Welcome to Aywas!
Hello new member of aywas! This is probably the first thing you will read on the
site (after the Terms of Service,
of course), so to make it most beneficial to you, please be sure to read it in
its entirety before posting on the help forums.
First, check your inventory and find this item:
You'll want to open this item by clicking on it, and inside you'll find lots of helpful items that we'll go over in this tutorial.
Aywas has three main currencies. These are listed below!
The blue currency is "Blue Paws" (BP). This is the currency you gain from games and exploring. It has a special shop here: BP Shop.
The silver currency is "Silver Paws" (SP). This is the currency you gain by winning site contests, getting on the High Score for the games, and so forth. It is the hardest currency to obtain. It has a special shop here: SP Shop.
Aywas' special features mostly involve being able to submit your own content. This includes pet colorations (for everyone to collect), customs (for just you), items, etc.
If you're an artist, you'll find that submitting pets and human avatar clothes to be a very profitable business. You can find every pet genus's PSD on the threads contained in the Pet Suggestions Forum. Why not download one and try your hand at coloring it?
You can submit your creations in that forum if you'd like to see them on the site, or check out the special coloration contests going on in the Events forum. Both methods make you site money. You can also try making human avatar clothing and submitting it on this thread.
A lot of users love making pet customs. We'll cover more on that later.
How to Get Your First Pet
Aywas has over 1,000 pet species for you to collect. There are many ways to acquire your first aywa. However, first, it may be beneficial to see what aywas you like the most in the Aywapedia (Archives > Aywapedia). The common species right now are Melo, Vyne, Insi, Gael, Phanto, Reve, Soli, Rogr, Oakl, and Lacer. These are the aywas that are most commonly being given away or for sale.
The way you'll likely obtain your first pet is by buying a Pet Shop Pet from one of the NPCs, Xero.
He sells many pets and they are all very pretty. You should be able to find one for your starting BP amount, 500 BP.
As for actually acquiring pets for free to expand your collection, there are a few different ways to go about doing it.
First is the Adoption Center (Play > Adoption Center). This is pretty straightforward - you can adopt 1 pet per day.
Second is the Newbie Giveaways Board (Community > Forums > Newbie Giveaways). Here there are many kind people who are more established in the Aywas community that are willing to offer assitance in the form of pets, money, or items to needy newbies. However, please remember when posting here NOT to beg for anything or post a thread asking for things; instead, post on one of the already established threads.
Third is through Exploring, which will we get to in the next section.
When you opened your Newbie Package, you found this in it:
This is a Random Egg, and it contains a pet. To use it, visit the Phoenix Tree!
As you continue on your pet travels, you'll want to get more pet slots to hold pets on your account.
Your Newbie Package came with this item:
This is a Blue Orb, one of the many pet slot items. You can redeem it for 5 Pet Slots by going here.
Some people enjoying creating their very own custom pets, where they color the pet themselves and even add edits (like wings, horns, etc) onto the pet. You can find more about that here: Custom Tutorial and later in this tutorial.
Now that you have your first pet, it's time to go exploring so you can get more pets!
Explore (in the process of becoming Adventure)
To explore, your pet needs two statuses filled: energy and hunger. These items came in your Newbie Package:
One will give your pet energy, and the other will give your pet hunger. You can find additional items like these in the Energy shop and Food shop.
You will start at the Bridge, the first location in explore. In each location there are 15 quests you must accomplish before you can move on to the next location and unlock the secret activity at the end of each different area. To fulfill these quests, you must defeat a number of different monsters. To access these quests, you can click HERE, or just click the button at the bottom of the Explore screen that says 'Quest Status'.
While you are exploring, you will run into wild pets. These pets you can catch. The following item will help you:
If you see a pet you might want to catch, try tossing your Blue Tranq at the pet before entering battle with it. You can get more in the Explore Shop.
[TIP: Defeating monsters can be difficult at first, but to help your pet out,
it may be helpful to equip some Armor or Weapons, which can be purchased in the Armory and the Weapons Shop (Shopping > Shop
Listing). Your newbie package comes with two, see below.
You can equip these equipment by going to your Pet Dashboard and clicking "Modify Equipment". If you do not see your pet there, you must go to your Lair and select your pet, then click "Set as Active."
Customs and Custom Designs
One very big aspect of Aywas is the ability to make your own custom pets. This means you download the source files for the pet species and get to color it and even edit the lines (to add wings, horns, scarves, etc) in your art program. Artists can make a LOT of money doing this! Some people can sell their designs for 5 GP - 20 GP! Check out the coloring tutorial from a site artist to get some helpful hints.
There is a whole forum dedicated to people selling custom designs they make, in case you do not know what to use a Custom Crystal or Orb on. You can even get an artist to make your design specifically for you - a commission.
The cool thing about customs is that they are also breedable! That means, you can breed your custom with someone else's and get babies that look like both parents.
To see the complete tutorial page about customs, go here!
Breeding on Aywas is different than on many other sites. If you happen to come across a Lesser Breeding Coin (LBC), Breeding Coin (BC), or Radioactive Breeding Coin (RBC), there are a few things to keep in mind.
