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Hi, 2022's Advent Calendar gave us few nice battledome items. Roxtons Trusty Bowie Knife dealing 15 icons and blocking 75% earth (It would've been cool if it was 100% blocker or reflected) and Feeling Better Soup, Once per Battle item that heals 50% and fully blocks air, making it unique 50% healer. To be honest, when i got this, i though it was food item and not battledome item. Soup's item description is bit confusing since it says This One Use Item was given out by the Advent Calendar in Y24 When others that have used in battle says it's once per battle item. I hope item description gets fixed, saying This once per Battle item was given out by the Advent Calendar in Y24. Please don't make it one use... Anyway, Happy New Year to all TNT workers. Please don't mention my name. ~Anonymous

So happy to see how much users have been appreciating the new Battledome items that we released during the Advent Calendar! As for the Feel Better Soup, you are correct that this weapon was intended to be once per battle, and our team can definitely see how the item description is causing confusion. We went in and updated the item description to better reflect that it can be used once per battle. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we can cut down on any future confusion, and have a Happy New Year! ~~Aesop

From Neopian Times, Issue 975 (Modern) · Published January 13, 2023 · JN Editorial ID: 21544

I've looked everywhere i can think of and I can't find any codestones for sale, how on earth do i get them? ~~radkitkat

Hello! Besides shops you can also get codestones at the Deserted Tomb, Tombola, random events or as a prize from certain Battledome Opponents. You can also get them at the trading post or auctions. Hope this helps! ~~ Sunpotato

From Neopian Times, Issue 972 (Modern) · Published November 4, 2022 · JN Editorial ID: 21510

Hello~ would you consider releasing some new battledome weapons before the end of the year? Maybe for the Advent Calendar? We've only had 5 total released in the last 2 years. Some more middle-tier weapons for people who enjoy the player-run fun leagues (which average 8-13 icons) would be great. ~~kuroneko_kitty

I'm happy to report that we are planning on releasing a few new Battledome weapons for this year's Advent Calendar, so you'll certainly see them before the end of the year! ~~Aesop

From Neopian Times, Issue 970 (Modern) · Published October 7, 2022 · JN Editorial ID: 21120

Are there any plans to update the Battledome? Some players have spent hundreds of millions of Neopoints in training a pet and the deserve to be rewarded for all their effort. We used to have Wars and Battle centered events that would give exclusive prizes and trophies. Now we have nothing. ~~_the__maker_

Hi there! YES! We have gathered feedback from users over time and have the tasks carved out for the team to take on. Balancing this amongst the events that we have going on, we hope to get some fixes and updates into some future releases. ~Yarner

From Neopian Times, Issue 965 (Modern) · Published July 29, 2022 · JN Editorial ID: 21059

Hey TNT! I really wanted to know, where would you say your guys' priorities are at for the coming one to two years? For example I'm so excited for a potential new plot, I've been training my pet in advance as well for it! But there's also a lot of site upkeep to be done. Where will your focus be, and any news you could give us on upcoming plots or features? ~~christiaan258

Hey there! After many meetings and discussions, we are hard at work with updates to the future events in Neopia to make for the best experience. We also have our work carved out for the Battledome that we want to address and the work on making UC Paintbrushes as perfect as possible. Thank you for your patience! ~~Yarner

As for the plot, our narrative team has already mapped out most of the storyline, and we are tentatively aiming for the release of the first chapters next year. Once we get through some of the upcoming events such as the Faerie Festival and Advent Calendar, we will likely start having some of the other disciplines join us in working on the plot! Although I don't want to give too much away, I can say that the next plot will be a heartfelt tale involving a certain faerie long overdue for a resolution... ~~Aesop

From Neopian Times, Issue 965 (Modern) · Published July 29, 2022 · JN Editorial ID: 21052

I love zapping and adopting out pets but sometimes new owners want a gender change. I have the lab ray on all of my accounts but I'm only allowed to battle the Lab Ray Scientist on my main account, which is full of my permies. Is there any way you could let us turn off item and neopoint drops in the battledome, kind of like how you let us turn off Trudy? ~~0o0slytherinpride0o0

This is a great question. I talked to the team about it after your submission and there’s a couple of different ways we can go about this, so they’re going to take some time to think on which is the best to implement. C: ~~Gutterfoot

From Neopian Times, Issue 950 (Modern) · Published December 10, 2021 · JN Editorial ID: 20896

