Limited and Restricted Neopets
The Neopets site boasts 54 different species of pet for you to own; to obtain a few of them, though, you'll have to work a little bit harder than usual. In particular, getting a Krawk, a Lutari or a Draik can be a bit tricky -- so much so that we've given them their own guides. Click on the images below to be taken to a specific guide for the Krawk, the Lutari or the Draik.
Creating A Pet On Its Day
Each species of pet has its own special day to commemorate the day that species first appeared in Neopia. On this day, TNT will usually release a bunch of items related to that pet; on Limited Edition pets' days, they may also make it possible for users to create a certain number of pets from that species. The pets are "released" at random times throughout the day in groups of about 1,000; once they are released, the option to create one is made available at the Create a Neopet page until enough have been created for the current batch to run out.
Here is a list of the limited edition/restricted pet days. Note that TNT have also been known to release random pets for special occasions such as the site's birthday in November.
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Pet days for the Neopet species in the table above will generally include a release, but it's not guaranteed, and Lutari in particular do not get released every year. There's no way of telling in advance whether TNT will decide to release any Lutari on their day, so would-be Lutari owners will just have to be extra vigilant.
Draiks and Krawks are not released on their pet days; TNT seem to want to keep the creation of these two species as a special experience. However, a glitch in the pet creation system on Draik Day in Year Eleven meant that a very small number of players were temporarily able to create Draiks in the early hours of that morning. This error was corrected within a few hours, and it's almost certain that TNT will never let this kind of mistake occur again.
Unlike the other Limited Edition pets, Tonus are also released every time the Giant Omelette is completely devoured, but only in batches of 50 at a time -- so you'll have to hurry if you want one!
How Do I Know When A LE Pet Has Been Released?
By checking the Top Neopets page, you can see how many of each pet exist in Neopia. You'll be most interested in the bottom of this page, this part:
The number in brackets is the number of pets that TNT has released; the number outside the brackets is the number of that pet which has been created (not including any pets that have been zapped by the lab ray or morphed). When a certain pet is available to be created, the number in the brackets will be higher than the number outside of it; that is your cue to run and create one while you can. However -- as you can see with the number of Cybunnies in the above screenie -- the numbers are sometimes a little bit inaccurate, and it can look like there are still pets available to be created when there aren't. The best plan is to look for a large gap (about 1000) between the two numbers before getting excited.
Other Ways To Get A Rare Pet
If you haven't managed to create a pet during its festival, or are just feeling a bit impatient, don't despair! There are alternative ways of getting your dream pet.
If you don't mind changing the species of one of your existing Neopets, there are plenty of items you can use to do so. The most obvious course of action is to use a Morphing Potion, which will instantly change your pet to the colour and species listed in its name (for instance, an Orange Koi Morphing Potion to produce an Orange Koi), but there are other options. If you don't mind a Mutant Neopet, or are planning to paint your new rare pet anyway, you could use a Transmogrification Potion. There are also Magical Plushies available for certain colours and species. Alternatively, the Mysterious Swirly Potion will produce a random Limited Edition pet. You can read more about how and when to use all these items here.
The Lab Ray
As well as changing your pet's colour and altering his or her stats in the battledome, the Lab Ray can also change your pet's species. Chombies, Cybunnies, Grundos, Hissies, Jetsams, Kikos, Koi, Lutari, Poogles and Tonus can all be obtained at the lab. TNT seem reluctant to confirm or deny whether your pet can be zapped into a Krawk or Draik; if it does happen, it's certainly an incredibly rare occurrence.
I have the Wooden Spoon award for a reason, you know!
Adoption and Trading
Every now and then someone will place a Limited Edition pet in the Pound to find a new home. You're welcome to adopt these homeless Neopets, but since rare species are very popular, you may have to be quick! Your account must be at least four months old to be able to adopt one of these pets (except Grundos), however. Younger accounts won't be able to see rare species in the Pound at all.
If randomly searching the Pound doesn't suit you, you might be able to find someone looking for a home for a rare pet on the Neopian Pound Neoboard. Whether you decide to adopt a foster pet or swap pets with another user, you can read more about what to do in our adoption and trading guide.
One important exception to remember is that Lutari cannot be placed in the Pound or given to any other player at all. So if you want a Lutari, you'll have to morph, zap or create your own!
This article was written by: Weepit & Dream