If you've been on Lioden long enough to see the Friday updates, you may notice that at the end of each news post, there is a special announcement about a raffle lioness. Raffle lionesses are special lionesses designed and created by the community manager Katze (#3) to contain new and exclusive markings that can only be achieved through breeding to these ladies!

Each Friday, the raffle lioness is swapped out for a new one, and the old one goes to her new pride!

Let's find out some more information.

What are Raffle Lionesses?  

As mentioned above, raffle lionesses, aka "special lionesses", are lionesses designed and created by Katze (#3) to contain new and exclusive markings that can only be achieved through breeding! They were previously created by Xylax (#4) and occasionally created by Clay, a former community manager.

Each Friday, the raffle lioness is swapped out for a new one, and the old one goes to her new pride.

Raffle lionesses have their own unique bases (referred to as "raffle" or "special" bases) and markings (referred to as "raffle" or "special" markings) that they can come with. However, these lionesses can also have regular custom or NCL bases and markings, and may even come with a marking only applicable by an event applicator! Event applicator markings are limited to two per design, so not every lioness will have one.

You can find a list of all raffle markings on the Special Markings page!

There are certain bases, eyes, and markings that you will never see on a raffle lioness. If you head on over to the Base Genetics page, you'll see a wide array of different bases. Any bases that can be applied using event or gem applicators, received from the July event, or bred from hybrids will not show up on a raffle lioness. Any eyes that come from Gorilla Enclave applicators are not able to be used, and applicator markings purchased with referral markings or from the Gorilla Enclave will not be used, either.

Restricted Attributes

Applicators - Alabaster, Ammonite, Angelic, Anubis, Arctic, Ardor, Astral, Aufeis, Augur, Bast, Blazing, Bloodbourne, Blush Rose, Brimstone, Chaos, Chatoyant, Cherry Blossom, Demiurge, Demonic, Divine, Duat, Ethereal, Festive, Fossil, Frostbitten, Fuchsia, Glacial, Glass, Green, Guardian, Hallowed, Heavenly, Hematite, Hibiscus, Hyena, Ice, Inferno, Interstellar, Ivory, Labradorite, Locust, Maat, Manakbir, Merlot, Meteorite, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Murk, Nacre, Nautilus, Nuummite, Opal, Ornament, Parhelion, Penumbra, Rhino, Rhodonite, Rough Ruby, Seth, Sha, Solaris, Spectre, Supernal, Trophy, Unholy, Velvet, Victor
Celestial Raffle - Celestial, Leonid, Sidereal, Skyward, Stratosphere, Sunrise, Sunset
Hybrid - Kimanjano, Mandarin
Gorilla Enclave - Midnight, Nebula, Peacock, Richat, Zoisite
Auburn - Brindle, Crackle, Feline 1-9, Glaze, Panther
Doubloon - Brindle, Lace, Smudge, Undercover
Ebony - Feline 1-9
Elysian - Feline 1-9
Hybrid - Mottled Rosette, Mottled Stripes
Kimanjano - Crackle, Feline Unders, Lace, Maofelis
Maroon - Feline 1-9
Ochre - Lace, Marozi, Shell, Siamese
Sepia - Agouti, Cloud, Siamese, Vitiligo
Double Uterus
Heritable - Overgrown Fur, Patches (Any), Piebald (Any), Primal (Ferus)
Hybrid - Leopon, Tigon
Major Lineart Changes - Dwarfism, Primal (Felis)

Acceptable Attributes

All bases that are not listed under "Disallowed Attributes" are acceptable for raffle lionesses, including common/wild/Oasis-applicables, combos and month-specific combos, and NCL-exclusives.
All eyes that are not listed under "Disallowed Attributes" are acceptable for raffle lionesses, including Celestial Raffle eyes, contacts, dusts, and NCL-exclusives.
Celestial Raffle - Celestial (Agouti, Cover, Shine, Speckles); Leonid (Coat, Feline, Smoke, Undershine); Sidereal (Cover, Glaze, Points, Shine); Skyward (Cover, Crumbing, Shine, Undercover).
Event Applicator - includes Arctic, Ardor, Blazing, Bloodbourne, etc. Limit of two per design.
Raffle - No limit to the amount of raffle markings that can be on a raffle lioness design.
Rosette - Inverted Rosette; Heavy Rosette; Rosette; Soft Rosette. Excludes Mottled Rosette.
All mutations that are not listed under "Disallowed Attributes" are acceptable for raffle lionesses.

