An Item is anything in Neopets which can be placed in a user's Inventory for use while playing on the website. The term "item" itself is very broad, and can describe non-living things - e.g. food, books, etc. - as well as certain living things - Petpets, Bottled Faeries, plants, etc. Items may be traded, sold, given away or discarded, with the exception of a few special items where this is restricted, such as with Petpets or paintbrushes from the newbie-pack, or certain plot items.
The basic Neopian currency - Neopoints - do not exist as physical items, but certain others - Dubloons and Nerkmids - do. The single case where Neopoints do appear in one's inventory is as the item Bag of Broken Neopoints. In this state, they do not serve as a medium of exchange, but can be fixed by Donny - being removed from the users inventory in the process - and become actual Neopoints.
Many users make it a hobby to collect certain items or types of items, and many make a gallery to share them with others. As of July 2008, there are over 25,000 different items in Neopia.
The buying and selling of items is also the main way many users make Neopoints, either through restocking or investing. Restocking (or RS) is when a user finds items at a main shop that sell for less than the user shops on the Shop Wizard. Investing is done by finding items in the Shop Wizard or elsewhere that are currently selling for less than what the user believes they will be selling for later. For example, Christmas items in June sell for a lot less then they do in December.
There are many different types of items in Neopets, all of which have different uses and purposes. Below are all the current categories items fall under as of September 2011:
Item Rarity - not to be confused with Rare Item Codes - is a relative scale of showing how rare an item is. An item is rare if they are harder to get than other items. Usually this will also mean they are more expensive. Whenever you see an items rarity it will be listed as a number. These numbers have the following meanings. All items with rarity over 70 show an inventory tag when seen in a user's inventory, helping users identify rare items faster.
Items with a rarity between 1-100 are sold in the main Neopian shops.
Items with rarities above 98 do not appear in the Neopets Search Engine.
- 1-70 - Common, easily found in main Neopian shops and given out by random events.
- 71-79 - Uncommon
- 80-84 - Rare
- 85-90 - Very Rare
- 91-95 - Ultra Rare
- 96-100 - Super Rare
- 101-109 - Mega Rare
- 110-119 - Special, these items cannot be obtained through the normal shops. Normally these are only given out as part of a special offer.
- 120 - This rarity is reserved for Brain Tree Quest prizes.
- 121-179 - Special, as the 105-119 rarity items, but these are more potent.
- 180 - Retired, this item will never again be released and its rarity will never be changed from 180.
- 200 - Artifact, these items are sold in the Hidden Tower.
- 250 - Artifact, these are either retired Hidden Tower items (not all) or Cooking Pot items made from two Hidden Tower items. They are not searchable on the Shop Wizard.
- 450 - Petpet Park, These items are used in the new Petpet Park game by Neopets. Thus far these items may not be used or acquired on the normal Neopets site.
- 500 - This rarity is reserved for NC Mall items.
Items with a high rarity value may not in fact be rare at all: certain items with high rarities are given out in large quantities, devaluing them, such as with omelettes.
When seen in the users inventory, some items will be labelled with certain tags after their name, which signify difference between them and other items. They are...
- Special - Items which usually require the user to perform certain actions to obtain. These can include prizes from Dailies, games, Quests, plots, Rare Item Codes, special shops, Treasure Map pieces, World Challenge pieces, the Cooking Pot, the NC Mall, and items which give the user other items when used (such as the cracker).
- Shaking - Exclusive for Codestones, it notes the shaking and instability of the Codestone while the user is holding it.
- Humming - Tag used to mark Paint Brushes.
- Wearable - Signifies a clothing item that can be placed in the user's "closet" for Neopets Customisation.
- Neohome - Signifies a furniture item that can be placed in the user's "Neohome Storage Shed" to decorate their Neohome. Note: This does not mean the item can necessarily be put in Classic Neohomes!
- There is a book titled Rare and Retired Items, which is said to reveal "what those hard to get items are all about". However, owning this book or reading it to a Neopet doesn't give a user any new knowledge about items.
- Help File: A Pant Devil stole my items!, Why are my items disappearing?, Help one of my items was turned to sludge!, How do I get a Safety Deposit Box?, How do I see my items?, What do you do with videos?, Can you hold more than 50 items?, Can you get items in NeoQuest that will go into your Inventory on 'Your Items' or are all the items based on staying in the game itself?, What is the difference between donating and discarding an item from your inventory?, I'm on a quest, where can I find my item?, How do I donate an item?, What does rarity mean?
- Selected Fansite: NeoItems.net,NP Investors
- User's Inventory