised a good point. 'K' means thousand, in the real world as well as Neopia. Therefore, this paint brush is worth 120,000 neopoints. Don't fall for thinking someone is selling for one thousand times less than normal!

    I've bought my paint brush! Now, what do I do with it?

    Great! All you need to do is go to the Rainbow Pool (Neopia Central) and scroll down to the subtitle 'Painting Your Pet'. There should be a picture of your paint brush, then a drop down list underneath each of your pets. On the pet you wish to paint, select the paint brush on this list, and press confirm. One newly painted pet!

    More advanced questions answered

    What is a 'retired' paint brush?

    A retired item is an item that is no longer being produced by TNT. This means that only the ones currently owned by users will ever be in Neopia. However, the paint brushes can still be used to the exact same effect.

    When I go to the rainbow pool, the paint brush in my inventory does not show up - why?

    You have got a paint brush that cannot be used for painting neopets. Glass and stone paint brushes fit into this category, as well as any 'petpet paint brushes'. It is also possible that you have bought a 'paint brush plushie', which is simply a toy look-alike. Don't worry if you have bought one of these by accident - just sell it on again.

    I've seen a really cool pet on Shieboo's pet page, but there is no paint brush for this colour. How do I get it?

    This is probably a case of a 'lab colour', that is, a colour that is only available to neopians with the lab-map.

    Speaking of the lab map, what are the advantages of paint brushes over a machine that has unlimited use?

    I guess paint brushes give people peace of mind. If you want a certain pet colour, paint brushes are the only way of guaranteeing that particular colour.

    Summary

    *Paintbrushes are items that change the colour of you pet.
    *You can buy them from user-shops, trades and auctions, and win them from competitions.
    *Go to the rainbow pool to use them, after which they disappear.
    *Petpet paint brushes, glass and stone paint brushes, and paintbrush plushies DO NOT paint neopets.
    *Some colours are exclusive to the lab map.

    PRICE GUIDE (in ascending price order)


    Yellow - 37,000 NP
    Green - 40,000 NP
    Red - 40,000 NP
    Blue - 45,000 NP
    Invisible - 95,000 NP
    Silver - 118,000 NP
    Ghost - 120,000 NP
    Glowing - 120,000 NP
    Split - 125,000 NP
    Golden - 125,000 NP
    Scritchy Sketchy - 140,000 NP
    Purple - 150,000 NP
    Christmas - 160,000 NP
    Checkered - 175,000 NP
    Speckled - 190,000 NP
    Strawberry fields forever - 200,000 NP
    Skunk - 205,000 NP
    White - 245,000 NP
    Electric blue - 265,000 NP
    Starry - 265,000 NP
    Striped - 270,000 NP
    Rainbow - 280,000 NP
    Spotted - 300,000 NP
    Disco - 300,000 NP
    Biscuit - 300,000 NP
    Cloud - 330,000 NP
    Brown - 320,000 NP
    Shadow - 340,000 NP
    Tyrannian - 400,000 NP
    Usuki - 400,000 NP
    Camouflage - 480,000 NP
    Snow - 500,000 NP
    Lost Desert - 500,000 NP
    Orange - 500,000 NP
    Halloween - 545,000 NP
    Fire, Fire, Your Pants On Fire- 575,000 NP
    Baby - 600, 000 NP
    Pink - 1,300,000 NP
    Darigan - 1,350,000 NP
    Faerie - 1,600,000 NP
    Royal - 1,800,000 NP
    Mystery Island - 2,800,000 NP
    Plushie - 3,700,000 NP
    Grey - 4,000,000 NP
    Pirate - 5,000,000 NP
    Maraquan - 5,400,000 NP
    Lutari - 10,000,000 NP
















    Help Board Help

    A Guide to Help Board Manners

    No-body likes people without manners. And the sad thing is, even the politest, private literate guild member can come across as rude if they dont follow the basic rules on the boards. There are easy ways to make sure you are welcomed by the other board goers, so follow these top tips.

    Tip 1
    Always say please and thank-you when asking for help. Saying please makes people feel more like helping you, and it's very rude not to thank those who already have. After all, they dont need to be spending time aiding you.

    Tip 2
    Never, ever use chatspeak. Yes, that does include 'lol'. Chatspeak is messy, annoying and hard to read, and can put some players off helping you. I know I regularly wont post an answer to a thread if the title or first post contains chatspeak. Also, don't answer in c-speak either. Let's look at some examples. I know which one I'd rather help!

    Tip 3
    Before asking a question, look to see if it really needs asking. Check to see if there are any other boards asking the same question, and if there are, stay on that thread to get an answer. Also, try to find out the question yourself first - try checking the neopets FAQ.

    Tip 4
    Bumping. When is it acceptable, and when does it become spam? Generally speaking, you shouldn't 'bump' your post until it moves onto the second page of boards. This sounds like a long time, but bumping makes the thread replies go up, and makes it look like the thread has been answered. In addition, TNT can even freeze accounts for 'over-bumping'.

    Tip 5
    Think about whether your post should be on the help boards. Are you asking for genuine, neopet-related help? If your simply ranting, asking real-life help or askign something about quests, role-playing et cetera, then it's probably not appropriate for the help board.

    Tip 6
    Don't respond to spammers. It's what they want. That is all.

    Tip 7
    Think carefully about the title of your thread. A board titled 'I know it's over, but where were you suppose to go for the Y9 usukicon badge?' Is much better than one saying 'help' or 'come to this post!'. Let everyone know what is inside the board - it's easy enough.
















    A Guide to Contests

    Part One

    When people ask me about my most successful achievement in Neopets, they rarely seem to think of it as something anyone can do. "I can't do poetry," is often the response. But with so many contests open to you, there is really no excuse. There is really something for everyone.

    This series begins with a summary of contests in general, and then goes on to look at some of the contests in more detail.

    Contest Summaries

    Poetry Contest: A contest close to my own heart, this competition means poetry has never been easier! Enter any style, any Neopian topic, and stand a chance of winning the weekly contest.

    Story Telling: This is where the staff of TNT tell the opening to a story, and each day, players enter the next part. This means that a story is built up over the weeks by several different winners.

    Art Gallery: This place is really the cream of the crop - fan pictures of anything Neo-related are shown here. This is a really competitive contest - with some outstanding entries and spectacular winners.

    Mystery Pic: A tough challenge of identification skills, this competition involves a severely magnified picture of picture off the site somewhere. Players have to guess what it is, and everyone who guesses correctly is a winner.

    Lenny Conundrum: Logic and reason is the name of the game! Each week, the super-clever red lenny will set a riddle for players to try to solve. These are usually mind-bendingly difficult, but every correct answer is a winner.

    Better Than You: Every Thursday, someone who is particularly good at a game will be put up, with their score. Your task? Beat it. Easy as that…

    Caption Contest: A picture is displayed, and players have to think of a witty, amusing caption that could go with it. The best are picked, and other players vote for the best.

    Adventure Spotlight: Love to make Neopian Adventures on the adventure generator? Think yours is one of the best? Enter it into this comp then! (If you have never made an adventure, type Adventure Generator into the game search bar, and you'll get full instructions).

    Petpet Spotlight: One of your precious petpets can become a star! All you have to do is write a short story about your petpet (such as how you came to acquire it), and the best ones are picked weekly. You can also include a picture.

    Neohome Spotlight: Got an awesome neohome? That's all you need! If your pad is flash and unique, submit it, along with a short description of the house to TNT, and stand a chance of winning! Simple!

    Random contest: This can be absolutely anything! Making something, writing something, baking something, saying something… this contest changes every week!

    Userlookup spotlight: Again, does what it says on the tin.

    Five reasons you should enter a contest - and win!

    Most contests reward neopoints and rare items - which you can either use or sell on to make big bucks!
    Seeing your work on the site for thousands of people to see is a great feeling.
    People may send you appreciative neomails about your work, and may even start to recognize you as a Neopian talent!
    You get a great trophy for each contest you win!
    It's fun!

















    A Guide to Contests Part Two

    For neo.anxious, hear me write,
    A poem, that inspire it might,
    The rhyming talents that you hold,
    Must show their vivid selves, be told. For there's a contest, hidden deep,
    In Neopia's glow'n' keep,
    If you can write with wit and flair,
    A place - for you - is kept just there.Ahem. Now that's out the way, let me introduce the contest behind this week's guide. This competition has over 7000 entries a week, and allows Neopians to show off their artistic genious and warped imaginations. You guessed it - the Poetry Contest!

    Did You Know?

    * The most times anyone has won the Poetry Contest is a massive 148 (accurate on date of publishing!). It just goes to show that there is always something new to write about!

    * Every 100 poetry contests, there is a special 'Poetry Century', which is where the best seven poems from the past 100 contests (that's 500 poems) gets chosen to recieve a special honour. The poems are re-published, and the authors of each recieve a rare item, and the Alstaf Poogle collectable card. These cards are exclusive to winners of the Centuries. It is believed to be nigh-impossible to achieve this twice in a Neopian lifetime.

    * The shortest poem to be accepted was two words long! Incidentally, these were 'wet' and 'pet' (describing the Jetsam).

    The Rules

    * Copying is not permitted! Poetry is meant to be fun and exciting, not a means to make neopoints or whatever. So don't do it!

    * Your poem must be neopets-related. Simple, really...

    * The usual terms and conditions apply, meaning that subjects such as religion and politics must be avoided.

    Hints and Tips - A poet FAQ

    Q. What can I write about? Everything has been done before!

    A. Not true! Think about the thousands of items on Neopets (25,636 to be exact), the hundreds of games, all the contests, the colours and every type of pet, petpets, the 18 worlds and the places within them, TNT, good guys, baddies, plots, the Altador Cup... how can you not think of something to write about!? If you're stuck, wander around the site for a while, until you find something that catches your interest.

    Q. What style must I write in?

    A. Any! From haikus to limerics, rhyme or no ryhme, it's up to you.

    Q. My Neopian version of 'A Partridge in a Pear Tree' rocks! Can I enter it?

    A. By all means, do, but bear in mind you stand less of a chance of winning than a completely original poem.

    Q. How often is the poetry gallery updated?

    A. Technically, twice a week, but also on other 'Theme Days'. Each update has five new poems.

    Q. A Theme Day? What's that?

    A. One of the days featured on the Neopets calender. Each one has it's own poems dedicated to it.

    Q. It's been two weeks since I entered my poem, and still no news! What's the hold up?

    A. Calm down! With so many entries, poets should expect to wait about 2-3 months for a reply (it has been known to be longer - 5 months is my longest!). You should receieve a neomail for either decision from TNT.

    Q. What do I get if I win?

    A. 1000 neopoints, a spiffy trophy and the good ol' mysterious item. This can range in value and usefullness. Like I said before, poetry centuries award an Alstaf Poogle, and other things I personally have been awarded are orange, fire, checkered, purple and pink paint brushes, a Feloreena petpet, and multiple petpet paint brushes. And of course, you also win the glory of being a Neopian Poet!

    Q. Well, I have my inspiration, my motivation and my PC knowledge, and my poem is 3/300 lines long! Nothing can stop me... right?

    A. I hate to burst your happy little bubble, but length plays a part in the PC! Poems should be between 25 and 75 lines long, and while poems outside these boundaries have been known to succeed, it's best to stick to the guidelines if you can!

    So, I'd like to choose now to round off my guide. In my personal opinion, as a player, the poetry contest is a fabulous contest, that's really worth the time and effort you put into it. There are so few boundaries - you can express yourself and your opinions in any way you choose, and having your work for millions of players to see is a real buzz. Neopets is always looking for new poets, so please, take the time to write a piece, and maybe it'll be you who sees their work in the gallery next.

    Thanks to the incredible Anjie, silver_spiderlillies and LaureLinden for their wonderful poetry throughout the years - what inspiration!

















    A Guide to Contests


    Part Four
    The Beauty Contest is a hugely popular contest, with its own board and literally thousands of entries a week. It is also the easiest way of getting your work on the site, as every single acceptable entry is put up, and it's also a fantastic way of getting feedback from other players. So, what am I here to tell you? The usual, of course! Rules, 'did you knows' and some hints and tips are coming your way!

    Did You Know...?

    * The first ever Beauty Contest was all the way back on November 27th in 2000!

    * That means that there have been 364 contests in history!

    * And that means that - as there are three winners per species, and three overall winners a contest, there have been 60,060 winners in Neopian history!

    The Rules

    * Each picture must be in the GIF or JPG format.

    * You mustn't simply upload an image from neopets or any other site, as your account can be frozen, and it's cheating!

    * You cannot put the 'copyright' or 'trade marked' symbols on your art work.

    * All the usual neopets rules apply. Yes, I know you're sick of hearing me say this!

    Beauty Contest FAQs

    Q. So, tell me about what the Beauty Contest involves?

    A. Well, the Beauty Contest, or the BC, is all about imagination and artistic skills. Contestants create an image of one of their own pets - and I say create, because it isn't just drawing. Paint, oil pastels, collages, computer created art or drawings are all acceptable. So, you upload your picture, enter it, and as long as it is viable, it gets put up on the site (when the next contests begins!). Other players then vote for their favourites, and at the end of the week, the entrants with the most votes win!

    Q. Earlier on, you mentioned species winners, and overall winners. What do you mean?

    A. Entries are split into categories - or pet species. The picture with the most votes of all their species' competitors gets the species winner. There are also second and third places. The winners of all the species go forwards, and the one with the most overall votes wins… well… the overall winner!

    Q. I entered my picture, but it got rejected? Why is this?

    A. It could be one of several things. Firstly, make sure that you can check of the following:

    * My picture is clearly visible - sometimes faint drawings do not scan very well.

    * I haven't simply taken an image from the neopets site and entered it without serious changes.

    * My picture does look like my pet! (I've taken on board species and colour)

    * My picture is under 17kbs size.

    Q. My picture's too big! Now what?

    A. Don't panic! If you're using paint, I'm afraid that the only way to do it is literally to shrink the canvas. On other programs, you can reduce the colour resolution of the image. Also, any program can undergo file compression, which you will need to download a compressing program for. Try download.com and search 'image compression' and this will give you a choice of compressors (many are free) to resize your image. Remember to ask an adults permission before downloading anything from the Internet.

    Q. Oh no! My image is the wrong format!

    A. What did I say about panicking?! It's easy. Go to file, save as, and find the menu that says 'save as type'. Select GIF or JPG on this menu an hit save.

    Q. Where do I go to check how many votes I have?

    A. Sorry! You can't check in the middle of a contest! Afterwards, you can go to pet central, competitions, beauty contest, and then press the link saying 'previous week's votes'.

    Q. Can I advertise my entry?

    A. Of course! In fact, I would definitely recommend this to any entrant. Put the link in your siggy, put links on your lookup, and go to the BC boards and advertise! However, you mustn't have anyone else advertise for you.

    Thanks for reading!
















    For this month's guide I've decided to postpone my final battledome guide, and instead write a guide to the food club. In the food club you have 20 pirates to choose from that compete in five separate arenas daily. You can make a maximum of 10 bets each day. First of all I advise the food club if you have a rather old account, because the older it is the more you can bet. There are two sorts of bets you can place, multiple and single. A single bet is very simple. Let's say you bet 1000 np on a pirate whose odds are say, 3:1. If you win, you make 2000 neopoints in addition to the 1000 that you bet. In multiple bets, if you bet on three pirates with odds of 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1 respectively, you multiply there odds together, so you would have 24:1 odds, and by betting the same amount of neopoints and winning, you would make 23k.
    Here is an example of a bet:
    Round Bet Info Amount Odds Winnings
    3055 Shipwreck: Gooblah the Grarrl 2746 NP 2:1 5492 NP
    The round is self explanatory, so I won't bother explaining it. Under bet info you see which arena that particular bet is placed in, and which pirate you placed your bet on. In this case I bid on Gooblah the Grarrl, who wins more often than any other competitor. After that you see amount, odds, and winnings. The amount is how much you bid, the odds are the chances of that pirate winning, and the winnings are how much you'll have if the pirate you bid on wins. In each arena there are four pirates and ten courses. There isn't much I can say here since you have to look at this every time you bet, but each pirate has favorites and allergies. You need to look at what these are for each pirate, and for then look at the food types. The more favorites and less allergies there are, the better the chances of your pirate winning. That's about all there is to it, with the right combination of luck and skill you could be making quite a few neopoints each month.
    Good luck.
















    For this week's shopping bazaar I have decided to write a guide to restocking instead of my usual information about a particular shop. Hopefully this will help you learn how to restock, or if you have experience restocking learn how to become a better restocker. First of all the wealthiest people in neopia are restockers, I don't think I've ever met someone with over 10 million neopoints that didn't restock.

