How do Family Jewels work?

There are two kinds of Family Jewels: Mew-tation jewels and Cattribute jewels.

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Mew-tation Jewelsfamily jewels 4

These jewels are awarded to the first 500 kitties who initiate bloodlines for a trait. They do this by being the first in their family tree to either a) carry a new basic trait, or b) mutate into a new trait. The first kitty with a new trait gets a spinning pink diamond and the next 499 get lesser jewels.

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Cattribute Jewels

After the originator kitties claim their jewels, they get to pass them down to their descendants as cattribute jewels. Any descendant of an originator kitty receives the jewel if it also carries the trait. This means that jewels may skip certain kitties but then show up later in their children. Again, all descendants may claim their ancestor’s jewel as soon as they share the same trait. The descendants’ jewels will be the same color as their ancestor’s original jewel. (Note: I said “all descendants” but I’m a little unsure whether they continue indefinitely or not.)

Think of is this way. When CryptoKitties launched, the developers released 100 Founder Cats that were all jaguars. Since then, there have been no other kitties released with jaguar genes. That mean, whenever you see a cat with the jaguar pattern, you know immediately that it has a direct tie to one of the Founder Cats. Family jewels mimic this exactly. If you see a kitty with a pink diamond next to “cloudwhite”, you know that it has a direct link to the very first cloudwhite kitty.

You can click on a jeweled cattribute to see the originator kitty that it came from.

Example: fj kitty

This kitty was one of the first 500 kitties to unlock the pattern “camo”. All of its descendants may receive its blue camo jewel if they carry the camo gene.

This kitty is also a descendant of the very first “slyboots” kitty, and a descendant of one of the first 100 “thundergrey” kitties. Etc.

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Will jewels make my kitty more valuable?

It’s hard to say right now because they’re so new. But I think it’s safe to say if there are two kitties with all other things equal, the kitty with more jewels will be valuable.

The mew-tation jewels will be more valuable than the cattribute jewels, and the most valuable jewel will easily be the pink diamond. The other jewels may end up as just eye candy, but the pink one will likely hold more significance.

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The Founder Cats did not get jewels, nor did their offspring. Poor jaguars. But the founders did get something else. They got badges. Aww.

What can I do with jewels?

You can collect them! If you breed jewel cats with other jewel cats, you can try to create kitties that have jewels next to ALL their cattributes. How fun would that be?!

Happy jewel collecting!


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Artwork Clues in Fancies

The artwork for fancies usually give out clues — clues for required traits, misleading clues, and clues about upcoming new traits.

ck fancy shipcat

ShipCat = sphynx + luckystripe + crazy + orangesoda

Does NOT need googly eyes, neckbeard, or bobtail even though the artwork suggests it.

Neckbeard and bobtail were unreleased traits at the time.

ck phuziqaat

PhuZiqaat = chartreux + spock + alien + pouty

Does NOT need trioculus, a green body color, or thin tail even though the artwork suggests it.

Trioculus (third eye) was an unreleased trait at the time.

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Undiscovered Fancies – Hints and Speculation

Update: Earnie (the Golden Kitty Fancy) does NOT require gold. Details below.

There are a lot of fancies waiting to be discovered right now. Here’s what we think we know. (Remember: before going after a fancy combo, make sure no kitties already exist with that combo.)

Golden Kitty Fancy (Earnie)earnie.jpg

  • Named in honor of for winning the Product Hunt Golden Kitty Award (CryptoKitties was a nominee for the award).
  • Released around Feb. 1.
  • Twitter hint #1: “Their favorite drink is neither Coke nor Pepsi.” This probably means that orangesoda is a required trait, although it’s possible it could be referring to lemonade (or both).
  • Twitter hint #2: “They picked up this cattribute on a trip to Burma…” This is referring to the cattribute birman (confirmed by the developers on Twitter).
  • Twitter hint #3: “Earnie has a favorite kind of fairy tail…” This is probably referring to grim.
  • Twitter hint #3.5: “Trying to breed Earnie with a cattribute as literal as this one is a fool’s errand…” This means that gold (eye color) is NOT a required cattribute in the Earnie formula.
  • Earnie has 4 traits. (According to the CK developers on Twitter.)
  • Earnie = orangesoda + birman + grim + gold + (lemonade(?), daffodil(?), …?)
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Don’t I look like a Golden Kitty?


Good Fortune Kitty (Maneki-Neko)Fortune Kitty

  • Unconfirmed fancy from a leaked image from a meet-up in Hong Kong.
  • Guesses from the image: wingtips, calicool, soserious, topaz/forgetmenot/sapphire, bobtail
  • From the Wikipedia page about Maneki-Neko (lucky kitties), it says that they’re most commonly white. So cloudwhite is likely part of the formula as well.
  • Note: Most fancies have 4-trait requirements. And some fancies exhibit traits that aren’t part of their formulas (e.g. SantaClaws has cheeky), and vice versa.
  • Maneki-Neko = wingtips(?) + calicool(?) + cloudwhite(?) + bobtail(?) + soserious(?) + topaz/forgetmenot/sapphire(?) + …?

Lion-Dance Kitty (Chinese Fancy #2)

  • According to a Quartz article about the CryptoKitties launch in China, there will be three fancies released during the Lunar New Year holiday season, and one of those will be kitty dressed in a lion-dance costume.

Chinese Fancy #3

  • See above comment.

Chinese Golden Dragon Exclusive Kitty

  • According to the same Quartz article, there will also be an exclusive kitty that resembles a golden dragon. Since it will be an exclusive fancy kitty, it will not have a recipe and will not be able to be created.

