Breeding & Earning in Axie Infinity
Like real-world pets, Axies can be bred to create new offspring. These offspring battle, breed new offspring, or can be sold on our marketplace.
In order to manage the Axie population, breeding has certain resource requirements.
Each Axie can be bred a maximum of 7 times.
Breeds cost 1 AXS as well as Smooth Love Potions.
Please note that breeds also require a gas fee which is variable based on usage of the Ethereum network.
Smooth Love potions can be earned by playing the game in PvE Adventure mode as well as the PvP Arena. Once you earn them, you can sync them to your wallet from this page.
Please note that siblings cannot breed together and Parents cannot breed with their offspring!
The cost to breed two Axies will be based on the breed count of both parents. Please note that Origin and MEO Axies do not require Love Potions to breed, although they are still limited to 7 breeds each.
As of January 8th, the cheapest Virgin Axie (0 breeds) costs around .01 ETH which is 5x the breeding cost. This means that with some time and effort, there is a clear path to earning in Axie Infinity.
Here’s where it gets interesting:
Smooth Love Potions are also tokens which can be traded on the decentralized exchange, Uniswap.
You can buy/sell SLP on the Decentralized Exchange, Uniswap, here.
If you don’t want to use your potions to breed, you can instantly sell them.
Each Axie has 6 body parts as well as a body shape. For each part, an Axie possesses 3 genes. A dominant (D), recessive (R1), and minor recessive gene (R2).
The dominant gene is what determines the body part that is physically present on the Axie. When breeding, each gene has a chance to be passed down to offspring:
Dominant (D): 37.5% chance to pass this gene to offspring.
Recessive (R1): 9.375% chance to pass this gene to offspring.
Minor Recessive (R2): 3.125% chance to pass this gene to offspring.
You can use this calculator to look up the probabilities when breeding 2 Axies.
While we don’t show recessive genes on our website yet, you can view them using this extension built by one of our community members, Freak.
How is Class calculated?
There are no recessive genes for class. Each baby has a 50% chance of inheriting each of their parent’s class when born. So a Beast/ Aquatic pair would have a 50% chance of producing a Beast and a 50% chance of producing an Aquatic. If both parents have the same class, the baby is guaranteed that class.
What should I keep in mind while breeding?
Many players aim to create strong Axies for battle when breeding. This means aiming for good Defenders, Attackers, or Support Axies. Want an overview of the different battle archetypes? Review our gameplay guide here!
Let’s walk through an example.
I recently wanted to breed a strong defender. As a first step, I scanned my collection for Axies that when bred together, would have a good chance of producing an Axie capable of taking a lot of damage. In particular, I was looking for high HP Axies with cards that had either high defense, or self healing as this would allow them to absorb more damage.
I settled upon the two Axies above. Both Axieshave a high HP stat— I generally consider above 54 high HP with 57-61 being very high. They both have self healing capability and at least 3 cards with 80+ defense! One of them was a virgin and the other was bred once, so the breed cost is 300 SLP + .005 ETH. I was very confident that the baby would have a value more than this so I went ahead and did the breed!
Keep in mind that some players just want to create the most beautiful babies possible! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (sometimes).
In order to breed, simply go to the page for one of your Axies by clicking on it through your inventory.
Next, click “Breed”.
Then select an Axie to pair it with!
Mystic and Holiday Parts
There are some parts that cannot be passed down through breeding. As of January 2020, these are Mystic parts and body parts from our special Holiday breeding events.
How Long Does it take for an Axie to become an adult?
Axies take 5 days to reach maturity.
After 5 days, you can morph your Axie to adult.