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/petsay message

Sends message to the currently selected pet. message can also include emotes, which follows the same syntax as chat bubbles.

  • <em emote>
    • emote can be any emote the player can excecute. However not all critters have animations for all emotes.

This is not to be confused with the acknowledgement bubbles displayed when a /petcom command is used.

This command was originally intended only for Masterminds, however some non-henchmen pets will respond to it.

Common Uses[]

Besides setting a pet's stance with one of the petcom commands, it can be useful for the pets to also express their change in chat bubbles that all players can see. Since all players, even enemies, can see these chat bubbles then you can let them know your current stance.

Chat Colors[]

All communication commands will display a chat bubble, though not always for the sender. These chat bubbles can be customized using the ingame options, or on a per-message basis.

In Game Options[]

To modify the default chat bubble colors, open the in game menu, then click on Options, then goto the Graphics and Audio tab. Scroll to the bottom and you will find the options for chat bubble text and background. Modify those sliders until you get the colors you like.

Per Message[]

  • <scale float> or <s float>
    • size of the chat bubble, from 0.5 to 2.0 (default is 1)
  • <bgcolor color> or <bg color> or <b color>
    • background color
  • <color color> or <c color>
    • text color
  • <bordercolor color> or <border color> or <bo color>
    • border color
  • <duration float> or <d float>
    • Duration of the chat bubble in seconds, 1.0 to 20.0 (default is 7)


color can be practically any color name you can think of. The colors seem to follow the HTML naming scheme, and as such can be any of the colors listed on this color chart (

The color chart also has the HEX values for those colors. If you add an extra set of hex characters, you can enable tranparency.

HEX values follow the format of #RRGGBB or #RRGGBBTT. RR is the red value, GG is the green, and BB is blue, with TT being optional transparency.
#33CC00 would be a solid color. #12345678 would be a semi-transparent color, with 78 being how transparent the color is. >

HEX digits are 0123456789abcdef where 0 corresponds to darker in the scale and f to lighter (darker=transparent, lighter=opaque)


  /petcom commands Sends commands to your current pet.
  /petcom_all commands Sends commands to all pets.
  /petcom_name pet_name commands Sends commands to named pet.
  /petcom_pow power_name commands Sends commands to pets summoned by named power.
  /petsay message Current pet says the message.
  /petsay_all message All pets say the message.
  /petsay_name pet_name message Named pet says the message.
  /petsay_pow power_name message Pets summoned by named power says the message.
Naming your pet
  /petrename name Rename your current pet.
  /petrename_name name Rename the named pet.
  /pet_select integer Selects a pet from the list, starting with 0 at the top.
  /pet_select_name pet_name Selects the named pet.
  /inspexec_pet_name petname inspiration Gives an inspiration to the named pet.
  /inspexec_pet_target inspiration Gives an inspiration to the targeted pet.