The Guide to Axie Infinity for Beginners, Part 1: Gameplay Overview
It can be daunting trying to figure out where to start with your Axie Infinity journey. There are are lot of great resources available, but all of them can sometimes feel overwhelming. The purpose of this Guide to Axie Infinity is to introduce the gameplay of Axie to someone who may know nothing about the game.
By learning the gameplay first, you will understand how to play the game, why it matters, and be well-equipped to know what you should look for when you buy your first Axies.
The first thing to know is that there are two modes in Axie Infinity: Adventure mode, also known as Player versus Environment (PvE), and Arena, also known as Player vs Player (PvP). We’ll start with Adventure mode, then delve into PvP.
Adventure Mode Introduction (PvE)
In adventure mode, you are playing against AI from Axie Infinity. There are 36 levels in total, and with each level, the difficultly gets increasingly harder. Playing in PvE gives your Axies experience (XP) which they use to level up. Leveling up your Axies, in turn, increases their health and attack. So, the higher level your Axies are, the easier it gets to beat the levels.
By playing PvE, you can earn up to a total of 50 SLP (Smooth Love Token) per day. The amount of SLP you win depends on the PvE level that you play.
|Axie Level||SLP Reward|
|Level 1 – 4||1 SLP per win|
|Level 5 – 9||2 SLP per win|
|Level 10 – 14||4 SLP per win|
|Level 15 – 16||6 SLP per win|
|Level 17 – 20||5-10 SLP per win|
|Level 21 – 36||10-20 SLP per win|
Based on the chart above, playing Levels 21-36 would be the fastest way to gain your 50 daily SLP. However, you’ll need to level up your Axies and play the lower levels before you can beat the higher ones.
The level of your Axies only apply to PvE and has no bearing in the Arena.
Axie Infinity Arena Introduction (PvP)
In arena, you are playing against other players in the Axie Infinity ecosystem. You will be matched with players of the same skill level through your Match Making Rating (MMR).
For every win, your MMR increases, and for every loss, it decreases. The amount of SLP you can gain in Arena depends on your MMR. Using the table below, for example, if you have an MMR of 950, you can earn 3-4 SLP for every win you get. Losing does not earn you any SLP.
|Arena Bracket||SLP Reward|
|800 – 950||1 SLP|
|950 – 1150||3-4 SLP|
|1150 – 1350||6 SLP|
|1350 – 1450||9 SLP|
|1450 – 1550||12 SLP|
|1550 – 1650||15 SLP|
|1650 – 1750||18 SLP|
Axies Energy Explainer
There is a limit to how much SLP you can earn and how much XP you can gain in a day, and the limit to these are constrained by your in-game energy. Although the picture below says that partial energy is gained every six hours, I’ve come to find out that it actually refreshes and gives you the full energy amount every day, at 8 p.m. EST.
The amount of energy you get a day depends on how many Axies you have. If you have 3-9 Axies, you get 20; if you have 10-19, you get 40; and if you have more than 20, you get 60.
Each time you play PvE or PvP, you spend 1 energy, as noted in the image above. However, even if you do not have energy, you can still play; you just won’t gain SLP (in Arena) or XP (in Adventure) anymore.
For example, if you are playing in Adventure mode, when you have energy, you can gain both SLP and XP. If you do not have energy, you can gain SLP (up to the daily limit of 50), but you cannot gain XP anymore.
This means that even without energy, you can still play until you reach the 50 SLP daily limit, but your Axies won’t level up.
On the other hand, if you are playing in Arena, when you have energy, you can gain both SLP and MMR points. If you do not have energy, you can gain MMR points, but you cannot gain SLP anymore. This means that even without energy, you can still try to improve your MMR so that the next time you play, you can get higher SLP for your wins.
Now that we’ve discussed the basics, let’s move on to what gameplay looks like on Axie Infinity
Intro to Axie Infinity Gameplay
The main objective of the game, both PvE and PvP, is to kill all your opponent’s Axies/monsters before they kill all of yours. To do this, you have to carefully choose your abilities and watch out for your ability energy count — more on these in future guides. Below, we’ll go in-depth into the screens in Axie Infinity, and what some of the icons in them mean.
Adventure Mode Main Screen
The different components of the Adventure screen are numbered in the picture above. Here’s what each number represents:
- Every level is called a ruin. If you have completed a level, you will see 1-3 stars below it. The stars indicate how many of your Axies have survived when you completed that level.
- How many monsters you will have to defeat within the level.
- This shows what kind of monsters you will encounter within the level. Clicking on any monster shows you the class and description of the monster.
- Daily SLP limit counter — showing that 0/50 of the max SLP have been claimed today.
- Energy counter is in the top left.
- Axie Inventory. Clicking this would show you your Axies and their abilities, as well as let you change their lineup placement. You can also change your team here.
- The level of each Axie.
- Once you are ready to fight, the Start button begins the game.
Arena Mode on Axies Infinity
Unlike Adventure mode, Arena mode doesn’t have a main screen. Once you click on “Arena“, you will be immediately matched to an opponent.
Axies Battle Screen
For both Arena and Adventure mode, the mechanics and components are pretty similar. The important parts of the Arena are numbered in the image above. Here’s what each number represents:
- Battle energy is shown in the bottom left — not to be confused with your daily game energy). In Arena, each player starts with three energy. Each subsequent round adds another two energy. So, for example, if you spend two energy in round one, you’ll get one remaining energy plus two new energy for round two (so, three energy).
- Number of cards remaining in your deck is in the bottom left. The important thing to remember here is that your Axies each have four abilities, and you have 24 cards in a deck. This means that for each deck, you will see each ability for each of your only Axie twice, before moving on to a new deck.
- Axie who possesses the abilities (cards) above.
- Abilities for the particular Axie seen below.
- Energy needed to use the ability.
- Attack. This is the damage your Axie can deal with this ability.
- Shield. This is the shield your Axie can get from this ability. The opponent’s attack will take away shield until the shield is depleted, then start taking health.
- More detailed explanation on the description of some abilities.
- Push this button to end your turn once you’ve made all your moves.
- Number of rounds so far in this game. It is important to note that at Round 10, the Bloodmoon Curse will start, which means that at the end of that round and onwards, all Axies will receive a 50 HP deduction.
- The order the Axies will attack. The faster the speed of the Axie, the earlier they will always attack.
- Number of cards left in your opponent’s deck at the start of the last turn. Used for counting opponents cards.
- Settings. If you’d like to surrender the game, you can also find that here.
Conclusion to Axies Gameplay for Beginners
To recap everything we’ve learned so far, Axie Infinity has two gameplay modes: Adventure (PvE) where you play with AI and Arena (PvP) where you play against other players. When playing both modes, it is important to remember that you can only gain XP in Adventure and SLP in Arena if you have energy. However, you can still gain SLP in Adventure (up to the 50 daily limit) and MMR in Arena even without energy.
Axie Infinity is a turn-based strategy game, and the abilities of your Axie, as well as the synergy of your team, is crucial to winning. Because your Axies will have the same four abilities forever, and these are visible when purchasing, it is important to ensure that you are happy with the abilities of the Axies you buy.
Keep an eye out for the next articles in our Axie Infinity Beginner Series from MomentRanks to learn more about Axie Infinity, and to help you become an Axie expert in no time.