How are fancies “released” and “discovered”?

When a certain combination of traits appear together in a cat, it becomes a fancy cat. For example, if you breed a cat that has onyx, henna, wolfgrey, and slyboots, you will get Negato the Ninja Fancy.

But underneath their ornate exterior, Fancy Cats are a lot like other cats. Their genes work the same way, and they can come from ordinary parents. Really, the only thing that separates a fancy cat from a regular one is its artwork.

What this means is that Fancy Cats are not determined in the smart contract on the blockchain. They are determined solely by their display on the CryptoKitties website.

Developers can therefore “release” fancy cats in this manner. They go into the code for their website display. Normally, cats are just displayed as the sum of their cattributes:

If cat has googly eyes, display googly eyes.
If cat has sphynx body, display sphynx body.

But if developers want to release a fancy, they just a) find a trait combination that doesn’t currently exist in any cat, and b) adjust the code to override the standard picture with a fancy picture if that combination appears.

If cat has googly eyes, display googly eyes.
If cat has sphynx body, display sphynx body.
BUT if a cat has googly AND sphynx, display MISCHIEVOUS FANCY CAT.

What This Means

Recently, the developers announced that they would release a Golden Fancy Cat in honor of their being nominated for the Golden Kitty Award. Basically, they did not plan and code a Golden Fancy from the game’s inception. They just decided to do it because something special happened.

Because the “recipe” for a fancy cat usually incorporates related cattributes, we can assume that the developers will require “gold” as part of the recipe. What else might it require? Orangesoda? Daffodil? Lemonade? Let’s check the Marketplace to see if that combination exists. When you search the Marketplace for that combo, make sure to select “All Kitties” instead of just the ones for sale. 

golden kitty

Yes, it looks like those exist already, so that can’t be the formula for the Golden Kitty. Maybe we could throw in the ganado pattern? Does that exist? No! It doesn’t yet!

So if you’re feeling especially lucky, you can follow your hunch and try to create a cat with gold, orangesoda, daffodil, lemonade, and ganado. Chances are that it won’t turn into a fancy, but you never know! You might get the first one!

What This ALSO Means

Don’t try to create the next Halloween Fancy Cat right now. Even if you have a hunch, chances are 1) the required traits are even released yet, or 2) the developers haven’t assigned it a formula yet. So if you create that combo right now, it’ll just be another combination that “already exists” and won’t be in consideration for the fancy. That’s my opinion, anyway.


I actually don’t KNOW how fancies are released. Some players are convinced that all the fancies have already been decided and programmed. They may be right. But I personally don’t think so, especially because of the developers deciding to release a Golden Kitty (and naming it in honor of, the winner of the Product Hunt contest). That feels spur-of-the-moment to me.

I also think that this method of releasing fancies allows the developers to time the fancies with events, such as holidays or new region launches.

Happy Fancy Hunting!
– Jodiferous


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