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Battledome - Learn the Ropes
So, maybe you're new to the Battledome, or simply unfamiliar with its recent makeover. Luckily for you, there's a spiffy tutorial to get you up to speed in five easy steps!

Step 1 | Step 2 | Step 3 | Step 4 | Step 5

STEP 1: Arm Yourself!

Actually, you'll be arming your Neopet! It's not a good idea to go into battle empty-handed, so it's best to equip a few weapons first. Which weapons should you use? Where can you purchase them? Well, that all depends.

If you're a Neopian newbie, there is some free equipment in your Starter Pack you can use to prepare your Neopet for the Battledome.

For more experienced Neopians, there are many weapon shops around Neopia that can supply you with various pieces of equipment.

More serious 'Domers may want to compare stats and find the most bang for your buck. There's always the Battlepedia, but also some very helpful Fan Sites out there to aid in your search.

However you obtained it, once you have your equipment in your inventory, you can either click on it there and select the "Equip NEOPETNAME" option in the pop-up, or you can visit the Stats page here in the Battledome (found on the navigation bar above) and equip from there.

Once equipped, you're ready to go lookin' for a fight!

STEP 2: Start a Fight

To get into a fight, find a "Battle!" button! There's one on the main Battledome page and one on (almost) every page in the Battledome navigation bar. This will allow you to set up a fight.

From there, you choose which Neopet you'd like to take into battle, and then select your opponent! You can choose to fight a challenger (a "computer-controlled" opponent) or a 2-player fight (against another Neopian).


Browse through the opponents you've unlocked and, once you've decided whom you'll be fighting, select a Toughness for that challenger.




The Average toughness corresponds to the difficulty number listed in the column to the left, next to that opponent's name. The lower the number, the easier the challenger. From there, each toughness gets, well, tougher. Choose wisely!


There are two options for 2-player fights. You can choose to send a challenge directly to another Neopian, or you can wait for a Skirmish. Follow the instructions on each page to find an opponent using these methods.

NOTE: During the beta, only other players in the beta can accept challenges and Skirmish wait times may be longer than normal!

Once you've found an opponent, the game is on!

STEP 3: Battle It Out

When you see the "VS" screen, there's no turning back! Click the button at the bottom to enter the battle and prepare for Round 1.

The battle screen has a few different components to keep track of, but don't worry. You'll get the hang of things soon enough! Here's a breakdown:

  1. Your Neopet's portrait
  2. Your Neopet's name
  3. Your Neopet's remaining Hit Points
  4. Your Neopet's health bar - the full bar represents the total health; green is the health remaining while red is the damage taken last round
  5. Your Neopet
  6. Your Neopet's equipment
  7. Your opponent's name
  8. Your opponent's portrait
  9. Your opponent's chat - if you send a chat message, your Neopet will also have this bubble on its side of the screen!
  10. Your opponent's remaining Hit Points
  11. Your opponent's health bar - the full bar represents the total health; green is the health remaining while red is the damage taken last round
  12. Your opponent
  13. Your opponent's equipment
  14. Replay/Skip button
  15. Chat toggle
  16. Fight button - press this after you've planned your move to send it and see what happens!
  17. Status bar - this tells you what to do next
  18. Round indicator
  19. Combat log - a more precise log of what occurred this round, for battlers who want more detail
  20. Damage your Neopet took this round
  21. Damage your opponent took this round (i.e. the damage you did!)

As you battle various opponents, you'll get more familiar with this screen and how to use all the bits and bobs. For now, let's stick with the basics!

Every round, you'll need to plan your move. (Your opponent will do the same!) To do this, click on each equipment slot (#6 in the diagram) to select a weapon you'd like to use from the menu. These are what you'll use to damage your opponent and you can select up to two weapons per round.

Then click "FIGHT!" (#16 in the diagram) to send your move and see how you fared. The fight will play out, showing your Neopet's moves and your opponent's moves and how much damage, healing, blocking, etc. was done by each. You can also look at the health bars to see how things panned out.

Evaluate what happened, plan another move, and keep fighting until someone wins! (Hopefully you.)

STEP 4: The Aftermath

After the fight ends, and you've collected your prizes for winning or cursed your fate for losing, it's time to recuperate. If your Neopet lost any Hit Points during the battle, you can visit the Healing Springs to get back into fighting shape, or you can buy some healing potions or neggs from your fellow Neopians for faster healing.

While your Neopet recovers, you can spend the time looking for weapon upgrades, asking for advice on the Battledome Neoboard, or training for your next bout.

When your Neopet is ready, you can head into battle again to prove your might!

STEP 5: Become a Battledome Master

It takes planning, strategy, and even a bit of luck to be great in the Battledome. Your Neopet will need to train hard at the training schools around Neopia to become stronger. You'll need to save your Neopoints to buy upgrades for your weapons and equipment. And you'll need to practice against the toughest of challengers to gain experience on the battlefield. However, earning Neopoints and loot, and even besting your Neofriend's high score make it all worthwhile.

Or maybe you just like punching people IN THE FACE.