Got some disposable income in the real world? Feel like giving something back to a site that's given you a lot of pleasure -- and getting a few shiny new privileges in return? Well, with Neopets Premium you can do exactly that. If you're interested, then just read on...
Want to know about the old version of Premium? Just click here!
What is Premium?
Like the NC Mall, Neopets Premium is a way for players to support the Neopets site by spending real-world money. However, while the Mall takes one-off payments in return for single items, Premium is a longer-term commitment, taking a monthly or yearly subscription fee until the player chooses to cancel. In return, Premium subscribers have access to a variety of perks that aren't normally available. Despite TNT's occasional jokes about outrageous Premium privileges, in reality they're nothing mysterious or game-breaking -- just a few small tweaks and additions to the site that make Neopets a more interesting or convenient experience.
While signing up for Premium used to require a referral from a current member, this is no longer the case. Interested users can sign up by going here.
At the moment, there is no option to pay for Premium with Neocash. However, you can use Paypal, the same service you may well have used at the NC Mall. Alternatively, you can use a credit or debit card (remember to ask the card-holder's permission if the card is not in your name). You'll need to enter your real name, address and billing details, but don't worry -- they won't be available to other players on Neopets.
Subscribing to Neopets Premium will cost you (or your friend or relative) $7.95 per month (roughly €5/6 Euro), which works out to $95.40 for twelve months. You can also choose to be billed every four months, at a cost of $24.95 every cycle, or $74.85 a year. If you choose to get billed by the year, the cost is $69.95. If you're a young person on a budget, getting billed every four months is a great option - it's $20 less a year than by-month, but isn't such a big chunk out of your budget at one time as the by-year plan.
So What Do You Get?
So, what you're probably all dying to know at this point: what does becoming a Premium Member actually mean?
The first thing you'll notice is that all the adverts you'd normally see around the site have vanished. As a Premium Member, you'll never see another advert or sponsor spot again -- that includes banners, preloaders, and the Nick-bar at the top of the page. (Some sponsor activities, like hunts for item prizes, will still be available, but you'll have to visit them yourself.)
The next thing to become obvious is the toolbar at the bottom of the page - it includes the Super Shop Wizard, a special Premium Featured Game, Dailies Links, Space Faerie Scratchcard Redemption, a link to your Premium Neodeck, a link to the Premium Neoboards, and a link to the Premium FAQ.
You'll also have access to the Premium Neoboards. There are six of them. Three of them are available right away - Help, Main Hall, and Spotlights and Games. The other three - Charter: Main, Charter: NC Mall, and Charter: Trading/Auctions - are only available once you've been a Premium Member for around four months. Because access to these boards is limited, they're quieter and more relaxed than most of the Neoboards, but that doesn't mean they don't see some really interesting conversations and a strong sense of community. They make a nice place to hang out and chat about Neopian life with other Premium subscribers.
You'll automatically receive the "Premium Space Faerie" avatar, the "Space Faerie Premium" site theme, and the "Lucky Space Faerie Charm". Both the avatar and site theme count as default ones, rather than "secret" ones, and all three bonuses disappear if you cancel Premium.
You'll notice a new addition to your Neodeck -- a section called "Premium Cards". These aren't items you can sell or trade; they're just exclusive little pieces of art you can show off that measure how long you've been Premium. They're often themed around the name of the Neopian month in which they were awarded, and you can see a collection of them in our image emporium.
The Super Shop Wizard
One of the most talked-about benefits of Premium, the Super Shop Wizard can be found on the bottom left section of your toolbar. It looks and acts a lot like the regular Shop Wizard, but with one major difference: it searches every user shop in Neopia, rather than just a few at a time. This means you can find the lowest price a lot faster!
However, there are a few limitations. First, you can't use the SSW to search for paintbrushes, morphing potions, Nerkmids or lab map pieces of any kind. Searching for any of these items will return the message "Sorry, you are not allowed to search for ______ with the Super Shop Wizard". Secondly, the number of times you can use the SSW per hour is restricted. After a random number of searches, the Wizard will become "tired" and ask you to come back later. You can still use the regular Shop Wizard if this happens.
If you find yourself getting banned from the SSW a lot, you may want to space out your searches more. Constant searching will tire the Wizard faster, and may also lead to him takinglonger resting periods.
Like the regular Shop Wizard, the SSW shouldn't be used on Faerie Quests. During initial release of the Premium overhaul, however, it allowed users on quests to continue using it; whether this will be changed in the long run is currently unknown. It also isn't any more powerful for gallery searches than its ordinary cousin, which, while originally considered a bug, has not been fixed in the update. So if you want to rummage through other users' galleries, it's probably better to use the normal Wiz and save the SSW for when you really need it!
Something Has Happened!
If you're a Neopian regular, you're probably already familiar with the phrase "Something Has Happened", the heading that announces a Random Event. Premium has its own Something has Happened! events. Just as Random Events pop up while you're browsing the main site, so do Premium Random Events. (It is possible to get both a regular random event and a Premium one on the same page).
Premium Something Has Happened! Events, unlike the regular kind, are always good, though they are much more limited in variety. You will either receive a random amount of NP (usually between 1,000 and 3,000), or have a random item (r1-r75) fall into your lap.
The Fifth Pet Spot
The long-requested fifth pet slot has become available with the 2012 Premium overhaul. Premium members are now able to have five pets on their main account as long as they remain premium members. If you cancel Premium, you'll retain the fifth pet slot until your membership expires - at that point you'll have two options. The first is to transfer one of your pets to another account. The other is to select a pet to be put into the Neopian Pound. If you choose the latter option, the pet will go into a sort of limbo for 90 days, during which only you are able to readopt it, on that account (either by transferring another pet or by resubscribing to Premium). After those 90 days, it will be dropped into the pound, where anyone can adopt it. You must choose one of these options when the time comes, or you will not be able to continue playing on the site.