    Restocking is the art of going to a shop, refreshing over and over, finding an item that is sold for less money than it's worth, buying it before anyone else can, and reselling it in your shop, or if you get really lucky and get an unbuyable selling it in the trading post. Now that you know this you must choose your shop. If you don't already know where you want to restock at, I advise that you look at some previous shopping bazaars.

    Now I'll explain the basics of restocking. Let's say you find an item and the shopkeeper asks for 12327, to get the item, you need to put in a number anywhere around that price, from the range of 9500-15000. Here are some good numbers that would be smart to type in, for that item:
    12121, 12345, 12222, 12333, 11111, 14321, 12000.
    These are numbers that you can type very quickly. Remember that it's all about speed; a split second can separate you from making millions of neopoints and coming away with nothing. After you do that you need to be able to go down to the bottom of the page and click the neopets as quickly as possible. Now I'll move on to restock bans. If you restock all day, or simply refresh too many times, you will get banned. Being banned is when you are not allowed to visit the shops anymore. Restock bans last anywhere from 6 hours to two days. You should try hard not to get banned. If you have been restocking for a couple hours straight, take a break and do something else.
    Now that you understand restocking, I'll add a few extra tips:
    Items that are r90-r100, always stock for 5,000 nps or over. If an item that usually would stock for less, and is that rarity, stocks, it will stock for exactly 5,000. So 4747, or 4646, or 5000, or 5151, or something like that will work well. If you see an item for exactly 5k, chances are, it's good to rs. Not all though. r99's and r100's stock very rarely, even more rarely the rarity is over 100, the item does not stock in a shop. On the 3rd of every month, it's half-price day! Every item in the shops will have it's price cut down to 50%. The shops are more crowded, but many more items are good to buy.

    Good luck and happy restocking.

















    As we have entered the holidays, I have decided to write a special edition of the shopping bazaar, focusing on some seasonal favorites. First off, we'll go over the gift shop. This shop is not only a great place to get something special for your friend, but also a reasonable place to restock. If you to plan on restocking here, I advise bringing around 75k. There is one main reason to restock here: for the Valentine's Day ring. Aside from that the only other good item you'll find would probably be spoons.

    Next I'll go over Winter Petpets. Once again a good place to by a gift, and an even better place to restock. Now by far the two most famous things that restock here are the legendary candychan and snowickle. You can also make a good deal of money off the raindorf, powtry, ona, and others.

    Finally our last shop is known as Ice Crystals. This shop mostly stocks battledome items, some of which like the freezing potion you could make 7 mil off of. Normally when restocking here you'll want roughly 200k on hand. Some other items you can make a good profit on are the ice sword, ice shield, frost healing, snow flame, icy glove, ice sceptre, icy snowflake, stone snowflake, ice conker, minty snowflake, spicy snowflake, grape snowflake, and dung snowflake.

    Hope you enjoyed this special edition of the shopping bazaar. If you have any suggestions for next month feel free to neomail Sm.
















    For this week's shopping bazaar, I decided to do a brief synopsis of a few popular shops.

    The Magic Shop:

    Stock various types of rare morphing potions. Recommended for intermediate or expert restockers only. You should carry at least 50-75k , but to be safe, I suggest 300k.

    BUY: MPs, Kauvaras Potion, Flaming Torch, Magic Potion, Jar of Eyeballs, Firestorm Bottle, Zap Bottle, Starburst Bottle, Downpour Bottle, ALL NOVAS, AND NOVA THINGS, and SEVERAL (a LOT) others. Pretty much anything that stocks for over 10k, and is 1 in stock. (NOTE: NOT Slippery Floor Potion).

    Battle Magic:

    BM is a lot of times crowded. However, it is probably the shop that stocks the most unbuyables. Things stock for a lot, so i would recommend 120k, but to be very safe, 300k.

    BUY: This is one of the hardest shops to know what to restock at. Sorry, I can't help you much. Just keep checking with things on the shop wiz, and you'll get used to it. Some given stuff, is all nova things (not "dark nova"), and dark battle duck.

    Meridell Foods:

    The only big thing I know of, and the only items that make meri foods a good place to restock, are draik eggs. Draik eggs stock for around 100k-150k, so you'll need that much. You can sell them for millions though. BUY: As I said, Draik Eggs. There are a few other things, but I don't know them, and neither do many other people.

    Thanks for reading and good luck restocking.















    Many people struggle with making money. Some don't know how to break the 10k mark, others the 100k, and still others are looking for their first million. A large part of Neopets is based on making neopoints and many doors open up to you as you gain more and more. My current net worth is over ten million neopoints, so I have decided to write a guide sharing how I reached it.

    First off, as most people know, neopoints don't come easy for most of us. In most cases whether you work hard or hardly work is takes a lot of time to accumulate neopoints. Of course there are those lucky people who get something such as a MSPP (TCG) from the Wheel of Knowledge and have tens of millions of neopoints without doing anything. Others are such talented restockers who easily make 500k a day. As I cannot do these things, I have no way of telling you how you could, however I will tell you how I make neopoints and share a few of the main ways you can too.

    To begin, I will tell you the most important phrase in making neopoints: It takes money to make money. The more you have, the easier it is to make more. One million neopoints is far easier to make for someone who has ten million as opposed to someone who has nothing. Of course everyone starts out with barely anything so I will start us off there.

    The only way you can really make neopoints as a newbie is through games. If you are talented at them, you can easily make 10k a day from them. Once you accumulate at least 50k, you can move on to some more interesting endeavors.

    Now that you have at least 50k, there are a few ways you can make neopoints. I once went on the Shop Wizard randomly looking at weapons, and found one worth 60k in someone's shop for 500np. I bought and sold it, making 59.5k without breaking a sweat. This is known as sniping. This was just luck for me, but some make a living out of sniping auctions, the Shop Wiz, and the Trading Post.

    Now for a little story: when I first got the lab map back when it was 500k I decided to spend my remaining neopoints on a camouflage paint brush for my scorchio (who is now painted Island thanks to an FFQ). I think I played some games for a little while, and got back up to 100k. I was skimming through the trading post one day, and came across a Darigan Paint Brush with a wishlist of a card I could get for 300k. I quickly got one from a gallery, but it was sold to someone else. Now to buy that card, I had to take a 200k loan from a friend so at this point I have negative 200k. I then thought to myself, if someone with a Darigan Paint Brush wanted this card, perhaps someone with a lesser paint brush would too. After spending nearly a day offering the card on paint brushes, someone accepted for a Baby Paint Brush. I sold that baby paint brush for 580k, and I made 280k in a single day.

    Of course, all though there are many main stream ways to make neopoints, I have made the majority of mine from the Altador Cup. Spend many hours each day it lasted, I was able to make huge amount for neopoints. I sold an item now worth 10 mil for 1.5 mil a year and a half ago, and I kept a stamp now worth roughly two mil. From the second Altador Cup I bought the top prize, it was once selling for 8 million, and with inflation will go over 10 million. I believe I wrote a guide about the Altador Cup earlier, so I won't go into much detail here but this has been my primary source of income.
    There are of course many ways to make neopoints through sniping, games, restocking, plots, and even random events. My personal favorite way to make neopoints however is the stock market. I could write an entire guide over it, but instead I'll point you in the direction of an excellent stock market guide if you are interested: http://www.neopets.com/~stepchild. Originally Keith (rxv) got me started in the stock market, and it's paid off in huge dividends. Just today I sold a stock and made a cool 640k. I began the stock market with 2.4 mil in my bank. I now have 2 mil in my bank, and 1.7 million invested in stocks. Not to mention my slushie slinger drinking cap which I plan to sell for 10 million neopoints.

    There are many ways you can make neopoints, and I hope this guide helped you learn a little more about those ways. From restocking to the stock market, you too could be a millionaire and who knows … if you're lucky maybe even one of the few billionaires on this site.

















    In my past three guides I have covered the best offensive weapons, defensive weapons, and bombs. By now you should have a very good idea of what you want in your set. This week I will be covering the final items you need to add to your set, in my final battledome article I will explain how to put it all together and come up with a great battledome set that is effective. You should already have 5 to 6 items in your set, now there are two key items left: Healers and Freezers. Now I will add a list of good healers later on, but it is simple. Just find the best healer in your budget that can heal you pet as much as possible. A pet with 30 hp could get the 10k blue scorchstone for a full heal. Basically if you can find an affordable healer that fully heals your pet, get it. Healers are a pretty easy subject, and it doesn't take much to find which fits your pets the best. However freezers are a bit more interesting and I will now focus on them. There aren't really any high level battlers in this guild, so I won't go into comparisons with the ice dice, slumberry potion, H4k Helmet, and things of that nature. Instead, I'll compare the frost cannon series to the snowglobe staff. First I'll list prices and effects:

    Snowglobe Staff: Price: 15k-20k
    Freeze (19.7%)
    Does nothing(17.5%)
    Break for battle (20.5%)
    Attack with 3 icons of light, 3 icons of water (22.7%)
    Makes yellow snowball (19.6%)

    Green Frost Cannon: Price: 7k-8k
    Attacks with 3 icons of water and 0-2 icons of physical
    11% Freeze

    Black Frost Cannon: Price: 300k-400k
    Attacks with 3 icons of water and 0-2 icons of physical
    23% Freeze

    Personally I use the snowglobe staff, and based on my research it seems to be the best freezing weapon for low level battlers. There are no frost cannons that can match it in the freezing efficiency to price ratio. As for healers the two best items you'll find for most people in the guild are the blue scorchstone and greater healing scroll. And I think that just about wraps it up, hopefully you enjoyed reading this article and now of a good idea of what you want in your set. Next month I will finally explain what you should put in your set, and reveal what I use in my personal set. Until then, good luck battledoming.
















    If you have read my past guides, you more likely than not already have a promising set with good offensive and defensive weapons. The next step is bombs. A bomb is a weapon that is stronger than your normal weapons, but can only be used once per battle. This is immensely useful when your opponent is frozen from a freezing weapon (which I will cover in my next article. Due to bombs generally being used against a frozen opponent, the icon type does not matter; so we will focus on cost and icon amount. There are two kind of bombs: once per battle and one use. First, lets compare some common bombs from both varieties:

    1. Illusens Earth Potion
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 800np-1k
    Icons: 7-9

    2. Blood Grub
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 100k-200k
    Icons: 7-11

    3. Honey Potion
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 780k-800k
    Icons: 14-16

    4. Snow Mudball
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 900np-1.1k
    Icons: 9.5-13.5

    5. Sticky Snowball
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 200np-400np
    Icons: 8.5-12.5

    6. Stone Muffin
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 1k-2k
    Icons: 13.5

    7. Shooting Star Muffin
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 3k-4k
    Icons: 15

    After looking at the pros and cons my conclusion is the following: If you don't battle much but there is a particular match you need to win, go with the one use bombs. If you battle often or even occasionally and are fairly wealthy, my advice is to buy a honey potion when it is around 800k. It is a great weapon and a great investment. Once you no longer need it simply wait for a war and the price will rise to over 1 million neopoints; then you can sell it and make a nice profit. This means that instead of your neopoints rotting in the bank, you made over 200k by buying a great weapon and using it for a long period of time. That's all for now, hopefully this guide gave you a little more knowledge and aided you in your battledome career.
















    If you have read my past guides, you more likely than not already have a promising set with good offensive and defensive weapons. The next step is bombs. A bomb is a weapon that is stronger than your normal weapons, but can only be used once per battle. This is immensely useful when your opponent is frozen from a freezing weapon (which I will cover in my next article. Due to bombs generally being used against a frozen opponent, the icon type does not matter; so we will focus on cost and icon amount. There are two kind of bombs: once per battle and one use. First, lets compare some common bombs from both varieties:
    1. Illusens Earth Potion
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 800np-1k
    Icons: 7-9

    2. Blood Grub
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 100k-200k
    Icons: 7-11

    3. Honey Potion
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 780k-800k
    Icons: 14-16

    4. Snow Mudball
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 900np-1.1k
    Icons: 9.5-13.5

    5. Sticky Snowball
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 200np-400np
    Icons: 8.5-12.5

    6. Stone Muffin
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 1k-2k
    Icons: 13.5

    7. Shooting Star Muffin
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 3k-4k
    Icons: 15

    After looking at the pros and cons my conclusion is the following: If you don't battle much but there is a particular match you need to win, go with the one use bombs. If you battle often or even occasionally and are fairly wealthy, my advice is to buy a honey potion when it is around 800k. It is a great weapon and a great investment. Once you no longer need it simply wait for a war and the price will rise to over 1 million neopoints; then you can sell it and make a nice profit. This means that instead of your neopoints rotting in the bank, you made over 200k by buying a great weapon and using it for a long period of time. That's all for now, hopefully this guide gave you a little more knowledge and aided you in your battledome career.















    There are many people who wonder what the best battledome weapon for them is, and how the damage they do is calculated. In this guide I hope to explain that, and list every good weapon for under 200k.

    The first thing you must understand is the strength and defense multipliers, as well as the stance multipliers. This decides how much damage you receive, and how much you block.

    As you may know, you get a new boost at certain levels of strength and defense with your pet. They are at 0, 8, 20, 35, 55, 85, 125, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, and 700. However for the weapons I will be describing here, the highest boost you will probably have would be at 85. Here is how each boost affects the amount of damage you get through:

    0 - 0.5
    8 - 0.75
    13 - 1.0
    20 - 1.25
    35 - 1.5
    55 - 2.0
    85 - 2.5
    125 - 3.0
    200 - 4.5
    250 - 5.5
    300 - 6.5
    350 - 7.5
    400 - 8.5
    450 - 9.75
    500 - 11.0
    550 - 12.0
    600 - 13.0
    650 - 14.0
    700 - 15.0


    In other words, if a pet with a 35 strength boost is battling a pet without at strength boost (between 0 and 7), that pet will be doing 3 times as much damage, and would easily win. Next I will go over stance, which affects both your attack and your opponents.


    Beserk 50%
    Fierce 40 %
    Jump and Attack 30%
    Normal 20%
    Cautious 0%
    Defend -20%


    Now that you understand how stances and boosts affect you attacks, I'll go over icon types. This is one of the most important parts of a weapon, aside from the amount of icons it does. It decides if your weapon gets blocked, or you get all your icons through and defeat your opponent. There are 7 icon types available to use: air, dark, earth, fire, light, physical and water. To help you decide, I will list the most common blockers for these weapons, so that when you are deciding what weapon to choose you can factor that in.


    Scarab Ring: Dual duty weapon that blocks 3 fire and 3 physical.
    Leaf Shield: Blocks 5 earth, 5 water, and 3 physical.
    Burrow: Faerie ability that blocks all icons except light and dark.
    Sink: Faerie ability that blocks all icons except air and earth.


    Now that I've covered the basics, I will list the best weapons you can choose from for under 200k, with a summary of how good they are. Hopefully you will learn a lot more about the basics of weapons after reading this article.

    Hand Painted ScarabHand Painted Scarab: Cost: 3,000-4,000


    Icons: 2 fire, 2 light, 2 air. Blocks 2 physical and 2 water.
    Against Scarab Ring: 4 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 4 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 2 icons


    Conclusion: This relatively cheap duel duty gets a decent amount of icons through against every defensive strategy while still having the ability to block its opponent.
    Scarab RingScarab Ring: Cost: 1,000-2,000


    Icons: 2 water, 2 dark, 2 physical. Blocks 3 fire and 3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 4 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 2 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons


    Conclusion: This is a cheap weapon that is coveted by a lot of people. Its defending ability is what has made it famous, and it has the potential to do a net 12 icons if it isn't blocked and it uses all of its defensive ability. To be able to do that for only 1k is quite impressive.
    Lost Desert DaggerLost Desert Dagger: Cost: 3,000-4,000


    Icons: 3 earth and 3 fire

    Against Scarab Ring: 3 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 3 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: A decent weapon that should be considered, but there are better options out there.
    Scarab Stone SlingshotScarab Stone Slingshot: Cost: 4,000-5,000


    Icons: 4 earth and 2 light

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 2 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 4 icons

    Conclusion: Can be useful, especially if you are looking for a cheap weapon to draw with the scarab ring. Not the best choice though.
    Cobrall in a Can: Cost: 1,500-3,000

    Icons: 3 dark 3 light

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6 icons
    Against Burrow: 6 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons


    Conclusion: If you don't train defense and your opponent doesn't use sink, this is your best option when it comes to 6 iconers.
    Bone Sceptre: Cost: 10-50


    Icons: 2 dark, 2 air, and 2 earth

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 4 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink:4 icons


    Conclusion: There isn't a single person who can't afford this. This is a good weapon, and if you don't like spending neopoints, this is the weapon for you.
    Jade Staff: Cost: 6,000-8,000


    Icons: 3 earth and 3 light. Blocks 3 dark

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 3 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: Not a bad weapon. If you know your opponent will be using dark icons; I recommend you use this one.

