The Lab Ray
The Secret Laboratory is highly sought after on Neopets; it allows for stats changes, as well as species, gender, and colour changes for your pets.
Secret Laboratory Map
To access the Secret Laboratory, you must first turn in all nine map pieces (at the same time) from your inventory at the Treasure Maps page.
Map pieces are primarily given out through a random event. This event is rather rare; if you are hoping to get all pieces for free through the random event, it will likely take you years, so you will likely need to purchase at least a few pieces from other players.
For a complete list of our latest estimated prices for the pieces, we recommend our Item Database. Note that the pieces cannot be searched on the Super Shop Wizard, so you will either have to refresh on the regular Shop Wizard or head to the Trading Post where many players like to sell complete sets for a fixed price (though this is usually more expensive than buying individually from user shops).
The Finished Map
Below you can see what the completed map will look like.
Unfortunately, like other treasure maps, the pieces of the Lab Map disappear forever when you hand them in. This means there is no way to get them back if you decide you no longer want to zap your pets.
Zapping Your Pet
Once you have turned the map pieces in, you will receive permanent access to the Lab Ray, but you are limited to one zap per account per day. You are able to zap any one of your pets on any given day, and as the Lab Ray does not award neopoints, you are allowed to complete the map and use the Ray on multiple accounts. Do bear in mind that you must earn all neopoints to buy the Lab Map on your main account, and then send the pieces to your side accounts.
With the release of the Lab Ray Fortune Cookie in the NC Mall, you do have the opportunity to get some extra zaps. You can only open it on your main account, with the exception being if you have the lab ray on a side but not your main account.
Possible Lab Ray Outcomes
There are a number of possible outcomes when you choose to use the Lab Ray:
- decrease or increase stats
- strength: -3, -2, +2, or +3, with increases slightly more likely than decreases
- defence: -3, -2, +2, or +3, with decreases slightly more likely than increases
- movement: -3, -2, +2, or +3, with increases slightly more likely than decreases
- hit points: +2, +3, +4, or +5, all equally likely
- level: -2 (most likely), +2 (less likely), or back to 1 (least likely)
- change your pet's appearance
- change your pet's gender
- change your pet's colour
- change your pet's species (and its colour to one of the four basic colours)
- nothing at all
These outcomes are not all equally likely: you have ~45% chance of getting a stat increase, ~28% chance of getting a stat decrease, ~22% chance of getting a pet appearance change, and ~5% chance of nothing happening at all. The chart below shows the approximate probability of each possible change.
Back to Level 1
Gain Hit Points
|No Change At All||5.1%|
For an easy way to track your zaps, see our Lab Ray Logger.
The first time that you get a species change on an account, you get an avatar!
We are able to use the data from Jellyneo's Lab Ray Logger to produce some interesting insights.
- Colour Likelihoods: If the Lab Ray changes your pet's colour (but not species), every possible colour for your pet's species has an equally likely chance of being chosen. No one colour or group of colours is more or less likely than any other (besides, of course, the excluded colours listed in the next section).
- Species Likelihoods: Like with colours, no one species or group of species is more or less likely than any other to result from a zap (besides, of course, the excluded species listed in the next section).
- Long-Run Stat Changes: You can expect that, over the long term, strength, hit points, and movement will increase. Similarly, defence and level will decrease.
- "Back to level 1!": It is rumored that it is possible but very rare for a higher level pet to get the "Back to level 1" outcome. Unfortunately, we cannot definitively confirm or reject this rumor, as the logger is not able to know the level of pets before they were zapped. However, we can offer this insight: one Jellyneo staffer has zapped the same pet, whose level was never below 9 when zapped, over 2,400 times using the logger, and never had level reset to 0. Jellyneo also never received a first-hand report of the outcome happening to any pets with level above 3 when zapped. We suspect that this message is simply what's shown when you receive the "level -2" outcome when your pet's level is 3 or lower. If you receive this outcome with a pet with level 4+, please let us know with whatever proof you can provide!
- "Nothing happens": Similar to being sent back to level 1, we are not able to analyze this definitively since the logger is not able to know the stats of pets before they are zapped. However, again based on zaps of staffers' pets with known stats, it seems this outcome can only occur when your pet has low strength, defence, or movement. When all of these stats are sufficiently high (~10+), this outcome no longer seems to occur. The implication is that the lab can only decrease these three stats to a certain threshold; if a stat is already below that threshold, when the randomly chosen outcome is to reduce that stat, the Ray will instead do nothing.
Note that the implication (we suspect) of the last two points is that, for a pet with even somewhat high stats, the probability of getting "nothing" or "back to level 1" is actually 0!
Restrictions of The Lab Ray
There are seven colours that the Lab Ray cannot turn your pet into:
- Baby (need to use a Baby Paint Brush or morphing potion)
- Magma (must be done at the Magma Pool)
- Pirate (need to use a Pirate Paint Brush, morphing potion, or magical plushie)
- Plushie (need to use a Plushie Paint Brush or morphing potion)
- Quiguki (need to use an Usuki Paint Brush)
- Royal (need to use a Royal Paint Brush or morphing potion)
- Usuki (need to use an Usuki Paint Brush)
There are four species that cannot be obtained from the Lab Ray:
The Lab Ray won't change intelligence, height, weight, age, mood, or hunger.
The Lab Ray won't do anything to your petpet. (If you're interested in doing that, check out the Petpet Lab Ray!)
Some colours are generally only available from the Lab Ray. The only other way to achieve them is under certain conditions of the annual Premium species change perk, or from the annual Holiday Dream Neopet Giveaway—not even a paint brush or Fountain Faerie Quest will work.
These exclusive colours are:
However, there are a handful of caveats to the above.
- Bori cannot be zapped to Ice due to them being exclusive to an old sponsor promotion. (To learn more about how Ice Bori were created, see our Ice Bori guide.)
- The One-Use Robotification Zappermajig is a No-Trade prize from the Return of Dr. Sloth plot that can transform your pet into Robot.
- The 2018 Charity Corner had a perk available that allowed a pet to be zapped to exclusive Lab Ray colours.
Some other colours are often considered Lab Ray colours because they cannot be achieved with any item, though they are also available through Fountain Faerie Quests: Alien, Chocolate, Coconut, Custard, Garlic, Jelly, Mallow, and Snot.
All other special colours that can be achieved with a non-paint brush item can also be achieved through both the Lab Ray and the Rainbow Fountain. These include fruit & veggie Chia colours (normally from Magical Chia Pops), Mutant (normally from Transmogrification Potions), and 8-Bit (normally from 8-bit Power-Up Potion).
If the Lab Ray changes your pet into a species/colour combination that has paint brush clothing, everything your pet is wearing will be returned to your closet. If you change to a species/colour that does not have paint brush clothing, but your pet is wearing species- or colour-specific wearables, only those wearables will be returned to your closet. You will never lose any items from the Lab Ray.
The Lab Ray Scientist is a popular opponent for his use of the Strange Potion, which can change the gender of the pet it is used against; this change remains even after the battle is over. Players who wish to change the gender of one of their pets can do so cheaply within a few turns of battling.
Since battling in the Battledome awards Neopoints and items, it can only be done on your main account, even though you're allowed to unlock the Lab Ray on your side accounts. If your mis-gendered pet is on a side account, you will have to transfer them to your main account first.
The Previous Lab Ray Map
The Secret Laboratory Map got an image redesign on April 20, 2011. Here's what it used to look like:
This article was written by: Dave & JN Forum Members