I’ve decided to share my personal CryptoKitties strategy. This is not investment advice; it is simply how I choose to play. Please bear that in mind.
First of all, I have never put in more money than I am willing to lose. That’s pretty important.
I have three kinds of kitties: 1) investment kitties, 2) breeding kitties, 3) just-for-fun kitties.
These are the kitties that I am holding for long-term gains. They have production limits, so their rarity should get better over time. I have two Gen 0’s, two fancies (SantaClaws), and three low-ID kitties (<#100,000).
It doesn’t make sense to try to breed all the kinds of kitties, so I have chosen a particular combination to focus on. I have chosen cloudwhite wingtips cats because they fit well into the 3 elements of kitty value: rarity, utility, and appearance.
Cloudwhite is a tier-1 mutation, and wingtips is a tier-2 mutation. Because they are mutations, they are harder to create. This makes them much more rare than basic traits, especially in lower generations.
Cloudwhite and wingtips are useful in a few different ways. Most importantly, their mutation pairs have not been released yet. Once those mutation pairs are released, the value of cloudwhite and wingtips will jump up for a period of time. In addition, wingtips has never been used in a fancy recipe. When that happens, wingtips will see another bump in value.
Wingtips is easily the community’s favorite eye shape. It makes any cat a little cuter, and it consistently sells at a premium due to its attractiveness. Cloudwhite is also a widely popular base color. It stands out in the marketplace and it matches well with basically all the other colors.
(I also like to pair cloudwhite wingtips cats with pretty mouths (whixtensions, soserious, happygokitty) to complete the ensemble.)
In addition to the factors of rarity, utility, and appearance, I also personally LOVE cloudwhite wingtips. And I think that’s vital, too. If you try to chase after something that you don’t have a personal interest in, it will likely fail. For example, a lot of people like otaku and royalblue, but I just can’t get excited about those. It would be a bad idea for me to pursue them because I’d naturally veer back to something I truly enjoyed.
Speaking of enjoyment, I also allow myself a little bit of ETH to blow on “just-for-fun” kitties. I buy these kitties for no other reason than I like them. Since I’m not worried about turning these kitties into profits, I can fully disregard generation or cooldown or genetics. There are some incredibly adorable kitties out there at dirt-cheap prices, and sometimes it’s fun to splurge on a few of them.
How I Acquired My Cloudwhite Wingtips Kitties
To get my first cloudwhite wingtips kitties, I created two breeding pairs.
In my first breeding pair, the sire had salmon and raisedbrow, and the dame had shawdowgrey and fabulous. I did this because salmon + shadowgrey –> cloudwhite, and raisedbrow + fabulous –> wingtips. I also made sure they had additional good features (ganado, spock, happygokitty) so the breeding failures would still be decent cats. The odds of creating a cloudwhite wingtips from this pair was low, but I was okay with that because I got the pair at a good price and I knew most of the failures would at least have wingtips, fabulous, or ganado. (And since I no longer need this pair, I am selling them at 0.007 each.)
For my second breeding pair, the sire was an almost-purebred cloudwhite kitty and my dame was a wingtips kitty. Since I didn’t have to mutate into the traits, my odds of creating a cloudwhite wingtips was better. Also, 30% of the failures would have wingtips (woohoo!). My ‘bonus’ traits in this pair were laperm (mutation), egyptionkohl, and whixtensions. I am also selling this pair now.
After I bred my own cloudwhite wingtips kitty, I also bought another one from @Poopie because it was exactly the match I wanted for my kitty and it was at an incredible price (I’ve been tracking the cloudwhite wingtips market for months). I have now begun breeding my cloudwhite wingtips pair together. This is, of course, my very best breeding pair. When you breed together two cloudwhite wingtips, 50% of the offspring have both cloudwhite wingtips, and nearly all the failures have at least cloudwhite OR wingtips.
Now that I’m set up, I am selling all my extra breeders.
For example, here is another breeding pair I created but didn’t end up needing. I’m selling them for 0.01 each.
Dame: Fabulous (mutation) and Salmon (retired), Bonus: Ganado
Sire: Raisedbrow (mutation) and Shadowgrey, Bonus: Laperm (mutation) and Bubblegum (mutation)
Note: the bonus items are important because they give value to your breeding failures.
My other breeders (and cloudwhite wingtips) can be seen HERE.
Whatever your strategy may be, it’s nice to focus on one area of the market than trying to take it all on at once. It’s also a good idea to have a clear plan of execution rather than buying random cats. Think about rarity, utility, and appearance, and don’t forget to enjoy the process along the way!
Click here for: Jody’s Kitty Shop