Petpet Lab Ray
In addition to being able to zap your Neopets, you can now zap your Petpets at the Petpet Lab Ray! Will your Petpet turn into a hideous Meepit, or will it turn into a cute and fluffy Feepit!?
Accessing the Petpet Lab Ray
Other than buying them from other players, Petpet Laboratory Map pieces can only be obtained through a specific Random Event in which you receive one random piece.
Zapping Your Petpet
Once you have access to the Petpet Lab Ray, you may zap any Petpet currently attached to any of your Neopets. You cannot zap a Petpet in your inventory. If you ever choose to remove your Petpet from your Neopet, the Petpet will revert back to its original form.
The Petpet Lab Ray can:
- Change your Petpet into any other Petpet up to r101 (very rarely keeping either the colour or species)
- Change your Petpet into a special Lab Ray only Petpet (with the message "Holy cow! Is that a special Petpet? It surely is. You're quite the lucky one.")
- Increase your Petpet's level by 1
- Decrease your Petpet's level by 1
- Change your Petpet's name
- Turn your Petpet into a Pile of Soot
- Do nothing at all
- Make your Petpet disappear permanently
You are limited to only one zap per account per day. Some people choose to complete the Petpet Lab map on their side accounts. You can zap whatever Petpet of yours you like with your daily zap, and you can zap the same Petpet as many times as you wish, even if it is a Pile of Soot!
Exclusive Colours and Species
There are several Petpet colours that can only be accessed through the Petpet Lab Ray:
However, there are a few special exceptions to the above that can be achieved in other ways, though all are also available through the lab ray:
There are also several exclusive species that can only be obtained through the Petpet Lab Ray:
Finally, there are a handful of species/colour combinations that are exclusive to the Petpet Lab Ray:
Because a Petpet reverts to its original form once it is removed from your pet, these exclusive colours and species cannot be bought, sold, or transferred from one pet to another.
The Petpet Lab Ray appears to have some limitations as to which Petpets you can get. While most are available to get zapped into, including event ones like the Birthday Petpets, it has been mentioned in the Neopian Times Editorial issue 514 that the ray can only zap your pet into other Petpets up to r101, except for some unique Lab Ray colours:
Is it possible for the Petpet Lab Ray to zap your Petpet into a retired Petpet? I've asked around and gotten mixed responses. ~kolinkspark
No; only Petpets with a rarity of 101 or less are possible from the Petpet Lab Ray. Retired items and Petpets are generally set to rarity 180. However, all "lab ray only" colours, such as chocolate, gold, etc. are available through the lab ray, regardless of the rarity of the Petpet.
This means that Petpets with the Retired status, as well as a handful other Petpets like the prizes from the Brain Tree and several Pirate Petpets, are unavailable to get from the Petpet Lab Ray. For a full list of Petpets you can't get through the Petpet Lab, click here.
When the ray causes your Petpet to disappear, it is gone forever, and if it had a Petpetpet then it is gone forever too. There is no way to get it back. You'll have to get a new Petpet and start over.
If your language is set to something other than English, you may end up with translated versions of the names listed below.
If the lab has renamed your Petpet with a name not listed here, please let us know.
If you aren't happy with your Petpet's new name, you can easily change it at its interaction page, accessed through your Quick Ref page.
Consequences of Zapping
Any zapped Petpet that changed into a different Petpet is publicly marked as zapped on your Neopet's lookup with this indicator: .
Zapped Petpets are no longer eligible for the Petpet Protection League award.
Zapped Petpets cannot be painted by a Petpet Paint Brush.
One potential positive consequence of zapping your Petpet is avatars. For example, consider the Meowclops avatar shown below. If your Petpet is zapped into an available Meowclops, you can get this avatar. If the avatar has an age requirement, you still need to meet that requirement to be eligible.
This does not work both ways, however. For example, consider the Whee! avatar shown below. If you give a Snowbunny to your pet and it zaps into another species, you will not be able to use that Petpet to get the avatar when it is old enough.
Whee! / Guide
Have a Snowbunny attached to your pet for 364+ days and then view your pet's lookup.
Released: December 3, 2003
Non-Consequences of Zapping
None of the below activities are affected in any way by zapping your Petpet:
- Turmaculus (he will still eat zapped Petpets)
- Grave Danger
- Petpet Battles
- Symol Hole
- Attaching Petpetpets
Removing Zapped Petpets
Like any other Petpet, zapped Petpets can be removed from your Neopet by visiting it through the Quick Ref page.
When a zapped Petpet is removed, it will revert back to its original form. You can see what its original form was on the same page.
This article was written by: Dave and Kenny