Genes are markings and patterns on a dragon that can be passed on to its offspring. There are three gene "slots" which determine the appearance of different portions of the dragon:
- Primary genes determine the head, body, tail, legs, and ornamentation of the dragon.
- Secondary genes determine the wings and possibly other ornamentation, such as a fae's cheek fins.
- Tertiary genes determine either nothing (if Basic) or a full-body pattern overlay (if non-Basic).
Genes have different levels of rarity & corresponding odds of being inherited the way breeds do. Each gene slot– Primary, Secondary, Tertiary– operates independently of the others.
Items to change a gene can be obtained multiple ways: purchased in the Specialty section of the Marketplace, or traded/crafted at a Trading Post stand. Note that these items have no effect on a dragon's color, only the patterns.
The most prominent gene a dragon possesses, this gene impacts the dragon's head, legs, flank, belly, and tail.
Primary genes currently implemented and available are:
Secondary genes affect a dragon's wings; depending on breed they may also impact a mane, fins, wattle, etc.
Secondary genes currently implemented and available are:
- Eye Spot
Tertiary genes are unusual in that Basic is completely invisible; non-Basic tertiary genes apply a patterning or decoration to potentially anywhere on the dragon, from snout to wingtip to tail, overlaying the primary and secondary genes.
Tertiary genes currently implemented and available are:
All created and found dragons, such as progenitors and dragons hatched from Unhatched Egg items, will have three Basic genes. Any dragon on the site with a non-Basic gene can trace it back to an ancestor who had a gene-changing item applied to it OR has had the item applied to it itself. Players may casually refer to these items as "scrolls", not to be confused with actual scroll items such as Scrolls of Maturity.
Gene-changing items are available from the following sources:
- the Specialty section of the Marketplace (both treasure and gem sections)
- crafted at Baldwin's Bubbling Brew stand
Gene-changing items can also be sold/resold on the Auction House. While items sold there are frequently more expensive than obtaining them from the source, it may still be worthwhile if an item is otherwise too difficult to obtain (limited supply in the Marketplace, insufficient Baldwin level to craft, etc).
The following gene items are available for sale in the Marketplace for Treasure:
|Primary Gene: Bar||250,000|
|Primary Gene: Cherub||185,000|
|Primary Gene: Clown||175,000|
|Primary Gene: Giraffe||225,000|
|Primary Gene: Jupiter||230,000|
|Primary Gene: Piebald||235,000|
|Primary Gene: Ripple||250,000|
|Primary Gene: Speckle||125,000|
|Primary Gene: Tiger||135,000|
|Primary Gene: Vipera||235,000|
|Remove Gene: Primary||10,000|
|Secondary Gene: Current||165,000|
|Secondary Gene: Daub||165,000|
|Secondary Gene: Eye Spot||110,000|
|Secondary Gene: Freckle||90,000|
|Secondary Gene: Hex||160,000|
|Secondary Gene: Hypnotic||185,000|
|Secondary Gene: Paint||165,000|
|Secondary Gene: Peregrine||140,000|
|Secondary Gene: Saturn||160,000|
|Secondary Gene: Seraph||125,000|
|Secondary Gene: Stripes||90,000|
|Remove Gene: Secondary||10,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Contour||150,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Crackle||190,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Gembond||200,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Okapi||190,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Smoke||190,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Spines||190,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Thylacine||155,000|
|Tertiary Gene: Underbelly||150,000|
|Remove Gene: Tertiary||10,000|
The following gene items are available for sale in the Marketplace for Gems:
|Primary Gene: Iridescent||1500|
|Primary Gene: Crystal||1500|
|Primary Gene: Petals||1500|
|Secondary Gene: Shimmer||1200|
|Secondary Gene: Facet||1200|
|Secondary Gene: Butterfly||1200|
|Tertiary Gene: Circuit||1200|
|Tertiary Gene: Glimmer||1200|
|Tertiary Gene: Stained||1200|
The following gene items are available by crafting them at Baldwin's Bubbling Brew stand:
|Primary Gene: Poison||lv. 10||2x Silver Muck, 2x Black Slime, 1x Blue Ooze, 2x Irradiated Alchemical Reduction, 20x Powerful Serthis Poison||100,000|
|Secondary Gene: Toxin||lv. 10||2x Gold Muck, 2x White Slime, 1x Blue Sludge, 2x Sizzling Phosphorus, 20x Unstable Serthis Concoction||100,000|
|Primary Gene: Skink||lv. 8||2x Silver Muck, 2x Grey Slime, 8x Yellow Ooze, 8x Orange Ooze, x1 Glass Beaker||95,000|
|Secondary Gene: Spinner||lv. 8||2x Gold Muck, 2x White Slime, 4x Red Ooze, 8x Orange Sludge, x1 Glass Beaker||95,000|
Gene Rarity & InheritanceEdit
When offspring are produced, each gene slot has a chance of inheriting the mother or father's gene in that slot:
- Offspring's primary gene can be the mother's primary gene or the father's primary gene.
