Ethermon is a role-playing, play-to-earn game that offers a decentralized world of Ether monsters built on the Ethereum blockchain. It was originally launched as “Etheremon” in 2017, making it one of the pioneers in Ethereum-based blockchain games. In 2019, it was fully revamped and relaunched as the community-driven NFT game we know today: Ethermon.
In this NFT game, players collect Ether Monsters also known as Mons. The aim is to train them and battle with others in various play-to-earn game modes. The popular blockchain game is driven by the belief that “the future of gaming is decentralized, cross-platform, and player-owned.”
A Pokémon-like blockchain game using NFTs and virtual assets
Similar to Pokémon, Ethermon is built around the monsters- crucial to gameplay. Each ‘Mon’ is different from one another in terms of its type, form, powers, and generation. They are also born with battle stats in six attributes: health, primary and secondary attack, primary and secondary defense, and speed.
At the time of writing, 269,868 mons were part of the ecosystem. Players can buy these from the official store, from other players on secondary markets, or in-game on Ethermon.
Last month, Ethermon expanded its universe into the Polygon layer 2 ecosystem, with the release of new mons. It introduced the Genesis Reborn set to accommodate the game’s growing user base, which has now reached around 179,000. These mons are slightly weaker and visually different from the regular Genesis mons. Additionally, the team behind this top NFT game introduced a rarity system. The new rarity classifications are: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Legendary, and Mythic.
Ethermon also has other digital assets such as Booster Shards, Level Stones, and EXP Potions. The game is currently only available on desktop browsers. It offers two game modes: Adventure mode and PvP Battle Mode.
NFTs, tokens and Play to Earn Mechanisms
To bolster its play-to-earn economy, Ethermon recently introduced an ERC-20 token called EMON. A total of 400 million EMON tokens are in supply and exists on both Ethereum and Polygon Blockchains. It should be noted that Ethermon already has an existing token – EMONT – that was first introduced in 2017. The blockchain game has now discontinued this token.
As Ethermon follows a play to earn mechanics, it incentivises players to earn EMON. Players of this classic NFT game can use these tokens to buy a range of NFTs in the ecosystem such as Ethermons, equipment, or asset packs. Additionally, they can use it to enhance the gameplay, unlock premium content, upgrade metas, and more.
To earn EMON tokens, players have to first earn the in-game, off-chain currency MARKS. They can then use MARKS to create NFTs. A player can burn these NFTs or sell them on marketplaces to earn EMON tokens. Furthermore, questing, gym battles, in-game tournaments, and more can also help players earn the token.
Ethermon in Decentraland
Ethermon has also entered Decentraland, completely revamping itself into a full-fledged 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing game (yes, a blockchain MMORPG) from 2D. In the metaverse, players can enjoy skill-based battles and all-new gameplay modes.
Players can visit a range of locations in the metaverse to find and battle wild Mons. They can also use various commands to interact with digital pets, including Dig, Sleep, Follow, and Attack. The developers will be adding more content on Decentraland in the coming months.