Axie Infinity is a digital pet universe where players battle, raise, and trade fantasy creatures called Axies.
This guide will help you learn the basics surrounding gameplay & earning through the Axie Community Alpha application.
What’s an Axie?
Axies are fantasy creatures that players can battle, collect, and raise.
Each Axie has different traits which determine their role in battle.
Each Axie has 4 stats, Health, Morale, Skill, and Speed.
Here’s what they do:
HP- The amount of damage your Axie can take before being knocked out.
Morale- Morale increases critical strike chance. It also makes entering last stand more likely and adds more last stand “ticks”.
Skill- Skill adds damage when an Axie plays multiple cards at once (combo). The extra damage is calculated like this: (card attack * skill )/ 500
Speed- Speed determines turn order. Faster Axies attack first. Speed also decreases an Axie’s chance of being the victim of a critical strike. If two Axies have the same speed, this is how attack order is determined: High speed > Low HP > High Skill > High Morale > Low Fighter ID
An Axie’s stats are dependent on two variables: its class and its body parts.
Each Axie has 6 body parts: eyes, ears, horn, mouth, back, and tail.
Horns, Mouths, Backs, and Tails determine which cards an Axie can use in battle.
Each body part also adds stats depending on the class of the part:
Plant: 3 HP + 1 Morale
Aqua: 3 Speed + 1 HP
Reptile: 3 HP + 1 Speed
Beast: 3 Morale+1 Speed
Bug: 3 Morale + 1 HP
Bird: 3 Speed + 1 Morale
Each Axie has a class which is similar to the “types” from Pokemon. Each class is weak and strong against other classes. When calculating damage, the card class of the attacking move is compared to the Axie class of the defender. This means that a Bird card used to an attack a Beast Axie will deal 15% additional damage. A Beast card used to attack an Aquatic Axie will deal 15% less damage.
In addition, when an Axie of a certain class uses a card from its class it gets a 15% attack/shield bonus. For example, a Plant Axie playing a plant card will receive 15% extra attack/shield.
Important to note is that these bonuses stack. A Beast Axie using a Beast card against a Plant target will do 30% (15% + 15%) more damage.
Classes also effect the stats that an Axie has. Please review this sheet for an overview of how the stat & class system work.
Battle System Mechanics
The Axie battle system is turn-based card game where the goal is to eliminate all enemies your team of 3 Axies is facing. Each turn, a player must strategically play cards that maximize their chance of victory.
Please check this guide for an overview of the buffs and debuffs that can effect Axies during battle.
This guide has an awesome overview of the math that goes into determining the exact damage and shield Axies receive while playing cards!
Due to the mechanics of the game, most new players field teams that consist of 1 “defender” and 2 “attacker” Axies.
The tank should be placed in the front of your team so that it draws incoming attacks like you can see in this example.
This tool from Axie.zone shows the top players on the leaderboard with their most used teams. This can be a useful place to find ideas for teams! Please keep in mind that that balancing updates can change the effectiveness of certain Axies & cards.
Each Axie can draw from a pool of 4 potential cards in battle. Each card comes from a body part— Mouth, Back, Tail, and Horn.
A “defender” can be defined as:
Adept at absorbing damage.
High HP stat (50+).
Having at least 2 high shield cards (70+). More is preferable but can also increase the price quickly.
You can find a full list of cards here: https://dappsuniverse.com/axie/cards-explorer
Almost all plant class cards are good tank cards.
Reptile and aquatic cards can also be tank cards.
Self healing cards such as Shiitake and Rosebud can make a tank more resilient.
These are examples of tanks:
Next, we can search for some “attacker” Axies.
In general, “attacker” Axies:
Have at least 2 cards with 100+ damage.
Sacrifice survivability (HP & shield) for damage output.
Here are some examples of good damage-dealing Axies:
Speed can be useful on damage dealing Axies, allowing them to incapacitate an Axie before it can attack.
The skill stat adds damage on combos.
Bird & Beast cards are almost always good damage dealing cards.
Morale increases chance to critical strike, dealing 100% more damage on an attack. This makes high morale Axies (generally beast and bug Axies) good fits for the damage dealer role.
Breeding & Earning in Axie Infinity
Like real-world pets, Axies can be bred to create new offspring. These offspring can be used in battle, breed new offspring, or can be sold on our marketplace.
In order to manage the Axie population, breeding has certain resource requirements.
Want a full overview of our breeding system? Check out a full guide here!
Each Axie can be bred a maximum of 7 times.
Breeds cost .002 ETH as well as Small Love Potions. Please note that breeds also require a gas fee which is variable based on usage of the Ethereum network.
Small 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.
In the graphic 1 potion= 100 Small Love Potions.
The cost to breed two Axies will be based on the breed count of both parents. For example, two Axies that have 6 breeds each will require 2,600 Small Love Potions to breed.
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:
Small 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.
Advanced users can also try acting as liquidity provider/market maker. You can learn about how to do this here.
Downloading the Application
Once you have 3 Axies you’re ready to download the application and start playing!
iOS: Please request an invitation here.
See you in The Arena!
The Axie Infinity Team
More Guides & Resources— Check this page for a list of advanced guides, video tutorials, and tools to help you on your Axie adventure!
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