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The developer behind Monsta Infinite said it planned to imitate Axie Infinity — in nearly every way. However, it aimed to be a lower-cost option. While technically classified as a massively multiple online role-playing game (MMORPG), it's more like a trading card game (TCG) built on blockchain technology.
Monsta Infinite is a blockchain-based MMORPG card battler. It uses NFTs in its gameplay — the monsters you battle with are trading card NFTs.
In this turn-based card game, you use Monsta cards with varying abilities to battle other players or complete in-game quests. There's an investment required, since you must buy some Monsta cards in order to play.Image source: Monsta Infinite
The Stamen Tellus (STT) token fuels the game's economy and can be used in various in-game activities such as breeding, called "Synthesis Cloning." There's also a governance token called MONI, used to influence decisions and for staking.
There are no gas fees for buying or selling Monsta NFTs, or gas fees for confirming transitions, initiating combat or anything else. The game runs on the custom-built Monsta Chain.
There are a few main ways to play: battling other players, completing quests, or breeding and selling new Monsta cards. Any of these methods can earn you token rewards. The mechanics of the game are a near carbon-copy of the very popular blockchain-based game, Axie Infinity.
To date, there are over 100,000 members of the Monsta Infinite Discord channel. For comparison, Axie Infinity has over 700,000 Discord members — that's quite the difference.
Like most crypto games, you need a crypto wallet to store your digital assets — the in-game tokens and NFTs.
Monsta Infinite requires a Monsta Wallet, which connects you to its custom-built blockchain, Monsta Chain. You'll also need another crypto wallet to buy the MONI token on third-party exchanges, and the game recommends MetaMask or Trust Wallet.
Monsta cards are available on the Marketplace and are purchased with xSTT. The in-game token xSTT can only be bought with xMONI. xMONI is what you receive when transferring MONI from the Binance Smart Chain to the Monsta Chain via Monsta Wallet.
You need a team of at least three Monstas to play. Follow these steps to get started with Monsta Infinite:
Monsta Infinite follows card-based gameplay. You're given five cards from a draw pile, with each of them containing abilities and actions to use against opponents or allies. Then the cards are placed into a discard pile to reshuffle and return to the draw pile after all cards are used.
Each turn also offers players the chance to enhance the fighting capabilities of their Monstas through a match-three puzzle system, which also ensures that no bots can play the game.
Monstas vary in color, abilities, class, rarity and body parts. Monstas have six body parts, three stats, and there are 11 classes.Image source: Monsta Infinite The 11 classes are:
The Monsta body parts can affect performance in battle, and can be upgraded. Body parts can also be augmented by sacrificing other Monsta to create a new special skill card.The six body parts are:
To battle other players, enter the PvP mode in Dozo, which displays five ranking boards. The level of your Monstas determines who you can battle. The top players for each rank receive $MONI as a reward at the end of each season.
Expedition is the PvE mode, where you go on a journey to fight against the game's villain, JILAKA. You can carry up to 12 Monstas for each session.
Note that the 12 Monstas entered into the PvE mode can only be chosen once a day. You can't re-enter the same Monstas in expedition sessions more than once. Therefore, owning more Monstas means that you can earn more rewards in this game mode each day.
Each battle in this game mode also has a single-day, permanent effect for Monstas. If a Monsta dies in a battle, it lasts throughout the day and can't be used for another expedition unless revived using STT.
The Monsta Infinite platform issued two types of tokens: MONI, the governance token, and SST, the in-game economy token.
MONI is a governance token allowing holders to participate in the platform's decision-making, including gaming mechanics and future upgrades. MONI holders are able to claim rewards by staking tokens and playing the game, and players can earn more MONI when they play various games within the Monsta Infinite Universe.
STT, or the Stamen Tellus Token, is the in-game currency token that you earn through battling enemies and other players. It's used to participate in in-game activities such as cloning Monstas or purchasing game assets. STT is a BEP20 token like MONI, and can be transferred to the Monsta Chain from the BSC or vice-versa, and is available via PancakeSwap.
