MMO’s aim to please whether you’re a casual fan that can log on once or twice a week. Or a true diehard that spends every waking moment thinking about a game. Temtem has already laid the groundwork for some impressive features but none are more crucial than breeding.
In this guide, we will help you break down the complex process of breeding in the world of Temtem.
First things first we have to address the basics. Some of you may be wondering what is breeding and why should I care.
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What Is Breeding?
Breeding is the process of combining a male and female Temtem together in hopes of producing an offspring. Of course, that is as surface level as it gets but the magic of breeding is that it can be as simple or as complex as you want.
Tamers that just want to experiment and have fun with the system are free to do so but breeding is also essential to the future competitive scene within the game.
Breeding allows you to pass on SVs or single values that determine the power or effectiveness of a Temtem’s various stats. Competitive players can work through a complicated and costly process to create perfect Temtem.
That is Temtem with all 7 SVs Maxed out, egg moves that could change their techniques dramatically, and traits that fit their specific role on a competitive team.
Breeding is also a great way to collect a Luma Temtem, rare and enhanced Temtem with alternate looks, and buff stats.
In the wild players have a 1 in 6,000 chance to encounter a Luma Temtem but breeding greatly increases those odds.
Breeding one normal and one Luma Temtem gives you a 1 in 600 chance of getting a luma offspring. While breeding two Luma Temtem together give you a 1 in 60 chance.
Statistically speaking it’s the best way to expand your collection but there is a catch. Temtem can only be bred a certain number of times, indicated by the leaves on their stat page. Run out of leaves and your Temtem will no longer be able to breed.
But that’s enough of the basics and let’s get into the finer points of breeding. First off you have to know where to go to breed Temtem.
Where Do I Go To Start Breeding?
Once you’ve made it to Omninesia the second island, run past the first city hub. When you reach the first grass patch, head north until you reach two large buildings. The building on the right is your destination the Temtem breeding center.
What Temtem Are Compatible?
Now if you’ve ever played Pokemon you probably have a good idea of what it takes to make an egg. The same is true in Temtem.
To begin breeding you need to drop off a male and female Temtem to the clerk. Any two Temtem can breed as long as they share type and one is a male and one is a female. For example, a Babawa and Loali are compatible as long as their opposite genders.
It’s important to note that the female determines the species of the child so in our example, if the Loali is a male and the Babawa is a female, the resulting child will be a Bigu, Babawa’s baby form.
If that’s all you want to get out of breeding you’re all set. Collect some Temtem and have at it but as I mentioned before breeding is the key to competitive play.
Now you may be asking yourself, I just caught a super-strong Temtem that’d be competitive? The answer is kind of but not really.
There’s a good chance that new Temtem you just caught won’t have perfect SVs aka the stats that determine the growth potential for that Temtem. Let me give you an example.
If your Temtem has an SVs of 4 in stamina, ultimately that Temtem stamina at maximum level is going to be a lot lower than the Temtem that has an SVs of 50 stamina.
SVs are uncontrollable and can only be manipulated through breeding. Which is why it’s crucial for competitive play.
We do know of an item called a Telomere hack which can increase specific SVs by 1 point. But at the time of making this article, they’re not widely implemented into the game.
A parent with perfect HP SVs and another parent with perfect DEF SVs could result in the child that inherits both of those stats. Resulting in a Temtem with two perfect stats.
Eventually and after a lot of breeding and spending lots of money you could potentially have a perfect Temtem with 50 SVs across the board. But it takes time, knowledge, and a whole lot of Pansun.
Passing Stats To Offspring
If you’ve tried breeding you probably noticed that stats passed to the child aren’t guaranteed and are in fact randomized between either the mother stats, the median between both parents, or the father stats.
There are however ways to guarantee stats get passed down. The first way is simple, both parents must share the same perfect stat. For example, an Anahir with perfect defense and a special defense that breeds with a Vulvir with only perfect defense share the same perfect defense stat and thus that will pass on to the child.
But what happens when one has a perfect stat and the other doesn’t and you want that perfect stat to carry over? the answer is items.
Breeding Item Chart
There are ten different breeding items in the game called DNA strands. 7 of the DNA strands target the individual stats. HP, STAMINA, SPEED, ATTACK, DEFENSE, SPECIAL ATTACK, and SPECIAL DEFENSE. While three of the DNA strands target combinations of stats. HP and STAMINA, ATTACK and SPECIAL ATTACK, and DEFENSE and SPECIAL DEFENSE.
To use these items all you need to do is equip them to the Temtem with the stats you would want to pass on. How about another example. Two different Temtem, two different perfect stats.
First, we have a Magmis with perfect attack and second a Vulvir with the perfect defense. To guarantee the attack from Magmis carries over, we’d equip it with the aggressive DNA strand. To guarantee the defense from vulgar carries over we’d equip it with a hardening DNA strand.
The resulting child would have perfect attack and perfect defense combining the essential stats of the parents through the use of items.
Now we’ve talked a great deal about SVs but there is another important factor we have to consider. And that is traits.
Most of the time traits are randomized on hatched Temtem but you can purchase an engineered DNA strand that guarantees the holder’s traits pass to the child. At the time of making this guide, the game is still relatively new and prices may change but as it currently stands DNA items are incredibly expensive.
To get a full understanding of how breeding works we also need to understand how eggs work.
Breeding allows Temtem to learn moves that normally they wouldn’t have access too while leveling up. But it takes a basic understanding of how the system works to do it effectively.
Temtem can only learn specific moves through breeding. Meaning they can’t learn every technique in the game. To pass on an egg move, two things must be true.
1. The parents must know the technique
2. The Temtem being bred must be able to learn the move.
For example, Gyalis cannot normally learn Haito Uchi but if bred correctly with a Skunch that does know the move the resulting offspring will as well.
In this situation, the Skunch would have to be a male and the Gyalis is a female in order to secure a baby Gyalis.
Once you’ve managed to get that perfect Temtem you’re all set, right? breeding that specific species becomes a breeze. Wrong! you forgot about fertility, the stronger the Temtem the less fertility it will have.
How Fertility Works
Fertility is determined by the value of Temtem’s SVs an SVs above 45 will result in the loss of one fertility. As a result, it’s more important to determine a parent’s value by the amount of fertility left.
Parents should ideally have at least one perfect SVs with a total of 7 fertility. This gets tricky though because each time Temtem breeds, the parent along with the resulting child will have one less fertility.
Let’s give you one final example. if we use a Umishi and Fomu, both with 7 fertility as parents their fertility will drop to 6 and the resulting child will be born with 6 fertility. The parent with the lower fertility is the one that passes on that fertility to the offspring.
Breeding is complex confusing and downright challenging but that’s part of the fun. We’re also working on a follow-up to this breeding guide going more in-depth with competitive breeding. So if you’re interested, make sure to comment below.