Etheremon is a blockchain-based game that’s similar to CryptoKitties in that it involves the breeding and collection of provably unique digital creatures. However, Etheremon’s combat system adds a different dimension to the game. Winners of in-game fights earn an ERC-20 token called EMONT. Read on to learn more.
In order to play Etheremon, you have to do two things: install a free cryptocurrency wallet called MetaMask and collect your first game tokens. Here’s a quick walkthrough that explains the entire process from start to finish.
Etheremon and many other blockchain-based games rely on MetaMask for payment processing. It allows you to run distributed applications (dApps) in your browser.
Visit MetaMask.io and follow the instructions to install MetaMask. During the setup process, the installer will give you a set of seed words. The seed words provide the only way to recover your MetaMask account if you forget your password– so be sure to copy them down and save them somewhere safe.
Though you can play Etheremon for free, you do need at least around five dollars’ worth of ether to get started. This will allow you to pay the cost of the Ethereum network’s transaction fees. But if you intend to be a competitive Etheremon player, you’ll probably need a few hundred dollars’ worth of ether.
The easiest option for buying ether is CoinBase. Just open MetaMask and click the Deposit button, then choose Continue to CoinBase.
CoinBase provides two different ways to buy ether through MetaMask: Credit/Debit card or Bank Account. You’ll pay less in transfer fees if you choose the bank account option, but you’ll also have to wait longer for the ether you bought to show up in your account.
Etheremon gameplay is centered around collectible creatures called Mons. When you start Etheremon, you can catch three Mons for free. The game’s free Mons include Mintol, Kyari and Omnom. You can pull up their profiles and look at their stats by clicking on them.
Understanding a Mon’s stats
Clicking one of the Mons will give you a more detailed look at the creature.
- Price indicates the value of the Mon. All the tutorial Mons are free, so this number will be zero no matter which Mon you choose to investigate.
- Total Caught gives you some idea of how rare the Mon is.
- Gen provides information about the Mon’s family tree. If you breed a Mon, its offspring will result in a new generation.
- Ancestors can power up your Mon by allowing it to transform, but you have to add all of them to your personal Mon collection before that can happen.
- Next Forms shows you your Mon’s upgrade path. If you manage to collect all of Mintol’s ancestors, it will turn into a Florost.
The icons in the top right corner of the screen indicate whether or not your Mon can lay an egg, as well as the level at which it will gain the ability to transform.
Hatching an egg causes a Mon’s level to decrease. (For example, a level 30 Cobrus will revert back to level 27 after it lays an egg.) Eggs hatch into a Mons after a random period of time. Hatching can take as little as a few hours or as long as several days.
The image below explains what each of the colored battle stats means.
In addition to Health, Primary Attack, Primary Defense, Secondary Attack, Secondary Defense and Speed, there’s another attribute that you’ll see once you complete your purchase: EXP. The more you battle your Mons, the more powerful they become.
An official blog post about how EXP works provides some relevant information:
“Experience (EXP) can only be gained through battle. The higher EXP the higher level the Etheremon is. Etheremon at higher levels will have higher stats and are essentially stronger. Also, after reaching a certain level, some Etheremon will gain the ability to Transform.”
The icons beneath the picture of the Mon indicate its type. Every Mon has 1 to 3 different types. There are 17 types in all: insect, dragon, mystic, fire, phantom, earth, neutral, telepath, iron, lightning, combat, flyer, leaf, toxin, rock, water and ice. The diagram depicted below reflects the relationships between the various types:
Catching your first Mon
When you’re ready to catch one of the free Mons, press the Catch Now button. Use the popup to name your Mon and set your Catching Power to zero. Catching Power is useful for quickly acquiring rare Mons, but there’s no reason to use this feature for catching common ones.
A blog post about the Catching Power feature explains how it works:
“You can pay more than the value of Etheremon when you see it to make sure you can catch it successfully. The change will be added to your balance. For example, when you see a Cobrus it has price at 0.1905, you make a transaction at 0.2096. When your transaction is mined, the price is at 0.1906, so you will get a Cobrus and 0.19 ETH will be added to your balance.”
Click the Catch Now button to proceed.
Since Mons transactions require the use of the Ethereum network, you’ll have to pay a small network fee to get your order processed. You can adjust this fee through the Data tab in MetaMask. If you use the default MetaMask settings, you should expect to pay roughly 30 cents in fees each time you capture a Mon.
Click Confirm when you’re ready to initiate your capture.
Now you should get a Transaction Hash, which you can use to look up the status of your order on EtherScan.
There are two ways to earn money on Etheremon: by flipping and/or breeding valuable Mons, or by duking it out with other players. Here’s a high-level view of both strategies.
Buying and breeding
One technique to use to score a profit while playing Etheremon is to try to acquire rare Mons that can hatch eggs. A video game blogger that goes by the alias DLCBlogger allegedly managed to make some money this way by catching and breeding a pricey panda-like Mons called Pangrass:
“I randomly stumbled upon a Pangrass that had a couple of eggs attached to it. You can hatch these eggs, you’ll just hatch the same etheremon. But the cool thing is that I basically hatched 2 x 0.4 eth. One Pangrass just so happened to be the strongest in the whole game! With a base battle power of 126 I listed it for 1.5 eth and it sold!”
Battle and earn crypto
Etheremon players can also earn crypto cash rewards by winning battles. The main battle modes in the game is called Castle Mode. High stakes Castle Mode battles take place on in-game hills.
