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What is Axie Infinity and How Do I Play It?
Posted by Donna Almonte August 04, 2021

Two weeks ago, I took a deep breath and invested in getting my own starter team of Axies. Having played Pokemon ever since I was a kid (sometimes competitively), and having invested in cryptocurrency last year, I was definitely interested when I heard about Axie Infinity. It exploded in popularity a month ago up to today. A few similar friends (who love both Pokemon and cryptocurrency) invested weeks before I did. 

 

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor and assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. The information contained in this site is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timelines. If you have any doubts as to the merits of an investment, you should seek advice from an independent financial advisor.

 

But wait, before I tell you all about my experience so far, what is Axie Infinity? Let’s find out!

Axie Infinity, explained

Simply put, it’s a play-to-earn cryptocurrency game using Axies (your cute digital pet) as non-fungible tokens (NFT). This game runs on blockchain technology; a sophisticated database technology which took Vietnamese developer, Sky Mavis, years to develop. This game isn’t new; it was born in 2017 and only in the past month has it surged in popularity. 

 

Think of it like Pokemon, but the stakes are higher. You’re dealing with 3 types of cryptocurrency coins here, namely: Ethereum (ETH), Axie Infinity Shards (AXS), and Smooth Love Potions (SLPs), the latter two being in-game tokens. You can battle, breed, and sell Axies (a cute fantasy breed) to profit in Lunacia—the land of Axie Infinity which actually has its own economy where you can profit. 

 

Note that the price of SLPs to USD or PHP is constantly changing. The hype comes from how much you can potentially earn in this game, with 150 SLPs a day possible for newbies. 

As of this writing, *1 SLP = 15 PHP. 

How to set up Axie Infinity

You’re going to need to set up several things, so I’ll list them down. You will need an account on these apps (available on web or as a mobile app):  

 

  1. Get a cryptocurrency wallet like Coins.ph or Coinbase and link with your local bank or finance app. I used Gcash to convert from Philippine peso to ETH. 
  2. Sign up for cryptocurrency exchange platform: Binance.
  3. Download MetaMask – Google Chrome Extension
  4. Download Ronin Wallet – Google Chrome Extension

 

Load up your Coins.ph wallet with PHP and convert it all to Ethereum (ETH). At this time of writing, the usual recommendation is to invest 60,000 to 70,000 PHP. But it depends on you on how much you’re willing to shell out for your starter team. A lot of players regret NOT spending twice as much for their initial team. 

How much are you willing to shell out for your starter team? / Image: Donna Almonte

Tip: I didn’t follow this recommended investment price and spent considerably less than that. It depends on how you want your team to look like, so you can compromise on not having virgin Axies (0 breed count) or Meta builds as long as you know how you can win. Read up on Axie Builds and take a look at the Axies available in the Marketplace before you convert your PHP to ETH. Also add in extra for gas fees (transfer fees, which you can check here).

 

But a lot of players are also Scholars. What are Scholars? They’re players who are given a team by a Manager (those who lend a team and in turn, earn a cut of Scholar profits). Simple, right? 

 

Meta builds will usually cost more, but you can find cheaper Axies and make a strong strategy regardless. The cheapest Axies usually costs around 3,000 PHP. I also don’t recommend buying the eggs being sold on the Marketplace.  

 

Once you have everything in order, proceed with the following as instructed by Axie Infinity official website. To participate in buying your first 3 Axies, whom you will need to actually play the game, the next steps are:

 

  1. Login using your Ronin and MetaMask at https://marketplace.axieinfinity.com/
  2. Transfer your ETH from Coins.ph to Binance 
  3. Transfer your ETH from Binance to your MetaMask wallet address  (you can’t deposit directly to Ronin wallet)
  4. Deposit your ETH from MetaMask to Ronin using Ronin Bridge
  5. Pick your 3 Axies from the Marketplace.
  6. Download the game: Axie Infinity and sync your Axies from your Ronin account.
  7. Enjoy the game! Start with accomplishing your Daily Quests. I recommend 15 energy on Adventure mode and 5 on PVP.

 

How to play Axie Infinity 

The game is simple once you get the hang of it. It’s like Pokemon, but 3-on-3. It’s turn-based, too. You get a limited amount of energy and you have a maximum of 4 cards per Axie. Their moveset depends on their attributes (Eyes, Tail, Mouth, and so on.) To win, you need to deplete the HP of 3 Axies from your enemy team. It’s easy to understand, but challenging to win!

 

The rewards

Daily Quests will net you 50 SLPs! / Image: Donna Almonte

Do I think I’m going to profit from this game? Yes, I do! But it requires patience, strategy, and luck. You will initially earn at least 50 SLPs from completing Daily Quests. For the first two weeks, your goal may be to farm 150 SLPs a day on Adventure Mode and maybe some more depending on your win rate in PVP. You earn more as you level up your Axies. Some friends got back their initial investment in a month or two and reinvested their ETH on breeding. Others have cashed out when SLPs peaked. Some decide to become Managers and invest in Scholars. It’s up to you!

 

My opinion is that this is a Play-To-Earn game, but I don’t want to forget to have fun. After all, it’s still a game (albeit high stakes). I’m already seeing the return on my labor after grinding for two weeks. I’m not a financial advisor so I neither recommend nor discourage Axie Infinity to y’all as a worthwhile investment.

 

This is a game you have to make time for (probably an hour or two a day), and you do need to keep tabs on how well ETH, AXS, and SLP are doing on the market. It can be a way to make extra income or a full-time investment (as this Filipino player bought 2 houses from his earnings). And around 40% of players are Filipinos, followed by Venezuela and the US. That’s where the hype comes from! Though, you do risk losing a lot of money from it because cryptocurrency is more volatile than traditional stocks. It’s better to use disposable income aka income that you’re okay to lose. 

 

Aaand that’s it! If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably going to download and try it yourself. Goodluck and hope this guide on setting up Axie Infinity will help!

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