If you say that Neopets is better than Marapets on the Marapets forums, YOU WILL GET FROZEN (Neopets and Marapets' way of removing your account)
What is Neopets?
What is Neopets, you may ask? Neopets is a fun virtual pet site. You can create your own Neopets (you can keep a maximum of 6 Neopets; Marapets: up to 12 Marapets), feed them, groom them, look after them, customize them and watch them grow. You can also communicate on the Neoboards (Forums), play games, create your own Web pages (Marasites), send Neomail (Maramail), and lots more.
The Neopets (Marapets) game is set in a fictional world called Neopia (Marada). For practical purposes, this world has a single currency: the Neopoint, often abbreviated to "NP". However, Marapets has three currencies: Marapoints (MP), Baspinar Points (BP), and Restock Points (RP).
There are many ways to earn Neopoints (Marapoints); we have an article that covers them in more detail. The simplest and most common way, though, is by playing the games that appear on the site. You'll need to install Adobe Flash Player to play most of them--the download shouldn't take too long over a normal connection. There are heaps of different games to try, from tower defence (Battle of Baspinar) to shooting games (Baterminator) and action-packed obstacle courses (Phanty Quest). There are even a few games that might be similar to some games on Marapets.
Once you have some money, you can go shopping. The Shop Wizard (Shop Search) in the Marketplace (Puchalla Village) lets you search through items other players have for sale. There are all kinds of items you can buy:
- Food that makes your pet less hungry. Once your Neopet gets bloated (a.k.a. 0% hungry), or very bloated, they can't have anymore food, but unlike them, you can feed you Marapet an unlimited amount of food.
- Toys and grooming items make your pet happier. When a toy breaks, you'll have to take it to Donny at his toy repair shop. Unfortunately, when you break a toy in Marada, you will have to throw it away into oblivion.
- Weapons let your pet play in a special play-fighting arena called the Neopets Battledome (Marapets Battle Arena). The Battledome has default challengers. Unlike the Battledome, You'll have to get the enemies yourself, and the only default challengers are: Talon, Wild Minipets, and enemies from certain wars, plots, and events.
- Wearables are for dressing up your pet and bringing out his or her individual style. However, the only way for marapets to wear clothing if it comes with the current costume your Marapet is wearing. Your character, however, gets to be the one to wear clothing.
- Petpets/Minipets are smaller inhabitants of Neopia/Marada that you can give your pet to look after. They don't need feeding and can't talk.
There are other types of items too, including some that don't do anything but just make pretty gifts. In Marada, the pretty gifts do make pretty toys for your pet to play with and add to their toy collection.
What is Neopian Half Price Day?
On the third day of January, in the year 2001, all the Neopian Shopkeepers announced that the third of every month would be Half Price Day. All the items that go into shops on this day will all be half price (This excludes the General Store, Hidden Tower, Igloo Garage Sale, Little Nippers, Neohomes Superstore, Neopian Neggery, Shop of Mystery and the Smuggler's Cove)! Wow - don't have a--shops that restock items and are priced in MP. It will select one shop at random that will have a 'Half Price Sale' with every item that is restocked in that shop selling at 50% off for the whole day. Another shop will be selected at random that will have 'Double Stock'. This means that all items that restock that day will either have double the chance of actually restocking that day (for rarer items) or will actually restock double the quantity (for more common items). Another shop will also reward double RP with all purchases for that day.
If you're going to be away from the site for a while, or are just too busy to come online regularly, you can send your pets to a a certain hotel instead of feeding the Neopets. This doesn't make them happier, but it will stop them getting hungry. The Marapets hotel and Minipet Island Resort for minipets are also hotels (only without the extras).
Wahhh! I Don't Have any money!
If you don't have enough money at the moment, don't panic! If you really have no money at all, you can even ask the Soup Faerie to feed your pets for free. (Oh dear! Only owners with less than 3,000 NP can get handouts at the Soup Kitchen.) Marapets has a Gingerbread House in Candyland which does just that.
