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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 16th day of Eating, Yr 26
The Neopian Times Week 39 > Articles > How About a Skeith?

How About a Skeith?

by scarfdance

I recently read an article by saturnsenshikami in the Week 37 Neopian Times, concerning Skeiths. Well, I suppose it was meant to be concerning Skeiths, but it ended up telling the reader how it was proof-read by a pet... cute. Anyway, being the Skeith-Lover that I am, I've decided that Neopia needs to be reminded of some of the good points of a Skeith.

Cost Effective

Skeiths will eat anything. Whether it's codestones, toys, or real food, they'll gulp it down without a moment's notice. They'll even eat PetPets. Some people might say, "That's so terrible! How could you even think of adopting a pet that'll eat a living creature!" Think of it this way: the Skeith won't eat the PetPet unless his owner feeds it to him. The same goes for valuable items. Take care that you don't accidentally feed it to your beloved pet. On occasion, if you leave your Skeith for days until it's dying of hunger, it may eat one of the items in your inventory. Many people complain that their Skeith ate a map piece or a paintbrush.


*burp*

There are two answers to this: either put your valuable items in your safety deposit box, or feed your Skeith regularly! Both would be great because then your Skeith will be happy, and the pant devil won't steal your things. Many people rid themselves of Tombola prizes like bottles of sand by feeding them to Skeiths. I myself don't do this, because I feed my pets only things which I would eat myself (out of fairness), but if you're poor, or hoping to raise the value or such items by discarding them, this could be a more useful alternative. However, if you adopt a Skeith merely to get rid of your unwanted items, you shouldn't have adopted it at all. Like all pets, Skeiths need to be loved and cared for, not just used as a garbage disposal.

Compatible With PetPets

Skeiths are very diverse pets. Unlike pets such as Unis and Kacheeks (I know I'm stereotyping here, but I'm trying to make somewhat of a point), Skeiths are equal on both ends of the PetPet scale. By this I mean, there are equal number of Skeiths who like, for instance, Faerie PetPets, as those who like Scary PetPets. Long story short, they're not all rough and tough, some are real softies who would go for something like a cirrus or a Kadoatie.

Misfits

This is not necessarily an advantage, but I see it as one in some respects. Skeiths are one of Neopia's misfits. Like Zafaras and Myncis, Skeiths are not often featured in games or shops. True, there is the jelly factory, but this game plays a lot on the greedy stereotype of the Skeith (which is not always true. Sure, some Skeiths are greedy, but so are some Chias and Meercas etc.). To those, like me, who don't always fit into the scheme of life, a Skeith could make a perfect companion.


Who you callin' misfit?


They're not "all the rage" like Krawks were/are, they aren't famous like the "Noble Lupe", and they aren't "bubble-gum cute" like the Kacheek or Acara. They have thick skin, and can take insults without breaking into tears. But they are also good friends, sticking by their owners and fellow pets through difficult times. The amount of taunting they put up with from other pets and owners makes them all the more understanding.

Battle

Like all species, this applies to the individual pet and the amount of training given by the owner, but all in all, I have found that Skeiths aren't half bad in the Battledome. They don't come with terrific stats, but unless you're lucky, most pets don't. But they have some neat Battledome items, and they train well in strength at the Mystery Island training school. If you take care to well-equip and train your Skeith, they will seldom let you down.

Like all pets, there are some bad points for Skeiths. They are often ridiculed, or said to be lazy bullies (most are not), and they could accidentally eat your wand of the nova (ouch!!), but all in all, they are great pets to hang around. I hope this article may have given some people the incentive to adopt a Skeith And a reminder, if you do want to adopt a pet, please consider the pound, because there are many animals there that need good homes.


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