Match-3 Pets is the building where players can hatch eggs and breed pets. Players must complete a match-3 game to finish the production of any new offspring, whether it is through breeding or hatching. The match-3 game revolves around matching three or more of the same icon on the game board. Players must match a certain number of faction-icons to complete the match-3 game and unlock a new pet.
Unlocking and Upgrading
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There are three types of Match-3 game modes, each with the same goal of matching groups of faction-icons together.
Hatching PogChamp, LuL, SMOrc or TriHard eggs: players must tap groups of faction-icons to eliminate them from the board. Depending on how large the group, certain power-ups may form.
Matching PogChamp, LuL, SMOrc, or TriHard pets: players must swipe adjacent icons to form rows or columns of icons of the same faction.
Hatching Kappa(Pride) eggs or matching Kappa(Pride) pets: players must drag-select as many icons of the same faction as possible, where selecting 7 or more eliminates all the icons from that faction on the board.
Faction-icons are the symbols that appear on the game board. Players must match three icons of similar faction and color by moving adjacent icons on the game board to win the match-3 game. There are six distinct faction-icons, and every icon stands for a faction, with the exception of the heart-icon and star-icon. The heart-icon is exclusively used to breed pets; meanwhile, the star-icon represents the Kappa and KappaPride factions together and is used to hatch eggs from those factions.
In match-3 games, players can reduce the cost of moving icons by matching them fast. The price reduction increases as players build momentum and speed. During high-paced gameplay, players earn speed-streaks and speed-streak stacks, resulting in multiple price-reductions being active at the same time.
- Players must collect more or fewer faction-icons depending on the pet in question, thus adjusting the difficulty.
- The field can contain five or six types of icons, making it more challenging to match icons.
- The field features solid and destructible icons, making it harder to match specific icons.
In the case of breeding pets, the rarity of the parents decides the difficulty of the game. However, in the case of hatching eggs, Kappa and KappaPride eggs are harder to hatch than the rest.
When breeding a pet with a shiny pet, there is a small chance for the offspring to be a colorized or pseudo-shiny pet. The colorized pet inherits the same color shift as their parents, but it cannot pass down its color shift to offspring. The ancestry of the shiny pet, therefore, dies out with its family. Nevertheless, there is always a small chance to produce a shiny pet from any breeding process, including from non-shiny pets.
Parents are also subject to change during the breeding process. They transfer attributes to each other, resulting in improvements for one pet and downgrades for another. In the breeding window, the position of the pet decides who receive and who transfers attributes.
- The pet on the right will transfer its characteristics: stars and levels to the pet on the left, but only if it
results in upgrades.
- The pet on the left will transfer its attributes; stars and levels to the pet on the right, overriding any stars and levels that it may have, resulting in potential downgrades.
Pets swap their attributes in the process of breeding, but it is only the pet on the left that will receive the upgrades; meanwhile, the pet on the right suffers from downgrades.
Kappa and KappaPride Pets
Kappa and KappaPride pets cannot produce offspring. This means that when matching Kappa or KappaPride pets, you will simply be swapping attributes, and not producing a new pet. However, players can still hatch their eggs to obtain pets from those factions.
Power-ups are random boosts, specially designed to clear part of the game board. There are five power-ups and players may encounter them on the game board. Players can also buy them using Gems in the Match-3 store. Upon purchase, one of the five power-ups appears and clears part of the game board. They have their own methods of clearing obstacles and faction-icons.
When power-ups occur next to each other, they merge into one. Their capabilities merge to form a powerful reaction that combines their unique abilities.