    Battle Ready Pencil Box: Cost: 4,000-6,000


    Icons: 3 earth, 2 light, and 2 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 5 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 2 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: A cheap 7 icon weapon, but if someone tries to block it there are better 6 icons options.

    Brain Tree Mace: Cost: 30,000-50,000


    Icons: 2 earth, 2 water, 3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 4 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 0 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons

    Against Sink: 2 icons
    Conclusion: Too expensive, easily blocked, not worth the neopoints.

    Obsidian Dagger: Cost: 300-500


    Icons: 2 fire, 3 earth, and .21 to 3 physical icons

    Against Scarab Ring: 3 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 2 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: If someone doesn't try to block it, this is a good weapon; it has the potential to do a lot of damage. The icons are bad, but at least it's cheap.

    Rusty Garden Hoe: Cost: 10,000-12,000


    Icons: 3 fire, 2 dark, and 1-3 physical.

    Against Scarab Ring: 2 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 5 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons


    Conclusion: Not a bad weapon, I personally use it at times, but there are better options.

    Darkness Faerie Axe: Cost: 50,000-80,000


    Icons: 2 fire, 3 dark, 1-3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 3 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 5 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons


    Conclusion: Very similar to rusty garden hoe, but much more expensive. This isn't worth your neopoints.

    Electro Sword: Cost: 40,000-60,000


    Icons: 3 fire, 3 light, 2 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 3 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons


    Conclusion: This is a decent weapon; it is a constant 8 icons for a reasonable price. My advice would be to save up a little more and buy a better 9 icon weapon though.

    Cloudy Wand of Storms: Cost: 95,000-105,000


    Icons: 2.6 fire, 2.6 dark, and 2 water. Blocks 3 earth.

    Against Scarab Ring: 4.6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 5.2 icons
    Against Burrow: 2.6 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons


    Conclusion: This is a great weapon if you expect your opponent to use earth, otherwise it's a bit too expensive. Only 7.2 icons for 100k is not worth it. However, this does have situational value because if you block 3 icons of earth, you have a net 10.2 icons.

    Frozen Wand of Crystals: Cost: 105,000-120,000


    Icons: 3 light, 2.6 air, 2 fire. Blocks 3 water

    Against Scarab Ring: 5.6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 7.6 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 2.6 icons


    Conclusion: Good icons types, good amount, and it blocks 3 water. A great weapon, if you train defense. If you don't, there are better alternatives for the price tag.

    17-Pound Trout: Cost: 6,000-8,000


    Icons: 2.65 water, 3 earth, 1-3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 5.65
    Against Leaf Shield: 0 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: Bad icons types, but the potential to do 8.65 icons for so little neopoints is very tempting. Against an offensive opponent this is lethal.

    Curious of Sticks of Lethal Wax: Cost: 50,000-70,000


    Icons: 2 air, 2 earth, 2 light, 1-3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 4 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 2 icons


    Conclusion: Good icons types, but part of this weapon always gets blocked, and the price tag is a little high for what it does.

    Earth Faerie Bow: Cost: 50k-60k


    Icons: 2 fire, 2 air, 3 earth, 1-2 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 5 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 7 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 5 icons


    Conclusion: For the price, this is a nice weapon. 8-9 icons for only 50k and reasonable icons types is very good. Still, there are better options; this loses head to head with the cheap scarab ring.

    Earth Faerie Slingshot: Cost: 30,000-40,000


    Icons: 3 air, 3 light, 1-3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: The price is right, and I love the icons types here. One of the better weapons in this price range.

    Enchanted Wooden Bow: Cost: 20,000-30,000


    Icons: 2 fire, 2 air, 2.65 light, and 0.2-2 physical.

    Against Scarab Ring: 4.65 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6.65 icons
    Against Burrow: 2.65 icons
    Against Sink: 2 icons


    Conclusion: I personally own this weapon, but there are better weapons out there. I use it because it pairs well with a weapon in my set; but if a weapon loses head to head against the scarab ring or ties, it is usually not worth your money. The scarab ring is the best option in nearly all of those situations.
    Von Roo Dice: Cost: 6,000-10,000


    Icons: 2-3 dark, 2-3 air, and 2-3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 4-6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 4-6 icons
    Against Burrow: 2-3 icons
    Against Sink: 2-3 icons


    Conclusion: This is a very unique weapon. It is inexpensive, has good icons, and has the potential to do 9 icons; so it is definitely a good buy.
    Sinsis Sword: Cost: 180,000-200,000


    Icons: 2 fire, 2 air, 2 light, 0.2-3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 4 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6 icons
    Against Burrow: 2 icons
    Against Sink: 2 icons


    Conclusion: This weapon is outdated and expensive. There are much better cheaper alternatives. This may have been good in another era, but its time is long gone. Decent if you already own one, but I would strongly advise you not to buy one otherwise.
    Tyrannian Lupe Tooth: Cost: 40,000-60,000


    Icons: 2.66 fire, 3 earth, 3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 3 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 2.66 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: I bought this one at 40k and have been very pleased with it. The icon types aren't good, but a constant 8.66 icons for half of the lowest price of a constant 9 icon weapon is incredible. Perfect against offensive opponents, but against defensive opponents I switch to a different weapon with better icon types. Nonetheless, this is still very useful.
    Stone Club: Cost: 95,000-105,000


    Icons: 3 air, 3 earth, 3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 6 icons


    Conclusion: This is one of the most popular weapons for intermediate battledomers. When I look at this, it seems to be a decent weapon, you pair this up with a weapon that gets through burrow and you're a force to be reckoned with. Very nice weapon; well worth the price.
    Ice Club: Cost: 70,000-80,000

    Icons: 3 water, 3 air, 3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 3 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons

    Conclusion: Change earth to water, and suddenly this is worth 25k less than a stone club? What can I say, I'm impressed. Some may say this isn't as good as a stone club, which is true, but this is still a nice weapon that is also very popular; definitely worth the price.
    Psellias Fighting Fan Cost: 100,000-110,000

    Icons: 3 air, 3 light, 3 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 6 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons

    Conclusion: Another nice 9 icon weapon. This weapon pairs well with the stone and ice clubs to give you a solid attack; another weapon that is well worth your money. That considered, all three of these weapon tie with the scarab ring, which can be bought at 1k.
    Halo of Devilpuss: Cost: 50,000-60,000

    Icons: 5 dark 1-5 physical

    Against Scarab Ring: 5-7 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 5-7 icons
    Against Burrow: 5 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons

    Conclusion: I like this weapon. The price is right, and it deals heavy dark, kind of like a mini Sword of Skardesen. This should be a consideration to add to your set if you're looking for some dark icons.

    Essence of Esophagor: Cost: 110,000-120,000

    Icons: 4.5 earth and 4.5 water

    Against Scarab Ring: 9 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 0 icons
    Against Burrow: 0 icons
    Against Sink: 4.5 icons

    Conclusion: I bought one a long time ago at 100k; then resold it. This is a nice weapon if you fight people who use the scarab ring a lot, but this is fully blocked by the leaf shield; which makes it dangerous to use.
    Pike Pike Cost: 120,000-130,000

    Icons: 4.5 water and 4.5 light

    Against Scarab Ring: 9 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 4.5 icons
    Against Burrow: 4.5 icons
    Against Sink: 0 icons

    Conclusion: I really like this weapon, imagine pairing it up with the Essence of Esophagor. If your opponent uses leaf shield it fully blocks your essence, but you still get 8.5 icons of the Pike Pike through. Scarab ring couldn't touch this attack, and if your opponent uses burrow or sink you still pull 4.5 icons though. Not the best weapon, but still a very nice one.

    Golden Compass: Cost: 100,000-130,000

    Icons: 3 fire, 3 air, 3 light

    Against Scarab Ring: 6 icons
    Against Leaf Shield: 9 icons
    Against Burrow: 3 icons
    Against Sink: 3 icons


    Conclusion: Wow, this always impresses me. It is partially blocked by the scarab ring, but this blocks the dark icons in the scarab ring too. A bit more expensive than the other 9 iconers, but you get 3 dark defense with this. I remember the days when people were buying these like crazy at 300k. If you train defense, this is a must have.


    Hopefully you enjoyed reading this guide as much as I enjoyed writing it. There are many more weapons out there than this, but with any luck this can help you choose which weapons are best for you. In the future I will write guides on the stronger weapons, freezing weapons, the purpose of stealing, faerie abilities, dual duty weapons or 100% defenders; which is worth it?, and much, much more. For now though, go out and find your perfect battledome weapon.
















    For this edition of the newspaper I have decided to finally release my conclusion to my battledome guide series. I will put everything together, and come up with a set for every budget. You may need to tweak it some to fit your style, but I hope to at least set up a guideline. Without further ado, here are my sets:

    Newbie set:

    This set is designed around paying nearly nothing, and still winning. I don't incorporate some weapons such as freezers to keep it cheap and tactical.

    Scarab Ring

    Thief Dagger

    Bone Sceptre

    Obsidian Dagger

    Sticky Snowball

    Sticky Snowball

    Illusens Earth Potion

    Slime Potion

    For a price of less than 10,000 np you get a wide range of decent weapons, good icon variety, bombs, and a 10 hp healer. You will outgrow this set quickly as you progress in your battledome career, but it is nice as a start and introduction to the battledome.

    Buyable Set:

    My next set will be a little more tactical, but will cost less than 100k. Some weapons will remain the same, but there will be upgrades to others.

    Scarab Ring

    Thief Dagger

    Earth Faerie Slingshot

    17-Pound Trout

    Sticky Snowball

    Sticky Snowball

    Snowglobe Staff

    Blue Scorchstone

    The scarab ring and thief dagger and dual duties at incredible values, and as a result I decided to keep them in this set. However, I made key upgrades to my main attackers, both of which can do up to 9 icons, which is a nice improvement. The sticky snowballs still do more damage than any of my other weapons here, so keeping them made sense. Finally, I upgraded to a 30 hp healer, and brought in a good 20% freezer.

    500k set:

    Once you've trained your pet some and have at least 35 boost strength, you may want to invest more into your set. With 500k you can have much more tactical freedom, and get some really great weapons.

    Stone Club

    Golden Compass

    Essence of Esophagor

    Jittery Jipple Potion

    Greater Healing Scroll

    Snowglobe staff

    Downsize!

    Shooting Star Muffin

    This is a very strong set that can win you a lot of matches if used correctly. First you have 3 strong 9 iconers with varied icons. Your opponent won't know what to block, giving you a key advantage. Next we have the JJP, which if used again a pet with above average or higher intelligence, can do 10 icons of damage of dark and air. You then have a 50 hp healer and our 20% freezer. Finishing up the set is downsize! which can cut an opponent's attack in half once per battle and our one use 15 icon shooting star muffin.

    5 mil set:

    Here we are increasing our set price by a lot. The reason being is that your 500k set will be very useful for a long time, and you won't need an upgrade for a while. Here there are a lot of ways you can build a set, but I will define one that I feel will help you.

    Ramtor's Spellbook

    Golden Compass

    Scuzzys comb

    Portable Kiln

    Greater Healing Scroll

    Down Size!

    Black Frost Cannon

    Honey Potion

    Depending on the time, this set could be under five million, or a little over five million, but generally it will average out to that price. This is a very solid set, giving you for strong weapons, a 9 icon dual duty, two 10 iconers that get through burrow, and an 11 iconer that completely gets through the ghostkershield. You still have a good healer, an improved freezer, and downsize! Finally to top it all of you have your first real bomb, a honey potion that can do 13-16 icons of damage. It's best to use when your opponent is frozen.

    To my knowledge no one in the guild has much more than that, so I won't go into more advanced sets like the SoS and PCC, although I may explain high level battling in a guide some day. To finish up this one, I will show my dream set, and explain why I would use it.

    Dream set:

    Glittery Faerie Dust

    Super Attack Pea

    Wand of Dark Faerie

    Illusens Staff

    Faerie Slingshot

    Leaded elemental vial

    Moehog Skull

    Thyoras Tear

    With a set like this you would hardly ever lose. First the super attack pea does 32 icons, the most of any weapon, giving me a strong advantage. Then combining the wand of dark faerie with illusens staff creates an unbeatable defense with an incredible offence. The faerie Slingshot is a fun weapon to use if you're feeling lucky; it can do up to 55 icons 33% of the time. Then the glittery faerie dust does 15 of a random icon, so it's good to catch an opponent off guard. The led and t-tear fully heal and fully block all icons respectively. And finally the moehog skull is a once per battle weapon that does 15 icons of damage blocks 5 and earth and 5 dark, and on top of that is a 100% freezer. As you can see, anyone with a set like this would be unstoppable, as a result it would cost will over 1 billion neopoints, so don't expect to see many people with a set rivaling this one.

    To end, thanks for reading my final guide to the battledome. Hopefully this gave you additional insight on the battledome, and will help you whether you are a newbie or veteran to the dome. If you have a suggestion for my next guide feel free to neomail me and thanks for reading.

















    If you have read my past guides, you more likely than not already have a promising set with good offensive and defensive weapons. The next step is bombs. A bomb is a weapon that is stronger than your normal weapons, but can only be used once per battle. This is immensely useful when your opponent is frozen from a freezing weapon (which I will cover in my next article. Due to bombs generally being used against a frozen opponent, the icon type does not matter; so we will focus on cost and icon amount. There are two kind of bombs: once per battle and one use. First, lets compare some common bombs from both varieties:
    1. Illusens Earth Potion
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 800np-1k
    Icons: 7-9

    2. Blood Grub
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 100k-200k
    Icons: 7-11

    3. Honey Potion
    Variety: Once per battle
    Price: 780k-800k
    Icons: 14-16

    4. Snow Mudball
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 900np-1.1k
    Icons: 9.5-13.5

    5. Sticky Snowball
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 200np-400np
    Icons: 8.5-12.5

    6. Stone Muffin
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 1k-2k
    Icons: 13.5

    7. Shooting Star Muffin
    Variety: Once Use
    Price: 3k-4k
    Icons: 15

    After looking at the pros and cons my conclusion is the following: If you don't battle much but there is a particular match you need to win, go with the one use bombs. If you battle often or even occasionally and are fairly wealthy, my advice is to buy a honey potion when it is around 800k. It is a great weapon and a great investment. Once you no longer need it simply wait for a war and the price will rise to over 1 million neopoints; then you can sell it and make a nice profit. This means that instead of your neopoints rotting in the bank, you made over 200k by buying a great weapon and using it for a long period of time. That's all for now, hopefully this guide gave you a little more knowledge and aided you in your battledome career.
















    In my past three guides I have covered the best offensive weapons, defensive weapons, and bombs. By now you should have a very good idea of what you want in your set. This week I will be covering the final items you need to add to your set, in my final battledome article I will explain how to put it all together and come up with a great battledome set that is effective. You should already have 5 to 6 items in your set, now there are two key items left: Healers and Freezers. Now I will add a list of good healers later on, but it is simple. Just find the best healer in your budget that can heal you pet as much as possible. A pet with 30 hp could get the 10k blue scorchstone for a full heal. Basically if you can find an affordable healer that fully heals your pet, get it. Healers are a pretty easy subject, and it doesn't take much to find which fits your pets the best. However freezers are a bit more interesting and I will now focus on them. There aren't really any high level battlers in this guild, so I won't go into comparisons with the ice dice, slumberry potion, H4k Helmet, and things of that nature. Instead, I'll compare the frost cannon series to the snowglobe staff. First I'll list prices and effects:

    Snowglobe Staff: Price: 15k-20k
    Freeze (19.7%)
    Does nothing(17.5%)
    Break for battle (20.5%)
    Attack with 3 icons of light, 3 icons of water (22.7%)
    Makes yellow snowball (19.6%)

    Green Frost Cannon: Price: 7k-8k
    Attacks with 3 icons of water and 0-2 icons of physical
    11% Freeze

    Black Frost Cannon: Price: 300k-400k
    Attacks with 3 icons of water and 0-2 icons of physical
    23% Freeze

    Personally I use the snowglobe staff, and based on my research it seems to be the best freezing weapon for low level battlers. There are no frost cannons that can match it in the freezing efficiency to price ratio. As for healers the two best items you'll find for most people in the guild are the blue scorchstone and greater healing scroll. And I think that just about wraps it up, hopefully you enjoyed reading this article and now of a good idea of what you want in your set. Next month I will finally explain what you should put in your set, and reveal what I use in my personal set. Until then, good luck battledoming.
















    A Guide to Guilds


    Obviously we all know what the name of the best guild in neopia is *coughneoanxiouscough*, but just for the sake of being thorough I'll go over what to look for when choosing a guild.

