Newbie Resources and Getting Started

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 16, 2014, 3:04 AM


Hello! Welcome to Tokotas!


Kyja Rite of Dominance Compilation by Kieath


Below is our best attempt at explaining what tokotas are and what awesomeness you can get up to with them! Tokotas is a large and active group with lots to do, so we recommend you read this journal in chunks rather than trying to get through it all at once for best results.

First of all, what are these things?


Tokotas are giant mammals similar to bear-dog hybrids. They're rideable and come in lots of different shapes and colors. They can be used for in-game events like activities, breeding, and shows, or kept as a personal OC, or both!



Tokotas are not free to create; you must purchase, win, breed, or be gifted one in-game.

Our number one priority is to make Tokotas as inclusive as possible, as well as being fun for all members! There are ZERO minimum activity rules (you will not be kicked out for being inactive), ZERO reference rules, and ZERO reclaim rules and everyone is allowed to join and participate - no matter your language, age, or artistic / writing level! To officially join the group, you will need to have been a member of dA for at least one full month, and have some art or literature uploaded in your gallery. You can still get your first Tokota without becoming a member, and you do not need a Tokota in order to join!

To go into more detail on what tokotas are, check out the Species Information journal, otherwise read on to learn how to get one!

How do I get one?


There are lots of ways to get a Tokota! You can claim one for free as a brand new member at the Adoption Center, or trade with other members using art, DeviantArt points, USD, or other currencies!

Remember that Tokotas are NOT free to create and you must get an official tokota from the group or a member, not make one yourself.

Ways to get a tokota


  • Adoption Center - The easiest way to get a Tokota as a new member is through the Adoption Center! Here you can place a claim on an un-designed tokota and, if you win it, design it to your liking and get it accepted into the group. It's completely free to anyone who doesn't own anything tokotas related, but the whole process can take several weeks.
  • Purchase From Member - If you're interested in a faster turnaround you can purchase tokotas directly from other members. This can take one of two forms:
    1. You can purchase an already-uploaded tokota (you can always change its personality and name to suit your tastes)
    2. You can purchase an undesigned tokota genotype (like a blueprint for what it will look like)
    You can find other members selling tokotas in the advertisements folder. There are lots of uploaded tokotas and genotypes available for any currency, and occasionally some are even offered for free to newbies!
  • Taming - If you're feeling adventurous you can attempt to tame a wild tokota! These are released infrequently and lots of members will also be trying to tame them, making it difficult to win, but the tokotas up for taming are generally rarer / more desirable.
  • Semi-Custom - Sometimes Tokotas admins will sell semi-customs, allowing you to purchase a custom tokota made to your specifications (within limits). These are not set to any specific release schedule and go quickly, but start at a base price of $10 and can be a good way to get what you want easily.
  • Breeding - The most complicated method to get a tokota is through breeding, but it can allow you to try and get your dream tokota (with a little luck). To breed you must find two tokotas (one male, one female) and either buy or be gifted permission to breed them together by their owners. You submit the breeding to the group and in return you'll get a litter full of genotypes for you to keep or sell as you choose. You can learn more about the breeding process here!



Things to keep in mind


  • You must have proof of ownership of a genotype in order to have a tokota uploaded by admins, so make sure you hold onto the link that leads to the breeding comment of the genotype!
  • It's common practice to complete the Rites of Fertility to earn a tokota's Arms of Akna award (sometimes called AoAs) in return for a slot, but otherwise be sure not to buy slots to a tokota without its AoAs, as this is against group rules.
  • Consider taking screenshots after making a deal, sending payment, etc. This will help the group sort the situation out more efficiently if a complication arises!


So what is a genotype?


Your tokota's genotype is the recipe for what it will look like! The particular order of letters tells you what genes the tokota has, and by layering these markings on top of each other you'll end up with a lovely tokota.

To get an idea of what a geno might look like, you can paste the phenotype into the TotemSpirit gallery, where all tokotas are uploaded to. This will bring up examples of how other members have designed similar genos.

For additional genetic resources, try the following links:




Okay, I've bought a genotype. What now?


If you have an official genotype, the next step is to design it and have it uploaded by admins to the import account, TotemSpirit. Keep in mind that you may not breed or use your Tokota in the group until it is posted by TotemSpirit. Additionally you are not permitted to upload the design to your gallery - if you do you will be required to take it down.
  • If you have purchased a genotype and wish to design it yourself, click here to find out how to design your Tokota.
  • If you wish to have one of our official Design Den designers design it for you, click here. This is free but may not always be open!
  • If Design Den is closed and/or you would like to have another member design it, you are welcome to use the advertisements folder to look for people offering or to ask! Prices differ depending on the artist.


What can I do once my tokota is uploaded?


Congratulations! If you've made it this far, you're now an official tokota owner!

If you're interested in chatting with other members and possibly expanding your pack, you may want to check out the Tokotas skype chat! Everyone is welcome!

You can also develop an optional handler/rider.

If you have just bought a designed Tokota and would like to change their name, personality, or health status, go to Import & Ownership Changes!



About the Group


There are lots of aspects to the group beyond just owning a tokota.



