When a Mommy cat and a Daddy cat love each other very much… No, that’s not it. That’s sort of where new Kitties come from, but we won’t get into that here.
Fancy Cats are a series of special cats identified by their unique artwork and badge. Do you know the adorable Momo-chan, or the dreaded PhuZiqaat? They’re both Fancy Cats! When we first released Fancies, you could breed as many of them as you wanted (have you seen how many DuCats are flapping around?!), but now, they’re all limited edition. Once you hit that Fancy’s limit (and it’s a different number for every one), no more can ever be created. We wanted them to feel special and rare.
Fancy Cats are created when users breed a cat with the right combination of traits. Let’s take Negato as an example. Negato is a stealthy assassin and creature of the night; he’s also an adorable ninja.
Every CryptoKitty has the same visible trait categories: pattern, highlight colour, eye colour, eye shape, base colour, accent colour, mouth, and fur.
Purrstige traits are a third category of trait. Purrstige traits are special time-limited cattributes that can be bred based on a recipe of genes.
There is still one unexpressed trait category that players have yet to discover (so far it’s a secret what it does, but it's there 😉).
To design each Fancy Cat we select a combination of traits (usually four or five) that are required to breed that cat. For example, if you wanted to make Negato (back when Negato was available), you needed to breed a cat with the onyx, henna, wolfgrey, and slyboots traits. Your Kitty could have any other traits, but you needed those four to get a Negato.
When we're happy with the recipe we release the Fancy Cat into the ecosystem. If a player breeds a new cat that possesses the required traits during the Fancy's time window, they’ll get themselves a Fancy Cat! If you’d like to learn more about how to hunt for a Fancy Cat, we’ve got you covered with a handy instructional video.
You’re probably wondering what happens when you try to breed a Fancy cat after it has reached its limit. Well, all those Kitties will stop turning into Fancies. So today, if you breed a cat with onyx, henna, wolfgrey, and slyboots, you’ll get a very cute kitten, but no Fancy.
So what does that really mean from a technical perspective? It means that on the blockchain, Fancy Cats and their regular siblings are actually the same. The only difference is the artwork, and (for now) that lives on our website. This gives us the flexibility to release Fancy Cats in the future without having to alter our smart contract.
The Kitty Clock ended on November 30th, 2018, and moving forward Fancy Cat recipes will work a little differently. Fancy Cats will now be available in time-limited windows, and they may sometimes use a set of traits that already exists in another cat. If you breed that set of traits during the time window you'll get the Fancy Cat, not the regular Kitty. Find out more about Fancy Cats on our blog.