Despite the doom and gloom in the crypto market, due to bears whispering bad news to crypto traders and investors, there remain a number of sensations that help the market remain afloat. There’s El Salvador, with its recent embrace of Bitcoin. There’s also Axie Infinity, which is taking the blockchain gaming world by storm.
What is Axie Infinity? In this Axie Infinity review and guide, we will discuss all things that players need to know for them to ace this game.
What Is Axie Infinity?
Axie Infinity is a blockchain-based game that uses the Ethereum network. In a nutshell, it is a game that took its inspiration from Pokémon and Tamagotchi, wherein players own imaginary creatures known as Axies. While these creatures look cute, they are meant for battling and breeding.
Within the game, players can take their Axies into player versus environment (PvE) adventure mode, wherein they will earn SLPs for clearing the quests. They can also battle other Axies through the player vs player (PvP) arena and gain rank points.
Sky Mavis is the team that developed the game. They started working on the project since about 2018, and they have been working for some time before the game has gained traction across various communities outside the crypto space.
Now that we have mentioned SLPs, you may be wondering what they are. Let’s also discuss what is SLP in this Axie Infinity guide article.
What Is SLP?
SLP stands for Smooth Love Potion. While it sounds like anything but a crypto token, it actually is an ERC-20 token. Players who want to breed their Axies and birth new ones need a specific amount of SLP. The higher the breed count, the more SLP they need to use.
As mentioned above, players can also earn SLPs when they successfully finish quests in the Adventure mode. Additionally, they can also gain SLP if they win against players in the Arena mode while spending 1 energy.
SLP is tradable on exchanges such as Binance and Uniswap. Basically, players earn SLP and sell it on the said exchanges, thereby realizing the play-to-earn concept of the game. In fact, a lot of people are already earning with the game as it is.
How to Play Axie Infinity
The standard way to start playing Axie Infinity is to own three Axies and form a team out of them. These pets are available on the Axie marketplace for Wrapped Ethereum (wETH). Aspiring players need to have the Ronin wallet extension on their browser to buy Axies from the marketplace.
To prevent any chance of getting into a phishing site, look for the Ronin wallet extension on the Chrome Web Store. You can also do the same for Ethereum wallets.
For those that do not have any wETH, users are recommended to buy from crypto exchanges or from legitimate Ethereum-dedicated wallets that offer direct ETH purchases. Another alternative would be to buy wETH directly from Ronin through Ramp Network. Simply open your Ronin extension, click the Deposit option, and click Continue to purchase.
By the way, these Axies are non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which means that no two Axies can be completely the same. In some cases, some Axies may look identical. However, they will always be of different ID numbers, which may help determine which Axie attacks first during arena fights.
Here is a step-by-step guide to downloading Axie Infinity
- Visit Axie Infinity’s official website.
- If you are using a pc or laptop, click the “Play Now” button at the top right corner of the screen. Your pc will begin to download Mavis Hub once you have determined the download location.
- Run Mavis Hub. You will be asked to create an account through Ronin Wallet, any Ethereum wallet, or an email address and password. Make sure that all are synchronized together for convenience and to prevent any issues later on.
- Once you have logged on Mavis Hub, you can now play Axie Infinity.
Here is also a YouTube video that explains how to start playing Axie Infinity.
Currently, the only way to play Axie Infinity is to have your own Axies. Once you obtain a minimum of three Axies, you may access the rest of the game.
Axie Infinity Gameplay
Axie Infinity is a duel-type game that uses skills as cards. Basically, one player will battle with either a group of monsters, named chimeras in the game, or against another player. During each round, the game will draw random cards which represent the skills each Axie has.
Players can choose which skills to use during the round. Each skill has a different effect, which they can utilize to their advantage.
Take note that each card/skill has a specified attack, shield, and energy required. For example, check out the image below.
The top left number (white against a yellow background) represents the energy required to cast the skill. The middle number (white against a red background) shows the damage that the skill inflicts. Meanwhile, the lower number (white against a green background) means the shield that the skill provides.
Most skills require 1 energy, while others can be used without any. There are also few skills that consume 2 energy. Also, for every Axie, there can be a maximum of four skills that the player can cast every round.
Important: Within the game, there are two types of energies. The first is the energy used to get experience from clearing ruins in Adventure mode, and SLPs when winning in the Arena. The second is the one needed to cast a skill. These energies are mutually exclusive.
For additional guides on how to pick the best Axies, check out this video.
Axie Infinity Features
While Axie Infinity is not the first game that uses blockchain technology, it is arguably the most popular today. It has hundreds of thousands of players buying tens of millions of dollars’ worth of Axies every day. It is also the top selling NFT marketplace today.
Since SLP is obtainable within the game, most players find Axie Infinity as a lucrative investment avenue. The average amount of SLP that can be earned daily is 150. By using energy, players can exceed the amount and earn as much as 400 SLP, depending on how much energy they have and how many wins they get.
Axie Infinity also has tournaments wherein the highest ranked people get Axie Infinity Shards (AXS). This is also another token that is useful for breeding and for governing the community. This is also available for trading on a number of cryptocurrency exchanges.
Given that the game uses blockchain technology, all transactions and in-game information are available on the Axie Infinity marketplace.
How to Earn With Axie Infinity
As mentioned above, the easiest way to earn with Axie Infinity is to play the game and earn SLPs. However, each Axie is now worth a fortune for some, given the hype and its profitability.
It is important to know that only one account is allowed for each person, and logging in multiple accounts in a single device is a sure way to get banned from the game.
However, some players who can afford to buy many Axies tend to look for “scholars” who will grind SLP for them. They usually have an arrangement regarding the percentage of SLPs that each party will get.
Others who are into breeding also invest more and get way more in return, if they know how to do it right. Given that not all Axies are equal, these breeders produce powerful Axies that sell for a premium. For more information on breeding, visit here.
Meanwhile, others who know the game and can guide new players into finding a good Axie team can earn extra income. Now that Axie Infinity is becoming more and more popular, buying your way into the game can be expensive.
Others don’t want to invest wrongly, that is why they avail of sniping services from these players for them to find the best team even without prior game experience.
Finally, those who are not interested in having to do with Axie Infinity can trade SLP and AXS on exchanges for profit.
Now that you know the basics of how to play Axie Infinity, it is time to start playing Axie Infinity and earn SLP! Just make sure to visit helpful sources and prevent anyone from accessing your account. Have fun, and Axie to the moon!
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