CryptoKitties Guide – learn how to play Crypto Kitties on ETH Blockchain
Collectable. Breedable. Adorable.
If you are thinking of becoming a new Crypto Kitty owner, please read our guide before you take the big step of becoming a new owner!
What are CryptoKitties?
Crypto Kitties is one of the world’s first block chain games where you can collect and trade adorable cats.
The CryptoKitties game is based on collectable kittens, that are breedable.
Each cat is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you;
it cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.
Some have described it as “a modern day Pokemon with cats on the blockchain”
CryptoKitties is based on the Ethereum block-chain and you need some Ether to buy these cryptocollectables.
Ethereum, also known as ETH or Ether, is one of the top cryptocurrencies in the world and needs to be purchased in advance in order for you to be able to play the game and trade kitties.
Check our guide on how and where to buy ethereum
How to play?
The object of the game is to acquire cartoon kittens.
The only way to do this is buy them or be gifted them.
Each kitten has a set of attributes (or “cattributes”) – see below on this page for a full list of cattributes.
Kitty Players can then try to generate kittens with rare attributes by “breeding” them with other cats in their stable.
Players can acquire or sell cats in the Kitty marketplace within the the game.
What do I need to play CryptoKitties?
To get started playing Crypto Kitties you will need a PC or laptop running the desktop version of Chrome or Firefox web browser.
You will then need to download and install a browser plugin called MetaMask.
Meta Mask is a digital wallet used specifically with crypto tokens like Ethereum – the digital payment on the blockchain that powers Crypto Kitties.
When you install MetaMask it will prompt you to save 12 words. This is your backup so keep it safe and secure, never share it with anyone. Think of it as a long password to get into your crypto wallet funds.
MetaMask Tutorial Video
How much is Ethereum?
The price of Ethereum can vary from day to day, you can check the latest price at http://ethrs.com
To buy Ethereum, go to Coinbase and open up an account. There you can use different normal payment methods to buy some ETH. Ethereum is a fractional cryptocurrency so you can buy Kitties for fractions of 1, not a whole token. A kitty may cost 0.11 Ether for example.
Where to Buy Ethereum?
The best and easiest cryptocurrency exchange service we have used is Coinbase. Remember your Ether needs to end up in your MetaMask wallet for you to be able to use it to buy kitties.
Can I play CryptoKitties with my Smartphone?
No, this is not possible at the moment. CryptoKitties relies on technologies that are not available on Smartphones yet.
How much does it cost to play the game?
Can I use a Credit Card to purchase CryptoKitties?
No. The only way to get a kitty is to buy one using Ethereum or be gifted one. Go to Coinbase and use your credit card there to buy some Ether.
What types of CryptoKitty are there?
As far as we can tell (there is no official list), here are the 56 different cattributes your kitty may have 🙂
Watch this short video on how to use a secret script to see Kitty Cattributes as you browse the kitty auctions, the CryptoKitties Rarity Scanner installation guide is here:
We also made a CryptoKitties Scarcity Index to show you which cattributes are the hardest to find.
- mainecoon – discovered Dec 1st, 2017 on Kitty #22511
Kitty (Primary) Colours
Kitty Secondary Colours
Kitty Pattern Type
Kitty Pattern Colour
Kitty Eye Type
Kitty Eye Colour / Background Colour
To see a full list of cattributes with some examples of each, check out https://cryptokittydex.com/
What are Cooldowns?
After a Kitty breeds with another Kitty, it will be temporarily unable to breed again for a brief period of time. This is called a “cooldown”.
The time it takes to recover will increase each time the Kitty breeds. So a Generation 14 kitty will take a long time VS a Gen 0 will be fast!
Here are the cooldown times:
- Fast: 1 minute
- Swift: 2 – 5 minutes
- Snappy: 10 – 30 minutes
- Brisk: 1 – 2 hours
- Plodding: 4 – 8 hours
- Slow: 16 – 24 hours
- Sluggish: 2 – 4 days
- Catatonic: 1 week!
How do Crypto Kitty Generations work?
Crypto Kitties can breed!
When 2 kitties are breed together, the resulting generation will be one higher than the highest generation parent.
- Gen 0 and Gen 0 breed, the kitten will be Gen 1
- Gen 4 and Gen 4 breed, the kitten will be Gen 5
What type of CryptoKitty is the most collectable?
The desirability of a kitten is based upon 3 factors:
- Traits (how it looks)
- Cool Down speed (how quickly it can reproduce)
- Generation (Gen 0 will reproduce more than a Gen XX)
Take these into account when you are looking at buying new kittens and the price that is being asked. We recommend you make a note of the traits, speed and gen that you are looking for.
The search on the website let you filter by trait to help you find the kitten type you are looking for:
https://www.cryptokitties.co/marketplace/all?search=%trait-goes-here% <- put the trait here for example, to search for “jaguar”:
Where do Crypto Kittens come from?
The CryptoKitties team release a new CryptoKitten (Gen 0) every 15 minutes. The income from all Gen 0 kittens goes to the team. They also take 3.75% of each transaction in the Crypto Kitten marketplace.
How to sell or trade a Kitty?
There are 2 ways to trade a kitty, either by a direct transfer or by an auctions. The owner of a kitten can put their kitty into a clock sales auction (also known as a Dutch Auction).
This is where the price decreases over the time of auction until the reserve price is met or the kitten is sold.
How much does it cost to buy a CryptoKitty?
There is no set price for Cryptokitties.
When you want to sell your cat you can set your own price, some have already sold for many thousands of Dollars!
The website at https://kittysales.herokuapp.com/ tracks all kitty sales. At the time of writing this it is showing an average sale price of almost $50:
- Sales: 17,860
- Unique Kittens Sold: 15,405
- Ether Sold: 1,736.30 Ether
- USD Sold: $827,390.07
- Average Sale Price: $46.33
- Median Sale Price: $4.77
When your Kitty is put in an auction and the price goes down until the auction ends or the Kitty is purchased by another user. There is a graph on the for sale page to help you see the price tend.
The starting price of “Gen 0” CryptoKitties is determined by the average price of the last 5 CryptoKitties that were sold, plus 50%
At the time of writing the cheapest GEN0 kitty is listed at 0.2147 Ether which is around $100
Kitten Number 1
Kitten Number 1 is called Genesis and has already sold for Ξ 246.9255 which is $117,712 on 2nd December 2017!
What are Fancy Cats?
Fancy Cats are designed after famous celebrities. They are likely to sell for big money!