Year of the Dog Kitty (Exclusive?)dog kitty

  • This dog kitty is most likely an exclusive kitty (cannot be reproduced). In other words, it probably doesn’t have a “recipe”.
  • We know it exists based on this image and message from Benny: “We’ve announced our partnership with Cobo for the Chinese New Year launch. We will be doing a co-marketing campaign with the top prize being one of the most coveted kitties. A symbol for the year of the dog!”

Draco (Dragon Kitty)draco

  • May or may not be released yet.
  • No hints have been given out, no traits have been confirmed. The formula pieces below are pure guesses.
  • Draco = wuvme(?) + verdigris(?) + googly(?) + spangled(?) + elk(?) + …?

 Korean Fancy

  • Unconfirmed, but since there have been fancies for Japan (ninjas) and fancies for China (see above), we can assume that South Korea will get some too.

Valentine’s Day Fancy (Love Kitty)

  • Unconfirmed, but there are usually fancies for all the major holidays.
  • Love Kitty = wuvme(?) + chocolate(?) + strawberry(?) + …?


For recipes for all the discovered fancies, visit How to Make Fancy Cats.

To learn about how fancy cats are “released” and discovered, visit THIS POST.

Also, make sure to check out our Contest this week!


What if there were more KINDS of Fancies?

cathenaRight now, the most valuable cats in the game are Exclusive Cats. There are cats like Genesis, Cathena, and the Bug Cats. They have special artwork and CANNOT be produced through breeding.

Fancy Cats, on the other hand, CAN be produced through breeding. They have “recipes” which are simply a blend of cattributes. For example, if you create a cat with cymric and tongue, you get a DuCat (“Duck Cat”).

Because we can figure out the recipes to fancy cats (thanks to the genetic work of Kai and CryptoKittyDex), fancies are duplicated really quickly which drives down their value.

So now we’re left with an interesting situation. Fancy Cats are selling for very little in comparison to Exclusive Cats. There’s a huge gap in value although you’d expect it to be closer based on their appearance.

So what if we had Fancy Cats to help bridge the gap? What if we had:

  • Limited-Time Fancies
  • Tiered Fancies
  • Original Artwork Fancies
  • Sterile Fancies
  • Family Jewel Fancies
  • High-Gen Fancies

These kinds of fancies would have recipes that would incorporate more ingredients than just cattributes. For example…

Limited-Time Fancies: These fancies would only be able to be created within a range of Kitty ID #’s. For example, let’s say a fancy named Princess Cat is discovered, but she can only be created until we hit 600,000 kitties, then she’ll never be able to be created again. It would give a sense of urgency to create her, but also a lasting rarity after a certain period of time. It would also be interesting if we knew she was a limited-time fancy, but we didn’t know exactly when she’d be “retired”.

Tiered Fancies: These fancies would require all the required traits for two other fancies. For example, you’d need to get all the required traits for the Zombie Fancy and the Dracula Fancy in order to get the Frankenstein Fancy. It would make Zombie and Dracula more valuable because they would be needed to create something else, and it would make Frankenstein valuable because it would be incredibly difficult to create. It’s the same concept as the tiered mutations we already have in play.

Original Artwork Fancies: These fancies would simply have their artwork tweaked after the first 30 are created. So you could still create the fancy until the end of time, but the true originals will be always be worth a little more.

Sterile Fancies: These fancies would be unable to breed. This would make it harder for them to propagate as readily. It would also decrease their value in some ways, so it would be primarily for players who like the satisfaction of breeding fancy cats from scratch.

Family Jewel Fancies: I still don’t know exactly what family jewels (“enhanced cattributes”) are, but maybe they could be incorporated into the recipes as well. Maybe a fancy would require three traits and two jewels.

High-Gen Fancies: These fancies would only exist in certain generations. For example, maybe Surfer Kitty could only be created as a Gen 10-15.

In short, since fancies are simply “recipes”, why not add more ingredients into the mix? Let’s use ID numbers and generations and family jewels, too!

Any other ideas?


Original Artwork

There have been a few instances where the developers have changed the artwork on certain traits. It can be assumed that cats with the original artwork will never be able to be reproduced (which would make them more rare). Do you have an original?

Serpent – changed to have thicker eyelids.

  • Last kitty with original artwork: 456675
  • First kitty with new artwork: 456709

serpent artwork

Onyx – changed to have white whiskers instead of black.

  • Last kitty with original artwork: 478686
  • First kitty with new artwork: 478762

onyx artwork

Pouty – changed to have less of a smile.

  • Last kitty with original artwork: 478717
  • First kitty with new artwork: 478733

pouty artwork

Ganado – changed the side diamonds and chest diamond so their colors no longer match the side color and chest color.

  • Last kitty with original artwork: 483035
  • First kitty with new artwork: 483066

ganado artwork

Calicool – a change so minor, I’ll bet you’ll never see it. Go ahead, give it a try. I dare you.

  • Last kitty with original artwork: 44x,xxx?
  • First kitty with new artwork: 45x,xxx?

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Happy Collecting!
– Jodiferous

See related post: What’s Rare? What’s Desirable?


Why won’t my transaction go through?!

Here are some reasons your transactions might be getting stuck.

1. You used too low a gas price. 

This not only hangs up the low-gas transaction but every other transaction after it. Transactions have to be done in order, so if you send one with too little gas, everything after it (even those with plenty of gas) gets stuck behind the bad one.

The fix: You can re-send the stuck low-gas transaction at a higher price by clicking on the Metamask button that says, “Taking too long? Retry with a higher gas price here.” (For help choosing a good gas price, see my post on Gas Price and Gas Limit.)Read More »