Over the course of several years, Neopets TCG cards were released in stores - over 1000 individual cards in total. They showcased piles of original art, hid interesting facts on their captions, and teased at plots to come (as well as including highly sought-after Virtual Prize Codes!). Though no sets have been released in several years, the cards that were reveal plenty of interesting tales.
Look for the Dr. Sloth icon embedded in many of the facts - clicking on this will open the image of the related TCG in a new window!
Hidden in Images
When working on the Neopets TCG, artists had to come up with piles of new images - and can you blame them for having fun in the process? Here are some of the fun things they slipped in!
- Sophie the Swamp Witch appears to be reading the book on A Tale of Woe.
- The Wand of Wishing appears in the Mynci's tail on the card The Founder.
- The card Red Bruce shows the Bruce fishing through a hole in the ice, also known as Ice Fishing! It's real, and especially common in the north-central United States, Northern Europe, and Canada.
- Contrary to initial perceptions, the Ixi on Jelly Aishas isn't holding a plate - all the Aishas are balanced on its hooves.
- The Northwest directional arrow is missing on Traveling Neopia, and that is precisely the direction the compass arrow is pointing.
- The Grarrl in Curse of the Mootix is Torakor - making an appearance before the Altador Plot was even released! You can also see him in Tournament Arena from the Hannah and the Ice Caves expansion.
Everyone messes up once in a while, right? Throughout the TCG sets, there have been cards where they didn't seem to belong, cards that contradicted each other, and cards of things that didn't exist! Was it a mistake, or on purpose? You decide!
- The Haunted Woods TCG set includes a Royal Tonu, Orange Korbat, and a Shadow Korbat - but none had yet been released in Neopia!
- Similarly, in the Darkest Faerie release, there was an Orange Kacheek, which also had not yet been released.
- Did you know that originally, Altador was called Talador!
- The Lost Desert expansion cemented Amira as ruler of Sakhmet, but the card Crest of Sakhmet refers to Vyssa as the Empress.
- Silver Draik Eggs don't exist in Neopia, but they did in the Battle for Meridell expansion!
- The dice on NeoQuest Board Game aren't regular dice - real dice always have the 4 and 3 opposite each other, never next to each other.
- The Red Scorchstone looks nothing like the Scorchstones on the site.
Did You Know...
There's a lot you can learn from the captions on TCG cards - and some of it from nowhere else! Here are some of the more fascinating things that lie hidden in their text.
- Aishas are very good students, hence the 'A' on their collars!
- Slorgs migrated to Mystery Island after overrunning Meridell.
- Poogles have super-sharp teeth.
- You have to pass a multi-level entrance exam to get into the Faerieland Magic Academy.
- Kadoaties don't like the dark - they'll cry until a light is turned on at night! The only exception is the Mutant Kadoatie, which does the reverse.
- Noils are excellent at finding places to hide.
- Meuka once tried to eat a Ring of Sloth.
- You can find every book in Neopia in Fyora's library, save for one.
- Jhudora keeps a pair of evil Gruslens as bodyguards. Their names? Sarah and Daisy.
- Sophie's family mansion has thirty rooms.
- Apis measure volume in megahumps.
- The Cooking Pot must always be stirred clockwise.
- Mazzews have a slight obsession with spinach.
- Grarrls use the same word for both "destruction" and "fun".
- Alien Aishas fly using transporter beams.
- King Coltzan the First founded Sakhmet City in 873 BN (though the Neodeck suggests it was, in fact, Chen-Ra).
- The first Petpet to enter the world was Meow, a Meowclops.
- In Meridell, Four-Leaf Clovers are only the second luckiest plant.
- When Taelia left Faerieland for good, she also left her Snow Faerie Token as a gift.
- Neopets refer to snow angels as "Taelias", after the Snow Faerie.
- The Mystery Island economy is driven by the sale of Acorn Toys.
- Purple Zafara Morphing Potions include a drop of lavender.
- Speckled Neggs have absolutely no flavour.
- Meercas tend to steal Fuzzles.
- Meridell's royal library has 10,000 books, and none of them are organized.
- Dark Faeries rarely cry, but when they do, a Black Pearl is produced from their tears.
Behind the Cards
Can you blame TNT for wanting to sneak some fun things in? Whether it's a reference hidden in a caption, or something coming up in Neopia, this list will help you be "in" on the joke!
- Zombie pets appeared in the Haunted Woods TCG before they did in Neopia - and they look almost exactly the same.
- Ylana Skyfire and Sophix II first appeared in the card Mercenaries in the Hannah and the Ice Caves expansion.
- The text on the Grundo Programmer is real code which prints out the word "grundo".
- The code on Grundo Warehouse is the one used to get the avatar.
- The caption on Hot Feet is an allusion to the popular game Dance Dance Revolution.
- Several members of TNT have been known to play the game Dungeons and Dragons; the text on Gelert Wizard playfully references that.
- The binary on the card Anubits translates to "RAWR".
- Kreludan Blade references the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.
- Juppie Juice has a cute little allusion to the classic story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'.
- The text on Maraquan Chomby talks of the "loch" - an allusion to the Loch Ness Monster on which the design was based.