It's been a while since Legends & Letters was taken down, and many of us are left with duplicate untradeable items. Can you please make these items tradeable? I know many collectors who can never get that stamp, and battledomers who will never get that tablet. It would be great it everyone could complete their collections! ~~cloudypoogle

I don’t know what you’re talking about… Last I checked, they were tradeable? Hmmmmmm……. ~~Scrappy

From Neopian Times, Issue 946 (Modern) · Published October 15, 2021 · JN Editorial ID: 20858

Hi Gutterfoot and the rest of dev team! How will the BD layout be changing on the mobile-friendly version? ~~t0tor0

Great question! We have definitely heard many concerns and requests over the years about Battledome and we are definitely taking the time to make sure it's an improvement. This means it won't be done by the end of the year, but since Battledome isn't flash there's no concerns of losing it before we make the improvements. ~~gutterfoot

From Neopian Times, Issue 917 (Modern) · Published October 23, 2020 · JN Editorial ID: 20646

Hi TNT, please can you clarify a couple of rules regarding side accounts. 1) If we only have the lab ray on our side account and want to battle the Lab Ray Scientist JUST to change the gender of our pet, are we allowed to? Assuming we make zero attempt to win the battle and withdraw from the battle as soon as the gender is changed (so no prizes). 2) If we only have the lab ray on our side account, are we allowed to use the lab ray cookies? 3) Is 2 player battling allowed on side accounts, assuming all weapons and faerie abilities are funded from our main account? Thanks :)

Hi, 1) No, you cannot use the battledome on side accounts; this is because there are prizes given out for winning. If you want to use the battledome to change the gender of a pet, it would be best to transfer the pet to your main, fight there and once you have gotten the change, move your pet back to your side account. 2) Yes, if you only have the lab ray on your side account, then you would be able to use the lab ray cookies on that account. However, if you ever get the lab ray on your main account, you would then only be able to use the cookies on that account. 3) Since you do not receive any points or items from 2 player battles that would be fine but just keep funding these from your main.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888 (Modern) · Published January 17, 2020 · JN Editorial ID: 20395

When I am in quick reference or at the battledome, my mutant Nimmo shows up as a blank gear instead of showing their picture. Same goes for the active pet slot at the neoboards. Can you help fix their image so I can view them, warts and all? Thanks!!~~bando2

Donny has identified the cause of this issue, and he assures us it will be fixed soon for all the Neopet species affected by it.

From Neopian Times, Issue 864 (Modern) · Published April 26, 2019 · JN Editorial ID: 20144

Battledome Results:

After nearly a year of delay, the survey results are finally in! We apologise for the lag on our part, our attention has been dragged into a million and one directions in this past year. We want to improve the site in so many ways. And there are so many things to do here in Neopia as you all know and different users have different tastes and interests so we attempt to reach in all directions for change but sometimes we bite off a little too much. So finally we are ready to tackle the fixes that are Battledome. So with that let's get into a brief summary of the results. We had about 10,000 or so users participate last January! We were overwhelmed with great feedback and results that will help us move into the stages of fixes we hope to begin very soon. Scrappy is away at our other HQ for the week, so the second she gets back we hope to dive in head first. So let's just jump into it.

-68% of you have been playing for 11-19 years! Which is insanely awesome!

-50% of you play 21 plus times a week.

-A lot of you want us to focus on fixing the foresight glitch which we also really want to find a solution to.

-In terms of stances 17% of you thought they were super important while 30% were neutral.

-Featured Challengers received 19% neutral yet 26% found it super important.

-Regarding stealing and reflecting 22% thought it was important while 27.6% were neutral and 11% said no altogether.

-Most answers involving high score table & battling difficult opponents were neutral.

-A big percentage voted toward implementing some sort of hit point system as a fourth option in battling.

-73% of you REALLY want to bring back Defenders of Neopia!

In conclusion,

We hear you loud and clear battledomers! We are working with our lead programmer and QA team to hopefully get to the root of each and every issue to bring you all a better dome experience. Just note each fix is an individual issue. No issue can be fixed with one amazing magical blanket…as much as we wish it could. I'd pay millions for that blanket! But anyways just know we will do our best to find a way to the core of the Battledome code to find the best solutions feasible. Thank you for your year long waits of patience and we hope to report some changes soon.

