by Celina Joyce D. Lazaro, OCTOBER 2021
As we get along with this pandemic, play-to-earn games are skyrocketing at the moment. During this pandemic, people stay longer at home and are more into accessing their gadgets. One of the most famous play-to-earn games today is Axie Infinity. Axie launched its first presale last 2018, the average price of newly created Axies was just a few dollars. This particular game is a trading and battling game that allows users to collect, raise, breed, trade, and battle creatures called Axies. Axie Infinity is a Pokémon-inspired universe where anyone can earn tokens through skilled gameplay and contributions to the ecosystem.
The key difference between Axie and a traditional game is that Blockchain economic design is used to reward our players for their contributions to the ecosystem. This new model of gaming has been dubbed “play to earn”. Axie has attracted thousands of players from developing countries in the pursuit of a new income stream during the Covid pandemic.
The Axie team started development on the real-time card battle system and application in March 2019 and released an Alpha in December 2019. As of October 2020, the Application has amassed over 15,000 downloads with over 7,000 weekly active users.
To start playing the game, you need to buy three Axies first. You can choose to battle against enemy monsters in Adventure mode to level up your Axies or battle with other players’ teams in the Arena and compete in the leaderboards. In this game mode, you’ll be rewarded with Smooth Love Potions or “SLPs”. This is the main resource that can be farmed by the player and later sell for real-life money.
These are the things you need to know about Axie Infinity:
What are the Axie Base Classes?
Axies are your virtual pets in the game. Axies have different attributes, one of which is the Axie’s base class. There are nine different Axie classes: Plant, Reptile, Dusk, Beast, Bug, Mech, Aqua, Bird , and Dawn.
Each Axie class has different strengths and weaknesses and usually determines Axie’s role in the team.
What are Axie Stats?
Aside from their base class, Axies also has four stat attributes:
- Health — the Axie’s HP, or the amount of damage it can take before getting knocked out
- Speed — determines turn order, Axies with higher Speeds attack first
- Skill — increases damage dealt when the Axie performs multiple cards/moves
- Morale — increases the chance to land a critical hit, as well as entering “last stand” which allows them to attack a few more times before getting knocked out
Axies get a total of 140 stat points which are distributed across the four attributes depending on their base class. For example, Plants usually start with high HP, perfect for a defensive tank role. Meanwhile, Beasts have high Morale and low HP, making them great attackers from the team backlines.
What are Axie Body Parts?
Aside from their base class, Axies also have 6 different body parts: Eyes, Ears, Horns, Mouth, Back, and Tail.
Each body part belongs to a specific Axie class and depending on its class, the part gives additional stat bonuses. For example:
- 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
An Axie can have a different combination of parts from different classes. This is what makes each Axie unique.
What are Axie Abilities/Cards?
Axies have four different abilities or moves that they can use during battle. These are represented by Cards.
There are a total of 132 abilities/cards in the game. The Axie’s abilities depend on which horn, mouth, back, and tail body parts it has. Abilities can either be offensive, such as dealing damage to opponents. They can also be defensive, such as recovering your Axie’s health points or stealing energy from the enemy team. A good Axie should have a well-balanced set of abilities that make him perform his role efficiently.
About the writer:
Celina Joyce D. Lazaro. Simply Celine. Graduated as a Computer Engineer in Bulacan State University and current position as Toll and Traffic Systems Associate. Bubbly but shy. Finds peace in quiet places. Also an optimist.