Speaking of mutations, if you see a mutated lioness in the Special Lioness area, you're not dreaming - occasionally, the admins will decide (at random!) to make a lioness mutated! Any mutation that does not naturally pass down can be chosen, with the most common ones being mane mutations. For Christmas 2016 and 2017, second generation Leopons were given out as a way to show the players some appreciation. For Christmas 2018, a second generation Tigon was given out... and for Christmas 2019, a first generation Tigon was the raffle lioness!

How to Impress  

So, you're interested in this lady and want to have a chance at welcoming her into your pride. The first thing you have to know is: your king must be at Dreamboat Impression in order to impress her. Any other impression level will not be permitted to enter her raffle—she only has eyes for the best of the best!

If your king is a Dreamboat, make your way either to the Explore page or the News section!

In Explore, you'll see this image—click on it to go to her page.

On the News section, you'll see this image—click on it to go to her page.

Impressing a lioness can only be done by a Dreamboat king, and costs a one-time (for the week) 50 SB fee. If there's a special lady your king has his eye on, make sure you boost his impression up before the end of the week in order to have a chance to bring that lovely lady home! Impression can be boosted using Dove Feast (which raises your impression by 20% for each item used), fighting NPCs, or claiming lionesses in Explore.

Note that your entry for the raffle lioness stays even if you retire your king during the week. Have no fear about retiring your king—you paid for your entry, and your last king was a Dreamboat, so it still counts!

What Happens if I Win?  

First off, congratulations on being the special player out of all others to win a raffle lioness!

When you are the lucky winner, you'll receive a Game Notification entitled "New Lioness!", which looks like the following.

If you've already been lucky enough to win a raffle lioness before (wow!), you won't receive the achievement again, of course. It's a one-and-done deal.

The lioness will be waiting for you in your Unsorted Lions section, freshly 2 years 1 month of age and in heat for your handsome king!

You can do anything you wish with her: breed her, sell her, kill her (we hope not!), keep her as a trophy, change her appearance, what have you. If you're the winning recipient of a raffle lioness with a newly-released marking, you may want to make sure you have an Ochre Gnawrock on-hand to securely pass down this marking with. Raffle markings can certainly fetch a pretty penny when newly released, and you'll undoubtedly have a flood of messages coming your way from other players, asking if you're interested in selling your lioness, her heats, or any of her progeny!

While using an Ochre Gnawrock to secure the passage of one of her rare markings may be a swell idea, an even better one would be to use a Crunchy Worm on her! Crunchy Worms work per-litter and have a 25% chance per litter to activate and duplicate the mother's appearance onto one of her cubs. Note that this only counts for her appearance, not her heritage, mutation, or stats. Duplicated cubs can be either female or male, and can even have mutations of their own!

Raffle Backgrounds  

Along with raffle lionesses having their own unique bases and markings, they also have VERY special backgrounds, only achievable from winning a raffle lioness! These backgrounds are easily identified by the "[Raffle]" located in the beginning of their item names. Let's take a look at these backgrounds!

An important thing to note is that raffle backgrounds are cycled in four at a time. When each background in a cycle reaches a rough total amount of 11 in game, they are then retired, and in comes a new cycle! If you have your eyes set on a background that's from a retired cycle, fear not—they are available to purchase within the Gorilla Enclave shop, at a price of 200 Monkey Teeth per background!