Lesser Breeding Coins only allow you to breed two pets of the same species (ex:
Melo x Melo, Soli x Soli, Oakl x Oakl), which includes breeding two hybrids of
the same species together (ex: Quetzal x Quetzal, Griffin x Griffin, Kyre x Kyre).
However, you can not breed together two pets of different species (ex: Melo x
An example of an LBC breeding.
Breeding Coins, which are much more expensive and are only released every few
months, allow you to breed together two pets of a different species (ex: Melo
x Soli = Quetzal) Here is a list of all the different pets you can breed together
to get hybrids.
An example of a BC breeding.
Radioactive Breeding Coins allow you to breed whatever you want together, but be warned, you could come out with a mutant pet, or something that might not be breedable!
Like I mentioned before, breeding on aywas is different than on many different
sites. Breeding here is done by hand just for you, not automatically, so it could take anywhere
from 1 week - 3 months to get your baby(ies), just like if you were to commission an artist.
Games and NPC's
There are many fun things to do on Aywas, including zapping your pet into something potentially cool and rare, cooking, doing quests, and pet research.
We'll start with where to find all these fun games, plus more. All of the games/activities on the site can be found HERE (Play > Game List). At the top you'll see a few games such as Hangman and Count the Objects. Pick a Leaf and Guess the Number can only be played once a day, but all the other games can be played as much as you want.
Now we'll move onto the NPC games and quests.
First, there is Cooking With Chaos. In this game, you make your pet active (My Pets > Pets), and collect all the items Chaos asks for. Once you have collected all these items, Chaos will reward you with one item, which increases as you move up in levels.
Next, we have Tamas's Item Quests. Five times a day you can give Tamas an item, and he will reward you with another item and 1,000 BP.
Then there's Zave's Free Food. Once a day you can go to Zave and he will give you free food depending on how many pets you have (maximum of 10 items per day).
Next there is 'Nag Kaz and Shoe'. Once a day you can go bug Kaz or Shoe (depending on the time of day - Kaz is on from Midnight to Noon; Shoe is on from Noon to Midnight). Kaz might either throw a rare item at you, or blast your active pet with a fireball that can make it faint. Shoe will either not notice you are there, or give you a small amount of bp or an item.
Finally, there is Rogue's Zapping. If you collect all nine spheres from around
the site, once a day you can go to Rogue and he will zap your active pet. Sometimes
nothing will happen, sometimes you'll get a stat increase or decrease, and sometimes
your active pet will change into another pet.
Your Human Avatar
A fun new feature of Aywas is the Human Avatar system. If you post on the forums, or if someone vists your profile, they will see your human avatar.
First, to create your human avatar, you can go to the Salon (Shopping > Shop Listing > Salon). There you will have the option to choose your avatar's hair, eyes, skin color, and more.
To dress up your avatar, you will need clothes, which can be found randomly in
Explore, in the Donation Box (Shopping > Shop
Listing > Donation Box), or in some other shops. To actually dress your avatar,
you can either click on your avatar in the left side panel, or go to My Account > Human
To start you off, your package came with these items:
But surely you'll find your avatar better clothing, right?
Who to Contact
If you run into problems with the site or just feel you need to talk to a staff member, here are a list of people to contact. You can read more about each staff member (and see who is online) by clicking here!
Administrators are BLUE
Administrators are the figureheads of the various departments that dominate Aywas. Each admin has a niche of their own, but they all work together with the moderators to maintain the site as an enjoyable, innovative game.
slASHER #1 - Slash is the creator and owner of Aywas. Please attempt to contact another staff member before coming to Slash.
Erienne #17 - Eri is currently the site manager for Aywas. You'll see her making a lot of news posts and bumming around the forums trying to help people, but the majority of her work is done behind the scenes. She is also a user administrator, so if you have a question or concern that you can't find the answer to, she can either point you in the right direction or take care of your issue!
Aetheria & Rage #46 - Aetheria and Rage are user administrators and lead two departments--copyright issues and platinum breedings. You will also spot them around the forums quite a bit, so don't hesitate to ask them for help!
Frey #90 - Frey is the head of the breeding department, one of Aywas' most popular attractions! If you have a question about breeding that cannot be answered in the Help forum or one of our many breeding tutorials, you can contact her. She is an expert on all things babby!
Visark #185 - Visark is our resident data monkey. She handles fun things like contest prize payouts, custom item orders, lineart switches and general refunds. Check out her profile for some helpful information!
Skitty #543 - Skitty is the custom overlord. She heads the "What color crystal is my custom?" thread in the Ask the Admin forum which will tell you which custom item your design is compatible with. Skitty is also a walking encyclopedia of custom information, so if you have a custom-related question, she's the admin you're looking for!
Kyu & Mauri #1010 - Mauri is Frey's assistant and the head of pet colorations. She manages certain breeding queues and you can find both Kyu and Mauri fixing up babies. They also do various slavework for Eri.
Moderators are GREEN
Moderators can answer general questions about the site and its features. They can also help you if you want a thread moved, are confused about a rule, or you're having a problem with another user. Some moderators have special duties unique to them that you can read about on our staff page as well.
Please try to contact a moderator with small, general issues before going to an administrator. Our moderators are quite capable and very friendly, so feel free to ask any one of them for help!