What is the Altador Cup?

Since making its triumphant return in Y8 after a 1,000-year hiatus, the Altador Cup has become a cornerstone of Neopian sporting culture. The tournament is held each year at the famed Colosseum in Altador, where teams take the field to play Altador's traditional game, Yooyuball. Each Altador Cup commences with a sign-up period and practice session, in which participants can choose a team and brush up on their skills. This year, team sign-ups and practice starts on May 26th. The team sign-ups will last until end of day June 6th. This session is then followed by a two round tournament schedule that runs until July 3rd. The schedule consists of 2 game rounds with four practice days included. In this year's tournament, 18 teams hailing from the lands of Neopia will once again gather in Altador to compete in Yooyuball, along with three side games, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger, and Shootout Showdown.

The celebrated centrepiece of the Altador Cup is Yooyuball, which has been played in Altador for centuries. In Yooyuball, the object is to throw the ball into the opposing team's goal. Slings are used to carry and throw the ball, which is a curled-up Petpet called a Yooyu. Yooyus are native to Altador, and the strongest Yooyus are rigorously trained to participate in this prestigious tournament. Seven different types of Yooyu are used in the game, each of which has its own special attributes. Players never know which type of Yooyu will appear during the match, giving Yooyuball an element of unpredictability. Teams must be able to adjust their strategy and play depending on the type of Yooyu currently being used if they hope to be competitive in the Altador Cup.

To learn more about the history of the modern Altador Cup, please read the Neopedia entry.

The Rules Committee

The three highly respected Altadorians who make up the Altador Cup Rules Committee have been entrusted with the duty of ensuring that the rules of Yooyuball are being followed properly. Though their decisions have occasionally been unpopular, everyone can agree that the Rules Committee's dedication to their task makes the Altador Cup more fun and fairer for all those who participate. It is due to their hard work that the Altador Cup runs smoothly year after year and remains Neopia's most celebrated sporting event.

How do I participate?

  • Start by joining one of the 18 teams that are competing in the Altador Cup this year. It's easy to do. You don't have to join a team if you just want to practise Yooyuball, but you won't earn any Prize Shop points, be able to play any of the other games included in the Altador Cup, or have a chance of winning one of the cool Altador Cup trophies unless you're playing for a team. Be sure to join a team before sign-ups close end of day June 6th!
  • This year, the Altador Cup tournament once again pits 18 teams, representing the lands of Neopia, against each other.
  • This year, the tournament play is made up of two rounds. Your team will play against every other team once in the first round. In the second round, based on your performance, you will be placed into one of three brackets. You will then play against the teams within your respective bracket.
  • Each day, your team will face an opponent. You must contribute as much as you can to your team by playing not only Yooyuball, but also Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown.
  • Your results in each of the 4 games contribute to your team's overall standing in the tournament. Please remember to help your team win all four games in the tournament.
  • Every win counts and adds to the overall score so be sure to play hard from Round 1, Day 1 itself!
  • This year, there will also be four practice days within the tournament. The first two practice days will happen on the 7th day and the 14th day from Day 1 and the next two practice days will be before the Final Round begins. Practice days will occur when Round Robin and Final Round are not in session.
  • New match-ups begin promptly at 12:00:00 A.M. NST every day.
  • Results will be announced at the beginning of July and Trophies and Ranks will be awarded based on your performance.
  • On the same day, the Prize Shop will open up for you to start spending the credits you have earned during the tournament!

Staff Tournament Rules

The Altador Cup Staff Tournament is back with a brand-new format! Now you get to choose your very own all-star team of Neopets staff members and then reap the rewards of their hard work! Each Neopets staffer will spend 30 minutes each week playing games and getting "wins," which will be calculated in points from the various Altador Cup games. Choose wisely and maximise your points! The better your staffers players do, the more Neopoints you'll earn and the more credits you'll win to redeem in the special Staff Tournament Prize Shop!

When is the Altador Cup Staff Tournament?

The Altador Cup Staff Tournament will begin on June 8th> and end on June 22nd. Results will be announced each Friday.

How do I participate?

  • Create your dream team of Neopets staff members! You must assemble a team of five staffers (two Forwards, two Defenders, one Goalie).
  • You'll be able to make changes to your team at any time until midnight (12:00 AM NST) each Friday. After that, you will not be able to make any more changes to your team until after the results are announced on Friday afternoon.
  • To select your team, visit the Staff Tournament page. The staff members will already be divided into the various Yooyuball positions. Click on the players to learn more about them in the player profile box. Then, when you've made your choice, add players to your team by clicking on the button in their player profile box.
  • Once you've got a full team in the "Your Team" area, the "Choose This Team" button will activate and you can click it to finalise your team picks.
  • If you want to change your team, click on the "Change Team" button to make your new selections. If you want to keep your team as is the next week, press the "Keep Team" button.

Need more help? Check out the FAQ!