In-Game Elements: Habitats & Crystals

7 min readNov 18, 2021


The idea of gaming with NFTs makes us blue in the face with excitement. It rolls off the tongue so naturally, too — “NFT gaming.” The two seem to complement each other and harmonize so well. How could we not want in?

NFTs are one of the best examples of gaming-blockchain innovations. Traditional mobile gaming consists of playing and paying for in-game items that become worthless when you put the game down. Whereas, with NFTs, Genopets allows you to own your in-game assets that hold real value in and out of the game. Furthermore, NFTs, plus our coined Move-to-Earn model, is how we’re able to give you an actual reason to justify the long hours and hundreds of dollars you spend grinding for in-game loot.

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To boot, GenopetsDual-Earning Economy makes it so free and financially invested players alike can sell their in-game NFTs to other players in the open marketplace to earn. Although, as a free player (whose only means of earning is the sale of your precious Genopet), we understand how difficult it could be to cut ties. Thanks to our dynamic use of NFTs, we bring you near-endless discoveries and multiple ways to earn.


Habitats are beautiful generative 3D landscape NFTs that both promote the enhancement and evolution of your Genopet, as well as your ability to earn KI on a regular basis. And just in case I didn’t mention it in the first sentence of this paragraph, they’re beautiful. In addition, purchasing a Habitat NFT opens the door to becoming a paid player, unlocking a world of in-game features, benefits, and financial opportunities. First and foremost, however, your Habitat is “home sweet home” for your Genopet and protects them from the plundering nanobot Virus…but be forewarned; they’re persistent buggars, and they’ll cease crystal production if you’re not vigilant.

As for those of you sitting on the fence about investing in your Genopets gameplay (even though we both know the amount of time and money we’ve previously spent on far less rewarding things), we’ve made it super accessible to jump in on the Habitat action.

What do I get out of owning a Habitat? How do I earn?

There are multiple benefits to owning a Habitat!

  • There are five Elemental types of Habitats: Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each Habitat type correlates with its respective crystal type. (i.e., Fire Habitats produce unrefined Fire Crystals). Therefore, the primary function of Habitats is producing unrefined specific Elemental-Type crystals, which are NFT precursors, not NFTs.
  • There are three levels of Habitats. Higher-level habitats spawn unrefined crystals faster, have more advanced Laboratories that reduce refinement and crafting time, allow you to refine more crystals at a time, and craft more advanced recipes. So if you want to craft more valuable power-ups, as well as items, and accessories for your Genopet, you may want to opt for a higher-level Habitat.
  • If you feel you’ve collected enough of a particular Elemental type of Crystal, or your specific Habitat is no longer serving you, or maybe you have an eye on another Habitat, but you’ve maxed out. In that case, you can sell or trade your Habitat on the open marketplace to a player who’s probably been waiting for you to give it up.
  • Habitats generate unrefined crystals daily. As they appear, you can harvest them, store them in your inventory and refine them when you’re ready. If you look around your Habitat, you’ll find a laboratory where you can take your unrefined crystals to undergo a refining process (a.k.a, the Refined Crystal minting process) to transform them into rare and valuable Refined Crystal NFTs. Apply Refined crystals to your Genopet to unlock unique accessories, special items, boosts, and power-ups. And since they’re NFTs, you can also sell them to other players on an open marketplace.

(Note: An unrefined crystal is not an NFT until it you mint it and turn it into a Refined Crystal NFT — this process requires GENE and KI Tokens too, contributing to burn mechanics in the game)

How do I purchase a Habitat, and how much does it cost?

You can purchase a habitat in-game from the in-game marketplace from other players. To start, we expect to seed the market with Tier 1 Habitats that can be bought in the game at a set price by any player. After that, habitats will be available on a spectrum of pricing set by the market, based on their level and rarity, so you get to choose how much you want to invest proportionally to how much you want to get out of the Genopets economy.

How many Habitats can I own?

There is no limit to how many Habitats you can own, but you can only have up to 3 active in-game at any time. Minted Habitats are actively functional and can generate, refine, and craft unrefined crystals. Just make sure that you keep it maintained and free of nanobots.

(i.e., if you own three Lvl 3 Habitats, with enough GENE and KI Token and a little bit of time, you can refine nine unrefined crystals at a time. See “Refined Crystals” below for more details.)

Refined Crystals

Habitats spawn unrefined crystals. Once you harvest an unrefined crystal, you can store it in your inventory or make your way over to the Laboratory, where you’ll notice an open crystal chamber. Insert your unrefined crystal into the chamber, where it will undergo its refining (minting) process using GENE and KI Token. Over a varying duration, your unrefined crystal will transform into a Refined Genotype Crystal. Refined Crystals are NFTs and the building blocks used to create just about every in-game Genopets NFT you’ll encounter. Use Refined Crystals as consumables to activate special upgrades or craft them into more valuable crystals, items, accessories, and power-ups.

Refined Crystals: Lvl 1 Habitats & Refined Crystal Production

Lvl 1 Habitats spawn unrefined crystals daily that you can refine by using GENE and KI Token. Lvl 1 Laboratories provide one crystal chamber to produce one Refined Genotype Crystal at a time. Refined Genotype Crystals temporarily change your Genopets Elemental type and alter its battle performance and visual attributes. You can save Refined Crystals in your wallet, use them to give yourself a physical and visual leg up over your opponents, or sell and trade them to other eager players in the open marketplace.

Refined Crystals: Lvl 2 Habitats & Basic Crafting

Lvl 2 Habitats produce more unrefined crystals than Lvl 1 Habitats. And instead of having only one chamber to refine your unrefined crystals, you will have two. With two crystal chambers in your Laboratory, not only can you refine two crystals at once, but you can also perform Basic Crafting. Basic Crafting, or Basic Alchemy, is the transmutation of two unrefined crystals into Power-Up NFTs. Basic Crafting also requires GENE and KI Token. Power-Ups give you abilities that boost XP, refining time, crafting time, and unrefined crystal spawning.

Refined Crystals: Lvl 3 Habitats & Advanced Craft

The real magic happens when you’re ready to step into the full power of owning a Habitat.

Lvl 3 Habitats generate the highest amount of unrefined crystals. Your Laboratory boasts three crystal chambers, so that means you can produce three Refined Crystals at a time. Having three crystal chambers also means that you’ve mastered Basic Crafting and can begin practicing Advanced Crafting. Advanced Crafting, or Advanced Alchemy, is the transmutation of three Refined Crystals into Advanced Items, Accessories, and even other types of Refined Genotype Crystals. Advanced Crafting also requires GENE and KI Token.

Owning a Habitat unlocks all sorts of features that can weave you right into the fabric of the Genopets in-game economy, so you can start earning without having to give up your digital spirit animal or having to sacrifice paying your bills. Step out of your gaming shackles and into the Genoverse to explore hidden realms, battle with friends, and earn crypto for staying active. Until next time! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Summon your Genopet and start moving to begin exploring and evolving together. Stay tuned for future updates and join the conversation in our community channels below. See you in the Genoverse!

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