From Neopian Times, Issue 855 (Modern) · Published February 8, 2019 · JN Editorial ID: 20257

Hi Scrappy! I love the battledome We are hoping to hear some feedback from the battledome survey or learn about what fixes might be in the works. Can you share some details with us? Thanks so much, I know all the battledomers would love to hear too ~xfiremax

Fight on Battledomers! Thank you for participating in the survey we love hearing from you! As of now we have no exact timeline for these fixes because as you know there some interesting issues. We want to be efficient so we can do it right! We will keep you updated as things progress!!!

From Neopian Times, Issue 824 (Modern) · Published April 23, 2018 · JN Editorial ID: 20589


Hiya! Just wanted to say thanks so much to the content team working on The Wraith Resurgence! The new weapons and Battledome challengers are awesome. Same with the the achievement rewards and the new Fiendish Formations game! Can't wait to see what Malum has to say once he's revived, and I hope Fyora gets better soon :) ~slugert143

Okay so far I've seen only three of the new colours, but they were all so well done - I wanted to send kudos to the artists. Plus *hands over a truck full of cookies* thank you to the whole neopets team for deciding to give us a new colour every day until valentines day. That was an awesome surprise! ~kissy_08

Dear Scrappy and Jade, Please give my compliments to everyone who worked on drawing , designing , and animating the Aiden Bobblehead. I love it! It's just perfect (and I'm not even a Skeith fan)! ~jaylahcat

Happy thoughts: The content team has been doing an AWESOME job lately! :D The plot is great, the Steampunk color is cool, the Candy Kacheek is amazing (it will be mine when I have room), it was nice to see new Dyeworks, the Random Contest is back, there are new prizes for dailies (I hope to get a King Skarls Robe someday), the Hidden Tower is back... I could go on and on. I can't wait to see what new color/species combos will be released, up until Valentine's Day! *crosses fingers* ~ _brainchild_


From Neopian Times, Issue 816 (Modern) · Published February 15, 2018 · JN Editorial ID: 20592

My dearest and loveliest Scrappy, I must say that I see a lot of "it's on our list!" and "it's coming soon!" in the editorial. While I am sure my fellow Neopians are excited to see our favorite things are on the list for a return - or a first time return..er...you get what I mean - I would absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to kind of be aware of an order! Is it possible to tell us the top 5 things you guys are working on right now and we can expect to see in 2018? I'm desperate for data, here, my cookie-loving friend. Throw a vampire a bone? ISONEOFTHEMKEYQUESTCOUGH? :) ~vampire_bloodraven

So, I'm glad that you brought this up! We were going over Battledome in particular and looking at certain possibilities to add/fix when we decided, why not just get your opinions on it??
To do this, sometime early next we are going to release some sort of a survey so you guys can vote on your top priorities and we can move froward from there! We want to get you guys more involved and this seems like a good way to do it!!

From Neopian Times, Issue 814 (Modern) · Published January 26, 2018 · JN Editorial ID: 19720

Scrappy, your beautiful tropical fish — You're smart as a whip and you're cool under pressure. *Throw a ton of cookies* I have material for throws for a long time, no worry. I was thinkin' about the 35 cap of dropped battledome items on The Wraith Resurgence Plot. I'm a little worried about the donations of potion from the injured Neopets. With only a few items to make potions, how we can donate a lot? You're attempted to remove this cap-thing? Want more snacks?

Wow, that was so sweet! I always want more snacks...seriously always! Whenever we get this neocam back up and running the first thing I'm doing is showing you ALLLLL my snacks! You'll be shocked. But anyways, this is a conversation going around TNT. We cannot simply remove the cap completely, otherwise Neopia would be running rampant with these Wraith items and that would just be insanity. However, we also want to make sure everyone has enough to participate in everything! I will definitely release something on Monday/Tuesday to give you a further update on it but we will make sure everyone has enough to be able to participate in all aspects of the plot!

From Neopian Times, Issue 812 (Modern) · Published January 12, 2018 · JN Editorial ID: 20599

Hiya Scrappy and Jade! So I have seen a few discussions on the boards lately about whether selling Battledome Training items, such as dubloons and codestones, and weapons and such is allowed or not. So can you settle this for us? Are we allowed to make boards to sell stuff because of the battledome plot or should we stick with the buying/selling boards?