General Group Information


Group Rules

In order to maintain a safe and drama-free environment, the group must operate on a number of rules that are absolutely necessary for you to read before participating. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with them!

Choose a faction!

There are currently six factions that exist in the Tokota community, Pack Leaders,  Prestige Breeders, Lore Keepers, Knowledge Seekers, Wilderness Trackers and Token Brokers. You are not required to pick a faction, but each one has benefits that may help you immensely in the game.

Join a tribe!

A tribe is a user-run group, similar to a guild, which has unique themes and goals. It is a great way to make friends within the community! If none of the current tribes strike your fancy, don't worry - anyone is allowed to form their own tribe, as long as tribe formation is listed as open on the front page of the Tokotas group.

Who can I talk to if I'm having problems with someone/something?

The group is big and it may look a bit intimidating, but the admins are here to make sure you are satisfied and have an approachable place to go if problems arise. Please send a note to the group and we will respond ASAP! If you are having a problem with an admin, please feel free to send a note directly to Barking-Birds or NorthPaws. All complaints will remain 100% anonymous.

In-Game Information


Set up a Tokotna account!

Tokotas has a companion website called Tokotna.com which allows you to store all your items in your bank account, transfer and trade items with other members, view and edit details of your tokotas, craft items and much more. All of these cool features on tokotna allow for instant tokota and item transfers, instant crafting and instant purchases. The Tokotas in-game currency is called "Toko Tokens" or "TT". These can be redeemed for many cool and beneficial items featured in our in-game store The Trading Post which is located on the Tokotna website. Toko Tokens can be earned mainly from redeeming the prey and items gained via activities at the TT Bank. To get started with your own Tokotna account head on over to the Account Management journal and follow the instructions on that journal and the Tokotna.com registration page.

The Hierarchy System

The hierarchy system is one of the most important parts of the Tokota ARPG. Every time you draw or write about your tokota you are earning them "hierarchy points" - better known as HP. As your tokota earns more points you will be able to advance them to new statuses, each of which comes with benefits to breeding and more!

No-deadline art/literature activities

Tokotas can participate in many ongoing activities, including fishing, hunting, exploring and caving. There is no deadline and these activities will earn your tokota items they can redeem for TT at the bank, as well as crafting items, companions, and more!

Crafting

Crafting allows you to create new items out of items found while exploring!

Continuous Events

You can enter your tokotas in these events at any time for a chance at great prizes! Additionally there are often lots of member run contests advertised through the group.




Additional questions? Feel free to ask below in the comments!



Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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LunaKirran Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2020
In the adoption center, it says that to be legible for adoption, our account needs to be active (Have a journal or deviation, something of the like) for a month. Is that our Tokota account or Deviant account?
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Koevr Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
That'd be referring to your DA account. You need to be active on your DA account for a month to be eligible to adopt from the AC. c:
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LunaKirran Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2020
Ah, thank you!
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Koevr Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ouo
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Venaku Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the look of these guys and would really like to join. Where do i go to make an account? and all i have to do is put in to try and adopt one?
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! 
To create an account, go here - Account Management [Open] (your username must match your DA name)
and for adoption, go here - Adoption Center - Open
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Venaku Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you. ive made an account. Now im a little confused on adoption. You pick the parents on the form and wait for a puppy? please help me.
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's good! :D
Nope, if you look through the list here - docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d… these are all pups you can adopt.
Once you've made your choice, reply here - www.deviantart.com/comments/1/…
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LumiaMorford Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2020   Digital Artist
Hello! My Tokota is drawn by people who are not on DeviantArt and I would like to know if I can store all her images on ToyHouse?
I also wanted to know if I would receive HP for this work?
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Peep1897 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can store drawn tokota images on Toyhouse, but you can't put imports on there. If you want to get HP from the pictures, it has to be posted on DeviantArt
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graveoftherave Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
I have received my activation code for the Tokotna site but can't seem to find the account activation thread.  Could someone please point me that way? 
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Furreon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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graveoftherave Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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ThatOneDog Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2020
I tried to sign up to the Tokotna site and it says my username is already taken by someone else. I checked and there is indeed an account under this same DA name. What should I do?
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Furreon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It should be a holder account made for you (since you own tokotas and items according to the holder account), just waiting for you to register and get that account activated. Have you tried to just finalise making the account even if it says the username is taken? If not, please try doing it (do not make a new tokotna user, use this current one), and if you get the email with the validation code, please proceed onwards to the Account Management [Open] journal's activation thread. If you're still having trouble, please note the group will all possible information on what you're having trouble with and we will look into it for you~
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DarkmoorManor Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quick question, I've finished designing my Toka but I dont know what to do now. Do I note TotemSpirit the link to the sta.sh?
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Furreon Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The next step is to submit it to Design Central (DC). Here is the newest DC thread (changes monthly): Design Central - January 2020 [OPEN] If it's your very first tokota (you own no other genos or uploaded tokotas) you can post to New Members. If it's not your first, or if it has lineart edits/items/decor on it, you must submit to the Soul Pool thread instead. Be sure to read the rules on the journal as well. If it's not your first, you must submit to All Members (no edits/decor/etc.).
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dannydawg Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
So, I've had my totoko for a while now and haven't done much with him yet. I've been wanting to get started and start doing things but honestly I was kind of worried i'd do things wrong. I've read everything more than once, but I guess my question is do I just start drawing? I guess i'm a bit awkward and not quite sure how to get started up after I've gotten everything else up and running.
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Ezilyn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly what you do! C:
Now that you have a kid, do they have AoAs (Rites of Fertility)? If not, go on and do those! Draw them enough to earn 250HP and get them to dominant.
Start building up your item hoard and work to unlock all the crafting possibilities, or perhaps focus more on that sweet, sweet TT.
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Fresca12 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: If I already own a Tokota, and just now had my account on Tokotna.com activated, how do I get my Tokota to show up on my account?
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it's an already uploaded Tokota, click on the 'My Tokotas' button & it should be there.
If it's a geno you'll need to go through the design process to get it uploaded - Tutorial: Designing and Approving Pups
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Fresca12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I've already looked multiple times and have not seen him there.....
He is an already uploaded Tokota.
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, that's odd. He's on there, just listed as belonging to someone else - Jax 3574
you don't remember selling him?
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Fresca12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I never sold him, no....
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, if you go here - Tokotna Import Information Error Reports & follow the links to 'ownership errors' we can get that sorted for you :D
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Fresca12 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay! Thank you so much!
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YlELD Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2019
hello, im genuinely so confused as to where im supposed to go to get my tokotna account activated ?
ive got the confirmation code, but i dont know where to post the code at,, rlly need help
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Peep1897 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! You can get your account activated on this thread here: www.deviantart.com/comments/1/…
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Stormer1997 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so ive never actually used a consumable item and im just curious as to where to use them or if youre suppose to use them with certain events and such '>.>
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where consumables are used is entirely dependent on each individual item
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Stormer1997 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooki thank you, Where would the balloon blast gift and the verdant purse be used? =^.^=
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you open them via Tokotna itself, there's a small icon besides their names that you need to click & then follow the instructions
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Stormer1997 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you =^.^=
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SuccubusLust Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2019
Where do I find information on HP?
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2019
HP can be found here : Hierarchy System

