The May 2015 update on Lioden introduced our first genetics model!
Breeding for bases before this update was somewhat random, but also incredibly easy. You'd get special based cubs that didn't even look like their parents!
This page will explain how genetics on Lioden work, along with showing previews of each base.
On Lioden, if you take a look at any lion, you will notice a line in their "Appearance" section that is called "Genetics".
Let's take a look at Xylax's king, Ashkarn.
As you can see, Ashkarn's genetics are Golden Dark Countershaded Common.
We'll take a moment to dissect this and explain each piece--basically, read it as Colour Shade Gradient Rarity.
There are four different colour groups. These are Black, Cream, Golden, and Red All bases on the site fall into one of those colour groups.
If you were to cross two parents from the Black colour group, all of their subsequent offspring will have bases from the Black colour group. If you cross a Black colour group parent with a Cream colour group parent, you will end up with offspring from both the Black and Cream colour groups.
For breeding, you will want to do your best to match colour groups together. This way, you have higher odds of producing the base you're looking for--whereas breeding in different colour groups will result in many different potential outcomes.
There are three different shades. These are Dark, Medium, and Light This is where the bases start to split up a bit more into their own categories.
Now, let's say you want to get a little bit more detailed with your breeding. You don't just want any Black colour group cub. You want one specifically with Black Dark genetics. Your best option would be to cross two parents with Black Dark genetics, such as Onyx or Slate.
The way that shades work is like so:
Dark x Dark = Dark
Light x Light = Light
Dark x Light = 25% Dark, 25% Light, 50% Medium
Medium x Medium = 15% Dark, 15% Light, 70% Medium
Dark x Medium = 50% Dark, 50% Medium
Light x Medium = 50% Light, 50% Medium
If you breed two Black Dark genetics together, you are guaranteed a Black Dark cub; the same can be said for Black Light. However, as you can see, breeding two different shades together has a chance of giving almost any shade, especially if you were to breed a Black Dark and a Black Light together--you could potentially receive offspring with almost any Black genetics base!
There are two different gradients. These are Countershaded and Solid Most bases are easily recognisable as to whether they are Countershaded or Solid.
Countershaded colours are bases that have more than one colour in its makeup. They can include bases that have a dark topline and a light underside, or a light topline and a dark underside.
Solid colours are bases that are completely or nearly the same colour throughout the entire coat. Don't be fooled, though! Solid shades can have different colours, and even some shading details--they're just more "solid" all throughout.
Breeding with gradients is a bit simpler than shades. If you cross two Countershaded parents, all offspring will be Countershaded. If you cross two Solid parents, all offspring will be Solid. If you cross a Countershaded with a Solid, you can have cubs from either gradient!
Finally, there are four different rarities. These are Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Special
Common bases are bases that can be found in the wild on NCLs and rolled males. Most Oasis-applicable bases are classified as Commons, as well as certain combo bases.
Uncommon bases are certain bases that can only be applied via the Oasis.
Rare bases are bases that can only be achieved through breeding with Uncommon, Rare, and Special bases.
Special bases are the most difficult-to-breed bases on Lioden. These include event applicator bases, non-common combo bases, and raffle-exclusive bases.
Rarities are passed much differently when compared to colour groups, shades, and gradients. Below, we have included a guide to indicate your relative chances when breeding different rarities together.
|Parent 1||Parent 2||Offspring Odds|
|Common||Uncommon||Very High % for Common, Very Low % for Uncommon and Rare|
|Common||Rare||Very High % for Common, Very Low % for Uncommon and Rare|
|Common||Special||Very High % for Common, Very Low % for Uncommon and Rare, Extremely Low % for Special|
|Uncommon||Uncommon||Very High % for Common, Very Low % for Uncommon and Rare|
|Uncommon||Rare||High % for Common, Low % for Uncommon and Rare|
|Uncommon||Special||High % for Common, Low % for Uncommon and Rare, Very Low % for Special|
|Rare||Special||High % for Common, Low % for Uncommon and Rare, Very Low % for Special|
|Special||Special||High % for Common, Low % for Uncommon and Rare, Very Low % for Special|
The Uncommon and Rare rarity categories have the exact same pass rate as each other. The only difference between an Uncommon base and a Rare base is that one can be applied via Oasis, while the other can only be bred for.
Special bases will never pass unless one of the parents is that specific Special base. Your highest odds of producing a Special base would be to breed together two Special rarity lions.
To give an example of breeding between different rarities, let's preview the possible outcomes between a few different bases.
|Parent 1||Parent 2||Potential Bases|
|Black (Common)||Slate (Rare)||Black, Dikela, Gray, Pewter, Vandal, Korat, Slate|
|Black (Common)||Celestial (Special)||Black, Dikela, Gray, Pewter, Vandal, Korat, Slate, Celestial|
|Celestial (Special)||Celestial (Special)||Black, Dikela, Gray, Pewter, Vandal, Korat, Slate, Celestial|
|Celestial (Special)||Divine (Special)||Black, Dikela, Gray, Pewter, Vandal, Korat, Slate, Celestial, Divine|
As you can see, breeding a Black Dark Countershaded Common to a Black Dark Countershaded Rare can potentially produce cubs with Black Dark Countershaded Common, Uncommon, and Rare bases. However, breeding a Black Dark Countershaded Common with a Black Dark Countershaded Special, while it can produce Black Dark Countershaded Common, Uncommon, and Rare bases, can only potentially produce that specific Special base that one parent has (in the example above, Celestial).
Breeding two different Black Dark Countershaded Special parents together can potentially produce any Black Dark Countershaded Common, Uncommon, and Rare bases, as well as having a chance of producing either Black Dark Countershaded Special base from the parent (in the example above, Celestial and Divine).
TL;DR: A Celestial will not pop up when breeding two Slates together; however, a Slate can pop up when breeding two Celestials together!
Before we begin, here is an example headshot icon of a base on Lioden.
All headshot icons will have a letter in a coloured box in the upper lefthand corner, as well as a yellowed rectangle in the lower lefthand corner. The coloured icon indicates whether the base is a Common (grey C), Uncommon (green U), Rare (blue R), or Special (purple S). The yellowed rectangle indicates whether the base is Applicator (applied via event applicators), Breed Only (only achieved through breeding), Combo (only achieved through breeding specific bases), Custom (applied via Oasis), Exclusive (found on specific NCLs), or NCL (found on NCLs and rolled males).
From the above example using the Ebony headshot icon, one is able to see that it is a **Rare**, **Breed Only** base. Keep the above example and key in mind when perusing the headshot icons listed below.
Now, let's go to what you probably came here for--a peek at all currently existing bases on Lioden! They will be broken up into different sections based upon their colour and gradient.