Space Faerie Scratchcards
Every Friday, you will receive a special Space Faerie Scratchcard. This isn't a regular item, so you can't sell or trade it, and it doesn't affect your ability to purchase other scratchcards around Neopia. You can access the Scratchcard by clicking the Space Faerie Scratchcard link on the middle right of your toolbar.
|Symbol||Prize for 3x Match|
A random amount of Neopoints
Space Faeries Shield
Space Faerie Tales
Space Faerie Bean Bag
Space Faerie Keyring
Space Faerie Pen
Space Faerie Plushie
A token for the Neocola Machine
A Mysterious Token
that can be redeemed for random prizes at the Space Faerie Vending Machine!
Premium Featured Game
In addition to the regular featured game, every day Premium members have an additional featured game that can be played for double NP. Clicking on the featured game spot on your Premium Toolbar will allow you to view the game for the day; it also gives a link to the game itself.
With the new Premium Toolbar, there is a "Dailies" spot that allows you to add, order, and customise your dailies routine. Clicking on the spot will bring up a small window in which you can select a daily you've already added, rearrange your dailies (by clicking on the lock icon), and manage your dailies (by clicking on the cog icon).
To add or modify which dailies options you have, click on the cog icon. A page of popular dailies will appear, ordered by land. You also have the option of choosing five custom dailies that are not on the page.
To rearrange your dailies, simply click on the lock icon to "unlock" it, and move your modules on the dailies window around!
What is the Space Faerie Charm?
The elusive Space Faerie Charm, now an automatic perk of premium membership, can't be found in our Item Database. That's because this magical artefact isn't actually an item; it doesn't appear in your inventory. That doesn't mean it isn't useful, however...
The Charm will appear on your userlookup, under the Site Feature Trophies section. From then on, when you play Flash games, there'll be a chance that the points you earn will double when you hit Send Score. (Yes, this means you can earn more than 1000 NP from a game, if the doubled score is high enough. If you send a score for 1000 NP on the Featured Game, you may even get 4000 NP!) The charm activates randomly, though; you can't choose which Flash game it activates for, and it doesn't differentiate between a high-scoring game and a low-scoring one.
I'm so mystical!
Naturally, it's impossible to know what TNT are going to think up next, and from time to time they may award an extra perk that doesn't fall into any of the above categories. An example would be the free Floating Space Faerie Doll that was given away to Premium Members in a limited-time promotion at the NC Mall.
Premium Bonus Collectibles
With the start of 2013, TNT have introduced another new premium perk: monthly premium Neocash collectibles! Awarded on or about the 15th of every month, these are special Neocash items awarded only to premium players. They can be traded or gifted using a Neocash gift box like any other Neocash item.
On April 1st, 2013, Premium Members were awarded an extra-special Bonus Collectible item - much to the distress of customisers everywhere! You can view TNT's other 2013 shenanigans at our April Fools guide.
Premium Collectible: Ultimate Cloud Bow
Certain factions give the opportunity of activating the Full Pockets boon or the Premium Dreamium boon if you side with them and they emerge victorious from the Battleground of the Obelisk. The Full Pockets boon awards you additional Neopoints when scratching a Space Faerie Scratchcard. The Premium Dreamium boon allows you to send 4 scores per day on the Premium Featured Game, instead of 3. (Or more generally, +1 score sends if there are any gaming events that allow more than 3 game sends.)
Help! I'm Having Problems With Premium!
If you're having difficulties with one of the Premium aspects of the site, be it scratchcards, the portal, or a perk you should be getting but aren't, you may find that other players have a hard time helping you -- most players aren't Premium Members, and will only have a vague grasp of what you're talking about. There is, of course, the Help and Newbies Premium Neoboard, where you may well get the answer you're looking for, but if that doesn't help, you may have to call in expert help. The premium section of the Neopets F.A.Q. is located here, and contains several subcategories covering multiple areas of Premium. If you're still not finding the answer, you'll need to submit a traditional bug-report outlining your issue.
Changed Your Bank Details?
If something about your bank details changes -- for instance, if your debit card expires and you have to get a new one -- you may find that your Premium features suddenly vanish into thin air. Don't panic! This is a common occurrence with a fairly easy fix. Simply go to the Premium drop-down link, and update in order to re-subscribe.
If You Want To Quit
In an ideal world, we'd all have enough money to pay for Premium indefinitely. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. If you've decided you want to end your time as a Premium Member, you'll need to go here. You'll be asked why you wish to cancel; this is for the company's records, and will not have a bearing on your account.
You will be able to continue using your Premium services until the next time you would normally have paid for them. After that, you'll return to being a normal Neopets player, and no longer be able to get or use:
- Space Faerie Scratchcards
- The Premium Boards
- Your Space Faerie Charm
- The "Space Faerie" avatar
- The Fifth Pet Slot
- Premium Featured Game
- The Super Shop Wizard
- The Monthly Premium Collectible
You will also no longer be able to see the Premium Cards section of the Neodeck.
However, you will still be able to keep any prizes (other than the Space Faerie Charm) that you received for referring other players, as well as any Neopoints and items you received from Premium Events. The Space Faerie site theme may stay on your account if you were still using it when your subscription ran out, but if you then change to a different theme, you will not be able to return to Space Faerie later.
If you quit Premium and then re-subscribe at a later date, any perks that you've previously gained, such as your Premium Neodeck cards, will automatically reappear.
This article was written by: Dream & Suzuka