and common abbreviations used in the group can be found here : Common Tokotas Abbreviations :)
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Piperspts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2019
I've been watching and reading about the group for a few days and come to really like it. I would like one, but I don't know how to go about simply obtaining one as an OC. I might try to do some training and rites here and there, but I don't know yet. I know their ID is important to their existence.
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fayelizabeth2436 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm new to this whole thing... I purchased a Tokota but I'm not sure how to upload her to tokotna.com could anyone help me, please?
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you purchased a geno, you'll need to get it designed. You can either do that yourself (all the info you need can be found here - Design Guide Handbook ), if you aren't able to design yourself, you can request a design here - Design Den - 2018-2019 [OPEN]
If you purchased an uploaded Tokota, such as this - ID 42237, they'll already be on Tokotna. Just type in their ID number on the import directory & they'll pop up
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fayelizabeth2436 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh... sorry not trying to be a bother but the Tokota I purchased didn't come with an ID is there another way to upload it on tokotna.com?
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's no problem at all! Can you link the Tokota, that way I can know which way to point you :D
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fayelizabeth2436 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Heres the Tokota I just recently purchased.

Lily pup4 by StanHoneyThief
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok! then you need to head on over to this journal - Design Central - August 2019 [OPEN] & follow the instructions there :D
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fayelizabeth2436 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :)
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BronzeCherries Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, so I am new to the Tokotas thing. I did start this account yesterday, however, I have been on DA for five years and moved accounts. It says my account has to have been active for a month, but I was wondering if i’d have to wait that long to try and get into the Tokota world. Sorry for any inconvenience! ^^; 
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Koevr Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
In order to adopt from the Adoption Center, yes. You would need to have an account that's been active for a month. ;u; However, if you can sign into an older, more active account and prove it's yours, you would be good to go.

Otherwise, you're welcome to browse the advertisements and look for sales journals posted by our members. c: They often have genos/uploaded tokotas available for points, USD, or art.
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Kalanthera Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got a genotype from someone and im trying to make a design but im unsure where to ask questions!
this is the WIP, and im not sure if the collar is an acceptable color? also a friend told me to extend the marked so im going to do that too, but im struggling with the collar because if I lighten the base it looks pink, and I saw an example with a cream color on a brown toko
1. Short Mane Tokota Import Template by Kalanthera
1) Female, Short Mane
Average - Healthy
ee/AA/tt/MM/CC/AA/PbPb
Marked collared brown piebald with accents

Her parents have red
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xWILDxSNOWxHUNTERx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2019  Student General Artist
Out of curiosity myself, we have to first break the Tokotas in such as like training them to get use to us right, sorry it has been a very long time..... :(
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can do that, if you wish for story purposes, but it isn't necessary 
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xWILDxSNOWxHUNTERx Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2019  Student General Artist
Oh okay cause like I said it has just been a very long time. I appreciate it!!!
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TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries! You'll find a lot has changed. If you get stuck, feel free to drop me a note :heart:
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