The Money Tree
In the center of Neopia Central, there is a tree. It is a friendly tree, and old and generous. It is the Money Tree! At the Money Tree, Neopians (and sometimes ghosts) donate Neopoints and items, after which other Neopians can collect these Neopoints and items.
Much of it, however, is junk. So how do you know what's good to get? Well, you'll probably recognize many of the items that you see as cheap items from dailies like Underwater Fishing or Coltzan's Shrine; you can safely let those go. Other times, you'll simply have to learn. A few refreshes at the Money Tree will help you determine what comes up often, and you can also browse through a list of inexpensive items in Neopia to get an idea of what is junk and what is not.
Up to twenty items at a time are displayed at the Money Tree, and nineteen of those items will almost always be rubbish. Rare items such as paint brushes, Nerkmids, and morphing potions get donated almost never. Occasionally, you'll see a Neocash item being donated via the NC Upcycle Fortune Cookie!
"Shopping" at the Money Tree
Oops! Too late...somebody seems to have taken that item while you were pondering.
Unfortunately, you will get this exact same message if someone actually did get the item before you, so the best way to tell if you've hit your limit is to actually count the items as you take them.
If you manage to get your item, you'll get this message, typo and all:
Yeah! You got it!
Thanks for visiting. We hope you enjoy your free gift. Remember, though, there are others out there less fortunate thank you...
Occasionally you may see small bags of Neopoints that have been freely donated by generous Neopians, or forcibly redistributed from unwitting Neopians by ghosts from a random event. You may only successfully collect Neopoints if you have less than 20,000 NP on hand; unlike the Soup Kitchen, Neopoints in your bank or shop till do not count against you. If you have more than this amount and still manage to nab a bag of Neopoints, you will get the following message:
You can only take Neopoints from the money tree if you have less than 20,000 NP :(
If you see a message that ghosts have taken everything, it simply means that there are no items at the Tree currently. Maybe you should donate something!
Donating to the Money Tree
To donate Neopoints, you can click the green "Donate NP" button just above the donated items. Currently, Neopoint donations must be at least 6 NPs but not more than 5,000 NP.
To donate items, you must work from your inventory. Click on an item, select "Donate Item" from the dropdown menu, and submit. You can also donate via quick stock by selecting the "Donate" option in the item's row.
Because only twenty items at a time are visible at the Money Tree, your donations might not appear immediately.
Donating Neocash Items
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Every year on October 12th, Scamanders swarm the Money Tree all day long, taking up a majority of spots. (Only a few regular donations may be seen, depending on the rate of Scamanders being caught.)
For the most part, these Scamanders will squirm away when you try to grab one:
However, there is a very small chance you'll be able to grab one. If you do, you'll receive the usual "You Got It!" message as you would for any other item.
As a strategy, you may click on the same Scamander as many times as you can until someone else is lucky enough to grab it. We would recommend opening up the main Money Tree page showing the Scamanders in one tab, and then CTRL+clicking (or CMD+clicking if on a Mac) to click on a particular Scamander and open the result in a new tab. Do it enough times, and you may walk away with a new petpet.
There are times when you may see that a Neopian character has donated something. The World Events page claims that some characters will donate dozens or hundreds of items—although we have not confirmed any of the mechanics or if the donations are still active. If you see any happen, make sure to let us know!
This article was written by: Terry & Riley