Absolutely!!! We encourage trading and no matter what goes on in Neopia, these items are always okay to trade!!!

From Neopian Times, Issue 800 (Modern) · Published October 6, 2017 · JN Editorial ID: 19514

Hi! I've been a big fan of galleries and the Gallery Spotlight for a long time now, and I'm trying to get my gallery to be featured in the spotlight. However, my gallery has categories and I was wondering if that will hurt my chances? Most of the galleries in the spotlight do not have categories. All of mine are linked to one theme but they need to be categorised so they're neat and organised. *Prods weapons in gallery* Please answer willingly, I don't wanna take you to the battledome ;) ~ dukula

Well well well, you wanna take this to the dome then bring it on! Although, in the Neopian spirit of friendship I will answer your question. I LOVE categories and that will not have any effect on your chances of being picked! So, may the best galleries win!!

From Neopian Times, Issue 777 (Modern) · Published April 14, 2017 · JN Editorial ID: 19167

I was going through my Safety Deposit Box the other day, and I noticed that the Battledome weapon Parachute Dynamite (a GMC prize) was classified as "none". Seeing as the dynamite in question is quite unexploded and therefore still there, perhaps you could drop a note (parachute optional) on the desk of the proper authority? Also note, all puns are quite intentional. ~jara_hamee

If you check again, I think you'll find an explosive solution has parachuted in... too much?

From Neopian Times, Issue 773 (Modern) · Published March 17, 2017 · JN Editorial ID: 19140

Hey there! I wanted to know which of my pets was to be abandoned if ever my premium ran out and went on a long hiatus? Is it possible for us to choose which pet could/should be put up for trade if ever I do not subscribe before the 3 months? (I raise this question as I often put my battledome pet as my active and I wouldn't want her to be put up for trade if ever I forget to renew my membership!) Thanks! ~ x_mystichorse_x

Hi! So when your premium runs out, the next time you log in you get a message asking you to abandon one of your pets, or renew your premium, and you can't do anything until that message has gone away. We will not just pick one of your pets and get rid of them without your knowledge :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 768 (Modern) · Published February 10, 2017 · JN Editorial ID: 19101

Howdy Neopets Team! We know there is something on the horizon involving The Battledome. Without giving too much away, can you mention whether it involves more of a plot/war, more of an alteration/update to the Battledome structure, both or something completely different?! The entire community has been waiting since 2012 for something and everyone is just very excited - Thank you =) ~ _mariokart_

I don't want to give anything away, so all I will say is that it is an event, not just a structural update. As for the rest, you'll have to wait and see!

From Neopian Times, Issue 766 (Modern) · Published January 27, 2017 · JN Editorial ID: 19092

Frisbee tosses giant holiday cookie! Let's say an event is coming to the battledome, will Neopians be given advanced warning to train their pets? ~ johnnysslorg

Consider this your advance warning :) I don't have a timeline yet, as we had to focus on the recurring site events that go on this time of year! But nonetheless, as y'all know, something may or may not be in the works...

From Neopian Times, Issue 760 (Modern) · Published December 9, 2016 · JN Editorial ID: 19038

Recently battlers have noticed a new blank arena after the premium cosmic dome. This has caused a lot of speculation and excitement on the battledome chat. Is this just some sort of glitch, or is this the first sign of a new update/arena/war/something? ~ piledriver

Hmm... A new dome you say? It's almost like someone has been working on something new... Very interesting indeed...

From Neopian Times, Issue 754 (Modern) · Published October 21, 2016 · JN Editorial ID: 19004

Hey CQ! So I did a livestream awhile back of 2-player battledome fights and it was really run and people had a good time - I posted that I was going to another one day, and I got a 48-hr silence. It's been said before that livestreaming oneself on the site is okay as long as we do not lead people offsite. I've done my best to ensure that I hold true to this principle by not giving instructions on where to view my stream - all I was doing was letting people know that I was going to do one. So where is the line drawn there? Thank you. ~ drazu

Mentioning you will be doing one can still be considered leading people offsite, it's up to the discretion of our monitors. Doing one isn't an issue, telling users on-site about things going on off-site is. Sorry for the confusion!

From Neopian Times, Issue 749 (Modern) · Published September 16, 2016 · JN Editorial ID: 18970

*Happy Thoughts*

Dear TNT, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the "Other" gender option. Maybe some of you all understand, maybe some never will, but it really does make Neopets so much more of a safe space to a lot of us. Thank you so much for making this site so much more welcoming and home-like. It truly does mean a lot.

