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Buried treasures in PVE

Fortune favors the strong in Adventure mode. Aside from the standard SLP rewards, one-time treasures also await those who defeat the bosses at certain levels. Fair warning to those who want to brave the ruins – the bosses are notoriously difficult, hence research and preparation are highly advised before any attempts. Snapshot of Ruin #21 Boss Fight from a YouTube guide Adventure mode levels with one-time off SLP rewards:

  • Ruin #21 – 200 SLP
  • Ruin #34 – 300 SLP

Secrets of the secret classes

Dusk, Dawn, and Mech are the three “Secret Classes” in Axie Infinity. Secret class Axies are hard to breed, and there are no secret class cards. This is a disadvantage because when an Axie uses a card from its own class, it gets an extra 10% attack and shield bonus. But wait, that just means secret classes are considerably weaker compared to the others with class bonuses right? Yes and no. Secret class Axie can still benefit from class advantage and card bonus, but only at 7.5%. This might be good for niche, balanced cross-class builds depending on playstyle preference. In terms of class advantage, secret classes share the same advantages and disadvantages as the classes they enjoy the card bonus from. For example, Dusk which gains a 7.5% class bonus from playing Reptile and Plant cards, also gains additional 15% damage against Aquas Birds and Dawns - just as Reptiles and Plants would. Also, there are rumors brewing that Mech, Dusk, and Dawn classes might be getting their own moves in the future, but it is still not known when or what those will be yet.

Use Google Image Search To Check The Meaning Of Japanese Words explains this neat trick: “If you don't know what a Japanese word means, or if you just aren't sure about the translation you're getting, put it into Google Image search and see what pops up. Searching for images in Japanese will also tell you a lot about the Japanese society as a whole. The results will be different from your language's search because that culture will be reflected.” Nice!

Start Reading Japanese With Graded Readers

These are short stories written entirely in Japanese. Find out more from Wired in Japan.

Exploit Romaji Before Going On To Learn Kana

Benny Lewis describes his dilemma in the early stages of learning Japanese:  “I would recommend you learn lots of words and phrases first in Romaji, and when you have just enough to introduce yourself and ask the person to repeat themselves and keep some kind of basic flow, then transition to Kana only mode.”

Find Out How To Use Japanese Words Naturally

Tatoeba has an extensive resource of sample sentences.

Join Activities Organised By A Japanese Association

Whenever people ask me how to learn Japanese, I always recommend doing this as early as possible. A great idea from They say: “The association normally holds many activities to help the locals to learn to speak Japanese. These activities include dialogue sessions with native Japanese, speech contests, Japanese language courses and other cultural activities, aiming to foster the relationship with the local people, as well as helping the locals to appreciate the beauty of the language.” A quick Google search revealed well over 7 such groups in New York, for example.

There's A Lot More To Learning Japanese Songs Than Just The Words

As a way into a Japanese community, focus on learning songs that are relevant to your age group. “Karaoke is basically the unofficial national sport,” says Jessica Aves. “Japanese people love when foreigners can belt out their songs (the older it is, the louder they'll react) so get your practice in early. Karaoke groups are also a great way to make friends.” She tells you exactly which bands to listen to! [Note: Get your Japanese song lyrics from]

Don't Learn Japanese From (Some) Anime

James explains: “A lot of Japanese learners get quite shockingly embarrassed when they find out that the line they just repeated from Dragonball Z in the middle of the civilised dinner is the equivalent of shouting out “you motherf*****”. Some popular anime (popular in America at least, and mostly reserved for little boys in Japan) uses the kind of language which is in the real world almost exclusively reserved for Yakuza. Using that in polite company will make you look like a big foreign jerk.”

Be Formal And Polite In Japan

André Pinto wrote to me from Japan with a different point of view: “Learn the -masu and polite forms before the casual ones otherwise you may end up like some people in here who speak to the university teachers like they do with their friends.” [Which of these two views do you agree with? I have a very clear opinion on this…!]