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<h2 class="rainbow">What is a CryptoKitty?</h2>

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  <img src="https://www.cryptokitties.co/images/landing-kitty06.svg" alt="landing kitty 6">
  <figcaption class="caption">A bright and bubbly CryptoKitty</figcaption>
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[[CryptoKitties]] is an [[ethereum]] blockchain based virtual game developed by [[Axiom Zen]] that allows players to purchase, collect, [breed](/breeding), and sell various types of virtual cats.  CryptoKitties are collected and breed based on their [[cattributes]]. The [[community]] around the game has developed a number of tools to understand and visualize the all the facets of the game.

### Ethereum Blockchain

[[Ethereum]] is a intricate part of [[CryptoKitties]]. In order to do anything with [[CryptoKitties]] you will first need to obtain an [[Ethereum]] wallet and address. [MetaMask](https://metamask.io/) is a common solution for providing a web browsing experience that integrates with an [[Ethereum]] wallet. After this ether needs to be obtained, often by buying the cryptocurrency at an exchange.

### Buy, Sell, Breed, and CUDL

Pretty much the first action a player does in CryptoKitties is buy their first kitty. After that, players can decide on their own style of play. Some players, simply buying and selling. However, the main gameplay of CryptoKitties centers around [breeding](/cryptokitties/breeding/) in order to breed a unique kitty such as a [Fancy](fancies) or to obtain a [mewtation](/cryptokitties/mewtation/). When players don't want to do any of these options they can just CUDL, and keep their collecting waiting till they wish to return.


### Trading & More

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  <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/ck-kitty-image/0x06012c8cf97bead5deae237070f9587f8e7a266d/696398.png" alt="Vernon kitty #1 png">
  <figcaption class="caption"><a href="/fancies/vernon/">Vernon</a> #1 - Kitty <a href="https://www.cryptokitties.co/kitty/696398">696398</a></figcaption>
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[[CryptoKitties]] are used in a number of other ways. Players can directly trade their kitties or using a middle-man service. OpSkins allows [[CryptoKitties]] to be used on their platform. Other games such as KittyRace use the [[CryptoKitties]] tokens in non-standard ways by building a game around the tokens.

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  <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/ck-kitty-image/0x06012c8cf97bead5deae237070f9587f8e7a266d/102.png" alt="BugCat Pic">
  <figcaption class="caption"><a href="/exclusives/bugcat/">BugCat</a></figcaption>
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### Fancies & Exclusives

In addition to the [[CryptoKitties]] with SVG artwork, there are unique kitties that have genetic recipe which then renders a unique and limited edition kitty called a [fancy](/fancies). Even more rare than a [fancy kitty](/fancies) is an [exclusive kitty](/exclusives). Exclusive kitties are only awards and can only be breed in the sense that sometimes a specific numbered kitty will be an exclusive (e.g. [Cathena](/exclusives/cathena/)).

# Player Resources

There are a number of [Player Resources](http://cryptokittieswiki.com/player-resources/) that provide different information on playing [[CryptoKitties]].