I've been really impressed with the new weapons lately. The Volley Ball on Fire was very original in its design (something tough to do with almost 3,000 weapons already), the Shuriken is so much fun to use and really shook things up for mid-tier weapons, and now the Dangerous Maraquan Yo-yo providing a new interesting healer option. I know you guys took over when the BD was in an awkward state, and a lot of us (especially me) were pessimistic about the BD getting any attention when it needed it most. But these recent weapon designs have shown you guys can add some new and unique stuff to the pile of complexity that is the Battledome. (P.S. Bringing back HP increase would solidify you guys as the most benevolent BD overlords since the ancient times.


From Neopian Times, Issue 731 (Modern) · Published May 6, 2016 · JN Editorial ID: 18830

* Happy Thoughts*

Hey Jumpstaff! I wanted to thank you for all the new Battledome items. I thought you had forgotten about us, but I'm glad we were thought about this Daily Dare. Thanks. Please remove my username.

Thanks so much for bringing Daily Dare back! I'm having such a wonderful time, it really has been a while - I'd forgotten just how much fun it is! Excited to see what AAA's secret project is, mwahaha! ~ serebii251


From Neopian Times, Issue 730 (Modern) · Published April 29, 2016 · JN Editorial ID: 18818

Firstly thankyou for releasing a bd weapon and addressing a battledome related question. It means a lot to a community that feels forgotten. And I know you guys are just starting to poke around about DON, but in the meantime can we have a new hidden tower weapon to tide us over? Pretty please?~ deltamorious

Happy to hear it! We definitely don't want any part of our community to feel unwelcomed or forgotten! I'll pass on a note to the content team as well to see what they can do!

From Neopian Times, Issue 710 (Modern) · Published December 11, 2015 · JN Editorial ID: 18630

Hi TNT! ^_^ So, we all know Defenders of Neopia has been down for a long time now. Is this something that is going to be retired and not come back, or is there a *chance* it will come back in the future? Thank you!! ~ pookfer

Hi! This is definitely not retired and never coming back, but I also don't have a timeline for you for when it will. We have started poking around to see roughly what needs to be done to bring it back, and how we could update or improve it in the process. We're still in the planning stage, but it has started to be looked into, so rest easy Battledome community, you have not been forgotten!

From Neopian Times, Issue 709 (Modern) · Published December 4, 2015 · JN Editorial ID: 18614

My Royalgirl Elephante has a problem with crazy eyes, especially in the Battledome. Sometimes they are Royal green eyes and sometimes everyday brown eyes. She says it makes her feel weird. Please help, a Royal with crazy eyes can be difficult to deal with. ~ mooms

Say goodbye to crazy eyes, she will now have her intended Royal green eyes all the time. Good luck knowing when she's feeling difficult now, or why. *sigh* I can't fix everything for you!

From Neopian Times, Issue 699 (Modern) · Published September 18, 2015 · JN Editorial ID: 18515

Since I was unable to adopt a Baby Lupe due to the battledome glitch, could you please end this editorial with the most adorable Baby Lupe picture ever? Please remove my username ^_^ ~username removed

Sorry about that! It should be back up and running soon, and to hopefully cheer you up in the meantime…

Is anything cuter than a baby Lupe in a box?!

From Neopian Times, Issue 693 (Modern) · Published August 7, 2015 · JN Editorial ID: 18456


Hey, Great Gods of Neopia. Today I noticed that you fixed buttons on our pages. A few days ago, you fixed Battledome prizes and editing guilds. These are small steps, but they give us hope for new, bigger ones. I can't wait to see Defenders of Neopia back. Good luck, TNT. ~suharki

TNT! I just have to say that the Maraquan Xweetok is a MASTERPIECE! My sister and I have been waiting for it for years, and we're really glad to have finally gotten it! Thank you sooo much! :D ~annnoel

Thank you SO MUCH for bringing us all those lovely items dedicated to The Discarded Magical Blue Grundo Plushie of Prosperity! I absolutely love that little guy, so seeing all those items that I can collect in his honor made my day. :') Please send my compliments to any artists who took part in those items! ~annsunshinex3

From Neopian Times, Issue 673 (Modern) · Published December 12, 2014 · JN Editorial ID: 18272

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