    There are many forms of guilds, the most common type being neorelated. However, there are also guilds such as roleplaying, fashion, harry potter, and many others with unique themes. Some very popular guilds, such as battledome and avatar, often have requirements to get accepted, such as a certain amount of avatars, pet with a minimum stat, or battledome set worth at least a certain amount of neopoints.

    When searching for a good guild, there are three main things you want to look at.


    1. Activeness (The post count/Members)
    2. Activities (This includes anything and everything the guild has to offer, and can usually be found on said guild's webbie)
    3. Graphics (Layout, webbie, logo, any graphics such as banners or userlookups said guild has to offer, etc.)
    If you make a guildless board, a good way to decide which guild you want to join is by ranking a guild on a scale of 1-5 (1 being the highest and 5 being the lowest) in each of the three main categories. Say one guild has a 2 on activeness, a 3 on activities and a 5 on graphics while another guild has a 4 on activeness, 4 on activities, and 3 on graphics. Guild 1 would get a ranking of 10, and guild 2 would get a ranking of 11, thus guild 2 is the better overall choice. Of course, if you can change this if you don't care about certain aspects of guilds. For example, if you didn't care about activeness, you could take that section out. Then, Guild 1 would have a ranking of 8 while guild 2 would have a ranking of 7, making Guild 1 the better choice for you.

    Oh, and from now on this system of ranking will be known as the SM Guild Ranking. B)

    Now once you have chosen your guild things are very simple. Chat with the members on the guild board, participate in your guild's activities, maybe make graphics if you are skilled, and of course … ADVERTISE. I would go into depth on advertising, but Lori knows much more on that subject than me and I suspect she'll make a guide on it sometime. Happy guilding! :D I would say guild hunting, but if you're reading this, chances are you're already in the best guild ever.

    Also, don't do drugs, they damage you, they're addictive, and they're expensive. Don't even try them once. Lori, this means you too. -.-

















    To be very successful in the stock market there are many ways you can go about; many different routs along the way to being a very wealthy neopian. We're going to focus on the Stock Market and learn how to use this tool to our advantage. There are many different ways to earn neopoints in the stock market but I'll include that in my next article. I'll begin with guiding you on how to use the Stock Market before you get in over your head.

    It is very important to know how to use the Stock Market before you buy any shares, I suggest that you're able to have 15k on hand and be able to earn 15k almost everyday if you want to make a large, profitable portfolio. So let's just drive right in and learn how to use this mysterious thing that I have been talking about.
    First in order to reach the Stock Market you could go to "Games" on the neopian said-bar and scroll down to "Board Games" usually the game Stock Market is 5th or 4th. Another easier method simply go to the search bar and type in "Stock Market". When you reach there the first thing you may notice is the Red, Black, and Green text floating across the page, pay no real attention to that. The main navigation bar is featured below. Now I'll give a brief summary of what each part means.

    Home - Home Page of The Neopian Stock Market
    Find Stocks - Where you can enter a Ticker to search for your desired stock.
    News/Research - Contains the current Neodaq along with other useless information.
    Profile - Find a profile about a stock by entering the ticker.
    Message Board - Ask for help, info, almost anything related to the Stock Market is found and discussed here.
    My Portfolio - Known as your Port for short, shows your currently own stocks, prices, etc.
    Buy - Enter Ticker of a stock to buy.
    Help - Try here first if you need help.

    To buy a stock there are two ways, first by going to "Find Stocks" and clicking on full list of stocks, the other way is click on "Buy" and enter a company's ticker. When you're viewing the full list of stocks you will see many different numbers that may confuse you. Starting from the Left is the Logo or more commonly known as the company's icon/symbol. The Ticker is next witch is like a shorter name for the stock. Company explains itself, the name of it. Volume is the number of shares that other neopians had bought of that stock in that day. Open is the price that it started at the beginning of the day, Curr, or Current is the price/worth of the stock currently. All the way on the right is Change, which is the difference between the opening price and the current price in a percent.

    To purchase shares of a company view the stock list and find on to your liking. Click on the ticker of that particular stock you would like to invest in. When you click on the ticker it gives a description of the stock along with competitors in that market. Click on the company's name and type in how many shares you want of that stock. There is a limit to 1000 shares so don't go over. You want to buy a stock between 15np-17np and sell for a higher profit. I'll include more info about profits and other ways to earn np in the Stock Market.

    After you have purchase you stock(s), to find were they are currently located at, make your way to My Portfolio. There is where you will see all the stock you have purchase and current information about them. Much of it is the same as the company's names list, but for a few expectations. Someone then you should know by now I'm just going to cover the others. Under "Today" it gives you the opening price and the current price as well as the change. Under "Holdings" it displays the Quantity (how many shares of that particular stock) and how much you paid for it. TO the very right is Overall and it displays the current Market value (witch is the sell back value currently) and the % Change that shows if you'll be making a profit or not.
















    I want more NP!!!!!

    So you've decided you want more NeoPoints? Well, good decision! Most people would like more NP. But how? There are a couple of different ways to earn NP. The first is the most obvious: Play Games. However, if you're like me, you might smell at playing games. Plus, it takes much dedication and time! The second way to earn NP is to restock. What does that mean? It means you buy things from Neopian shops and sell them for higher prices in your shop. However, it's not as easy as it sounds. You have to know which items will get you a profit, and which will not. Pricing the items in your shop is another matter altogether-you should make your item the cheapest in your shop wizard group. And, if you're like me, you don't have the patience (or the memory skills) to restock. The last way is to invest in the Neopian Stock Market. To some people, this may seem very confusing, but it's quite simple actually.
    This is Nigel the Chia. Think of him as a stuck up neopet. If he gives you advice on what to buy, do not listen to him! =P

    An introduction to the stock market

    What exactly IS the stock market, and how does it work? Well, you've probably heard of the Stock Market in real life. Businesses will ask you to buy some parts of their business (called shares). They use this money from you to fund their business. If the business goes well and they earn lots of $$, you get to keep some of it! If it fails, you pretty much lost your money. This is very similar to the Neopets Stock Market. To start, you'll need to know how to identify some things (don't worry-it's not rocket science!)


    Confused yet?

    You don't have to memorize all these things-half of the things you won't need to know! But if I only marked the important parts in the diagram, Christine would pester me. The diagram is referring to a stock that you already bought, but how do you buy a stock anyways? Well if you click here you'll find a list of cheap stocks. If you want a list of ALL the stocks, click here. I only use the cheap stocks, so I have it in my favorites. Now that you're at the cheap stocks page, you'll see a bunch of different stocks you can buy. At the top you'll see a periwinkle "title bar". Look at "Curr". Now, scroll down until the "Curr" column has a 15 in it. You cannot buy anything that has a number less than 15 in the "Curr" column. Now you know which stocks you CAN buy, but which ones SHOULD you buy? Well, I like to buy stocks that has the number 15 in the "Curr" column. Anything bigger than 17, is a rip-off basically. To buy some shares, pick the stock you want to buy that's "Curr" column is between 15 and 17. Then, click on the Ticker symbol. What's the ticker symbol, you say? You should have read that diagram above, silly! =P Well now that you've clicked on it, you'll get to the Company Profile page. This page exists for the sole purpose of annoying buyers, because now you'll have to click on the company name. Here's an example:

    Now what?

    Now you should arrive at the "Buying Shares" page. There are two boxes: one for the Ticker Symbol and one for the Number of Shares. Do not touch anything except the Number of Shares! Type in how many shares you'd like to buy; I like to buy 500. Click Buy Shares, and you'll be transported to your profile! The more shares you buy, the more you earn if it goes up. If it goes down, you don't get any money. You can only buy 1000 shares a day, so if you buy 500 shares of one stock, and then 500 shares of another stock, you cannot buy any more for the day! Ok maybe I'm getting ahead of myself: after you've purchased your first 500 shares, go to that cheap stocks page and buy another 500 shares of ANOTHER company. At the top of every stock market page, you'll see some blue links. If you click on My Portfolio, it lists the stocks you have already bought. Remember that crazy rainbow diagram I showed you before? That's what it should look like, without the crazy markings of course! =D Take a break from reading and look at the picture below, it's an example of what your stock looks like (without the crazy rainbow markings).

    Wheres my NP!?

    Now that you've spent so much NP on buying the stocks, you probably want some back. Be patient! You won't be able to sell your stock for a while now, could be as short as one week before the appropriate time, or it could take months! But eventually, it will be the right time to sell your stocks. But when?! Each person has a different preference for when to sell, but remember, you are trying to EARN NP, not LOSE it! Well how do you know if you're earning or losing? Well, if you'll look at the percent of change (aha! So you did read the crazy diagram, because you know exactly where it is), it will either be a positive value or a negative value. The positive value will be in green and will have a + in front of the value, and if you're losing money you will see a - and the value will be in red. Only sell your shares if the % change is positive. I like to sell my stocks when it's at least +150.00%. This may take a LONG time, but you must be patient! If you have some negative stocks (in red), they'll eventually become green, but you just have to be patient (how did you know?!)

    OMG! I want to sell it NOW!

    Now that it's a positive value to your liking, how do you sell it? Refer back to crazy rainbow diagram. You see that little innocent triangle? Click on it, and it will turn sideways. It will also open up a little section underneath the stock you want to sell. There will be a periwinkle title bar with the words:
    Shares Paid NP Total NP Current Mkt Value % Change Sell
    Under shares, you should see the # of shares you bought. Sell as many as you want. Let's say you bought 500 shares, then the most you could sell is 500, but you can sell as little as 1. After you sell it, the NP will be added to the NP you have out! Nigel, the stuck up Chia, makes you give him 20NP for every time you try to sell something, so make sure you have at least 20 NP out. Remember to try to buy more cheap stocks every day!

    Closing Words

    There are several things you need in order to invest in Neopian Stock Market. 1. NP. Yes, you need NP to make NP. That's the only big catch. If you plan to make lots of NP from the stock market, you need to buy lots of different stocks. In order to buy lots of different stocks, you'll need to have lots of NP to buy them with! 2. That crazy rainbow diagram I drew for you. You should know the meaning of the %Change and the #NP you can sell it for. 3. PATIENCE!

















    *Drools* I… I… I want that –insert expensive Neoitem name here- Why, I bet you do! There's only one trick; how are you going to get it? How could you ever possibly afford such an expensive item, when you want it now!?

    That, my friends, is the simple part. If you actually consider the act of Neopoint-making, and the irony of it all, you would understand why it is so very simple. After all, you are getting paid simply for playing games. Now if you're complaining, you definitely shouldn't be, considering all you need is a little guidance and a little more patience to achieve that pocket bursting with coins.

    With this Article, I will go over a few routines one can follow, with the sole hope that it will improve not only skill, but also an understanding of the ancient Neopoint.

    What I recommend for anyone, regardless of the day, is to first proceed with the Dailies. Don't forget the Coltzan's Shrine, Tombola, the Fruit Machine, the Giant Ommelette. Yes, it is rare to get a truly invaluable prize, however, when and if you do the reward is great for a simple click of a mouse. This shouldn't take long, so don't fret! Afterwards, I suggest that you proceed to the Games Room.

    The Games Room should be like a little fire, radiating warmth and pleasure, and the games inside should be the slightly roasted marshmallows. It is of course, the main source of Neopoint Income. There are tons of games to engage in, thus entertaining any Neopian for quite some time.

    Not only are there several games to choose from, they are all very different, and all require different skills. For Pete's sake, there are games for the Computer Game Fanatics, for the Word Game lovers, the Action-Packed Crazies, the skilled, the un-skilled, the beginners, the learners, the pro's, the experts. If this isn't variety, then what is?!

    As long as you're still with me, here's what I suggest you do- It's usually what I do, and it's what I find works for me! (: I can only hope that it will bring the same fruits to you.

    Say you come online at x:00 NST (the x standing for any given number). Follow the schedule, and get yourself some of those neopoints already!

    X:00 - *runs to do dailies* That's right. It's where you should be the minute you come online_! Get it over with! Get yourself some shiny prizes!

    X:05 - *panting, runs back to the games room* If you're just staring at the screen, you're not going to get very far. O.O. Hence, why you have your Neopoint-Making Guide at hand! (: What would you do without it?!

    X:06 - *finds Petpet Rescue* Even if you're not that good (initially, almost no one is!), play it! You need a score of about 335 to get to your 1000 Neopoint mark. I promise you, you will get better with practice, averaging at least 300 points each game once you get the "gist" of it. Play it three times, attempting to get at least 150 every time so that you can receive 450 Neopoints (1350 Neopoints altogether).

    So far: 1350 Neopoints (minimum)

    X:17 - *finds Hannah and the Pirate Caves* You should be getting at least 100,000 points every time. Considering the ratio of 1:100, that the score you need to attain to get those 1000 Neopoints. It is definitely not difficult to get those 100,000 points, especially if you get the secret gems in every level worth 5,000 points. If you do some research, you'll be able to reach 100,000 in no time! After playing three times, you should have another 3000 Neopoints at hand.

    So far: 4350 Neopoints

    X:35 – Phewf, that took a while! *runs to Meerca Chase* Do your best not to send the score, unless you have a solid 300 points at hand. It's an easy game, and all it takes is a few "special" neggs, and BAM! You're there. You should be getting around 450-500 Neopoints each game!

    So far: 5850 Neopoints (Whoa! You're getting there!)

    X:43 - *saunters to Ultimate Bullseye; too much running!* Even if you're averaging lower than 20 points, don't give up! Although this game doesn't give too many neopoints, it's quick and easy. Please, don't ever forget: practice makes perfect! Seriously. The more you practice this game (and others too!) the better you will become. So let's say you're getting about 100 neopoints from this game, every time you send your score. Don't forget to use the cheat 'catapult' for a free power up!

    So far: 6250 Neopoints

    X:47 - *hops to Volcano Run* This is another game where you need tons of points to get a higher amount of neopoints, but that's okay! It's another one of those quick-and-easy games, which is excellent when your attention span is on the down low. (: Try and get around 300 points every time, which isn't too difficult.

    So far: 7150 Neopoints

    X:56 - *swims over to Dubloon Disaster* After you gain some experience in this game, you should be getting 200 points a game (your 1000 neopoints). The concept is not difficult- quite on the contrary. A little tip; try to concentrate the mines towards the middle so that you have a lot of swimming space around them. It really helps, especially since most of the dubloons lie close to the walls! So let's pretend you're getting 500 neopoints per game.
















    How to Make Your Pet Smarter
    Is your neopet incredibly dumb? Well you're reading the right guide! Here we are going to explain how to make your dumb neopet into the smartest one around neo.anxious! You're probably thinking, 'How else could you make it smarter than giving it books to read?' I partially agree with that and I partially don't. I mean is that all? Ok, for example, you book at what? 1,000-2,000 nps each? While you're wasting neopoints on your pet their is a much easier way to do it all and still have neopoints left.
    First things first, where can you buy a book? Three places: a neopians store, the Book Store, or Booktastic Books. First of all I would cross out a neopians store from your list. You are probably going to find the most expensive books there. Now we have the Book Store and Booktastic Books. To get to the Book Store, go to Neopia Central. Then you will find the Book Store in the main shops. To get to Booktastic Books go to a planet outside of Neopia called Kreludor. Once there you will find Booktastic Books.
    My opinion is to start out by buying books from Booktastic Books. You will find the cheapest books there. I think you should start out with buying 5 books for around 700 nps each. Then after that go to the Books Store. Most likely the Books Store will have no books in it.
    Now that you are finished buying books it's time to read some to your pet. It will only read books it has not read yet, so be careful! After making your pets read all of them they will be overjoyed and pretty smart. But you have only read them a few books. Not to worry!
    Now it's time to make more neopoints. I trust that you could go to SM's article on making neopoints! After you do though you can move on to buying books from people's shops! Buy only a few. Make sure you buy the ones that your pet have not read yet. Make sure that the price seems reasonable with you. After you have checked all those things it's time to buy thee books. After you buy them read it to your pet. Now it's getting smarter and smarter!
    Keep following this guide and maybe you might be able to win the Book Award! Well at least your pet would be smarter! Good Luck with your pet and get your hands on those books!
















    Oh my gosh! You will never guess who I saw on the Neoboards!
    Miley Cyrus. Miley flippin' Cyrus.

    This, of course, is no surprise, as there are hundreds of these pathetic posers spamming on Neopets daily. This guide is designed to help you approach and deal with them. There are several different ways to deal with Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana and other posers online_ Let's start with the basics, shall we?The first thing you want to do when someone posts: "OMG!!11! I'M HANNAH MONTANA!!1!!" is to strangle this person who honestly needs to get a life.
    Unfortunately you can not strangle anyone from your computer. So do the next best thing. Use your words.
    Verbalization is sometimes the only way to get through these peoples heads. There are the obvious names to throw out there: "n00b, wannabe, etc."
    Sometimes this is the best thing, as the word "n00b" does hurt some people. Really — who wants to be a n00b? But if this pathetic individual is a regular spammer, he or she has obviously been called that before. This is where you can get creative.
    Instead of saying "n00b," you can post something similar to, "Hey, Look! It's Miley #1059!", which is also now becoming a bit cliché. But you get the point — use new terms that can get your point across. Something else you can post is, "Oh, yeah, and I'm Britney Spears." And, if you post this, this is where the other choice comes in.