MONI is Monsta Infinite's native governance token. It's a Binance Smart Chain token (BEP20) which has a total supply of 270,000,000 MONI. It can be bought on centralized exchanges such as Gate.io, AscendEX, BitMart and decentralized exchanges like PancakeSwap.
If you prefer, you can buy tokens on mainstream exchanges such as Gemini, Crypto.com or others, then use PancakeSwap to get MONI.
It looks like MONI may not be available to purchase on an exchange in the US.
You can still purchase MONI by using a decentralized exchange (DEX) instead. decentralized exchanges are web applications that run on blockchains like Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and allow users to trade any asset directly with one another.
Decentralized exchanges (DEX) are unregulated and run using autonomous pieces of code known as smart contracts. To use a DEX you must interact with the blockchain directly, which is not recommended for novice users. Please learn about decentralized exchanges first if you're unfamiliar.
You can follow the same process when you want to sell your tokens, or come back to this page to see if they can now be traded on an exchange in the US.
There are three primary ways you can earn in Monsta Infinite:
The NFTs are the Monsta cards, as well as in-game items, which are all usable and tradable in the game's Monsta Infinite Market.
Since NFTs are stored on a blockchain, players can claim absolute ownership over these virtual assets and can monetize them as they wish.
Select Marketplace on the Monsta Infinite site, and connect your Monsta Wallet. Remember you need xSST to make purchases.
Sort the listings by class, type, or how many times the Monstas have been cloned. Select the Monsta you want to buy, view its stats and details, and if you're satisfied with the price and look at the NFT, select Buy Now.Image source: Monsta Infinite
Soulbond Monstas can't be sold, but you can sell Inception Monstas, Chrono Zero Monstas and Normal Monstas.
There are two ways to sell your Monstas on the Monsta Infinite marketplace: Auction or fixed-price.
With auctions, you select a starting price, end price and duration of price change. The end price and duration determine how fast the start price decreases over time. Fixed-price is the Buy Now price.
Follow these steps to sell your Monsta NFTs:
There's a 4.25% fee on all trades on the Monsta Infinite marketplace.
Monsta Infinite has a small team — 11 people to be exact. Monsta Infinite's CEO is Jin Tan and the CTO is HK Chong. The developers are based out of Singapore and Malaysia.
Learn about the team from the Monsta Infinite Docs on GitBook, found on the main navigation menu of the Monsta Infinite site. You can view pictures of the team, check out the team's individual Twitter accounts and view the Monsta Infinite partners.
The docs state that the developers are "just normal people that are passionate in starting and running a project to create games that will accelerate the realization of Universal Basic Income." Essentially, the developers want to help out the little guys by giving them ways to earn income outside of traditional working environments.
It's always great to see a crypto game that's willing to share who made the game, their mission, and see real faces.
As of July 2022, the majority of the Monsta Infinite roadmap is complete. It outlines the ideation and creation of the game, presales, marketing, marketplace launch, beta testing and so on.
The latest announcement was in June, talking about the launch of the mobile app available on the Google Play store, and states that there will also be an iOS app coming soon.
To stay up to date on Monsta Infinite news, you can join its Discord channel, or follow them on one or more of their social media accounts like Twitter @Monsta_Infinite, Facebook, YouTube or Telegram.
While there are no gas fees to play Monsta Infinite, you're required to front some cash to begin playing. You need to buy at least three Monstas to play, and signing up for the game takes more steps than we prefer.
It requires new players to have two crypto wallets, then transferring your MONI tokens to get xMONI tokens, then swapping those for xSST to make purchases, then buying at least three Monstas to even play — it's a lot of work to start playing a game, especially if you're a new crypto player.
Monsta Infinite was meant to be Axie Infinity's affordable counterpart, but in terms of popularity, it's not measuring up to the success. The characters are cute, though.
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