- Offspring's secondary gene can be the mother's secondary gene or the father's secondary gene.
- Offspring's tertiary gene can be the mother's tertiary gene or the father's tertiary gene.
If both parents have an identical gene in a slot, the chance of inheriting the gene is 100%. For example, if both parents have a Tiger primary gene, all their offspring will have the Tiger primary gene. In the event that the parents have different genes in a slot, the two genes' rarity determines the likelihood of one or the other being passed on. Rarer genes have lower odds of being passed on when paired with more common genes much like how breed is passed down. Basic is considered a plentiful gene while other genes are considered common to rare.
For the below chart, the number on the left in a cell is the chance of getting the tier on the left, while the number on the right is the chance of getting the tier on the top.
The information collected on this forum is on the frequency of gene inheritance through each possible pairing and is presented in the format below:
Gene #1 vs Gene #2: Number / Number – Percentage Gene
This is read as Gene #1 was tested against Gene #2, resulting in Gene #1 total occurrences / and Gene #2 total occurrences – meaning when breeding these two genes together, you have a Percentage chance of getting Gene, listing the rarer of the two tested genes.
Remember that depending on the total amount of trials for each experiment there is still an amount of experimental variance to the posted percentage, meaning that near-equal chances reported here are likely actually equal. Genes we can assume by this data to be on the same rarity tier include: Clown/Speckle/Tiger and Daub/Current/Eye Spots/Freckle/Stripes, and the collected totals use that rarity similarity to gain a better sense of the actual chance of inheritance when bred with any of these equal-rarity treasure genes.
Eye Spot (Common)
- The tertiary gene Gembond was added on June 10th, 2013.
- The secondary gene Seraph was added on July 7th, 2013.
- The tertiary gene Underbelly was added on September 12th, 2013.
- The tertiary gene Crackle was added on November 30th, 2013.
- The primary gene Ripple was added on May 16th, 2014.
- The secondary gene Current was added on June 8th, 2014.
- The tertiary gene Smoke was added on July 6th, 2014.
- The primary and secondary genes Bar and Daub were added on September 19, 2014.
- The primary gene Crystal was added on October 18th, 2014.
- The tertiary gene Spines was added on November 10th, 2014.
- The secondary gene Facet was added on December 12th, 2014.
- The tertiary gene Okapi was added on January 9th, 2015.
- The primary and secondary genes Vipera and Hypnotic were added on March 29th, 2015.
- The tertiary gene Glimmer was added on July 17th, 2015.
- The primary and secondary genes Piebald and Paint were added on August 8th, 2015.
- The secondary gene Peregrine was added on August 30th, 2015.
- The primary gene Cherub was added on October 2nd, 2015.
- The primary and secondary genes Poison and Toxin were added on October 23rd, 2015.
- The secondary gene Butterfly was added on December 1st, 2015.
- The tertiary gene Thylacine was added on January 7th, 2016.
- The tertiary gene Stained was added on January 30th, 2016.
- The primary and secondary genes Giraffe and Hex were added on March 6, 2016.
- The primary gene Petals was added on April 14th, 2016.
- The tertiary gene Contour was added on April 30th, 2016.
- The primary and secondary genes Jupiter and Saturn were added on June 24th, 2016.
- The primary and secondary genes Skink and Spinner were added on August 6th, 2016.
Currently there are four known genes planned for future release: Ghost tertiary, Points tertiary, Python primary, and Morph secondary.
- Ghost tertiary is planned to be crafted at Baldwin's Bubbling Brew.
- It is not currently known how Points tertiary will be obtained.
- Python and Morph will drop rarely in the Coliseum after its rewrite, as decided by the results of a community poll.
- There were 9 genes available, not including basic, at Flight Rising's launch: 4 primary genes (Iridescent, Tiger, Clown, and Speckle), 4 secondary genes (Shimmer, Stripes, Eye Spot, and Freckle) and 1 tertiary gene (Circuit).
- The tertiary gene Gembond was the 7th & final Flight Rising Kickstarter stretch goal.
- The secondary gene Seraph was sponsored through the Flight Rising Kickstarter by warriorjames. It was added approximately a month after launch.