Ever noticed one of these on your userlookup?
Yes? No? Weren't paying attention? This is known as a Lutari Talisman. A talisman, for those who may not know, is a type of amulet or lucky charm on which you can place all sorts of magical beads. While these beads are quite expensive (to the point of not being worth it, many would add), they might just bring you some good fortune while playing Neopets!
Note: While the icon appears on everyone's lookup, only you can see your particular talisman.
There are five kinds of Talisman beads, each available in four different colours.
To put a bead onto your Talisman, click on it in your Inventory. There will be an option there for you to move the bead over.
When you have placed your beads on your Talisman, they will look like this:
As you can see, the beads in your inventory look the same by themselves as they do on the Talisman. There is one glitchy exception to this rule: when placed on the Talisman, the red Tongi bead will appear as a red Matu bead and vice-versa. Nobody is quite sure why this happens; one can safely assume it is a harmless glitch.
The Lutari Talisman was originally a feature of Lutari Island. This land was in turn part of Neopets Mobile, a service that allowed users of certain mobile phones on certain carriers (mostly in the US, but sometimes abroad) to access a special version of Neopets on their phones. If a user referred a friend to Neopets Mobile, both the user and their friend were rewarded with a Talisman bead when their friend signed up. Neopets Mobile was discontinued in June 2009 and this method of obtaining beads disappeared with it. Currently, the only way to get beads is via Random Events or the Trading Post.
It is worth noting that the Tongi beads were only available by way of referrals; since those beads are no-trade and Neopets Mobile is now closed, there is currently no way of obtaining a Tongi bead.
The exact effects of each bead have never been revealed by TNT. The official descriptions of each bead are as follows: red beads grant strength, green bring luck; blue gift diplomacy and yellow grant speed.
However, chaosrocket has a few rather well-substantiated ideas on their petpage regarding what some beads might actually do:
- The red beads are theorised to effect shop discounts. When haggling at Neopian shops (not user shops), having a red bead on your Talisman will sometimes result in a small discount off the final haggled price. Evidence suggests one bead equates to a 2% discount, two beads a 4% discount, and so on. However, users have also reported game bonuses (see below) with only red beads.
- The green beads, he supposes, result in neopoint game bonuses. When sending your score after a game, occasionally your Talisman will randomly increase the neopoints you receive. This does not happen every time you play a game. One bead will grant you a 10% increase in neopoints, two beads 25%, and so on.
- It is not known what the blue and yellow beads might contribute, but one possibility is that they increase the likelihood of the above two events occurring. Another is that they raise the frequency of random events around the site. A third is that they too grant game bonuses, as evidenced by a user being awarded game bonuses with only yellow beads on their talisman. Perhaps we'll never truly know...
I remain shrouded in mystery - just like the island, in fact...
This article was written by: Torratz