The private messaging system on Neopets (Marapets) is called Neomail (Maramail). It can't handle any complicated code or very long messages, but it's great when you just want to let friends know how you're doing. You can find it in your Account. Begging is against the rules; it includes fines of up to half of your MP, Items & Pets deleted.
A good place to meet new people is the Neoboards (the Forums), Neopets' (Marapets') forums section. There are forums for many different topics, from Flash games to writing. And remember, giving out people's email addresses, telephone (or cellphone) numbers or messenger handles is against the rules!
- Does Neopets cost anything?
Nope. Neopets is completely free to play, but not all sites are. Marapets is free to play but there are many different Account Upgrades you can purchase to support the site. Once you donate, you can buy costume packs, Capsule Machine Tokens, limited edition items, and giftboxes. Neopets has a special shop called the NC Mall where they have clothing wearable in specific colors, games, full costumes known as superpacks, and more. It is a mere micro transaction, so if you don't want to pay for anything, the NC Mall can be easily ignored.
- How do I find out what foods are gourmet?
Sorry, you will just have to go to this page. Gourmet foods are foods that have a rarity index between 90 and 100 (Marapets: rarities 10 and up)! You will need a Missing Food Giftbox to view this list.
- My pet wont eat certain foods! What's happening!!
All Neopets' personalities are different and sometimes they will not eat certain foods, and they will never eat it. You can always feed it to another of your Neopets! Marapets, however, will eat any food.
- Can I change my Neopet's name?
No, we are afraid once a Neopet is named, that is what it will always be called. Even if you adopt your Neopet from the pound. In Marada, the answer is yes because you can rename your pet at the Town Hall (as long as you have a certificate), or you could always buy a Name Concoction from a person's user shop to rename your pet (at risk of getting sent to jail).
- Can Neopets die?
No, Neopets do not die. If you do not look after your Neopet and don't feed it, it will have the "dying" status. It won't actually die though and you can nurse it back to full health with enough attention. In Marada, the answer is yes; If you do not look after your Marapet and don't feed it, it will get very hungry and be dying and you will receive warnings to look after and heal it. If it continues to be neglected it will die and go to the Gate of the Graveyard in Undying Woods.
- Can Neopets breed?
In your imagination, yes Neopets (Marapets) can breed. On the site your Neopet (Marapet) will not have babies, or anything like that.
- Can Neopets marry/date?
Your pet cannot marry or have any other relationships with other pets.
Do not attempt to use Neopets (Marapets) as a dating agency, this includes advertising dating/mating/marriage websites or chat boards for you or your Neopet (Marapet). Neopets (Marapets) is not the place to try to find a boyfriend/girlfriend for yourself, your friend or your Neopet (Marapet).
- How do I play with my Neopet?
There are well over 60 different games to choose from. Some of these you play with your Neopet (Marapet), others you play as a Neopet's (Marapets) character. To see what games you can play click on the Games on the side bar (or go to the City of Marada). Every year or so, the Neopets staff release a new Flash (HTML as of 2017) game. Ian has confirmed that no new Flash games will be released as Adobe Flash Player is old technology by this point; all games releasing are HTML games.
As well as the games, you can buy toys from the Toys Shop. Once you have bought something, go to Your Inventory and click on the toy you wish to play with. You play with your pet by selecting 'use item' and then select the pet you wish to play with the toy.
- Can I see my Neopet playing with it's toys?
In some games such as Neopoker you play against your Neopet, so you do see their picture. When your Neopet (Marapet) plays with a toy, you do not actually see them play with it, but you see them when they have finished playing.
- I want to have another Neopet, do I have to create a new one?
