Sprite pods and the colorblind (avoid getting scammed)

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by spiralspy

UPDATE: This post is now obsolete. Sprites pods have been patched to include their type in their name.

So, we are recoloring sprites now? I got a problem with that! No, it’s not that it’s yet another reskin promo, but the fact that I’m having a hard time telling the reskins apart! I’m not an artist, I don’t have perfect color vision/memory and I’m pretty sure, I’m not the only one with this problem. I’m equally sure that there will be players trying to take advantage of the situation by reselling vanilla pods from the supply depot on the auction house.

So, is there something you can do to prevent being scammed? Good news: there is. Bad news: you will violate the TOS (§6.13), so think twice before following the instructions below. I am not responsible for you getting your account terminated!



Ok, nice meeting you here, seems like you don’t care much about warnings, fair enough. Hope you know how to use a filemanager (I’m not responsible for you breaking your game client as well!). Navigate to your Spiral Knights game folder and from there to the rsrc/ui/icon/inventory directory. Delete the following three files (you might want to back them up somewhere):

  • icon_spritebox-amethyst.png (vanilla Maskeraith)
  • icon_spritebox-pearl.png (vanilla Seraphynx)
  • icon_spritebox-ruby.png (vanilla Drakon)

Restart your client afterwards (completely restart, not just log out) and go to the supply depot. If you did everything correctly, then the “Sprite Gear” tab should show three error icons (red “Error” on black background) instead of the usual icons. The same error graphic will also show up in the auction house and on trades for all the vanilla pods.

So far, so good, but what do you do if you are not only interested in avoiding vanilla, but actually want a specific recolor (the cats are particularly hard to tell apart)?  Well, that can be helped as well if you know how to use a graphics editor (e.g. The Gimp, Paint, Photoshop,…). Just mark the according PNG file with a giant red X. For color reference (especially with the seras), have a look at the icons in the pets/ subdirectory.