Flan's Guide to Trading Pets

Hello! My name is Flanquer, but you can call me Flan! Lara and I decided to write a guide to pet trading to help everyone know what ball park they are in when trading their pets! Before we begin, I'd just like to make clear that this guide is very relative. Trading is, after all, down to personal taste, so please do not use this guide literally. As I stated, this guide is just meant to let you know what ball-park you can expect offers in if you put your pets up for trade, (which I don't recommend you know! We get very attached to our owners!) If I have left out any colours, please mail me and let me know.
Thank you!

Lara and Flanquer (lara_side)

Pound Jargon


First things first! This little section is a guide to the jargon you'll find on the pound boards. They're important to recognise if you want to know what on Neopia everyone is talking about ;)
UFT - Up for trade
UFA - Up for adoption
UFQT - Up for quick trade
UFQA - Up for quick adoption
VWN - Very well named
WN - Well named
DN - Decently named
BN - Badly named
VBN - Very badly named
OTB - Offer to beat
FFQ - Fountain Faerie Quest
LE - Limited edition
UC - Unconverted
RW - Real word
RN - Real name
Nightsteed - Halloween Uni
OG - Orange Grundo
IQ - Island Quiggle
FB - Fire Blumaroo
NTY - No thank you
GLT - Good luck trading

Pet Chart


This section shows the range of pets that are available for trade in Neopia. This chart is arranged according to rarity, not desirability. As, despite this ranking, some species are more popular than others. Kacheeks, for example, are still a basic pet, but they are far more popular than a LE Tonu because they are cuter and easier to customise. Popularity and desirability must also be taken into account when trading pets. For the most part, UC pets are regarded as the crème de la crème of the pound boards, though some UC pets, like mutants, are not as popular and do not trade for as much as the popular UC Faeries.

Colour Chart


This section shows a rough guide for different colours neopets can come in. Here, you can see the hierarchy of colours, and what each colour trades for. However, pet species must also be taken into account. A Plushie Kiko, for example, would not be worth as much as a Speckled Krawk. Even though the Krawk has a basic paint, it is a restricted species.

Note: Some pets, like Ice Bori's are worth more than this chart shows. Ice Bori's are very rare and cannot be zapped by the laboratory ray. I have seen FFQ's offered on Ice Bori's, and owners asking for Krawks and Draiks. If you have one, you are one lucky neopian!

Customs


When on the pound boards, you might come across someone saying "Royal custom UFT" - this means that the person has a Royal paint brush and can create a pet for you and paint it Royal. That person would be expecting offers of around the same worth; colours in the orange box. The same goes for Baby, Halloween and sometimes Tyrannian.

Unconverted Colour Chart


Unconverted pets are sometimes the most difficult to know the value of. Here, species is very important as it indicates to the rarity of the pet. As they can't be made anymore, some UCs are higher than others, even though their colour isn't necessarily the most costly. UC Buzz's are definitely the least popular species, and do not go for nearly as much as other UC's, despite colour. You should expect a Krawk/Draik custom for an UC Plushie Buzz if you are lucky.
The FFQ usually trades for UCs, as the owner of the FFQ is usually looking to trade up and can make any kind of pet. When this happens, the owner of the UC is usually looking for a converted dream pet, and so would look for a FFQ trade. However, the best you should expect from a FFQ is an BN'd UC Grey at most.



Battledome Pets - even stats


Battledome pets are sometimes disregarded when trading, as not everyone plays the battledome and so do not value statted pets. However, if offering on a BD pet, or being offered a BD pet, you should be aware of the value. This chart shows the relative worth of even-statted pets, (which are valued more than uneven-statted), and what they trade for. Here, species is somewhat irrelevant, as the pet would most likely be zapped by the new owner. However, expect even-statted BD Krawks and Draiks to go for more than even-statted LE or Basic pet species.
Note: HSD = Health+Strength+Defence

Battledome Pets - uneven stats


This section shows what uneven statted pets are traded for. Often, a laboratory zapped pet would be worth less than one that has been trained in Mystery Island or Krawk Island. This is because its stats will most likely be uneven. This chart shows the amount of HSD you'd need to have in order to get some pets.

Avatar Pets


Avatar pets, again, are a lot like BD pets in that they are somewhat disregarded as not everyone collects avatars. However, Island Quiggles, Fire Blumaroos, Coconut Jubjubs, Mootix, Snowbunny and Quadrapus pets would probably all go for Royal pets/customs. Slorg, Snicklebeast and Harris pets would probably trade successfully for other avatar pets like pinks or Orange Grundos. If you have an avatar pet up for trade, you should expect offers around this region.

Names


In my opinion, names are somewhat of a grey-trading area, as not everyone cares about names. However, if trying to trade your pet, it does help if yours is well named. My definition of a well named pet would be something that is pronounceable and flows well. Letters like Q, X and Z often break this up, so you should avoid them if you can. I often think there is a fine line between VWN and WN, but if your pet is 4-5 letters, you should advertise them as VWN'd, as these are very popular. A pronounceable four letter name will get you at least a royal custom. EASILY pronounceable only, not something like Pxqt, for example.
Capitalised names are very important in the Pound chat. Often, people will turn down your offer because of uncapitalised names. If your pets name is not capitalised, it is not VWN'd, regardless of whether it is 4-5 letters or not.

Real Words and Real Names


Both depend on who's offering, and their offers can vary greatly, from a WN Draik, to an Unlimited custom, to a VWN UC Plushie Lenny and Ixi I saw being offered for them.
Prefixes and suffixes will "downgrade" the worth of the RW dramatically. Most people want words you can "characterize" as a neopet, like Star, or Dream. These you could get just about any UC for, if you find the right person. Something like "Chair" might get you a FFQ or Basic Draik, but these are less liked.
RNs must be common. Not something you name that spider on the wall. Say, Lilly or Jane. Misspellings don't usually go for a lot. Something like "Destini" *might* get you something decent, like a draik/krawk/ffq. But not Destynniey.





Credit where credit's due ;)


Thank you so much to galaxee and nubblebubble1 and to everyone else who has made suggestions for the improvement of this guide. I really appreciate everything :* Also, my many thanks to JessieMarie89 for making the fabulous button to this page! And thank you to High Seas CSS for the wonderful premade page! haha.

Disclaimer!


This is not meant to offend anyone by assigning a 'value' to pets. I do not think of my own pets in terms of value, and would not expect you to. This is only a guide for new traders or people merely looking for a guideline. Thank you!







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