    Roleplay. Who doesn't love roleplaying? If you don't, then skip over this section — the most I can do for you. Anyway, when a person says, "Hi! I'm Miley Cyrus! It's so much fun being famous!" play into it and have 'fun'. But be sure to use sarcasm or crack a joke! This is a must! And I will repeat that with the sentence bold and italicized and with the Caps Lock on, that's how important it is! BE SURE TO USE SARCASM OR CRACK A JOKE! THIS IS A MUST! If you do not use sarcasm or crack a joke, it can seem to other users that you believe the idiot pretending to be a celebrity; and sometimes those types of people are more pathetic and n00bish than the actual poser! Here is an actual conversation that I screenied. The usernames have been censored for the users' own pride and safety.

    It is clear that the person is a n00b already. So these users decided they may as well have some fun with it.

    If you do run into a poser of a celebrity you personally dislike, say it! When Miley Cyrus neomailed me, claiming that she really was Miley Cyrus and that I was mean to call her an imbecile, I simply replied: "Okay then, Miley. I hate your music, you have no talent, you talk like you have peanut butter on the roof of your mouth, you overact, your songs are stupid, and the only reason your life is worth while is because of your father, who only had one decent song and then was washed up. So, Miley, why don't you go get yourself a life and stop worrying about what I think, because I can assure you there are a heck of a lot of people that feel the same way." Believe me, I wish I still had the screenie. This is a more negative approach, but I find it just as fun. Of course, I am not always a nice person, so this may be harder for those of you who can't stop smiling.

    Another thing you can do is to report the person. Now, whether or not this is against the NeoRules is still pretty much undecided. It's mostly a nuisance, but you can try to report the person for spamming. I highly recommend this. It may scare and stop potential posers, though one can only hope.

    Posers, unfortunately, flood the Neoboards and lower the IQs of many a Neopian. Hopefully this little guide showed you different ways to tell the n00b to just shut the heck up.

    – goodxintentions
















    Newbies: A guide for you and me


    Written by LOL-a!

    Hasn't everyone once been a newbie? (I have, and you must have, a while ago.) If you are currently a newbie, Neopets may be a bit confusing. (All the places, plots, chatting, and scamming are a headache.) Well, I'm here to help! As an experienced player, (since 2003) I've been here through the changes and plots. So for this month and the next, I will be doing a Newbie guide, for our great Neo.Anxious members!
    When you first make your account, you have an option to make a pet. Of course, take it! (A petless account looks sad.) Make a pet you'll appreciate, because as a new player, I suggest one pet is the best option. You have to feed it, and give your pet love and affection. Now, you're ready to play! Go to shops, and into your inventory, and get a 'Newbie Pack'. Some starter items! To earn neopoints, the easiest way (in this stage) is to play a few games. Try some easier ones, see if you like them. Then as soon as you have a bit on hand, you may want to make a bank account, so nobody steals.
    Now that you have a few neopoints, you should make a goal. Something you want to accomplish. Many people have goals to get avatars (something collectable), some want to have great pets. That will be looked on later. But, now it's time to make a few friends! So go on the Neoboards, and pick a topic. Newbies may not be the best, as a lot of spammers go there. But the 'Guild' boards are great. A guild is a group of people; Neo-Anxious is pretty fabulous guild. You want to join something you'd like, say Harry Potter, or Music. Whatever your interests are, there are others that share them. But you DON'T want to be scammed. For a guide on the most common scams, tune in next month!
    So now you have your account settled, deposit some stuff into your safety deposit box. A random event, is when someone may steal your items, or grant you magical wishes. Then there are plots. These are a great way to engage, and test your intellect. Or, if you just want the prizes at the end, you can use a help guide, and give them kudos.
    Well folks, it was a pleasure informing you. Next month, I have part 2 on newbies, which focuses on the Goals and Scams. Be on the look out, and BEWARE! Au revoir, from your new guide writer, LOL-a!
    On another note, this was my first guide for the newspaper. Tell me how it was!
















    Attack of the Slorgs.

    You can win an avatar from this game!

    Score 1000 points or more in Attack of the Slorgs! 75np for every 100pts scored

    Controls:

    Arrow keys to aim/control the Slorgerizer and the Space bar to shoot.

    Instructions:

    The point of the game is to prevent the Slorgs from getting to your crop. You maneuver the Slorg Gun left and right shooting Slorg-B-Gone at a line of Slorgs that continually grows until you complete the level. Each normal Slorg-B-Gone creates an additional Slorg. To destroy the Slorgs, you need to shoot the same color Slorg-B-Gone at two or more of that same color Slorgs in a row. (ex: To destroy two brown Slorgs in a row, you shoot a normal brown Slorg-B-Gone at them to get three in a row.)

    Special Slorg-B-Gone Balls:

    Slorg Block: Creates a block that prevents Slorgs from moving. However, you cannot keep them stopped forever; if you wait too long, the game will say "Delay of game ;) " and will create additional Slorgs.

    Multislorg: Creates additional Slorgs to destroy.

    Slowdown: Slows down the line of Slorgs only during the possession of this ball.

    Super SlorgGun: Destroys two Slorgs on each side of where it is shot.

    Puddle Water: Changes all the Slorgs to the same color.

    Slorg Destruct: Destroys all the Slorgs behind where it is shot.

    Events During the Game:

    Laser Failure: The laser guide for shooting the Slorg-B-Gone starts flashing and will soon be gone for the rest of the level.

    Revenge of the Slorgs: The Slorgerizer's direction changes (left becomes right and right becomes left)

    NOTE:

    -Typing 'marrow' will gain you one extra life - once only

    -Typing 'chargex4' will bring the laser back - as many times as you want

















    Meepit vs. Feepit is really not a hard game, I promise! If you're avatar hunting, I guarantee you the avatar after a couple tries at the game using this guide. In this game, you play a Feepit taking on five rough Meepits seeking world domination (as Meepits always are!)

    About the Game

    There are five levels with five different Meepits for you to kick and punch at. The first level has a Blue Meepit. The second, a Dung Meepit. The third, a Faerie Meepit. The forth, a Tyrannian Meepit. And finally last, the hardest to beat, a Fire Meepit. The first player, either Meepit or Feepit, to reach 3 round wins, wins the level. To get the avatar, you need to successfully submit a score of 3000+.

    Next, the controls. You control the Feepit using your keyboard, the following keys are your controls:
    Z to Punch
    X to Kick
    C to Defend
    Left Arrow to move Left
    Right Arrow to move Right
    Up Arrow to Jump
    Down Arrow to Crouch


    You can change the controls before you start the game, if you want. I don't, but it's up to you!

    Now, I've heard a lot of Neopians whining because they can't get the avatar. Chances are they aren't using the right strategy! Yup, you heard me, strategy. In order to score high enough for the avatar, you have to let each Meepit win twice. Not enough for them to win the level, but enough to let you score points. Here's the points breakdown:

    Punch or Kick 6 points for the hit
    Punch or Kick (in the air) 6 points for the hit + 6 points for the Meepit falling
    Combo 13 points for the hit + 6 points for the Meepit falling
    Last Hit of the Round points depend on what attack you use, and how far away the Meepit is
    Beating a Level 100 points

    You do not get bonuses for how much time is left or how much health you have, so as long as you don't die three times in a level or run out of time, no worries. I'll go over the last hit of the round in a minute.

    Combo? Yeah, combos! There are two combos, a rolling attack and a, ummm, flying attack. The rolling attack is performed by pressing Punch, Kick, Punch, Kick and the flying attack is Kick, Punch, Kick, Punch. Don't press the keys too fast, or you won't get the combo. Watch your feepit and make sure he is punching and kicking. Perform the first three moves away from the Meepit, and the last one near him. It'll throw him in the air and score you an extra 6 points for him falling on his butt. Practice your combos before actually going for the avatar, because perfecting them is absolutely necessary!

    Playing the Game

    Your first opponent is a Blue Meepit. He's pretty aggressive and doesn't block much. To me, all the easier! Later on, you'll see what I mean. I stick to just using combo attacks because you get more points for them. At the beginning I move toward the Meepit, hopping up and down while executing the combo attack moves. After I hit the Meepit, I hop up and down away from the Meepit while executing my next set of combo moves. Repeat until the Meepit is knocked out or almost knocked out (depending on what you're going for!) That way if the Meepit tries to use a normal attack, chances are he won't hit you. Use five combo attacks to kick some Meepit butt and get maximum points. Your last move depends on what round you're in.

    I let the Meepit win the first round, then I conquer in the second, let him win the third, and then kick his blue butt for the last two. When you are letting the Meepit win, don't just stand there. You get points for every move, so rough him up a little, but don't knock him out and empty his health meter. The reason I let him win the first and third rounds are just in case I rough him up too much in the later rounds, it doesn't matter, because he's already won two rounds and I need to take him out three times.

    If you are in a round where the Meepit needs to win, use five combo attacks and then let the Meepit take you out. If you're in a round where you need to take the Meepit out, use five combo attacks. Then charge up a combo by pressing the first three buttons of the combo. Then stand near the Meepit and start blocking. When the Meepit walks next to you, stop blocking for a second, but only a second. The Meepit will start walking towards you attacking. When the Meepit gets really close, jump in the direction of the Meepit and press the last button of the combo at the same time. This will ensure you get the best amount of bonus points you can for the last hit of the round.

    If, for some reason, you win three rounds and the Meepit didn't win two, restart the game. You can't get a score high enough for the avatar this way!

    Your next opponent, the Dung Meepit, is still pretty aggressive, but he will block when you're next to him. So when you need him to take you out, jump into his attacks. When you need to win, don't let him trap you against the side of the ring, either, or he'll take you out.

    The Faerie Meepit, your third opponent, isn't as aggressive and will block even more than the last two. Watch though, he has a tendency to onslaught attacks and try to corner you even more than the Dung Meepit.

    Next up, the Tyrannian Meepit, he likes to block a lot when you're near him, but will let down his guard to go all out on you!

    The last Meepit to eat your dust, the Fire Meepit, is a huge pain in the rear! Why? Because if you're anywhere near him, he'll block. And block. And block. I usually let him take me out on the first two rounds, so I can just take it all out on him! On those two rounds, after you've almost knocked him out, just stand right next to him, eventually he'll hit you and then block again. Cozy up next to him again, and he'll hit you again eventually. Repeat those steps over and over.

    As you can see, as the game progresses, each Meepit blocks more and more, making it harder for you to let them win. Just jump into their attacks or stand next to them and wait for the hit. As long as you follow the steps in this guide, you should be able to score your 3000+ within a couple tries!


















    After being pestered by many guild members, I have decided to put a little Lunar Temple Guide up!

    First go here to get to the temple. Scroll down until you see a blue link, click on it. Or better yet, click here! Now on your internet taskbar, go to "View". There should be a dropdown menu. Click "source" or "page source". A window should pop up. Hold down the Ctrl key and press the letter f. This allows you to search for keywords. Type in "kreludor". You will see part of the source highlighted. It should look something like this: "angleKreludor=# Remember the number! Now look at the chart below. Find which 2 numbers your number is in between, and that is the moon that you should pick!



    Thanks to reignofhalls for her wonderful work on the Lunar Temple!
















    Does that Roodoku game riddle your thoughts and sometimes haunt your dreams? Well fear not, we have a solution!
    First off, get to the game by clicking here. Once you're there, click Click To Play and you'll be presented with a rather chicken-poxy blumaroo. Oh wait, no that's just his color :P Okay now click Play Game, and choose Hard. Hard gives you the most NP! It might take a few seconds to load, but eventually you'll get to a puzzle. Here's where the solution comes in: instead of racking your brains, just search the internet for a Sudoku Solver and put in what numbers you have and it will provide you with a solution! Spiffy, eh? Then, you fill in the solution (if there's more than one, no problem - just pick any one) by hovering over each box and clicking on another tiny spot in the box to get the number. This is the most stupid part of the game, but TNT had to put a twist on it, huh?

    A few tips: 1. Minimize the solution solver so that you can see it and the game at the same time. This saves you the difficulty of having to go to different windows. 2. Fill in the numbers from column to column (up to down). This saves time because you can memorize the numbers going down, and also if you go left to right, there's an annoying eraser that keeps popping up. Another TNT obstruction.

    If you do these fast enough, you could get on the high score list! Yippee!
















    MEERCA CHASE II


    Get the avatar by scoring 1250+ points
    To play, click here

    RULES
    -Use the left/right/up/down arrow keys to change the direction of the meerca. You do not need to hold the key down, though it doesn't make a difference if you do.
    -Do not crash into the walls
    -Pick up the neggs by running through them

    -Do not touch the red neggs
    -Do not touch your tail
    -All other color neggs (especially the fish neggs) are good!
    -Choose a game mode (classic is regular, maze is you cannot bump into the maze walls, freestyle is you can turn your meerca in a 360 degree way)
    -Choose a color (I like black because it brings out the color of the neggs)
    -Easy will give you 3 points for the happy negg and 150 for the fish
    -Medium will give you 5 and 250
    -Hard will give you 8 and 400

    SECRETS
    To activate a new option, on the main screen choose either medium or hard (it won't affect the game). Then, type in ferociousneggsareontheloose and make sure you spell it right (do not press enter). If you make a mistake, click a different difficulty and type the word in again. This will activate a new option, which is pretty much the same; only the red neggs can run around. I find this a bit more challenging but it's definitely fun. Happy neggs are worth 7 points, and fish neggs are 325. For every negg you eat, a ferocious one will appear. You do not have a tail in this mode. Ferocious neggs move in a diagonal pattern, and the meerca moves slightly faster than the ferocious neggs.

    To make a staff member appear, on the main screen click on the meerca's top eye to your right. It will disappear in a few seconds and doesn't do anything to the score. After you lose, you can make the staff member appear by clicking on its right eye again

    To play in gravity mode, go to the main menu and choose either medium or hard (again, it won't affect the game). Type in superextrahypergravitymode (do not press enter). Then, a new game mode and difficulty will pop up. Note: you can only play in stop 'n go difficulty if you want to play gravity mode. Once you start the game, you will see a funnel. Do not move to the center, because you will be sucked down the funnel. Do not touch the walls, do not fall back on your tail, and do not touch the red neggs. The neggs are worth more here, like the happy negg is worth 18 and the fish negg is worth 900 (remember you need 1250+ points to get the avatar). If you get a fish negg and a power negg, you get the avatar (in gravity mode)!

















    In need of a shiny new trophy, or maybe a new avatar? Your search is over, so long as you can withstand the chaos of your competitors… all ten of them.

    What do you mean I have to pay a fee to play?" Well, I suggest that you pay. The 50 neopoints lost might leave you bankrupt, but it's worth it if you know what you're doing. Cautiously you enter the room, and nearly get blown away by the incredibly loud outburst of sound.

    CHEAT!" You hear a Tuskaninny yell loudly, he stands up and points accusingly at an Eyrie, who looks casually at him.

    Sorry buddy, I did play two queens." No one seemed surprised by this. Sulkily, the Tuskaninny grabs the pile that was in front of him, and sits down, which was followed by another loud roar of sounds.

    Nice going Timmy," you hear someone yell sarcastically over at the Tuskanninny, Timmy, as he pretends not to hear as he sorts through his cards.

    Just you wait Branston…" You barely hear him mutter as the game continues.

    Excuse Me," you say, turning towards a relatively sane looking Jetsam sitting beside you. He glares but says nothing.

    What's going on?" you say.

    Quite kid, I'm concentrating."

    Psst!" Looking over you see a Kyrii.

    Don't mind The Spectre, he's almost always cranky, I'm Capara, by the way." She hands you a sheet of paper with images of each player on it, name and description. I had already picked up who Little Timmy, Capara, Branston, and the Spectre where, I thought to myself as I studied the paper.

    Meerca=Chuffer Bob
    Bruce=Brucey B
    Kau=kalora
    Acara=Princess Fernypoo
    And Moehog =Agent 00 Hog.

    Now that you know a bit about your opponents, let's move on to playing. The game is drawing to a close, and you quickly take a seat, anxious to get your trophy. Your move.

    To your surprise nobody calls you. As you continue, you come take note of patterns. Sometimes Capara will say she put down 2 tens, followed by Timmy putting down 3 tens. Suspicious? Another thing to look out for is if they put down a set of four, especially Timmy, he loves to cheat. Above all, don't cheat unless you have to. There's nothing worse than getting caught, or falsely accusing someone of cheating.

