Changing Your Pet's Gender
Hee hee hee!
The ray is fired at your pet...
... and she changes gender!!!!
Does this look like a familiar scene to you? Or did you just accidentally choose "Female" instead of "Male" in the create-a-pet sequence? Well, this guide is about getting your Neopet to the gender of your choice! :D
There are three ways to change your Neopet's gender as of now. The first would be pretty obvious... If the lab ray can change your pet's gender, it can change it again. Just keep zapping your pet until it changes gender! Of course, this might be a risky idea if you don't want your pet to change colour/species anymore.
Another way would be to fight the Lab Ray Scientist in the Battledome. The Scientist has a Strange Potion equipped and when he uses it against you in battle it will change the gender of your pet. You don't have to win against the Scientist to get a gender change, but it may take a few battles before he decides to pull out the right weapon.
To get the Scientist as a challenger, just refresh at the "Select a Pet" page when you go to use the lab. Yes, this means that you will have to have the lab ray before you can get him as a challenger. Also note that since this is a Neopoint-earning activity, it can only be done on your main account. If your mis-gendered pet is on a side account, you will have to transfer him or her first.
Muahahaha! I'll see you in the Battledome...
So what happens if you don't have access to the lab ray? Well, what you can do is buy the Strange Potion directly. The Strange Potion is rather costly, but it may cost less than the lab map, so it is worth comparing the two if you are absolutely sure you just want to change your pet's gender.
Alternatively, if you specifically wanted a Royal Male or Royal Female Kyrii, then you are in luck as there are now two morphing potions which will change your Neopet's colour and gender at the same time. The Royal Boy Kyrii Morphing Potion will convert your pet into a male and give it a Royal paint job, whilst the Royal Girl Kyrii Morphing Potion will turn your pet female and give it the respective Royal colouring.
There used to be another method, although it no longer works. If you equipped your pet with the Cape of The Sun, your male pet could randomly change gender. This only worked from male to female and not the other way round. This, however, was a glitch, and has since been fixed by TNT.
Effects On Appearance
First and foremost, according to TNT, changing your pet's gender will not cause it to convert. Using the Lab Ray to try for a gender change is a bad idea, however, as it can cause color or species changes that will convert your pet. If you have an unconverted pet and would like to change its gender, we recommend battling the Lab Ray Scientist.
Since the redraw (to go along with customisation) the gender of your pet has an effect on how it looks to a certain extent, for example female pets tend to have longer eyelashes than the males. Where this becomes a larger issue is when your pet is painted Royal. Now if you own a Royal Boy Zafara, for example, and then change its gender to female you will end up with the same dark blue Zafara wearing the Royal Boy clothes, only now its eyes will be yellow and have fluttery lashes. By the same rule if you have a Royal Girl Zafara and change its gender to male then you will end up with the same yellow Zafara in a pretty dress only now it will have dark blue eyes with no visible lashes.
Changing a Royal Boy pet's gender by battling the Lab Ray Scientist will not make it revert into the colour of the Royal Girl of that species, nor will you get the clothes that belong to the opposite gender. However, if your Royal pet is zapped by the lab ray and its gender changes, the appearance of your entire pet will change. So if you zapped your Royal Girl Zafara and the lab ray switched its gender from female to male, you would then have a dark blue Zafara dressed in the Royal Boy Zafara clothes (the Royal Girl Zafara clothes would still be stored in your closet though). This is also the case for Elderly, Usuki and Quiguki pets. (Thanks to Vala for helping to confirm this!)
So there you have it, all of the ways to change the gender of your pet. Good luck!
This article was written by: Ruby