Axie Infinity is the new talk of the town NFT game that probably even your grandma has heard about. Many players were attracted to the idea of a fun game where you could earn real money as you play.
Whether you’re new to Axie Infinity or want to learn more about the game, here are 20 tips and tricks that might prove helpful the next time you log in and explore the world of Lunacia!
1. Counting Energy
Arguably the most essential skill to learn when playing the game, learning how to take count of the energy your opponent currently has can significantly increase your chances of winning.
Knowing when your opponent has a lot of energy and when they don’t enables you to choose your next course of action. Do they have tons? Might they launch a large-scale attack? Do they have little? Your Axies are safe. Probably. (Damn you, critical strikes.)
A technique I personally use is what I call the “kindergarten” technique. I take count of the opponent’s starting energy, which is always 3, and put fingers up or down, depending on whether they gain or use energy.
This method of counting my opponent’s energy has never failed me and I believe it’s one of the easiest ways of keeping track.
2. Learn Your Team
I know this tip sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many players don’t know their team well.
Learn the ins and outs of your team, every move your Axies have, as well as the situations they’re most useful in. It’s also good practice to memorize the damage values of your attacks so you can calculate how many cards you need to play in order to take down the enemy Axie.
You can also take note of the damage and shield values of enemy Axies that you typically face in your Matchmaking Rating (MMR) so you can get a good grasp of how much damage they can both dish out and take.
3. Formations/Positioning Your Axies
The placement of Axies on the battlefield is a crucial, yet often overlooked, aspect in PvP. May players simply line their Axies up or place them in various positions that don’t even make sense.
For example, you should place your back and mid Axies in either the top or bottom two slots. In the event where you face an opponent with split Axies (1 top, 1 bottom), your two Axies will both focus on the same one.
There are also cards whose effects are based on positions. Offensive cards like Smart Shot and Chitin Jump are cards that target enemies in certain positions. The defensive card Slippery Shield gives Axies that are adjacent to the user a percentage of shields.
There are also utility cards like Sweet Party, Forest Spirit, and Refresh that heal or cleanse debuffs from the Axie directly in front of the user. As you can see, positioning your Axies correctly is a vital part of victory.
4. Card Counting
Don’t worry. Although Axie Infinity is a card game where you can earn money, it’s not run by casinos and you won’t get beaten up for counting cards. On the contrary, you’ll get even more money because you’ll know the moves your opponent is most likely going to make.
Battles start off with each player drawing 6 cards in round 1, and 3 after every round. Each player has an Axie with 4 moves, which adds up to a total of 12 moves per team.
However, it’s important to note that players have 2 copies of the same card, so that makes 24 cards in a deck. If a player’s deck reaches 0 cards, it resets (excluding the cards that are currently in your hand).
If your opponent uses the same attack on the same Axie twice, it’s safe to assume that they won’t be using those cards any time soon. Until that Axie’s teammates get taken out or the deck resets, they won’t be able to draw that card.
5. Speedy Situation
It’s a fact that Speed directly influences the turn order of Axies. What isn’t widely known is what dictates the order if Axies have the same speed.
If Axies have the same speed, it all comes down to the following factors in order:
Which Axie has:
- Lower HP
- Higher Skill
- High Morale
- Low Axie ID
This means the one with the lower HP will attack first. If they still have the same speed and HP remaining, then the one with the higher Skill stat will go first, and so on.
If all else fails, who has the lowest Axie ID will gain the right of way. A good tip if you play a team that has two Axies with the same speed is to remember that their order will change, depending on who has higher stats or lower HP.
For example, if you use two pure Aquas, their stats will be identical and the turn order is dictated by who has the lower ID. If one of them gets damaged, they automatically become the faster Axie in the order.
There are also cards that target the fastest Axie on the enemy team (Dark Swoop/Seed Bullet). If two Axies on the enemy team have the same Speed, the user will target the nearest one instead.
6. Last Stand
Last Stand is a state where Axies can still play cards and take damage for a limited amount of time even after getting taken out.
It is known that Morale influences the likelihood of an Axie entering Last Stand. The higher that stat is, the chance of Axies entering Last Stand significantly increases.
However, even though players and game tips say “chance,” there’s actually a mathematical equation that determines whether or not the enemy will enter Last Stand.
(Final Blow – Remaining HP) < (Remaining HP x Morale/100) = Last Stand
For example, consider a pure Beast Axie has 61 Morale. If it has 123 remaining HP and an attack deals 146 damage, it enters Last Stand.
- (146 – 120) < (120 * 61/100)
- (26) < (73.2)
- Beast enters Last Stand
In order to stop Axies from entering Last Stand, you must finish them off with attacks that have significantly higher damage than their remaining HP. You can also use card effects like Star Shuriken and the debuff Chill in order to prevent it altogether.
7. PvE Milestone Rewards
You may know that adventure mode is the easiest way of earning SLP, but did you know you can be rewarded more than the daily SLP cap?
If you finish certain ruins in adventure, the game rewards you with bonus SLP. Completing Ruins 21 and 34 will give you 200 and 300 SLP respectively. Keep in mind that those ruins are extremely difficult because they’re boss levels.
You can research and devise a plan in order to boost your success, but I recommend leveling your Axies up before attempting to clear those ruins.