    The game is once again drawing to a close, the spectre has yet but one card left. He lays it down.

    One Ace" he says. In desperation, you yell cheat; The Spectre looks at you in surprise, but picks up the deck. No one calls on the Spectre, so the game continues.

    It's a long and grueling battle, but eventually you leave the room, victorious, and as you exit you are presented with a trophy. What's this? A random event? Looks like you got the avatar too.















    Feeding Kadoaties in the Kadoatery has become a very popular game, especially because you can earn an avatar for feeding 75 Kadoaties.

    The Neopets Team describes the Kadoatery as the placewhere Kadoaties go when their owners are on holiday. The Kadoaties get a little lonely in the Kadoatery and request items to make them happy until their owners return. Every item a Kadoatie requests is a food item (the little porkers!). A new Kadoatie requests an item during what is referred to as aKad RS or in plain English, a Kadoatie Restock. This is when you, the Kadoatie Feeder, get the chance to give a Kadoatie that special item they are requesting. You have the chance to earn trophies and even an avatar by feeding Kadoaties, not to mention, it's very addictive!

    You can read more about the Kadoatery and it's story by visiting the Neopedia and reading the article about The Kadoatery.

    Kadoatie Restocks

    First, we'll go over when the Kadoaties restock and what main/mini restocks are; then we'll move on to how to feed them. It's very important that you learn as much as you can about the Kadoatery before attempting to feed the Kadoaties, because Kad Feeding is very tricky and requires patience and speed.

    Main and Mini Restocks

    The Kadoatie Restocks are referred to as a Kad RS and is the time when new Kadoaties can be fed in the Kadoatery. There are two types of restocks: main and mini. Main Restocks are when all the Fed Kadoaties are taken home by their owners and replaced by New Kadoaties who want items. Mini Restocks are created when Kadoaties who were not fed during the Main restock (usually because they want an unbuyable item) are fed. Mini restocks will usually replace only one or two Kadoaties, leaving a smaller chance for feeding.

    Keeping Track of Restock Times

    Restock times are kept track of usually on a Neopets Chat Board located in the Games board by the minutes time. (More information in the Kadoatie Board section.) The Kadoaties restock approximately 30 to 45 minutes later than the previous restock. For example, if the Kadoaties go through a Main restock at 12:31, the next Main restock will be at 1:01 or within the next 15 minutes of that time. And Mini times are kept the same way, if a Mini restock happens at 12:44, the next Mini restock will be at 1:14 or within the next 15 minutes of that time. Just follow this simple equation: Last Restock Time † 30 minutes. It's also important to remember that Kadoaties restock on the minute, so if the restock is scheduled for 1:16, the Kads will restock on the minute (1:16:00, for example), not on the second (1:16:35, for example.)

    Update! TNT has decided to change the system. Kads will only refresh on minutes that end in 1 or 6 (ex: 12:36:00 or 12:31:00). The 1 and 6 rule applies to both mains and minis.

    Feeding Kadoaties During Restocks

    There are three ways to feed Kadoaties during restocks, inventory feeding, shop wiz feeding, and sdb (safety deposit box) feeding. Most people choose the method they find easiest, or they utilize two or more methods. I, personally, use the first two methods by inventory feeding if I can and shop wiz feeding if I need to. I'll explain all the methods below so you can choose your ideal method.

    Shop wiz feeding is the process of buying an item you need to feed a Kadoatie during the Kad RS. The recommended way of doing this is to have two wind*ws open, the Kadoatery and the Shop Wizard, ready to go. When the Kadoaties restock, quickly pick a Kadoatie to feed (I usually go for the more expensive items or the Kadoaties at the bottom of the page.) Highlight the item it wants using your mouse and press CTRL † C on your keyboard to copy the item name. Hit the Shop Wizard wind*w and paste the item name into the item search box by pressing CTRL † V on your keyboard. Enter the first shop that comes up, buy the item. Click back over to the Kadoatery wind*w and click your Kadoatie. This method is very very difficult and requires you to be very fast and very familiar with Neopets and your computer. I have a tendency to be more successful with this method.

    I recommend Shop Wiz Feeding to those that are quick and those that don't mind how much they spend to feed a Kadoatie. Shop Wiz Feeding has a tendency to be the most expensive way of feeding. And remember, if you fail to feed a Kadoatie after you've bought an item, keep it! You can use it to Inventory Feed.

    Inventory feeding is the process of feeding a Kadoatie with an item you already have in your inventory. The best way to go about this method is to carry common Kadoatie foods in your inventory so that when the Kadoaties restock all you have to do is click a Kadoatie that wants an item that you have. Many Kadoatie feeders keep a list of items they have seen in the Kadoatie restocks. I recommend checking out carmyyyyys guide which lists a wide variety of Kadoatie foods seperated into categories with lots of tips on Inventory Feeding.

    Inventory Feeding is great for slow connections, saving NeoPoints, and those with a ton of patience.

    Another method, which is rarely mentioned in guides, is SDB Feeding. Which is the process of stocking up on Kadoatie foods and storing them in your Safety Deposit Box, and then using the SDB search to locate an item and feed it to a Kadoatie during a Kad RS. I personally have never used this method and never plan to as I don't want to invest a large amount of Neopoints into Kadoatie Feeding at one time to stock up items.

    A little sidenote, you cannot feed a Kadoatie if you have fed one that is still sitting in the Kadoatery. You can feed again when your Kadoatie is taken home by its owner and replaced.

    Feeding Kadoaties: What You Get For Feeding

    What's the point of feeding Kadoaties? Well, besides being fun and addictive, not to mention the new friends you'll make, you can earn shiny things! These shiny things are, of course, trophies. To earn a Bronze trophy (first one from left), you need to feed 1 Kadoatie. If you feed 10 Kadoaties, your Bronze trophy will upgrade to Silver. Feeding 25 Kadoaties will get you the Gold.

    What About The Avatar or Kadoatie?

    Yeah yeah yeah. Who doesn't know about the Avatar?!?! But, just in case, I'll let you in on it. If you feed a whopping Seventy-Five (75) Kadoaties, you'll have yourself a pretty new avatar that looks like that. Lastly, it's been said that if you feed enough Kadoaties, you'll actually win a Kadoatie. It was also referenced in the Neopian Times Editorial right here. To my knowledge, this has never happened. But who knows, right? A Neopian can dream!

    Kadoatie Boards

    A Kadoatery board can be found in the Game board of the official Neopets chat boards. There is always a Kadoatery board running, it'll most likely have a ton of posts and have the word "kadoatery" in the title. The Kad Board is the most helpful resource while you are Kadoatie Feeding, they keep track of Kad RS times and are also feeding kadoaties. You'll have the chance to have fun and make new friends while kadoatie feeding.

    Proper Kadoatery Board Mewtiquette

    First off, always remember to follow Neopet's Terms and Conditions. Play nice and play fair! When it comes to the Kadoatery board, follow these simple steps and you'll be absolutely fine!

    Kadoatery Board Terms

    The Kadoatery board is filled with new Kad feeders as well as old Kad feeders, so a little confusion is expected when it comes to abbreviations and shortcut terminology. Many kad feeders use short terms because it's easier to type and refer to things that way. Here's a short list of terminology I've picked up on:

    Mewbie : A person who is new to Kadoatie Feeding. It's not a bad term! I think it's actually kind of cute. :)
    Kad : Short term for "Kadoatie
    RS : Restock
    Main : Main restock, explained above.
    Mini : Mini restock, also explained above.
    HN : Had nothing, in other words, the person did not feed a Kad
    CF : Congrats feeders, congratulating those who managed to feed a Kad
    SDB : Safety Deposit Box

    Kadoatie FAQ

    Below are miscellaneous questions that have not been covered in any section of this guide. If I recieve questions that I have not included in this guide, I'll answer them here if I can. So if you have a question, neomail me.

    Q: Why are all the Kadoaties crying at night?!?
    A: After 11 PM (NST), all the Kadoaties cry, no matter if they have been fed or not. Maybe they are afraid of the dark?

    Q: So, you don't get Neopoints or items from feeding Kadoaties? Just a trophy?!?!
    A: Yeah, that's how it works. Well, the trophy and the avatar if you feed enough. But who cares! It's fun and so very very addictive.

    Q: When someone gets an avatar, they should stop feeding! It's unfair!
    A: That's not particularly a question, but really, let's play nice. Like I've said, Kad Feeding is very addictive and fun, and I can understand continuing to feed even after you get the avatar. Would you like it if someone told you you shouldn't play your favorite game anymore just because you got on the High Scores list? Didn't think so!

    Q: Do I really have to feed that Kadoatie a BLUE DRAIK EGG?!?!
    A: No way! Sometimes the Kads want unbuyables and there is no reason to feed them those items unless you really want to. Someone will eventually, that's how Mini Restocks are created, remember? Edit: Kads no longer ask for BDEs

    Q: What happened to the Mini restock? It never happened!
    A: Eventually, a Mini restock will merge with the Main restock creating just one Restock. But it's very common for a new Mini to be created shortly thereafter because there are some picky Kads who just want unbuyables!

















    Rita's Guide to Petpet Rescue



    You tiptoe into the mine, seeing luscious gems all around you. Immediately, you are sobered by the helpless stares of the working Petpets. You decide you'll come back for the jewels later. You start on your voyage, but you realize it won't be that easy. For one, you're getting attacked by boulders left, right, and centre. You squeal as you very nearly miss a boulder- not even the Healing Springs could fix that one. A little shaken up, you shuffle past the collision of rocks. You start to walk in a furious tempo, unaware of what other obstacles Gargrall has set up. You hear a relentless tattoo of stone beating against the ground- it couldn't possibly be more stones, could it? You look up, and quite instinctively you dodge a stalactite. Taking a deep breath, you try and convince yourself that that was the last of it. To your dismay, you stop a mere inch before you see an expanse of lava underneath. Staring at it, you see steam fluttering out of the hot liquid, and you decide that it would be safer to ride on the passing carts. However, even that is not as easy as you imagined. Every cart is moving at such an exceptional speed- some, are barely moving at all. You see a petpet ahead, riding on one of these carts. You hop over one, then two, then the last one, before you land right beside the petpet.

    Phewf!" You say, as you take the petpet into your arms. You hadn't ever realized how heavy this petpet was- you're going to have to do this one by one, you decide. Carrying the petpet down to the entrance, you whisper a few pressed words, hurrying it along. You wipe a bead of sweat off of your forehead- this is going to be a long, and difficult mission.

    All of Neopia knows that the job of a Petpet Rescuer is extensively difficult. Things don't get any easier with Gargrall on your tail, making sure that you can't possibly save those tedious petpets. With every couple of petpets you save, you realize things only get harder. But you're determined. You know that what you're doing, is going to save those precious little critters, that have quite frankly, befriended you over the past while. Sure, sometimes all they're in the mood for saying is shared through a little grunt, or snicker- but regardless, it's a heartfelt grunt, and a genuine snicker.

    Even though the job of a Petpet Rescuer, can't be appeased by much, hopefully, the following guidelines will incite your attention, and fill your lungs with a determined air. With a few tips, perhaps your quest for saving the petpets will be more successful, and more empowering.

    So where can I start, my fellow "Samuel's"? Given the fact, that you already know what you're fighting against, perhaps I will give you the face, of what you are fighting for. Of course, you're questing to save the imprisoned petpets, but that's not all. You're fighting for an honourable cause- helping these adorned petpets back into liberty, back into the lives they deserve. These precious creatures, have come to befriend our own Neopets, and they have etched a permanent mark in our hearts. Whether they are cute and fuzzy, or slippery and slimy, each petpet has their place. That is what you are fighting for.

    Now, moving on, it is important to discuss what not to do. Surely enough, the following is quite the obvious. Don't walk into rocks, because they might prove to be a little less friendly than they seem while rolling around. Sometimes it might even be difficult to evade the abominable path of these doom-stones, but hey, unless you want to be a squished little pancake, do your best to avoid it.

    Same goes for the stalactites. What is a stalactite, you ask? It looks like an icicle, and it hangs from the roof of a cave or in this case, mine. The stalactites introduced in your mission, have a tendency to fall- usually, toward the place where you're residing. When you're on a cart, it might be difficult to maneuver around them, but again, you have no choice. Your best chances are looking up ahead, to see where the stalactites are falling. When you see its path, cross onto another cart, thus avoiding it. Although it seems easy, sometimes, it's much harder than that- especially, when you advance to further levels.

    Finally, don't jump into the lava. But that's a no-brainer!

    When you begin your level, notice the pattern that the carts create. Each "row" of carts, moves at the same speed, and with the same intervals. Get briefly acquainted with this pattern, so that you can easily retreat in a case of falling stalactites. Also, even the slightest understanding of their movements, will help you to cross successfully, because once you understand the pace at which they move, you can catch several carts at a time.

    Which brings me to another point! You only have 100 seconds (per life) to save the petpets. If you stand at each cart, waiting for another one to come along, you waste a huge portion of your time. Of course, if there are no carts around you, there's nothing you can do, but keep in mind, you can move around on these carts (to the very edge, if you need to!). If there's another cart just slipping away, move to the side, and go! This saves you a lot of time, and allows you to cross these carts more swiftly, and fluently.

    The make-up of the levels, is quite simple to understand. On the first level, you must save four petpets. This can easily be done, if you're familiar with the game. You should be able to complete this level, with all of your three lives remaining. Try and save your lives to the latter levels of the game, as it will become nearly impossible to collect all of the petpets within the time of one life. During the second level, you must collect six petpets. You should also be able to complete this task, without much difficulty- usually, I manage to find all petpets within about fifty seconds of my first life. The third level, is where the trouble starts to seep in. You need to save eight petpets, and let me tell you, they are very vaguely scattered anywhere from the very bottom, to the very top. It is a looooong way up, and that's all I have to say. I haven't yet had the experience of collecting all eight petpets within one life. Usually, I have about one or two left when I go to the fourth level. In the fourth level, you must collect ten petpets- which makes ideal sense if you follow the trend. This level is exceptionally difficult to complete. Boulders are smashing right passed you, in the most vivid of speeds. Carts are moving much faster than you've ever seen before. It's difficult, but not impossible. That is a general make-up of the levels that I have been to. Upon completion of each level, you will be awarded 25 bonus points.

    Along the way, you will find a couple of gems- after all, it is a mine. What I don't suggest, is that you make a specific way to get those gems. Sure, they add to your score, but you'll get them eventually anyway! Don't waste time, on waiting for the boulders to make way, so that you can get your gem- unless of course, it's your last petpet on the level. Gems do help your score significantly- depending on the colour. Usually, in the first level, you'll find gems of a pinkish, purplish colour. These gems are worth five points. Later on, you will find blue gems and green gems. The blue gems are worth ten points, and the green gems are worth fifteen. As you can see, gems really do help your score, especially since bringing back a petpet to the entrance, only gives you ten points. It creates a much more substantial score in the end.

    My last tip, would have to be, being aware of how many petpets you still have to go. What I usually do, is at the beginning of the level, I check my score, and then I add the score after I collect all of the petpets. For example, if I come into level three with a score of 200, I know that with eight petpets, my score will be somewhere around 280. Along the way, when I snatch some of those gems, I also add them to my score. This helps me pace myself throughout the level. It also helps the level "seem" shorter, because you know how many more petpets you need to succeed.

    My Dear Samuels, all I can do from this moment on, is wish you good luck, and congratulate you on the work that you have already done on the matter of petpets. It is a tough job- but someone has to do it. And besides, there are rewards for it. All it takes is 290 points, and then you are granted a snazzy avatar, or dig a little deeper, and you might even land on the high-score's list. With a little practice, and even more patience, you should be well on your way. Your undivided devotion won't ever go unnoticed- I'm positive those petpets you save, will be eternally grateful.
















    Kass Basher is a very simple game if you know how to do it and it's very easy to get 1000np per game or if you get really good maybe more.

    Getting to Hard

    To start, you won't get nearly as high of a score with easy than you will with hard, so you have to unlock the hard level first. Start by playing the easy level with the hitting instructions given below. You do not need to send your score to unlock the next level so when you unlock the next level, click restart game and go on to medium and do the same. When you get to hard your score probably won't be good enough to get you 1000np the first time, so practicing a little before you send your score is a good idea. To get 1000np you should send score if you hit to at least 880. If you try to play Kass Basher on a different computer you will need to unlock all the levels again because the levels are unlocked by computer, not by user.

    Hitting the Kass

    When you start the game, wait until the wind meter at the bottom left corner of the game window gets to 9 (not -9, but 9), or if you are lazy you can hit the kass at 8. When it gets to that number click your left mouse button (or space bar) once and then again to hit the kass itself. When you click to hit the kass, keep holding the mouse button until the kass reaches the point where it is about to start falling and then let go and let it fall. As soon as the kass hits the ground chick the mouse button, letting go immediately, and then click again for each time it hits the ground after that. If your score is high enough, send score.
