No, you could always visit the Neopian Pound. Here you will find hundreds of loyal Neopets waiting for a good home. The pets in the pound tend to be a little older, wiser and stronger than if you create a completely new one. Plus they may have petpets or abilities that come free with them :) In Marada, the answer is yes; if you have no Marapoints, just go create another pet by going to the Create a Pet selection screen and get the free 1,000MP that comes with it. If you do have some marapoints, don't forget you don't need to create new ones, you could always adopt a more experienced Marapet at the Maradan Pound. With Pet Trading readily available 24/7 without restrictions, the Maradan Pet Pound is never quite busy at all. You'd be lucky to find one pet here!
- Can I create more than one Neopet?
In Marada, you can have up to 13 (there are ways to extra pets but we cannot tell you :)) In Neopia, regular users can have up to five Neopets, and Premium members can have 6! You can also scroll through Neopets on an account! Also, it might be worth noting that users are allowed to have 4 side-accounts in addition to their main account, bringing the total number of pets to 21-26 (depending on the amount of accounts with premium). However! If you have multiple accounts on Marapets, all but one will get frozen. Don't forget you don't need to create new ones, you could always adopt a more experienced Neopet (Marapet) at the Neopian Pound (Maradan Pound).
- Can I change my Neopet's gender?
Yes, you can change the gender of your Neopet. You can try zapping your Neopet with the lab ray, although the results are not guaranteed, it could just as easily change your pet's species. Alternatively there is a magical potion that will change your Neopet's gender. You can try to get your hands on this 'Strange Potion' in the shops. In Marada, you could always nab a gender concoction from the Illegal Concoctions Shop (at risk of being sent to jail).
- How do I feed my Neopet?
If you are running low on Neopoints (Marapoints) (have less than 1000NP (7,500MP)), you can always visit the Soup Kitchen (Gingerbread House) where the friendly Soup Faerie (Gingerbread House kids) will be happy to give your pets free food.
- Why can't I feed my Neopet?
Your neopet is bloated.
- Can Neopets fight?
Yes, if you want to test your Neopets' (Marapets') strength in battle, you can visit the Neopian Battledome (Maradan Battle Arena). You can find this by clicking on 'Battle'. Here you can battle a whole host of single player opponents such as the Snowager (Grave Keeper) and the Pant Devil (Clumsy Random Event).
If you need more help with the Battledome and what the various battle items do, there is a very good help section here.
- I don't want my Neopet, how can I get rid of it?
If you have a pet that you no longer want to look after, you can disown it. Your Neopet (Marapet) will be kept in the Neopian Pound (Maradan Pound) until some kind soul comes and adopts them. Make sure you are 100% certain you do not want your Neopet (Marapet) as other people will be able to adopt it as soon as you abandon it. Bear in mind that any items or petpets (minipets) that are equipped to your Neopet (Marapet) will go with it unless you remove them before disowning.
- What is my active pet, and how can I change it?
Your active pet is the one you are currently playing with. This is the one whose name appears in the black box. To change your active pet, got to Quick Ref (Main Page). (Click on your pet's name). Your inactive pets will not be in a box. If you only have one Neopet (Marapet), it will always be your active pet. If you have more than one and wish to change your active Neopet (Marapet), simply click on the pet you want to become the new active pet.
- How can I change my pets species/color?
There are a number of ways you can change your Neopet's (Marapet's) species or colour. Most commonly you can buy a Magical Paintbrush (Costume) and then go to the Rainbow Pool (inventory). You can paint different pets in different colours, go to the Rainbow Pool (Pet Colours page) for the full list before you buy a brush (cossie). Otherwise you may waste Neopoints (Marapoints) on a brush (cossie) you cannot use. If you are very lucky you may be given a Paintbrush (Costume) as a random event, although a retired one is very rare, so don't count on it.
You can also try feeding your pet a Magical Potion. Different potions have different effects. For example if you fed a Red Meerca (Murfin) potion to your Green Gelert (Rusty), it would change into a Red Meerca (Murfin). If you fed it to your Blue Meerca (Murfin), it would change to a Red Meerca (Murfin).
