Item Rarities Explained
Every item is assigned a rarity when it is released. An item's rarity provides insight to the item, including where it originated, how rare it is, and what it can be used for. For example, your pet can earn a trophy by eating the most Gourmet Foods, which are defined as any foods rarity 90-100.
Not all items are searchable on the side bar search (not to be confused with Shop Wizard searches!), below your Neopet preview on the left side of most Neopets pages. Only items rarity 1-98 will appear in search results, as well as rarity 500 (Neocash) items that are currently available for purchase in the NC Mall. Once an item is retired, it is no longer searchable regardless of its original rarity.
Items assigned a rarity between 1 and 99 actively stock in the main Neopian Shops. Rarity determines how items stock in these shops. An item with a lower rarity will stock more frequently, in higher quantities, and for lower prices than items with a higher rarity.
This rarity range includes items that stock very, very, very rarely in the main Neopian Shops as well as a few other odds and ends, including Golden Dubloon food, Nerkmids, and some competition prizes.
Items within this rarity range cannot be bought in the main Neopian Shops. They can be obtained in a number of different ways including, but not limited to:
- Opening goodie bags
- Mixing items at the Cooking Pot
- Gambling Nerkmids at the Alien Aisha Vending Machine
- Redeeming rare item prize codes
- Participating in site events and contests
- Painting petpets
Once a petpet is painted from its original color, it loses its original rarity and becomes rarity 101. If the petpet is ever painted back to its original color, it will go back to its original rarity.
Once a non-Neocash item is retired from the economy, its rarity is (usually) changed to 180. At this point, the item no longer stocks in the main Neopian Shops, nor is it (usually) given out through dailies or contests. Once an item is retired, you will only be able to obtain it by purchasing it from other users. A small exception to the rule is that TNT occasionally selects retired items as goodie bag prizes.
The Hidden Tower is perpetually stocked with a certain set of items, each given the rarity 200 and labeled Artifact. Though your account must be 4 months of age or higher to purchase items directly from the tower, you are able to get them from other users with an account of any age.
Every so often, TNT chooses to retire items from the Hidden Tower and the Cooking Pot. Though retired, these items are given a rarity of 250 and labeled Artifact. They are only obtainable through other users once retired, but don't go looking for them on the Shop Wizard- they're not searchable there.
All items obtained through the NC Mall are assigned rarity 500. This includes items bought directly from the Mall, won through Neocash site events and games, transformed with Dyeworks Hue Brew Potions, and given out as NC prizes.
NC Mall items are separated from NP items in your Inventory and Safety Deposit Box. Their labels vary depending on where you are viewing them, as described in the table below.
The table below describes how items will appear in your Inventory, Safety Deposit Box, or Closet according to their rarity.
|200||(Artifact - 200)|
|250||(Artifact - 250)|
|500||Via inventory: (Neocash)
Via closet: (Artifact - 500)
Via SDB: None
This article was written by: Kait