The advantage of owning a castle is that they allow you to participate in battles without having to pay any transaction fees. There are only 30 hills in the game, so claiming one for yourself is not an easy task. In order to take over a hill that someone has already claimed, you have to destroy all of its bricks.
Defending a hill requires a significant investment. To build a castle, you need to buy at least five bricks. This will cost you 0.04 ether, or roughly $10 USD in today’s prices. You can also fortify your castle with additional bricks, but you’ll need to pay 0.008 ether for each additional brick. If someone attacks you and starts destroying your bricks, that’s money down the drain.
The other battle mode is called Gym Mode. Gym Mode lets new players battle NPC (Non-player Characters) in preparation for Castle Mode. Gym battles are the same as ordinary battles, except you can only earn 70% of the experience you would get if the battle took place in Castle Mode.
How to Tweak Your Ethereum Gas Settings
If you find yourself placing a large number of transactions when playing Etheremons, you may want to consider tweaking your gas settings to save money. You can do this in MetaMask by clicking the Data tab. You’ll see something like this:
Ethereum Gas transaction charges are described in GWEI. One ether is equal to 1,000,000,000 Gwei.
The more gas you pay, the faster your Etheremon transaction will get processed. If you opt to pay less than the amount MetaMask recommends, you’ll have to wait longer for your transaction to move through the network. If you pay more, you’ll be able to snatch up Mons faster.
The gas limit tells MetaMask to slam on the breaks if the price of gas rises. It’s the maximum amount of gas that you’ll ever spend on a transaction. This safeguard prevents you from the risk of accidentally spending too much during times of high network activity.
How fast will your transaction go through?
Visit ethgasstation.info first to find out what the effects of your changes will likely be.
What’s Next for Etheremon?
Emont Alliance is the developer behind Etheremon. Here’s a quick look at the company’s future plans for Etheremon.
The next big addition to Etheremon will be a new mode called Adventure Mode. This new mode will allow players to explore the Etheremon world as search for booster shards. Booster shards increase a Mon’s level-up cap permanently.
Another aspect of Adventure Mode is adventure sites. Up to ten players can claim an adventure site. If you manage to claim an adventure site, other Etheremon players will have to pay you to access it.
Learn more about Adventure Mode here.
Phases 2 and 3
Emont Alliance already rolled out phase 1 of Etheremon. This phase introduced Castle Mode, Gym Mode, the Etheremon marketplace and other core game features. Phase 2 will introduce P2P battles, leagues and tournaments and adventure mode. In Phase 3, Emont Alliance plans to expand the Etheremon universe by releasing an Etheremon SDK (Software Development Kit). Further details about the Etheremon roadmap are available here.
Virtual reality integration
Etheremon recently announced that Etheremon will eventually integrate with Decentraland. Decentraland is a blockchain-based virtual world that’s built around virtual reality technologies.
Etheremon teased some details of how Etheremon will work in virtual reality in an official announcement:
“While Etheremon’s fundamental gameplay mechanics should remain unchanged, we intend to expand the number of opportunities you will have to discover new Etheremon monsters while exploring Genesis City by allowing LAND-owners to host Etheremon on their parcels. You can expect a far more immersive and engaging experience when battling your Etheremon against other users in castles or when training your Etheremon in gyms.”
Expansions and network upgrades
Another recent announcement from the creators of Etheremon indicates that an expansion plan is in the works. They recently partnered with the makers of Trinity Protocol, an open sourced scaling solution that enhances DApp (Distributed Application) performance.
“Our partnership with Trinity Protocol will be an important step we have taken to develop the scalability solution through [an] off-chain data network, boosting the efficiency of information processing without incurring huge costs on-chain.”
More details about the partnership are available on the official Etheremon blog.
Useful Etheremon Resources
Here are a few websites that will help you succeed at Etheremon.
- The Official Etheremon Blog. The Etheremon Medium blog is the best source for authoritative information about the game.
- The Etheremon subreddit. Find out what fans of the game are talking about here.
- Etheremon on Facebook. If you’ve searched the blog and website and still can’t find the answer to a question, try asking for help via Facebook. The Etheremon team typically responds within 24 hours.
- Etheremon on Github. Search here to research Etheremon smart contracts and other technical information.
Etheremon tokens can be bought on sold on several different crypto-collectible marketplaces.
The OpenSea crypto-collectibles trading site currently has over 36,000 Mons in its marketplace. OpenSea CEO Devin Finzer describes the site as “the first peer-to-peer marketplace for blockchain-based items, which include collectibles, gaming items, and other assets traded on a blockchain.”
OPSkins is an online marketplace that was formed to give Counter-Strike players a place to buy and sell Counter-Strike skins. Unlike the official Counter-Strike marketplace, OPSkins lets sellers withdraw any cash they make through the site.
The developers behind the platform recently created a token called WAX, which is designed to facilitate the trade of in-game items. Etheremon tokens will soon be available in the OPSkins marketplace. OPSkins has already added support for CryptoKitties, Etherbots, Fishbank and several other notable games.
“Etheremon, a new Crypto Collectible™, can soon be bought and sold using WAX Tokens! Today OPSkins.com announced that ERC-721 token items for the Ethereum blockchain-based game will be integrated into the marketplace. Items for Etheremon will join the other 5 million + items currently tradable with WAX.”
Click here to read the full announcement.