Axie Infinity: What are Axies?

Axies are characters in the game Axie Infinity. In-game they are used for Battle. This can either be in Adventure Mode (PvE) or the Arena (PvP). They are a non-fungible token (NFT) that you own and store in your wallet. You can collect them and use them to create new Axies (offspring), which is called Breeding. Because they are owned by the player they can be traded with other players or sold on a blockchain-based marketplace.

They are also your character during Land Gameplay in Lunacia, which is the Axie Infinity universe. This universe allows players to own land, collect items and earn resources. Resources can in turn be used to upgrade land and Axies. Players will also be able to use their Axies to take on Chimera in real-time battles either alone or in groups. Chimera will drop an assortment of resources, items, and blueprints used to upgrade land and individual Axies.

What makes Axies unique?

Each Axie has a unique set of characteristics that makes it unique and determines its value:

I am using the term ‘Special types’ for the tags: Origin, Mystic, Agamogenesis, MEO, MEO II, Region Japan.

Lets take a look at each of these characteristics and why they are important!


There are 9 classes in Axie Infinity: Aquatic, Beast, Bird, Bug, Dawn, Dusk, Mech, Plant and Reptile. The class of an Axie is important for combat, because each class is weak and strong against other classes. The Axie that has the class advantage will deal 15% additional damage. The Axie that has the class disadvantage will deal 15% less damage. For example, a Bird class Axie deals 15% additional damage to a Beast class Axie.

There are three “secret” classes in Axie Infinity. The three Secret classes are: Dawn, Dusk and Mech. The Secret Classes are harder to breed, because you need a specific combination of two purebred Axies. Even then, there is only a 33% chance to create a Secret Class when producing offspring. They are not necessarily more valuable, because they are more scarce. This is because they do not have their own Class Cards (Body Part) yet, but this might happen in the future.

The Class of your Axie will also determine its base stats:


Check out my Class Guide for a full overview of each class.

Body Parts

An Axie has 6 body parts: eyes, ears, horns, mouth, back and tail. Each body part will determine the card (ability) the Axie can use in battle, except for the eyes and ears. The eyes and ears do not have a card (ability) connected to them. 

Each card will add stats based on the type:

  • Aquatic: +3 Speed, +1 HP
  • Beast: +3 Morale, +1 Speed
  • Bird: +3 Speed, +1 Morale
  • Bug: +3 Morale, +1 HP
  • Plant: +3 HP, +1 Morale
  • Reptile, +3 HP, +1 Speed

In addition, when an Axie of a certain class uses a card from its own class, it gets a 10% attack and shield bonus. For example, a Plant Axie playing a plant card will receive 10% extra attack/shield.

Check out my Class Guide for a full Card Tier List for each Body Part.

Body Patterns

There are many different patterns that an Axie can have. Many have the same shape but different designs on the side of their body. Here are some examples of what these body patterns may look like:

Some Axies have a “normal” size, but their hair looks different. These have Fuzzy, Spiky or Curly hair.

Lastly, there are ”special” body patterns that usually make them a little more valuable. These are “Wet Dogs”, “Sumos”, and “Big Yaks”.

These patterns make an Axie unique and some are more rare than others, which may increase the value of your Axie!

Breeding Count

The Breeding Count of an Axie shows how many times an Axie has produced offspring. The higher the Breeding Count, the more SLP is required to produce new offspring. Each Axie can be bred a maximum of 7 times. An Axie that has not been used to breed yet is called a “Virgin” Axie.

When you’re creating offspring the genes of the parent Axies will determine the body parts the offspring will receive. Each body part has a set of 3 genes:

  • Dominant (D) – 37.5% : The dominant trait is the strongest and has the greatest chance to be passed to children. This is the trait you see on each axie and it represents the cards that you get to play. 
  • Recessive 1 (R1) – 9.375%: This is the second strongest gene
  • Recessive 2 (R2) – 3.125%: This is the weakest gene and has the least chance to get passed to children.

The offspring will also inherit its Class based on the classes of its parents. There’s a 50/50 chance if the parents each have a different class.

In conclusion, Breeding Count increases value because of the amount of offspring that can still be produced and the SLP cost related to creating the offspring. The genes increase value because it determines the chance the offspring has for obtaining better parts, which determine its ability in battle.


An Axie is a ‘pure breed’ when its class and all of its body parts are of the same type. When an Axie of a certain class uses a card from its own class, it gets a 10% attack and shield bonus. For example, a Plant Axie playing a plant card will receive 10% extra attack/shield.

Pure breeds are also the only way to unlock the “secret classes”: Dawn, Dusk and Mech. Check out the “secret classes” section in my Class Guide for more information.

Special types

There are a few ‘special types’ of Axies that are more valuable, because they are supply-limited. These ‘special types’ are: Origin, Mystic, Agamogenesis, MEO, MEO II, Region Japan.

Origin Axies

Origin Axies are the first of their kind. The first Axies to be created in the Axie Universe. The way they were created is quite special. AOC tokens, or Axie Origin Coins, were given out if someone bought an Axie using your referral. These coins could be redeemed at a 5-to-1 ratio for Origin Axies.

There can never be more than 4088 Origin Axies, because the supply is capped and the Origin tag does not transfer when they are used for breeding. Not all of these have yet been released, because some Axie Origin Coins (AOC) still remain. It is fair to assume that the final number might be lower than 4088, because some AOC tokens might never be redeemed.

Origin Axies have a special tag and a victory pose. The victory pose will show when they win in the Arena (PvP Battles).

Mystic Axies

Each Origin Axie had a chance to spawn with a random Mystic body part. An Axie has a total of 6 body parts: eyes, ears, mouth, horn, back and tail. These parts had a 1 in 18 chance to be created as a Mystic part instead. Mystic parts have a distinct visual difference, but their ability in combat remains the same.

This means each Mystic Axie is automatically also an Origin Axie. An Origin Axie can have more than one Mystic parts. When Evolving, Mystic parts eventually reach Legendary status, while normal parts are limited to Rare and Ultra Rare. The way the Mystic part looks is also changed when the part evolves.


The Agamogenesis Axies are three exclusive Axies that were auctioned off prior to the opening of the Axie Lab. Each Agamogenesis Axie has a Bionic Part that has been custom built by the MEO Corporation to replace lost appendages. These can be inherited by offspring as slightly altered versions and Evolved. They also possess unique body colors and their body pattern is a Barcode.

The Agamogenesis Axies are:

  • Almace (ID 4156 / Class: Beast / Bionic Part: P4R5IT3)
  • Durendal (ID 4154 / Class: Reptile / Bionic Part: 1ND14N-5T4R).
  • Hauteclere (ID 4155 / Class: Aquatic / Bionic Part: 5H04L-5T4R)

Hauteclere and Almace have been sharded via Niftex in 2020. Check the price for the Hauteclere Shards (HAUT) here and the price for the Almace shards (ALMA) here. Durendal has not been sharded.


An Axie with the MEO CORP or MEO CORP II label is created with MEO Tokens. This is an ERC-20 token, which is labelled as AEC (Axie Egg Token). Updated information about the token can be found here.

Region Japan

Certain Axies that are born in Japan may be born with a visually distinct, Japanese part. These parts are purely cosmetic in their difference. For example the Axie below has a Japanese tail, called “Omatsuri”.

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