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Axie Infinty

An overview of how the game and economy works

Updated April 13, 2022

Axie Infinity is a Play-to-Earn game focused on trading and battling with creatures known as "Axies" (characters based on axolotl), which are digitized as NFTs. It was developed by Vietnamese studio Sky Mavis as a player-owned economy game using the Ethereum-base cryptocurrency. The game was released on March 2018, with huge growing success. Currently, it is a $3Billion valuation with some players have made a living from breeding and selling the digital creatures. The most expensive Axie ever sold $820,000. As of September 2021, the majority of players were based in the Philippines.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS 1


As a Play-to-Earn game, Axie Infinity has an economy build on the Ethereum blockchain. Below are the currency you will need to be familiar with.

I. The Axie creatures are NFTs -meaning they are ERC-721 tokenomics-1

II. The game uses two types of utility tokens, ERC-20

AXS token It is used for:

  • Governance: AXS token holders will be able to stake their tokens and participate in governance voting.
  • Staking: Players will be able to stake their AXS to earn weekly rewards.
  • Payment: Players can use the AXS token to play games and conduct payments. tokenomics-2

Where to get

SLP (Smooth Love Potion)

  • Tokens are earned by playing the Axie Infinity game.
  • This digital asset serves a replacement for experience points.
  • Used to breed new Axies. Guide to Breeding tokenomics-3

Where to get

What are Axies

Axies a digital pet where players battle, raise, and trade fantasy creatures called Axies. Players can engage in a 3v3 turn base auto-battle using cards as supports. The system is set up similar to classic RPG of using different roles like tanks, DPS and support role with blend of Pokemon elemental strengths and weakness. what-are-axies


All Axies are unique NFT, meaning their value differs greatly based on traits, stats and quantity. These plays a pivotal role in-game performance and the market value of each creatures. stats


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. 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. Stat Guide


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 adds stats depending on the class of the part:

Body Attribute Guide



Similar to Pokemon, Axie comes in different classes with advantage and disadvantage against other types. The bonus is 15% more or less depending on type. Classes-2 In addition, when an Axie of a certain class uses a card from its class it gets a 10% attack/shield bonus. For example, a Plant Axie playing a plant card will receive 10% extra attack/shield.

Important to note is that these bonuses stack. A Beast Axie using a Beast card against a Plant target will do 25% (10% + 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.


Axies has two modes for players to enjoy: Adventure (solo mode) and Arena (pvp mode)

We are covering the Arena mode. This is divided into two parts:

The Setup Phase is where players can conduct strategies with the cards and their Axie gameplay-1 The Battle Phase is an auto-battler where you can cheer on your team and watch their setup play-out against the opponent. gameplay-2 Full Battle Guide


This is another key feature that many player focus on, since this is the primary source to generate the sale or improve your competitive edge in-game. Every Axie has the ability to breed with another up to 6x with use of Smooth Love Potion (SLP). SLP is a cryptocurrency on the Ronin blockchain.

After acquiring your SLP, choose the two Axie you want to breed. Breeding cost is different factor. Check out this breakdown. Breeding Guide Breeding


Players can sell their Axie on the Official Marketplace or buy from other players using ETH for the transaction. marketplace

How To Get Started

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    Install MetaMask your Chrome browser.
    Skip this step if you have a MetaMask already.
    MetaMask Guide

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    Go to the Axies Marketplace to scope out 3 Axie for your team
    Add the cost of the 3 for the next step.
    Guide to build a starting team

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    Purchase Ethereum for the transaction
    Head to your MetaMask, input the total cost for the 3 Axie to buy from USD to ETH.

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    Install Ronin Wallet for your Chrome After installation, head back to Marketplace and purchase your 3 Axies using Ronin Wallet.
    Guide to Ronin Wallet

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    Head to the Official Axie Infinity Site and click "Play Now"
    Download the client for the platform to play on.

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    Setup your Mavis Hub to install the game. Guide to Setup

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    Add the 3 Axie you've purchased.
    After installing of the game client, at the home screen - Tap on "AXIES" at the bottom left.

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    Tap "Sync"
    On the right hand side, tap "SYNC" to connect your 3 purchased Axies.

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    Set up your team
    Head back to the main page, select "Teams" and assign position for the Axie based on their role.
    Team Formation Guide

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    Congratulations you are all set to play
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