- Free to try
- Complete daily quests
- Earn crypto & trade card NFTs
- Runs on HIVE blockchain
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DeFi Kingdoms is a play-to-earn, medieval-style RPG featuring nostalgic pixel art. It's charming, easy to navigate and simple to start playing. All transactions use the native coin JEWEL, including buying heroes, summoning heroes, exchanging for xJEWEL and staking.
DeFi Kingdoms is a crypto play-to-earn blockchain game, centered around NFTs and its native currency JEWEL. (Short for decentralized finance, DeFi means it's fintech based on public ledgers that aren't governed by a single entity.)
It's free to start playing, but you pay gas fees if you interact with the blockchain.
The game is built on the Harmony Protocol blockchain with its native coin One, and all transactions in game are with the native token JEWEL.
DeFi Kingdoms looks like a traditional pixel RPG. Players explore the Tavern, Bank or Garden, talk to the town crier and other wacky NPCs, all while investing and earning. Some compare the art style to Runescape, but our gut is that it's like indie, medieval games made on RPG Maker and the cozy game Stardew Valley.
DeFi Kingdoms is set in Gaia, a fictional world with detailed and captivating lore. The continent of Gaia was once united, but residents destroyed the land from over-farming. Those who stayed true to Gaia were transported to the Inner Grove, and a god separated the once-single continent. Over time, separate kingdoms grew and later reconnected.
Players enter the game in the Age of Heroes, where players farm JEWEL. Using mystical powers, they summon heroes back into the world to defend their JEWEL gardens and destroy corrupted monsters.
Get started in five steps:
By creating a character, you're mining an NFT — a transaction that requires paying a gas fee verified through your MetaMask wallet. You can't change your character's appearance (yet!), so choose wisely.
The world of DeFi Kingdoms includes eight locations:
Go to the Tavern and talk to the NPC Agent Selina to buy, sell or rent heroes. Or talk to Barkeep Kessing to view or send heroes to another player directly.Image source: DeFi Kingdoms, Tavern
A player can rent your hero and use its summoning points at the Portal, or rent out your own heroes to other players. When your hero is rented, it's placed on "cooldown" temporarily and its total summoning points decrease by one. You can't sell heroes that are on cooldown.
Talk to Barkeep Kessing to view the hero catalog — all heroes that are summoned so far — and send heroes to other players directly. The View Hero option allows you to type in the exact ID of the hero you're looking for and view it. Send Hero lets you type in the wallet address of someone else and send them heroes directly.
Players can talk to NPCs in the marketplace to complete actions in the game:
The Bank allows you to stake your tokens with no risk of loss through xJEWEL. Tokens in the bank are fully unlocked and claimed without withdrawal fees — aside from the gas fee for interacting with the blockchain.
Stake liquidity pool tokens for liquidity mining rewards. Plant them by talking to Druid Lazerus, located in the marketplace. Putting in JEWEL locks it for a period of time, which depends on the speed of the blockchain. Over time, the percentage you can withdraw increases.
The Wishing Well is where you can get Gaia's Tears, which are used to summon more NFT heroes. Using the Wishing Well or doing the Gold Mining Profession quest are the only ways to get Gaia's Tears.
The Wishing Well is a quest, and each attempt spends five of your hero's stamina. Once the quest is completed, you're guaranteed EXP with a chance of Gaia's Tears.
Visiting the Portal is how you summon new heroes. According to the official lore of the game, the Portal lets you bring back heroes that are sent to the Inner Grove. Heroes have a limited amount of times they can be used to Summon new heroes.
It's like breeding in other games — literally. The genetics of the two heroes you use to summon determines the stats of the new NFT hero.
Here's what you need to summon a new hero:
Summon a hero in three steps:
Bloodlines, stats and class of the heroes you're using determine what hero you get during summoning.
Docks provide a way to get to AnySwap, an official partner of DeFi Kingdoms. AnySwap is a cross-chain swap protocol that bridges assets between other chains, helping you to swap assets on different networks.
Send smart contracts, transfer tokens, smart contract events or data between different blockchains.
In a nutshell, the game allows for connectivity between different blockchains using the Dock.
Send your hero to perform passive, noncombat quests: Gardener, Forager, Fisher and Jewel or Gold Mining.
Each profession comes with an associated skill, and the more a hero works at a specific profession quest, the higher the skill increases.
Heroes that complete profession quests that correlate with their genes can earn more rewards and cost less stamina per quest.
DeFi Kingdoms is built on the Harmony blockchain with its native coin One, and all transactions in the game are with the native token JEWEL.
JEWEL is a governance and ulility token, meaning it's used for voting on the development and evolution of DeFi Kingdoms, can be used for staking, added to liquidity pools, and used to make multiple in-game purchases. The supply is limited to 500 million.
JEWEL must be swapped for another cryptocurrency, such as ETH or USDT.
You can get the token by swapping it on MEXC, CoinEX, Hotbit, SushiSwap or a few other exchanges.
To get ETH or another cryptocurrency to swap for JEWEL, you can buy most currencies on mainstream exchanges, such as Crypto.com.
Unfortunately, at this time no major exchanges in the US offer this coin. However, you may be able to purchase it with another cryptocurrency, just be sure you're following all legal restrictions and requirements.
Consider buying a different cryptocurrency after comparing popular exchanges.
DeFi Kingdoms has yet to launch many features, though you can do a lot right now to earn crypto:
Land and Building features are set to be released soon, allowing players to buy plots and place buildings on them.
The main NFTs in DeFi Kingdoms are the heroes.
Heroes in DeFi Kingdom come with multiple stats that are key in the game:
Stats are generated by the hero's class, stat bonus genes, rarity and bonuses applied during the summoning process at the Portal (which we cover later).
Knowing your NFT heroes' stats can help you determine which heroes to send during Profession Quests. Plus, stats help you narrow down what heroes you want to buy, sell and breed while visiting the Tavern and Portal.
To buy the Hero NFTs in DeFi Kingdoms, go to the Tavern and talk to the NPC Agent Selina to buy, sell or rent heroes.
Selecting Buy Heroes to view NFT heroes for sale in the in-game marketplace. The characters' information is displayed on the front and back of the cards, including stats, classes, skills, level, gender and more. Filters within the hero marketplace help you narrow your search.
To buy other NFTs available in the game, talk to Trader Zada, located in the Marketplace.
Select Sell Heroes while visiting the Tavern to list your heroes for sale.
Select the amount of JEWEL you want to list it for, and whether to list it on the public marketplace or through a private sale.
The Tavern takes a 3.75% cut of the final sale price.
The company behind DeFi Kingdoms is Kingdom Studios (at KingdomStudios.io) — very aptly named. The company was formed shortly after the creation of DeFi Kingdoms "to show that the team that brought you DeFi Kingdoms is here for the long term," according to their Medium blog post from March.
On the DeFi Kingdoms main site, you can select Team and view the people behind the game. The team uses nicknames, like "Dragon Tea" (a creative designer), and "Chonk Norris" (API developer). A few of the team members have their social media accounts linked as well.
It's refreshing to see such transparency on who is behind this game — many blockchain games omit the team members.
DeFi is setting itself up for many play-to-earn aspects and creature comforts. We're in Phase 2 of 6, so there's more to come, including:
DeFi Kingdoms brings out a charming, comfy nostalgia for gameplay. It adds to the medieval RPG staple classic pixel aesthetic that many gamers love, coupled with the ability to earn.
We're only at the beginning of DeFi Kingdoms' features and playable modes. With so much to do already, we're excited to see what more it brings to the table — and hope the developers can handle it!
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