8. Rule of Round 5
Have you ever won a match so quickly you were amazed with yourself, only to be disappointed when you get transported back to the home screen without SLP rewards? That’s because there exists a measure in the game, made to counter win-trading and intentionally losing.
The next time you find yourself completely dominating your opponent? Hold back a little and wait until Round 6. Your wallet will be thanking you.
9. Secret Class Secrets
There are three “Secret Classes” in Axie Infinity, Dawn, Dusk, and Mech. While secret class Axies are rare, there are no cards unique to their classes.
This puts them at a disadvantage against other Axies because when an Axie uses a card with the same class, it enjoys a 10% bonus to damage and shields.
Does that mean secret classes are weaker to other classes? Not really.
Secret class Axies still have a 7.5% bonus to damage and shields. This means that pure movesets wouldn’t be as good on them, but creating a hybrid build is possible.
|Class||HP||Skill||Speed||Morale||Attributes (per part)|
|Dawn||35||35||39||31||7.5% class bonus for Bird & Aquatic cards|
|Dusk||43||39||27||31||7.5% class bonus for Reptile & Plant cards|
|Mech||31||39||43||27||7.5% class bonus for Beast & Bug cards|
When it comes to class advantage, secret classes have the same advantages and disadvantages with the classes they enjoy a bonus from. Dawns have the same advantages and disadvantages as Birds and Aquas, Dusk with Plants and Reptiles, and Mechs with Beasts and Bugs.
However, there are some rumors circulating that these secret classes may get their own move sets in the future, but for now, all we can do is wait.
You can read more about secret Axie classes in this article:
10. Axie Genetics
Axies actually have genes! This piece of information might not be as useful to players as it is to breeders, but it’s interesting how the developers have created a breeding system that is quite similar to real life.
Unfortunately, there are no built-in means to know what kinds of genes an Axie has. Thankfully, Freak has created a browser extension that lets users view the genes of an Axie, as well as its stats and other data.
You can check it out here.
You can also read more about Axie genetics in this breeding guide:
11. Join the Axie Infinity Discord
The Axie Infinity Discord server is the heart of the community. It is a place where you can get the latest news and updates, as well as get to know the hardworking and tight-knit community that Sky Mavis is proud of.
There are also a ton of other stuff on there like events, raffles, and giveaways. You can also check out ads to Axies that are posted on Discord instead of looking for one in the marketplace.
You can join through this link:
12. Buying Axies in an Auction
The Axie Marketplace is actually an auction.
The seller sets up the Axie for auction and puts a starting price, an end price, and sets a duration. The price can either go up or down from the starting price, depending on the seller.
This means that you’d have to be a smart and calculating buyer in order to get the best deal possible.
13. Get Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) for Free
You can actually get AXS for free… if you’re good at the game.
Axie Infinity rewards its players for playing fair and competitively by introducing leaderboard rewards. Players are given mAXS, which could then be converted to AXS, corresponding to their rank among all the players across the globe.
14. Ronin Tips
If you need to check your Ronin address, you can easily view it from the Ronin browser extension. You can also use Ronin to check for gas fees and convert your tokens, although you need to use a coin exchange site like Binance to withdraw your crypto.
Check out our guide on how to convert and withdraw your money:
15. Account Tips
You can customize and manage your account to your liking. You can change most of your details like your in-game name, password, and email.
You just have to log in using your Ronin account, either by linking your wallet or logging in via email in the marketplace. Just head on to the profile settings and tinker with the settings there.
16. Changing Accounts/Devices
The rules of Axie Infinity clearly state that you cannot use more than one account, but using many devices with a single account is okay. This means that you can use multiple devices as long as you only have one account.
If you plan to change accounts, a great rule of thumb is to wait at least 24 hours before switching to the new one in order for the system not to tag you as someone that’s multi-accounting, resulting in a suspension or ban.
17. Battle Against Your Friends
You can actually add your friends in the client and duke it out against their Axies. Just enter their Ronin address in the “Add Friend” search bar and you’re good to go.
You can send them challenges if they are online, and if they accept, you’ll be going head-to-head. This is a great way to test out card and team combos, as well as practice together with your friends before you head out to the arena.
Keep in mind that while these friendly battles do not cost energy, they also don’t give SLP, EXP, and MMR, and are purely for fun or practice.
18. Check Your MMR
You can check your MMR by clicking on the podium icon in the main menu. You can also check your current rank and standing, and claim your season rewards there, if any.
Checking your MMR is important if you are trying to climb the ranks and want to improve. A steady increase in MMR means that your skills are rapidly growing and your team is pretty strong.
Unfortunately, you may hit a wall if you or your Axies aren’t strong enough, so keep grinding and you’ll eventually reach the top.
19. Server Status
Related to tip no. 1, the best way of knowing about the current status of the server is by joining the Discord server. The developers always announce if there are updates and new content available, as well as potential future updates.
There are also websites that can tell you whether the server is up and running, but Discord announcements from the devs are the most reliable.
20. Changing Game Window Size
If you feel like the game window is too big or small for your liking, you can easily change it in the settings. You can either play in fullscreen, or windowed on PC.
Unfortunately, there’s no way for you to change your window size on mobile phones as of yet
Did you know about these tips and tricks? Do you know other tips and tricks that no one else knows? Comment down below!
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