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


Hello! Welcome to Tokotas!


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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 two factions that exist in the Tokota community, Pack Leaders and Prestige Breeders. 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 Toko Tokens bank account!

Tokotas has an in-game currency called "Toko Tokens" or "TT". These can be redeemed for many cool and beneficial items featured in our in-game store The Trading Post. Toko Tokens can be earned mainly from redeeming the prey and items gained via activities at the TT Bank.

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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:icon1horsegirl2003:
1horsegirl2003 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just out of curiosity~ what does the ‘No Fun Button’ under profile settings on Tokotna do?
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Keksefuzzy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Professional Writer
For certain events on Tokotna with moving images, it turns them off for those who suffer from motion sickness :)
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1horsegirl2003 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay! Thanks!
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2019
It was used during an on-site event & just removed it from players profiles if they didn't want it
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1horsegirl2003 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. Thank you so much!
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ChocolateQuill Featured By Owner May 23, 2019
Hi! 

I am SO SORRY if this is an annoying and/or repetitive question, but I cannot for the life of me figure out where to send or upload my "new" Toko in order to get them uploaded to TotemSpirit. Should I simply note the group w/my proof of ownership and the stash link and whatnot? Sorry again ;v; just want to get it right. 
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner May 23, 2019
not annoying at all!

Cycling journals hub > Design Central > New Members if it's your first Tokota > All members if it's not your first
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ChocolateQuill Featured By Owner May 27, 2019
thank!!!!
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StormSoulSeeker Featured By Owner May 8, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there a list of tribe benefits anywhere or does the tribe leader just make it up?
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Furreon Featured By Owner Edited May 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tribe benefits available for all once unlocked (general tree) and special tree achievements can be seen here:
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BonBonTheFurry Featured By Owner May 6, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm new here and I probably just being stupid, but I do not understand one bit how to get a tokota.
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:iconfreyjas-tokotas:
Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner May 7, 2019
Welcome to the group! 

You can either adopt a free geno from the adoption centre here - Adoption Center - Open
or you can browse this folder - www.deviantart.com/tokotas/gal… where you may purchase from other players (some take other payments such as art, if you don't have USD to pay) however, if you choose the second option, you won't be able to adopt a free one from the adoption centre
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BonBonTheFurry Featured By Owner May 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I commented on the adoption center but nobody ever replied.
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:iconfreyjas-tokotas:
Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner May 7, 2019
It can take a little while as admins have RL that can get in the way :XD:
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BonBonTheFurry Featured By Owner May 8, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I know.
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SpiritFoxAnimates2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah- hello!! I am pinch knew to this Group and I've been stalking around it for a long while now and there is a trade up for Tokotas from someone on DA and they are giving me one of their babes!! Is there anything I need to do/know??
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner May 4, 2019
Hiya! 
There are many tokotas that are available! You can either do a peruse through the advertisments (gallery>>advertisments>>tokotas for sale) or post a journal that you are looking for a tokota and submit it to the group. :)
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SpiritFoxAnimates2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh- what I meant was someone was giving me their Tokotas and I wanted to know if I had to do anything. ^^;
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner May 4, 2019
Again, you'll need to post a journal. There are many who are willing to give new people for free or you may need to do a few "activity rolls" or other sort of toko activity but it depends on the person. 
However we do have an adoption center for genos. There are no uploaded tokotas. 

But a journal will be the quickest response. 
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SpiritFoxAnimates2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh? Okay? ( sorry for being a bother ^^; )

But do I just post the Journal saying I got... erm? Saying I got a Tokotas (cuz I got one) or that I'm looking for one??
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner May 4, 2019
You can just post a journal. Saying you're new, just starting out and youre looking for some tokos to fill your pack. :) 
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SpiritFoxAnimates2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty!! I'm posting the Journal now!!
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:iconfennarchy:
Fennarchy Featured By Owner May 4, 2019
Make sure to submit it to the group so people can see it! :)
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Wolf31707 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2019  Student General Artist
Where is the account creation tab where I send my code from tokotna to activate my account??
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Over here, in the Account Activation thread: Account Management [Open]
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Wolf31707 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2019  Student General Artist
Awsome thanks ^^
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Caffeine-Fueled Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2019  Student General Artist
Do you have a discord?
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Stormer1997 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is the ages in human? Like with dogs, 7 yrs for every yr 
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DethJackal Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
*Not an admin*

It depends on the breed and such. The average lifespan for a normal tokota in captivity is 28 years. Humans tend to live for about 75 years (I think), so 75/28= 2.6 years, or about 2 and a half years per human year. It is different for every tokota breed and how they are kept (wild or captive). I would also assume that some leeway is granted according to player lore, as age doesn't really have any effect in the game, so I guess you could technically have an immortal taco.
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Stormer1997 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ty =^.^=
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DethJackal Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
np~
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Stormer1997 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=^.^=
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JaegerWolfTango Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
Hi, It appears that the adoption center is very inactive, and I was wondering how else I would get a tokota? I don't have enough money or points to buy one and idk how else to get one. Unless, thatis, people get their adoption responses privately, if so, I'm excited to see my little tokota geno
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LittleKhajiit Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
The AC isn't inactive. Like everything else, it depends on admin availability. ;u; I've been very busy at work and intend to get through the pending comments this weekend. Unfortunately, the admin who was helping me out is a bit busy as well. Please be patient with us.

Sales and trades are viable ways to get tokotas as well. You would need to browse the advertisements folder and look through users' journals to see what they were offering and what they want in return. c:

Please be aware that if you do obtain a tokota via other means, you won't be eligible to adopt from the AC. ;u;
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dcat12 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2019  Student Digital Artist
What was the inspiration behind the name Tokota/Tokotas and is it made up or like a combination of things put into one? ^^
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catbreeze212 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've just gotten a Tokota genotype and will be going about designing it soon, but, I don't know what breed it is, nor how I determine that! How does one determine the breed/build?
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019
It will state in the geno itself. If it says 'Dwarfism' then it's a Toki. If it says xx% Dire, then it's a dire or, Akota, if it's an Akota. If it doesn't say any of these things, then it's a standard Tokota 
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catbreeze212 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah! thank you very much!!! I'm doing my best to quickly learn all the workings of RP genetics ^^;
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019
No worries :heart:
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NaiPherah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive just completed making my Tokota’s Information Sheet in Sta.sh, where do I submit it to be reviewed?
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018
If you have a design all ready with the sta.sh it can be submitted to the DC(design central) and it will be looked at there. :) 
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NaiPherah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thank you
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Frafiran Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018
Hello!

I'm really sorry if I'm making questions already stated everywhere. The "thing" is I've wanted a Tokota for aboutr three or four years as for now, and now that I'm able to get three I'm scared of the responsbility hahah.

Is there anyone here that I could note to make a few questions? Already stated around but for some reason I just want to make sure I'm reading right heh.

Thanks!
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Shangry-Ia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018
Hey there <3 Welcome to Tokotas :dummy: If you want to, you can note me with questions as much as you want. I am not an admin, but I am quite a while in the group now and I like to help Newbies ^^
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Frafiran Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018
Thank you so much! Day56 - Happy Cry 
I'll note you!
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aracollie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! I'm new here so I have some questions
A member has gift me a tokota (proof, Change request) but how much does the ownership transfer work?
Also I have made a HP Tracker: Ma'at HP Tracker
But do I need to add anything on that tracker? Should I made one for player as other ARPGs?
I have also made the Website profile
How I should begin? ^^"
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