How to get started

To play CryptoKitties, you’ll need the following:

  • Ether: a cryptocurrency and the only currency accepted by CryptoKitties
  • Coinbase: a platform for buying and selling Ether
  • MetaMask: a wallet to hold your Ether and transact in the game

Let’s go one by one.


Ether is the cryptocurrency used to power apps running on the Ethereum network. Ether is used to pay for the fuel (computational resources) that make applications work.


Think of Coinbase as the stockbroker that lets you buy and sell cryptocurrency—specifically Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

Currently, the only way to invest and play CryptoKitties is with the digital currency Ether (ETH).

Coinbase lets you convert your money into Ether so you can play. Getting started is super simple.

Here’s the step by step:

1. Go to Coinbase and open an account (For a $10 sign up bonus, click here.)

2. Fill the form and click on Sign Up

3. Go to Buy/Sell on your navigation menu

4. Make sure you select Ethereum!

5. Add a payment method. Bank account transfers take up to 5 business days, so if you’re ready to play, I recommend adding a debit or credit card.

6. Select the amount of USD you want to spend, it will show you how much Ether you’d be getting. I recommend that you start with $45-$60 to buy two kitties and have enough money left to breed them.

7. Confirm the transaction and give it 10-15 minutes if you chose card (3-5 days if you chose bank account) for the currency to be in your wallet.

That was easy right?


Now, let’s set up MetaMask so you can use your new Ethereum to play CryptoKitties!

MetaMask is a virtual wallet (for CryptoKitties purposes, a Chrome Extension) that gives you access to apps that run on the Ethereum network directly from your browser.


Here’s the step by step:

Now that we’ve got the terms down, let’s go through a step by step on how to install it:

All set? Check out these guides for buying your first CryptoKitties 🙂

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