    Hey! I'm new here so I should probably introduce myself. My name's Victoria. I've been in Neo.Anxious for three and a half months now. I think it is an amazing guild. My main income on neopets is games though I have been lucky. I painted my Ixi after completing a fountain faerie quest. I also found a mootix. I am the new Gamer's Corner writer.
    One the games I find most difficult is Freaky Factory. I just can't get the snazzy avatar. You get the avatar by earning 1250+ points. The object of this game seems simple. All you need to do is make the number of toys it tells you before time is up. It's not that easy. The grundo thief is stealing toys, you have to keep waste down, you're timed, and there are good and bad blobs.
    Here is a picture of the screen you see when you play.

    Here is what everything is:
    • score – top right number
    • toys left – bottom left number
    • bonus- above toys left
    • waste – meter below score
    • time – orange clock
    • vats – 3 colored bins
    • current toy – picture of toy
    • blobs – top circular things
    To make a toy you need to have enough of each color it needs. For example, to make an orange toy you will need red and yellow. When you have enough in each vat the toy(s) will be created, the amount in the vat will diminish, and you will have a new current toy. The faster you create toys the more bonus points you will get. If you miss the vat the waste will increase and if it gets full you loose.
    There are lots of kinds of blobs:
    • Normal blob - Is red, blue, or yellow. Gets put in corresponding vat to fill it.
    • Soap bubbles – Looks like pink soap. Decreases waste when clicked on.
    • Angle blob – Is white and has a halo. Fills vat to full when put into vat.
    • Ice cube – Blue ice. Will slow down conveyor belt (bad).
    • Glowing blob – Glowing green. Upgrades toys to next multiplier.
    • Speed blob – Purple with wings. Speeds up conveyor belt.
    • Evil blob – Same as normal blobs except has teeth. Creates waste.

    To avoid the grundo thief, click on him. If you forget he will take your toys. My high score is 893. Can you beat me and get the avatar?
















    SNOWBEAST SNACKRIFICE


    Since no one really reads what it says at the beginning, I thought I'd type it out for you!
    A village on Terror Mountain is plagued by an ancient curse, and its citizens believe that the only way to avoid the jinx's wrath is to deliver an offering of petpets to a nearby snowbeast's cave.
    As soon as the petpet protection league (PPL) became aware of this ghastly ritual, however, they sent a delegation to Terror Mountain to stop the petpet sacrifices.
    In this game, you play the role of a villager who is doing his best to get past the PPLers and toss as many petpets into the snowbeast's lair in the allotted time. Advance from level to level by meeting the cumulative score for that round.
    This game is very hard. Most of the time I play, I get a low score, but occasionally I do beat all four levels and get a decent score. What are some tricks I use to get a good score? I guess you would like to know:
    Trick number one: Try to get as many points as possible on level one. It's really easy. All you have to do is throw five petpets into the lairyou do. Once that, don't wait for the time to run out. Keep throwing as many petpets into the lair as possible.
    Trick number two: Use the bonus as much as possible. All you have to do is fill the meter on the bottom to full three times. Then, you only have to click at any of the many petpets being thrown for you. I can get it twice per level. It is really helpful on levels three and four. This trick goes along with trick one. Don't stop! Trick number three: Don't be afraid to know out the PPL people. If you hit them with a petpet they will get dizzy. That gives you a chance to throw more petpets into the lair. When the meter is full, you can hit more than one PPL and sometimes get the petpet into the cave! So how is that for using the full meter?
    Trick number four: Don't feel bad for the petpets. That is self-explanatory.

    My last words on this game are practice a lot. This game is hard. Don't expect to get a high score on your first try. This game has no avatar and no cheats that I know of. It only has four levels. My high score is 594.

    **No Petpets were harmed in the making of this guide.**
















    This month's game is Meerca Chase II. It has lots of cheats and ways to play. Here is a brief overview of each:

    Cheats:
    Superextrahypergravitymode - Another mode on the front page! You can stop running in this mode. In this mode there is gravitational pull to the center of the screen. All other normal rules are the same.
    Ferociousneggsareontheloose - Another mode! You run collecting neggs. You don't get a tail, but for every negg there is another ferocious negg. Click the right eye of the front page meerca - What's the point of the guy with a green shirt?

    Modes:
    Classic: Move up, down, left and right. Collect neggs. Avoid red neggs, walls, and tail.
    Freestyle: Move in any direction. Collect neggs. Avoid red neggs, walls, and tail.
    Maze: All classic rules, but you avoid hedges also.

    How to Play:
    Use the arrow keys to move the meerca to collect as many neggs as possible. Easy, medium, and hard change the speed of your meerca and the point value of the neggs. The avatar for this game is earned with over 1250 points. I want it; my high score is 1064.
















    A new game that came out last month is Spacerocked! I think this game is fun (in what other game do you get to destroy Lori's rocket!?) The game has slingshots. There are three levels: (duh!)
    Level one — the slingshot is really small, and so is the rock and Sloth/Lori's rocket.
    Level two — the slingshot and rock are biggeras well as Sloth/Lori's rocket.
    Level three — the slingshot is huge! The rock is really big too. I don't know about Sloth/Lori's rocket because I've never reached it.

    Some stuff:
    Ravine: Completely stops the rock.
    Puff of steam: Completely stops the rock.
    Pipes: Stop the rock (note: if it hits on the top of the pipe it may or may not stop).
    Red Meteor: Stop the rock.
    Dirt Pile: Gives you either another rock or another on command grundo.
    On Command Grundo: Gives your rock a boost whenever you hit B (three per level).
    Purple Grundo: Gives your rock a boost (500 pts).
    Green meteor: Gives your rock a boost (200 pts).
    Lava hole: Gives your rock a boost (200 pts).
    Green Meteor with Grundo: Gives your rock a boost (? pts).

    The slingshot moves up and down with the up and down arrow keys. At red, it is at its lowest power. At green, it is at its highest power. So, can you beat my score of 14,668?
















    Are you having trouble getting Polarchuck to eat enough snow? Do you retrieve all of the gems in the game with nothing to brag about but a low score? Well, with my guide, those days are over. I'll help you reach those 5,000 points in no time.
    In this game, you only have a certain amount of time to get to the bottom on the snow. That's not a problem though. All you have to do is be fast and watch out for the snow blocks that can fall on top of you. Make sure you watch how full Polarchuck is. If he reaches 100% - you'll lose a life! When you see Bloat-B-Gone Medicine, get it! Even if Polarchuck is only 25% full, it helps. Grab as many gems as you can. If you're one side though and the gem is on the other, don't bother with it. You could lose a life trying to get it or just waste your time. If you come upon a large group of snow blocks that are all the same color, eat one of them and stay put until they have all cleared. I guarantee that when they fall, more blocks will disappear, which will bring you more points without you having to do anything. When you near the bottom, don't stop eating! Chew those snow blocks until you reach 95% then eat that final block to touch the bottom and end that level. If you're stuck in a spot where no Bloat-B-Gone is around and you're close to 100%, type in buuuurrrrrrrrp and a certain percentage will be taken away. Remember, that's one B, four u's, eight r's and one p at the end. It's hard to remember, but you'll eventually get the hang of it. Don't forget that practice makes perfect and the more you play, the more skilled you will become. If you have any questions, feel free to Neomail me.
















    For some Neopians out there, winning a game Avatar can be quite hard. Don't you hate it? Being a few points away from getting the Avatar when suddenly, you lose the game? "So close!" you say, while silently whispering under your breath. It's happened to me plenty of times, but with this guide, I'll help you in earning the avatar that you deserve!
    Advert Attack, as easy as it looks, can be very hard. I mean, have you ever seen so many pop-ups?! They seem to show up right when you're about to win. To get the Ace Zafara Avatar, you have to earn 700 points in this game. Here's a fre tips that will help you on your journey.
    Tip #1: Click as fast as you can through every level. If you haven't noticed, you win a time bonus at the end of every round and these extra points are vital in reaching your goal of 700 points.
    Tip #2: Not all pop-ups have to be cleared. If an ad pops up above, below or far enough off to the side to where It's not interfering with your game, then why waste your time trying to get rid of it? In this game, time is money, or, in this case, Neopoints. So don't mess with those pesky ads unless you absolutely have to. Tip #3: Practice is key in every game if you plan on winning the Avatar. How do you expect to win the Avatar if you have no skill in the game or you've never played before? Here's some advice - play the game three time a day to gain skill until you get the Avatar. Once you get used to it, It's really not so hard to play anymore.
    Tip #4: If at first you don't succeed, try again. If you want this Avatar bad enough, you'll keep trying. Nobody wins a game Avatar on the first try. If you just can't seem to win though, It's okay, everybody fails at something.
    Tip #5: (last but not least) If you type nopopups during the game, it will clear all popups. You can only use this once though! Try saving it for the higher levels. I hope my guide helped you in earning your Avatar. If you have any questions, feel free to Neomail me.
















    So the first thing is what words you should not use:
    You, not "u
    Are, not "r
    Your/You're, not "ur
    To/too, not "r
    For, not "4
    Why, not "y
    Girl, not "grl
    Be right back, not "brb
    Got to go, not "g2g
    Because, not "bc
    Please, not "plz
    Like, not "lyk
    Love, not "luv
    Okay, not "k
    What's up, not "sup
    Cool, not "kewl
    Be, not "b
    What, not "wat
    Any one, not "ne1
    Lori is cool, not "Christine is cool" ;D
    So for this months article I give you some tips when it comes to the neo.anxious board.
    1. Use proper grammar.
    2. Don't talk "lyk 7h15
    3. Use capitalization
    4. Don't just post a smiley or just one word. Ex-=) or Haha.
    5. Put your name in your siggy!
    6. Dont spam that board.

    Next I'm going to give you tips on not getting Lori angry:
    www.neopets.com/~coool_cat_90
















    Welcome

    Welcome to my page! This page will explain neo.anxious' rules and other things. If you have any questions about the guild, you need to neomail the guild leader, Kaye.
    Any comments are welcome, but no hate mail please. Thank you!
    ---x Losteh

    The rules; explanation


    oo1.No Chatspeak; Simple enough, yes? d0n+ lyk 7ik3 +hi5! It was hard for me just to impersonate it! (Translation: Don't talk like this!" Neo.anxious is a literate guild, and we take pride in that! Don't ruin it, because you could (most likely will) get kicked out of the guild for talking like that constantly.

    oo2.No Begging or Scamming; Begging is annoying and rude. You have to earn your neopoints like the rest of us in neo.anxious and in Neopia! Scamming is also rude and could give you a free ticket to Iceland. It's a really dumb thing to do because you are just risking your accounts here on Neopets! You aren't safe on a side account as long as you are on the same email. We won't hesitate to report you if you scam someone or even attempt.

    oo3.Participate and Have Fun; Once you join neo.anxious, you need to participate in some events! That way it shows us that you are dedicated to the guild and are wasting your time on us (Not really wasting time, but you could be saving endangered animals instead of playing on Neopets, but that's your problem!)! Having fun is important too. We don't want you to be bored while you are in our guild.

    oo4.No Insults; Pretty self-explanatory. Insulting people is rude and can cause people to leave our guild and give us bad reputation! But that isn't necessarily the reason why we have this rule. It is because we don't want rude and inconsiderate people in our guild. It hurts us more than the person receiving the insults! You'll be better off keeping your insults to yourself. Trust me.

    oo5.Follow the Neorules; Of course we have this rule! Whatever TNT doesn't like or doesn't allow, it's a ditto. We want our guild to be a non-rule-breaking guild! We want to be on TNT's good side, also. ^_^

    oo6.Enable Guild Mailings; This is very important so that you can get important news flashes. Every guild mail is important and isn't filled with unimportant stuff, so you can't miss any guild mails!

    Applying

    I'm not the best at helping with applications. Go to Treetotters petpage for help on the application. It's really useful, trust me.

    Ranks

    The ranks are as follows. (Lowest to highest rank)
    oo1.Calm; Newly Adopted Member
    oo2.Jittery; 100 posts
    oo3.Hyper; 500 posts
    oo4.Dizzy; 1,000 posts
    oo5.Anxious; Reserved for the Activities Committee members

    Committees

    In n.a, there are some committees. These committees allow members to contribute to the guild in some way. But, of course, there are requirements to get onto these committees.
    We will start with the Member Adoption Committee. (MAC)
    The MAC is in charge of:
    oo1. Advertising the guild: use your own advertisement or use the premade, but advertise often, at least two hours every week.
    oo2. Reviewing member applications: member applications could be sent to you at any time, review them, make a decision on your own or ask for opinions on the guild message boards, and get back to the applicant within 24 hours.
    oo4. Inviting new members: all new members must put in an application that is a) literate, b) friendly, and c) fun/interesting. Do not invite sketchy Neopians or those with applications full of chatspeak! An Invite Tutorial can be found on the website.
    oo5. Moderating the guild message board: Delete double posts and spam, enforce the guild rules, simple enough!

    Now, the requirements!

    oo1. Rank: JITTERY or higher
    oo2. Member For:One month or longer
    oo3. Abilities: * Post on the neoboards, * Send neomails, * Able to devote 4 hours or more weekly

    ------
    Now, the other ones are a lot more complicated than just that one. Go to the website to find the other ones.
    The website: http://www.neopets.com/~worthtalkingabout

    Guild activities

    Like other guilds, neo.anxious has guild activities. These are to keep the guild members non-bored. I mean, c'mon, who would want to chat ALL day and then get Post banned?
    *whistles innocently* Okay, okay. It has happened to me twice.
    Anyways, every guild member is different. But, you have to post to be recommended as active, so if you think doing activities will keep you in the guild, you thought wrong.
    There are a variety of guild activities. Some are hard, some are easy. Of course. We have a special system, very unique if you ask me.
    The explanation of the activity is normally right then and there. If you have any questions about it, you should neomail Kaye about it. They are always willing to help out a member. Please be patient, they aren't laywerbots. They are actual people, will lives outside of Neopets like most people. Or, if you need a quicker response, ask somebody on the guild messages and hope that they know how. You aren't forced to do activities, they are just there, but it would be nice if you did them.
















    The top 5 ways to anger Kaye:
    1. Don't do your articles
    Yeah… Kaye is going to yell at you if you don't do this. xD Even with this article I waited until the last second; although she is quite pleased when I do get it done. So if you're on the newspaper committee and feel like angering Kaye, go for it.
    2. Chatspeak/Bad Grammar
    lol, ne1 who wants 2 anger Kaye just needs 2 talk like this. That started out okay, but I couldn't keep up the chatspeak and couldn't figure out how to have bad grammar. xD Anyway, if you want to annoy Kaye and get a speedy deletion from the guild, this is a good path to choose.
    3. Diss pink erasers
    As any neo.anxiousian should know, Kaye loves pink erasers. Some may even go to the extent of saying that she is obsessed with pink erasers (Editor's note: Psh, puh-LEASE! She's /beyond/ obsessed!). In other words, never say a bad thing about a pink eraser… unless of course if you want to invoke the wrath of Lyss. :p
    4. Stupid Questions
    Yeah… can't think of any stupid questions for an example. However, if you're asking Kaye a question and it isn't well thought out and smartly written… hmm, that probably isn't true. I guess if you are asking Kaye a blatantly obvious or annoying question, it could anger her.
    5. SM hosting Avatar Simon
    As the Sam I turned emo will tell you, people sometimes dislike the avatar games I host (I made her go 0/12 :D ) [Another editor's note: LIES. ALL LIES.] Kaye is not fond of them either. The last avatar I used in my most recent game was my classic emo usuki taunt. xD Anyway if you don't want to anger Lyss, don't let me host avvie simon.
    And that's about it, the top five ways to anger Kaye. If I were you, I wouldn't do them. ;)
















    I've covered a great deal of subjects in my time on the newspaper, but now I'd like to write a slightly different sort of guide … how to get your articles in on time. :D I've noticed few get their articles in early in the month (myself included) so I decided to explain how that can be done. Some may say it's hypocritical of me to write a guide like this when I'm turning it in barely before the start of April, but I feel it's something that needs to be written. Essentially there are three steps to getting an article in on time.

    1. Don't procrastinate. Pretty much the biggest rule that there is. Procrastination is the reason that people don't get articles turned in by the due date. If you want to save Kaye from a stress related death, I advise you follow it. :)
    2. Start your article at the beginning of the month. Kind of goes with rule numero uno, but slightly different. If you start it on the first day of a month, you really don't give yourself the chance to wait until the last minute and procrastinate.
    3. Know what you're writing about. If you don't know what your subject is concerning, it's obviously difficult to write a piece of writing regarding it.