You can also risk taking your Neopet (Marapet) to the Secret Lab (Portal). You need to collect all nine pieces of the
Secret Lab map before you can go there. Once you have all nine pieces, you can fire the ray gun at your Neopet (Marapet). It is completely at your own risk and absolutely anything may happen to your Neopet (Marapet), including changing colour or species.
- How do I get rid of a pet?
You can disown your Neopet (Marapet) by going to the 'Plaza' (Undying Woods) and clicking on the 'Pound' link. This is the large image with the Uni (Fasoro) and Techo on it. Click on 'Disown' and then click on the Neopet (Marapet) you wish to abandon. Only do this if you are 100% sure you do not want to see your Neopet (Marapet) again. As soon as you disown it, someone else can adopt it and give it a good home.
Bear in mind that any items or petpets that are equipped to your Neopet (Marapet) will go with it unless you remove them before disowning.
- Can I sell my Neopet?
No, selling Neopets for points or anything else is against Neopets' Terms and Conditions. It is a freezable offence.
The majority of people that claim to sell pets or accounts are trying to trick innocent players out of points, cash or items.Remember if you disown a Neopet it is available for ANYBODY to adopt, so it should not be used to transfer Neopets. In Marada, the answer is yes; the pet auctions is the only safe way to sell your pets. Remember, trying to sell your pets any other viable way is a freezable offence.
- How do I increase my Neopets' Health?
You can increase the number of hit points your Neopet by giving them Kauvara's potion. Unfortunately this is extremely rare and very expensive. If you are not rich enough, you can increase your pet's maximum number of HP by doing the following:
- zapping your pet at the Secret Laboratory (Operations Portal at Marapets)
- training your pet at the Swashbuckling Academy, the Mystery Island Training School or the Secret Ninja Training School
- certain Faerie quests
- certain dailies (i.e. Coltzan's Shrine)
- Kitchen Quest
- certain random events
Temporarily you may get your Neopet to have more hit points that it started with (e.g 14/11), but this will wear off after a while.
In Marada, you can permanently increase the number of hit points your Marapet has by training Health in the Gym.
- How do you know how strong, fast or healthy your Neopet is?
You can view your Neopets' (Marapets') stats at anytime by going to the Quick Ref (Main Page) page. You can get to this page by clicking on 'Quick Ref' (Marapets logo) and then the pet you want to view, or by clicking on your Neopet's (Marapet's) name in the yellow side bar.
- Can I give my Neopet to someone?
You can (safely) transfer your pet to a different account. This feature was added in 2008 and is located in the Pound in between the adopt and abandon features. The fee for transferring a pet is 1000 NP - the fee for receiving a pet depends on its stats. This features includes 'giving' a pet away as well as actually trading it. The amount of transfers one can make per month is limited, and depends on the age of the account.
Note: The Neopian Pound is not to be abused for financial (Neopoint) gain. Selling Neopets or profiting from abandoned Neopets is a freezable offence.
- Can Neopets have more than one Petpet (Minipet)?
No, PetPets can be very demanding and a Neopet can only take care of one at a time. In Marada, the answer is yes.
Here are some examples of things that Neopets players (known as "Neopians") often choose do that might be familiar to Maradans:
- Buying a Magical Paint Brush, a special (and mostly expensive) item that permanently changes your pet's fur, feathers or skin to a different colour or pattern. The Costumes do that also, except that there is a certain shop that sells them, but the shop commonly sells out of items quick.
- Collecting one of each item on the site that fits a specific theme. For instance, you might choose to collect all the rainbow-coloured items, or all the items that have "snow" in their name. The site lets you set up a gallery for these items so other people can view your collection. The Greedy Fairy rewards you for items in your Gallery.
- Taking part in the big whole-site events known as "plots" that pop up every so often with puzzles, challenges and maybe even prizes.