How to play Axie Infinity
This guide will provide an overview of basic Axie Infinity gameplay for new players who have just started the game. If you haven’t created an account and team, please read our guide on how to get started with Axie Infinity .
Once you have obtained at least 3 Axies in the market, jump right into the game and sync your Axies: go to AXIES> Sync Axies. Your Axies should appear after syncing is complete. Then build your team formation on “TEAMS”
Currently there are a total of 2 game modes:
Adventure Mode (PvE)
Arena Mode (PvP)
If you win in any of the game modes, you will be rewarded with a Smooth Love Potion (SLP). SLP is one of Axie Infinity’s in-game currencies and is tradable on exchanges such as Binance and Uniswap.
Additionally, Axies can level up by gaining EXP by winning Adventure Mode.
Energy: Each Adventure / Arena battle costs 1 Energy. You can still play any of the modes if you use all the energy, but you won’t receive EXP in Adventure mode and SLP rewards in Arena mode.
The maximum amount and speed of energy replenishment depends on the number of Axies you have.
Quests: There are a total of 3 simple daily quests to complete. You can claim a fixed SLP of 50 each day by completing all quests.
Adventure Mode (PvE)
It is recommended that a new player starts by playing adventure mode. You can earn Axia EXP and up to 100 SLP per day by playing it.
An Axie will become stronger as it levels up (only for Adventure mode). In addition, it is important to train the EXP of your Axies so that you can farm to a higher level and grind your daily 100 SLP faster.
Another thing to note is that the levels start off easy, but will become harder and harder to earn as you level up. However, don’t give up yet as you can still farm at the previous level to earn Axie EXP and rewards.
Arena Mode (PvP)
Depending on your MMR Arena (Matchmaking Rating), you will earn different amounts of SLP for each Arena victory. The higher your ranks, the more rewards you will get per victory. Note that this is an average based on community calculations.
Regardless of your MMR, you can still complete your Daily Quest if you win five matches (even winning with no energy!). So don’t give up if you keep losing in Arena mode. Build up all your energy for adventure mode, then return for five wins in the arena.
The combat system works the same for both game modes. You will win once you have eliminated all of your opponents. Likewise, you will lose if your opponents eliminate all of your Axies.
Before deciding on your moves, it is recommended that you strategize your tactics by analyzing the order of play and your opponent’s ability. The order of play is located above the screen which determines which Axes move first. You can also view your opponents’ stats and cards by clicking on their Axies.
Once you’ve selected your cards, click “End of Round” to start fighting.
Another thing to note is that each card requires a different amount of energy, so it’s important to do the math if you want to save some energy for the next turn!
Base damage is the minimum damage that will be applied to your opponent, while base shield is the minimum shield that will be applied to yourself. The additional damage / shield will be explained in the next section.
Buffs and Debuffs are the status effect that will be applied to you or your opponent. This will be explained in more detail in the Buffs & Debuffs section.
Class and skill
To consistently win PvP matches, it’s important to understand how Axies’ class types can impact your chances of winning.
Axie Infinity released a total of 9 Axie classes in July 2021.
Class advantage: An Axie’s class is important in PvP battles because each class is strong and weak against other classes. Between two Axes, the one with the class advantage will deal 15% more damage, while the one with the class disadvantage will deal 15% less damage.
Additionally, when an Axie uses a card of his own class, he gains an additional 10% attack and shield bonus.
For example, an Aquatic Axie will deal 15% more damage to a Beast Axie, plus 10% more if it uses an Aquatic card to deal damage for a total of 25% (15% + 10%) total damage.
Secret class: Dusk, Dawn, and Mech are three “secret classes” in Axie Infinity. Secret Class Axie is difficult to breed, and he doesn’t have a Secret Class card. However, the secret Axie class can still have a class advantage and a card bonus:
For example, a Dawn Axie will deal 15% more damage to a Beast Axie, plus 7.5% more if they use a Bird / Aquatic card to deal damage for a total of 22.5% (15% + 7, 5%) total damage.
Body parts and maps: An Axie has 6 parts of the body which are determined by its genes: the back, ears, eyes, horns, mouth and tail. Each part of the body represents an Axis skill card, with the exception of the eyes and ears which do not provide the Axis skill card.
Attributes: Each Axis has 4 stats: Health, Morale, Skill and Speed.
An Axie’s stats depend on its class and body parts. An Axie’s base stats are determined by its class, while additional stats depend on the class type of each body part.
Buffs & Debuffs: Status effects can be applied to Axies by playing skill cards. A positive effect is called “Buff” while a negative effect is called “Debuff”. An icon will float above an Axie when a certain status effect is applied to it.
Currently there are a total of 3 Buffs and 13 Debuffs in Axie Infinity:
Much like Pokemon, Axies can be bred to create offspring, while the ancestry of each Axies is immutably recorded on the blockchain.
Breeding an Axie requires two resources: Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) and Smooth Love Potions (SLP). Each Axis can be played a maximum of 7 times. At the time of writing, it costs 4 AXS and a few SLPs. The cost of SLP depends on the number of breeds of both parents.
To reproduce, log into the Axie Infinity webpage and click My Account> Inventory. Then select your Axie and click on “Race”. Then just pair it with another Axie, look at the costs, and start breeding.
Axie takes 5 days to mature. Subsequently, you can turn your Axie into an adult.
Each part of the body has 3 Axie genes: a dominant gene (D), a recessive gene (R1) and a minor recessive gene (R2). The dominant gene will decide which part of an Axie’s body is and, therefore, what the Axie’s skill map is. During this time, all three genes have a percentage chance of being inherited by the offspring:
Breeding Axie is a complicated process, and every decision must be carefully considered to build a well-rounded team. Specially raised Axes are essential, especially if you want to climb to the top ranks of the Arena (PvP).
Chin Yi Hong
Yi Hong is a Market Research Intern at CoinGecko. He is a finance student learning more about blockchain technology.