    I'd make this longer, but I feel it will be more effective concise. Now get your articles in early next month and the many months to follow. :D

















    I, the famous Sm, and Keith, the third legged one, present to you today a list of the top 50 ways to please Lori. In this guide, you will learn how to please Lori in every way. Enjoy and remember to try to do all 50 everyday.

    1. Be named Al Gore.

    2. Ask TNT to get rid of the 30 second posting rule.

    3. Chant "All hail Dr. Sloth!" for a two hour session of worship every day.

    4. Be as great as Keith and/or be Keith

    5. Do guild activities.

    6. To not be annoying when IM-ing Lori

    7. Be a science guru like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Guy (The other Science Guy)

    8. Advertising until you no longer have the ability to type from complete exhaustion.

    9. Don't use chatspeak (unless you are Keith).

    10. Don't Spam (unless you are Keith in which case it is okay).

    11. Be one of the cool people on the guild boards.

    12. Be Sanc (Lori's wife) who is her life.

    13. Write songs to her (you aren't allowed to unless you are Sm).

    14. Put Lori on your lookup.

    15. Befriend Keith.

    16. Befriend Sm.

    17. Swear your allegiance to the CFSA.

    18. Have a fondness for cheez-its.

    19. Live in Faerieland.

    20. Marry Lori (May not please her depending on who you are).

    21. Don't stalk Lori and hide outside her -blocked-

    22. #21 does not apply if your name starts with 'K' and ends with 'eith'.

    23. Change your middle name to 'Lori'.

    24. Change your last name to Sloth or Lopez (Lori's unofficial last name).

    25. Get a mic and call Lori.

    26. Don't ask Lori questions unless you're cool like Sm and Keith.

    27. Get Lori 5431534 avvies.

    28. Think of 100 observations for Lori and turn it in to your local science professor.

    29. Make 100 observations of a household object and tell Lori about it.

    30. Philosophize about life.

    31. Keith typing with his … -omitted by Lori-.

    32. Licking Keith's … –omitted by Lori-.

    33. Not putting comments involving –omitted by Lori- on userlookups.

    34. Not screening anything derogatory towards Lori.

    35. Unless Lori doesn't mind said screenies.

    36. Don't blackmail Lori.

    37. Don't betray Lori.

    38. Have Keith as one of your NeoFriends.

    39. Don't make fun of important boards made by Lori.

    40. The phrase "imanub".

    41. –censored by the biffles-

    42. Being White and Nerdy as well as Riding Dirty.

    43. Don't give Lori charity.

    44. Saying 'pwn joo' and 'jaja'.

    45. Introduce yourself to new members.

    46. Make layouts.

    47. Make graphics.

    48. Make a top ten guilds list and have N.A as #1.

    49. Write an article describing the 50 ways to please Lori.

    50. And always remember to "BUMP DA FLIPPIN BOARD".
















    Getting Lori on Your Good Side

    1. First of all, never call Lori, Lori. Always call her Dr. Sloth. If you do, she will like you. She's been trying for years, but it had never caught on. Once, I made the mistake of calling her Lori, and believe me, I am never going to do it again. I mean she seems nice and all, but when she hits, it hurts.

    2. Never ever ask for charity. Dr. Sloth doesn't really have a soft spot for poor people. Like she always says, "Pay for yourself!! I'm never giving you money." It doesn't matter where you ask. If it's in a neomail, guild post, or a board post, it won't make a difference.

    3. If you desperately want to be Lori's neofriend, it won't matter a bit. She won't let you be. If you try to neomail her over and over asking her again and again it will just make her even madder. Two things Lo- ehm, Dr. Sloth hates is getting her neofriend list filled with people and getting too many neomails.

    4. Do you know what Lucky 7 is? Well, you should!! If you don't, tsk, tsk!! *shakes heads* It is a shop (of Dr. Sloth) where you can get items. If you do happen to buy an item you will get lucky!! Like, for example, I bought something and I am lucky as ever. *gasps* Where did my fifty thousand neopoints go?! *looks at readers* This is just a coincidence.































    Mia's Guide (more like 5 steps) for Beginning Codestone Restockers
    Ok, so I'd first like to start off thanking my sister, Thea, for teaching me how to codestone restock.

    Step 1: Withdraw around 20,000nps from your bank.


    Step 2: Pick a codestone that you want to restock on and search it at the shop wiz. (make sure to put 'identical to my phrase')

    Step 3: Keep on refreshing (for PC F5) and keep your mouse over the first name on the shopwizard list.


    Step 4: When you're refreshing and you see a price that as is at least about 1,000 nps less than the regular price. I could tell you to go for the ones that are 100nps below regular price but for beginners we'll try for a less price. And also all the codestone restocking masters go after the 100np less ones.


    Step 5: Now when it comes to selling them, if you want them to sell fast and for a good price I recommend selling them for 100nps less than the Shop Wizard price. Here is a list of all the codestones and good prices to sell them at.
















    A Guide to Contests

    Part Three

    This week's guide is for a Neopian Contest with 800 entries a day, ten winners a week and is all about imagination and creativity? That's right - the Story Telling Contest!

    To begin with, I want to tell you a bit about the background of the contest, and also let you know some of the rules. Afterwards, I intend to give you some tips on how to clinch a winning story!

    Did You Know?

    * At the beginning of the Story Telling Contest's long life, silver trophies were given out. Now only gold is awarded.
    * In Story Contest 97, there was a character who spoke only in Haiku!
    * Of the 800 entries a day, only 200 of those are proper entries - the rest is gibberish!

    The Rules

    * Copyright laws must be adhered to - no names or plots from other movies or books.
    * It must be neo-related, of course!
    * Don't spam a single entry - you're likely to be ruining it for yourself!
    * Again, terms and conditions apply. No offensive, political or religion-based entries.

    Hints and Tips - an Author FAQ

    Q. So, how exactly does the contest work?
    A. On Monday morning, the first section of a story is written by a staff member, and posted on the site. Users read it, and write 'what happens next'. The best gets put up, and again, users read this and write the next chunk.

    Q. How often is a winner chosen?
    A. Twice a day - once at noon and once around 4 'o clock in the afternoon.

    Q. What should I try and include?
    A. You should make sure that characters stay true to their personality, make sure that your section progresses the story and most importantly - make sure it is interesting!

    Q. What should I avoid?
    A. Romance, death, gore, all the usual things really. Chat speak is bad, bad, bad! If you send in a chat speak entry, it won't be looked at!

    Q. How long do the stories last?
    A. A week, excluding weekends. The finishing section is at 4 'o clock Friday.

    Q. Can you win more than once in a week?
    A. Yes - twice is the limit.

    Q. How many characte rs should be in the story?
    A. Three is a full house. After that, it gets too confusing. Of course, side characters can be included, but they should not join the main 'party'.

    Q. Is there a cut off point when no new characters should be added?
    A. No new main characters should be included after the end of Tuesday, really, unless it's a villain. There isn't time to create an in-depth character after that.

    Q. What other tips can you give me?
    A. Always run your story through a spell checker before you submit it - it really does help! Of course, the odd spelling mistake is nothing to worry about, but try to check first! Always read the previous section(s) thoroughly before writing your own - and make sure that nothing you have written contradicts what has been written before. Always have a thesaurus on hand - be it online or a book - so that you can get in some great vocab. After all, everyone knows that 'malevolent' sound better than 'bad'!

    Thanks for reading - good luck writing!

















    To follow my article about the best constant weapons at affordable prices, I will now tell you about defense, what is better to use; shields or dual duties, which defenders are better than others, and ultimately whether using defense is worth it, and if so, when?

    To begin, you must remember that you are trying to do more net damage than is dealt to you. For example, if you are blocking 7 icons and you have a weapon that does 9, there is no reason you should be using that defender; even if it has the potential to block 9 icons it isn't worth it. In other words, if you are using a pure shield it needs to be defending more icons than your constant attackers for there to be any purpose in using it. Remember before you decide whether you want to use a defender or not, look at your pet's stats. If you have a higher strength boost than defense boost, don't use defenders because you won't be blocking enough damage. However, strength does affect dual-duty weapons, so you may want to considerusing one of those for a defense if it is absolutely necessary.

    The question is then raised, should I be using a defender, or a dual duty? Now, first we will say you pet has even stats, all 55. Both your strength and defense boost are at 55, so not needing to use defense isn't a factor. Let's compare the most popular dual-duty and the most popular shield: The scarab ring and leaf shield.

    Scarab Ring:
    Attack: 2 water, 2 dark, 2 physical
    Defense: 3 fire, 3 physical

    Leaf Shield:
    Defense: 5 earth, 5 water, 3 physical

    Now the leaf shield costs over 3 times as much as the scarab ring, but we won't be using that to make our decision. The leaf shield does a net 13 icons while the scarab ring does 12. Both weapons defend 3 physical. The difference is the scarab ring also does 6 icons of offence and blocks 3 fire. The leaf shield blocks 5 water and 5 earth. The scarab ring will always do 6 icons, so the only way the leaf shield is better is if your opponent is using both earth and water. To conclude here, in rare situations a leaf shield is better than a scarab ring; but unless you know what your opponent will throw a dual duty is always the wiser choice.

    Now, this is just one example. Now I will compare one of the greatest shields and one of the greatest dual duties: Ghostkershield and Ring of the Lost.

    Ring of the Lost:
    Attack: 5 fire, 5 light
    Defense: All dark

    Ghostkershield:
    Defense: All dark, 3 air, 5 earth, 3 light, 5 physical.

    Once again the dual-duty is quite a bit cheaper than the shield. Is the extra amount of neopoints worth it? The ring of the lost does a net 10 icons and blocks all dark, while the ghostkershield does 16 icons of net damage and blocks all dark. Now the ghostkershield's famous use is against the Sword of Skardsen, lets see what these weapons do to it head to head.

    Against Ghostkershield: SoS does 0-4 icons of damage Against Ring of the Lost: SoS does 2-9 icons of damage, while RoTL does 10.

    The ghostkershield is a great weapon and possibly the best pure shield, yet even it isn't as good as its counterpart dual duty. In the correct situation a shield is great, but they should be used sparingly. More often than not there is a better dual-duty than the shield you have.

    Now remember this was with a pet that has even stats, the dual duty is way better if a pet has higher strength boost and, vise versa, the shield is better with a higher defense boost.

    My conclusion: If your pet has a strength boost higher than its defense boost, only use weapons that block all of an icon, but at early levels this means don't use defense. If you pet has an equal strength and defense boost, use dual duty weapons as defense. If you trained your defense boost higher than your strength boost, use pure shields as defense.
















    For this edition of the newspaper I have decided to finally release my conclusion to my battledome guide series. I will put everything together, and come up with a set for every budget. You may need to tweak it some to fit your style, but I hope to at least set up a guideline. Without further ado, here are my sets:

    Newbie set:

    This set is designed around paying nearly nothing, and still winning. I don't incorporate some weapons such as freezers to keep it cheap and tactical.

    Scarab Ring

    Thief Dagger

    Bone Sceptre

    Obsidian Dagger

    Sticky Snowball

    Sticky Snowball

    Illusens Earth Potion

    Slime Potion

    For a price of less than 10,000 np you get a wide range of decent weapons, good icon variety, bombs, and a 10 hp healer. You will outgrow this set quickly as you progress in your battledome career, but it is nice as a start and introduction to the battledome.

    Buyable Set:

    My next set will be a little more tactical, but will cost less than 100k. Some weapons will remain the same, but there will be upgrades to others.

    Scarab Ring

    Thief Dagger

    Earth Faerie Slingshot

    17-Pound Trout

    Sticky Snowball

    Sticky Snowball

    Snowglobe Staff

    Blue Scorchstone

    The scarab ring and thief dagger and dual duties at incredible values, and as a result I decided to keep them in this set. However, I made key upgrades to my main attackers, both of which can do up to 9 icons, which is a nice improvement. The sticky snowballs still do more damage than any of my other weapons here, so keeping them made sense. Finally, I upgraded to a 30 hp healer, and brought in a good 20% freezer.

    500k set:

    Once you've trained your pet some and have at least 35 boost strength, you may want to invest more into your set. With 500k you can have much more tactical freedom, and get some really great weapons.

    Stone Club

    Golden Compass

    Essence of Esophagor

    Jittery Jipple Potion

    Greater Healing Scroll

    Snowglobe staff

    Downsize!

    Shooting Star Muffin

    This is a very strong set that can win you a lot of matches if used correctly. First you have 3 strong 9 iconers with varied icons. Your opponent won't know what to block, giving you a key advantage. Next we have the JJP, which if used again a pet with above average or higher intelligence, can do 10 icons of damage of dark and air. You then have a 50 hp healer and our 20% freezer. Finishing up the set is downsize! which can cut an opponent's attack in half once per battle and our one use 15 icon shooting star muffin.

    5 mil set:

    Here we are increasing our set price by a lot. The reason being is that your 500k set will be very useful for a long time, and you won't need an upgrade for a while. Here there are a lot of ways you can build a set, but I will define one that I feel will help you.

    Ramtor's Spellbook

    Golden Compass

    Scuzzys comb

    Portable Kiln

    Greater Healing Scroll

    Down Size!

    Black Frost Cannon

    Honey Potion

    Depending on the time, this set could be under five million, or a little over five million, but generally it will average out to that price. This is a very solid set, giving you for strong weapons, a 9 icon dual duty, two 10 iconers that get through burrow, and an 11 iconer that completely gets through the ghostkershield. You still have a good healer, an improved freezer, and downsize! Finally to top it all of you have your first real bomb, a honey potion that can do 13-16 icons of damage. It's best to use when your opponent is frozen.

    To my knowledge no one in the guild has much more than that, so I won't go into more advanced sets like the SoS and PCC, although I may explain high level battling in a guide some day. To finish up this one, I will show my dream set, and explain why I would use it.

    Dream set:

    Glittery Faerie Dust

    Super Attack Pea

    Wand of Dark Faerie

    Illusens Staff

    Faerie Slingshot

    Leaded elemental vial

    Moehog Skull

    Thyoras Tear

    With a set like this you would hardly ever lose. First the super attack pea does 32 icons, the most of any weapon, giving me a strong advantage. Then combining the wand of dark faerie with illusens staff creates an unbeatable defense with an incredible offence. The faere Slingshot is a fun weapon to use if you're feeling lucky; it can do up to 55 icons 33% of the time. Then the glittery faerie dust does 15 of a random icon, so it's good to catch an opponent off guard. The led and t-tear fully heal and fully block all icons respectively. And finally the moehog skull is a once per battle weapon that does 15 icons of damage blocks 5 and earth and 5 dark, and on top of that is a 100% freezer. As you can see, anyone with a set like this would be unstoppable, as a result it would cost will over 1 billion neopoints, so don't expect to see many people with a set rivaling this one.

    To end, thanks for reading my final guide to the battledome. Hopefully this gave you additional insight on the battledome, and will help you whether you are a newbie or veteran to the dome. If you have a suggestion for my next guide feel free to neomail me and thanks for reading.
















    So, you're an expert in some area of Neopets? You want to submit a guide, do you? Excellent! ;D I am welcoming new guides, or updates to guides. If you spot an error or inconsistency, let me know by neomailing me.

    To submit a guide, please neomail me the link to your guide ON A PETPAGE. If you do not have a banner for yours, no problem! The design committee will fix you up one superspeedy-like. ;D

    Please proofread your guides before sending, but I will proofread at the end as well.

















    How to deal with scammers
    Are you worried that you may be the victim of a scam and don't want to lose all those hard earned neopoints? Well, don't worry, if you follow these tips you will probably never be scammed in your life. As the victim of a scam myself, I was very angry at the fact that some lazy noob stole my hard earned lab map. This happened because I made a few bad mistakes. This guide will determine that you and your neopoints are safe.

    What tricks do scammers use?
    Scammers lurk around the boards and the trading posts, trying to lure unfortunate neopians to fall for their scams. They are mostly young accounts that are to lazy and inconsiderate to earn their own neopoints, and reside in taking it from others. I'll list the ways that scammers operate their scams: Also, people have been using code to make a pile of dung look like a rare item or paintbrush.

    There are many others that are being used on innocent neopians. Remember, scammers are just sad people with no life. I mean, stealing pixels!?!? How low can you get!

    How to stop yourself being scammed.
    Mainly, don't engage in any free lending of any sort wih someone whose account is less than a month old. Also, check the value of any items you are to be lent so you don't offer a lot more collat than it is worth. I was lent the ITTPD avie and I used the lab map as collat. I didn't know that the items I was being lent were only worth 25k. That's a mistake I won't make again. Also, in shops if there is an item that is unbuyable, check the popup that comes up to see if it is the item it seems to be.

    I've been scammed! I'm really angry!
    There isn't really anything you can do, apart from reporting them. Make sure they are actually scamming them before you report them though.



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