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So you've stumbled upon my petpet matching guide! As you can probably infer, petpet matching is a hobby of mine -- and I've decided to share my enthusiasm for this pastime.
What is it about matching petpets that requires a whole petpage guide on the topic? A good petpet match appears aesthetically appealing on a petlookup. A great petpet match, however, complements and contributes to your pet's character, which in turn fleshes out his or her personality. When you introduce a petpet to your pet, it opens up another dimension to your character. Most people tend to settle for a good match, but fall short of the latter.
Now, I could have just listed all the painted pets and their respective recommended matches and call it a guide—but would I really be teaching you anything? I would stifle your creativity, rob you of the adventure and the pride behind your petpet finds. Instead, I'm going to demonstrate the technique: how to identify aspects of a good match, how to find that petpet, and have it all fit in your budget.
So, are you ready to face the challenge? Step into my realm and become enlightened...
With all due Respect,
Matching MethodsWhat constitutes the "perfect" match between a pet and his or her petpet? Many factors come into play—including that we all have a different sense of balance. Here are the most common methods petpet matchers use.
By Color Scheme
This is definitely the most popular and common method; you are probably familiar with this already. Color matching is identified not only by the paint brush of which your pets is painted, but also by careful observations of the color schemes on your pet. If you have an acute sense of detail to color, you'll find this method quite easy and possibly and quick favorite.
Examples: Maraquan Draik + Island Babaa, Camouflage Kougra + Carmariller
These petpets may not look alike at all to their owners, but they still match in the sense that they share a common color schemes or paintbrush color.
Pose matching is identified by careful attention to how your pet is positioned. Once you have memorized the pose of your pet, you would then seek a petpet that is positioned most closely to your pet.
Examples: Maraquan Draik + Maraquan Harris, Tyrannian Krawk + Niptor
By Physical Traits
In order to match your pet to accomplish this type of match, take a good look at your pet. What shape of ears does your pet have? Does your pet have hooves or paws? Does your pet have stripes, spots, fur, or scales? Does your pet have insect wings, faerie wings, bird-wings, or dragon-like wings? There are several more aspects to examine your pet from, but those were just a prompt to give an idea of what kind of physical traits you should look into a petpet.
Examples: Maraquan Acara + Green Tentacle, Red Ixi + Nuk
Species matching is similar to matching by physical traits; their approach is identical. However, the previous method may only look at a couple specific traits. However, species matching is more general of an outlook of the pet to his or her petpet.
Examples: Blue Draik + Kazeriu, Green Grarrl and Trumpadon
Because we generally associate a draik to be a dragon, we can pick a dragon-like petpet for it. Likewise with the grarrl, who resembles the T-Rex.
Theme matching usually blends with the color matching method, for often a pet's paint brush colors also happens to have the same color scheme—but that is not always the case.
Examples: Fire Gelert + Baby Fireball, Jelly Shoyru and Blobikins, Royalgirl Ixi + Mortog, Royalgirl Kacheek + Hegelob
A royalgirl ixi can be paired up with a mortog not only because they both are associated with Meridell, but they also have the princess and the frog theme. Royalgirl Kacheeks are dressed in Shenkuu fashion, so Shenkuuian petpets would also match.
Tired of the same stereotypical matches? For a different twist in matching, try finding the exact opposite to complement the pet. If opposites are complements of each other, the same holds true in petpet matching. Matching by opposite includes can opposite species (cat+dog), theme (fire+water), and colors (black+white). Irony also works wonderfully for this method.
Examples: Halloween Lupe + Babaa, Grey Pet + Smiley, Buzz + Antwerph
The Visual Gag
There is no standard definition for this, but it's pretty easy to identify. This type matching is most often characterizes by a petpet illustrating by a common joke, pun, or stereotype of the pet. This method of matching may at first make no sense at first, but after some thought you might end up admiring the clever mind of the matcher, and a small giggle.
Examples: Tyrannian Mynci + Rotawheel, Snot Pet + Ghostkerchief, Mallow Grundo + Melton
*hands you a tissue*
Here's my find: Meet OceanPredator and his petpet, Yesterday's Lunch.