First Cycle

[Raffle] Coast
[Raffle] Hottentots Mountains
[Raffle] Lush Oasis
[Raffle] Night Vegetation

Second Cycle

[Raffle] Cave Waterfall
[Raffle] Knysna Lagoon
[Raffle] Kyambura Gorge
[Raffle] Wild Forest

Third Cycle

[Raffle] Rainforest
[Raffle] Simien Mountains
[Raffle] Sunset Over Entabeni
[Raffle] Wilge River

Fourth Cycle

[Raffle] Lake Malawi
[Raffle] Moroccan Dunes
[Raffle] Rwenzori
[Raffle] Woodlands of Zanzibar

Fifth Cycle

[Raffle] Lake Nakuru
[Raffle] Mount Kilimanjaro
[Raffle] Sunset Over The Serengeti
[Raffle] The Drakensberg

Sixth Cycle

[Raffle] Coffee Bay
[Raffle] Dindefelo Falls
[Raffle] Mayombe Forest
[Raffle] The Serengeti

Seventh Cycle

[Raffle] Ankasa Forest Reserve
[Raffle] Blue Nile Falls
[Raffle] Lake Tanganyika
[Raffle] Shores of Burundi

Miscellaneous Questions  

If I retire my king, is my entry in the raffle removed?  

Nope! As stated above, if you entered the lioness raffle with a Dreamboat king, then you retire that king, your entry still remains in the raffle. This is because entries are tied to your account, not your king - although your king must be a Dreamboat in order to unlock the ability for you to enter the raffle.

If my territory is full and I am chosen to win the lioness, what happens?  

If you are at maximum territory (say, you have 50 territory and 50 lionesses occupying this territory) when the raffle lioness is pulled, and you are chosen as the winner, the system will skip over you and go to the next randomised winner. As it gets closer to Friday, you'll want to make sure you have at least one available territory slot open so that this scenario doesn't happen to you.

If I've won a raffle lioness before, can I win another one again?  

Of course! As the raffle lioness winner is randomised, it is entirely possible that one player can win multiple raffle lionesses within their Lioden lifetime.

That being said, there is a restriction set into place. If you win a raffle lioness for one week, you are prevented from entering the raffle for the next week. You will have a one week cooldown before you can enter the raffle again, to make it more fair for other players! If you do try and enter anyways, you'll receive the following error message.

You won the affections of the last lioness. Try again next time.

What happens if a raffle base or marking dies out?  

Fear not! If a special lady is awarded to a king, and he ends up lying dormant for a few weeks, there's still hope yet for that unique base or marking. You can always ask for a marking to be re-released on the official Raffle Lioness Marking Requests topic! Dry up those tears, because those bases and markings won't vanish forever; they'll be re-released on another lady in the near future.

How can I make my own designs?  

There is a specific topic in the Watering Hole forum dedicated to raffle lioness designs made by the players: User Raffle Lioness Designs. While player-made designs are not always chosen, they are all looked at, and used to determine what the players are currently desiring. If you're feeling particularly creative or you really want a lioness with a certain marking combination to be released, go ahead and post some designs there! You can even mutate or pose your lionesses ahead of time, but even if they are chosen, they may not always come with that mutation or pose.

Please note that if your design is chosen for a weekly raffle lioness, that does not give you any advantage over other players in the weekly raffle. You are also not allowed to harass the winner just because you made the design. The raffle lioness system is meant to be fair and unbiased.

Miscellaneous Links  

Raffle Lioness Directory  

Click here to go to the Raffle Lioness Directory!
The above page is an archive of nearly all of the raffle lionesses that have graced Lioden with their presences!

Marking Release Numbers  

Click here to go to the Raffle Marking Release Numbers page!
The above page is an informative archive regarding when a specific raffle marking was last released.

Marking Slot Rarity  

Click here to go to the Marking Slot Rarity page!
The above page is an informative archive of how populated certain slots are for certain markings.