Handler and Rider Rules
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Due to certain complications and confusion regarding handlers in the past, this guideline has been written to help you determine what is and is not acceptable as a handler/rider for events where handlers are required and for handler HP bonuses. You have a very wide range of artistic freedom for handlers, but due to effort-based rules, we do need to impose certain limitations.

General Handler Rules

  • Your handler must be capable of actually handling the Tokota. Can a basketball logically hold a lead rope and calm a scared or angry horse-sized beast? No. It must be sentient (able to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively), with at least some kind of appendages and limbs for which to actually handle the animal. Tentacles, human or anthropomorphic arms/paws/hands, and robotic limbs are all fine.
  • Your handler may be shown in/on a vehicle within an image, but not one that obscures them any more than the percent of body visibility that is required.
  • Shape-shifting handlers are perfectly allowed, but unless their non-human form is an anthropomorphic (humanized) creature this is only when the task guidelines do not specify that the animal must be ridden.
  • Similarly, your handler is permitted to fly only when the task guidelines do not specify that the animal must be ridden. They must still be seen within the image, visible as much as is required.
  • Keep in mind that admins still have a right to deny your image if they feel as if the handler is still not sufficient effort or visibility wise, even if it follows all of the guidelines, and regardless of what species it is. For example, if your handler is just a dot on the horizon, an uncolored silhouette, a stick figure, etc.

Acceptable Handler Size

Handler Guide by TokoTime

Too small?

(Applies to both riders and handlers)
It is very hard to depict a handler this small in a remotely sufficient manner as details are often hard to see. Admins would have to squint hard to identify what exactly it is, or if there is enough of it to qualify. It is also unlikely to be able to handle a tokota

Too large?

(Only applies to riders)
A rider this large would put significant strain on a tokota's spine. Always keep in mind the average size of a tokota depending on build:
Tokotas Height Chart by SeaCrest-Star


But my handler is my own personal character, and their design should not be for the group to decide!

That is absolutely true, and that is why, as stated above, this only applies to events where handlers are required and handler bonuses. By submitting art and participating in official group tasks, you must be prepared to follow the guidelines regarding them.

Please be respectful and mindful with your handlers, but remember that if you're not sure if something is acceptable or not, you are welcome to ask!

Do we have to do anything official like submit a handler reference to the group in order to use one?

Nope, they just have to follow these rules when you do use them!

How many handlers can one person have?

There's no limit! You can have however many and whatever kind of handlers/riders you please as long as they adhere to these rules.

Can I use one handler for everything?


Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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TheAsterikHobbyist Traditional Artist
Can a creature from another ARPG (where the creatures are sentient, have hands/paws that are capable of manipulating things, and are a decent size for riding a Toko, of course) be a handler? And, if so, would the Other ARPG Species and Handler HP bonuses stack?
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NorthPawsHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you could use another species as a handler but no, it would not stack the handler/species bonuses. None of the misc bonuses stack with eachother, you have to use one or the other.
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TheAsterikHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, thank you for the answer!
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AlfaDragonRulezHobbyist Digital Artist
Two questions that I feel stupid to ask:
1. What is the difference between a handler and a rider (beside the obvious) and can one person be both?

2. In the Bonding journal, it says that starter Tokotas don't have riders/handlers, is this true?
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TokotasofPineRidgeHobbyist Traditional Artist
No difference, other than the obvious & yes one person can be both

Starter Tokotas are wild, so no they don't have handlers, but what the Bonding journal is referring to is that Starters can't be used in place of handlers, like they can in other areas of the game
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KatDrummerHobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there a specific submission form I should fill out?
Islua's avatar
IsluaHobbyist General Artist
For handlers? Nope, we don't require any kind of form, though if you want to make a reference sheet and submit it to the group under "handler references" you are welcome to do so.
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KatDrummerHobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright thank you!
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TooManyOcs0909Hobbyist Digital Artist
just wan to make sure this is allowed but can a handler/rider be an anthro snake : toyhou.se/3790250.peak

i thought it would be cool and interesting to have an anthro snake rider have their lower body wrap around their tokota when riding and wanted to make sure that it alright if not i can make him a partial shapeshifter and make him grow legs when needed 

handler/rider would be 4-5 foot from head to tail with weight of 107 lbs with or without legs
my tokota is 190cm
for reference
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TokotasofPineRidgeHobbyist Traditional Artist
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SpiritFoxAnimates2Hobbyist Digital Artist
If my Handler for ID 42716 (he's 174 cm, which is about 5'7-ish ft I think?) is 165 cm (about 5'4 ft), would be she be too much for his back? She would weight about 140-ish lbs?
Same for Starbird 19738 (he's 176 cm, which is also about 5'7 ft I think) and his handler is 144 cm (which is about 4'7 ft) and he weights about 80-ish lbs, that wouldn't really strain his back would it?
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bbbzhaoHobbyist General Artist
I just realized it now but is my handler/rider too large? this is my very first activity haven't submitted it yet though because I had a hard time finding my tokota's import sheet. (I found it now tho)

Untitled by bbbzhao

P.S If it is too large this gonna be a pain to make the handler smaller because my drawing app has only 3 layers and I cant unmerge
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RhariProfessional Digital Artist
As activities does not have a requirement for handlers, this wouldn't affect us rolling it. In an activity like Taming or any event/show/activity that requires a handler, the admin handling that would make that call.

Normally we do not pre-judge any images. If something is wrong, in activities we would give you a comment as a correction and then you would re-submit it to Tokocenter; some other areas have corrections sections, and you would post there. Hope this helps!
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bbbzhaoHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'll submit it tomorrow then (because I have homework)
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Kelina10Student Digital Artist
do you have to have a handler?
Fennarchy's avatar
Handlers are generally not required however there are some group events or quest that will require them. But it will specify when they are needed. :)
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Kelina10Student Digital Artist
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ExvetHobbyist Digital Artist
I want to make sure before I do anything, but would this lad be alright to be a handler?
Nico Rivard | Rohkuh Ref Sheet
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Anyone can be a handler, they can be feral, anthro, human, aliens, etc...
So your character would definately be ok. ^^ 
As long as they're big to enough to realistically "handle" a tokota. So not something like a rabbit thats the size of their muzzle. 
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ExvetHobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet, thank you!
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LeprechaunPirateStudent Writer
How many Tokotas can one handler have?
Silver-Ouroboros's avatar
There are no limits to that.
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LeprechaunPirateStudent Writer
Ok thank you!
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NonyPonyHobbyist General Artist
Ah, i have a question- So the handler can be a anthro wolf/cat/etc? But when its riding the Tokota it has to be human, correct?
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