Fish are friends, not food!
Matching by Personality
What's nice about this method is that the match goes beyond appearance—it's unique to your pet's personality. To pick a petpet by personality while petpet shopping you must keep in mind the personality of your pet. The petpet is then can be picked with the approach of which petpet best illustrates the personality of your pet, or as a companion your pet would like based on his/her personality.
Take this baby Aisha as an example. Now most people would match him or her to a plushie Miamouse or a Faerie Kadoatie. I don't know about you, but don't you get tired of the same pet + petpet combination on forty different baby Aishas? Let's examine some different alternatives...
If your Baby aisha is an angelic goody-goody, the angelpuss would illustrate its innocence nicely.
If your baby aisha is an sweet, innocent looking pet but secretly an an evil and manipulative genius, you might want to caution fellow visitors with a tip-off by matching a pinklet or devilpuss. And because we all know that meepits are amassing for world domin—*surreptitiously hauled off into the shadows*
Which Method is the Best?
Again, the answer to this question is subjective. But generally, you want to try and hit as many areas of matching as possible. Here are a couple examples that most people say are "perfect" matches: Ice Hissi + Snowickle, Faerie Cybunny + Faerie Eizzil, Halloween Blumaroo + Halloween Baby Blu.
As you can see above, all the pets and their respective matches fit in the theme, color, physical traits and to some extent, pose and species. All the different types of methods as previously discussed work together to exemplify the best possible match. Keep that thought in mind when you go petpet shopping.
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Your ResourcesNow you that know how to match petpets, where are some places you can go to find the right petpet?
Now What?So you've found your perfect petpet for your pet. So you've relished in your pride and bragged to all everybody about this fantastic match you've found. But wait! The journey is far from over.
Story-Time!Well, the first thing you ought to do is come up with a story with how they met and became best buddies. Naturally this should be the introduction story, and of course, their endless antics/adventure stories which follow. You can write this for fun and post it on your petpage, submit it to the neopian times, or the petpet spotlight!
Learn to Draw Your PetpetPractice drawing your petpet. You can consult the How to Draw Petpets for help—but bewarned, this petpet is the most difficult to draw and should only be reserved for the most skilled of artists. Might I suggest a picture of your pet and petpet interacting?
Other Fun ActivitiesOther er...fun activities you can do with your petpet include but are not limited to: the Symol Hole, Turmaculus, the Petpet Lab Ray, or Petpet Battles. Make sure to stop by to visit with your petpet once in awhile, why not stop for a little chat? Those little dearling critters say the darndest things.
ConclusionRemember, petpet matching is only part of the bonding process between you, your pet, and of course, your petpet. You can ask your friends, ask the HC -- but if you have other people match your petpet for you, in the end it only stifles your relationship with your pet.
Despite everything that I've showed you, a petpet can still match even if it has no visual similarities to your pet. If you've created a story behind the match, if you can easily imagine them interacting with each other, then it's the perfect match!
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Quick-Find ListIf you want a place to jumpstart your search, this list might help. Remember these are only general recommendations; they probably won't satisfy you so be prepared to continue hunting for that perfect petpet!
By SpeciesHere are some of the most common matches that people often match up with each species of the Neopet. If you notice, not all species have matches because there doesn't seem to be any existing petpets. I'm open for suggestions though.
By ColorHere are some of the most common petpets that I recommend match up with each paint brush color. The list is more sparse... I will gradually be adding more if I find any or if new petpets are released. Again, I am open to suggestions!
Petpet CategoriesGrouped by appearance, this section is designed to help you find a petpet if you have a rough image of what you want your petpet to look like. I crafted this section by manually combing through 100bottles, so I may have missed a petpet--and if you find that I did, do let me know! Hover over the image to find the name of the petpet.
Petpets with Wings
Petpets with Beaks
Petpets with Hooves
Dinosaur & Prehistoric Petpets
Snake, Dragon, & Reptile Petpets
Cat & Tiger Petpets
Dog & Fox Petpets
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