Unlocking new koi patterns

The Koi patterns that you encounter in the pond are connected to the pattern of Koi that you’re swimming around.

So for the first pattern (Sutato), you will only encounter other Sutato Koi for the first 4 Sutato patterns you have in your collection. For every encounter after that, there’s a chance that you’ll encounter the next pattern up.

As you continue to collect more and more Sutato, the chance of encountering the next highest level increases (which can make collecting those last few in a set difficult).

So if you’re stuck, wondering why you can’t see any of the next level of Koi, then you need to collect a few more of your current pattern before a new pattern will be unlocked. This also means that you can’t really skip collecting a pattern (say if you didn’t like the pattern) since you’ll need to get at least 4 before the next pattern will become available.

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Tips for leveling and ascending fast

How can you speed up the time it takes to level-up your Koi, expand the pond and ascend?
Here’s a few suggestions…


  1. Spend your Ability Points on Agility and Speed at roughly 60:40 proportion, and leave Rarity at zero. Agility seems to be the most important attribute to increase your catch rate. Later with some of the faster prey, you’ll need your speed to be good too, but once you get agility to maximum, catching all prey is much easier.
  2. Swim vertically not side-to-side. Because your screen is longer vertically, you’ll have more time to react to catch prey – particularly for mobile devices. It also allows you to see further to line-up catching Puffer Fish.
  3. Every time you expand the pond, make a mental note of the prey types you need to catch. Keep this in your head and you’ll be more effective catching the right prey that you need. You can also rely on the “required prey” status at the top of the screen, to help you remember what you should be catching, and how many.
  4. If you uncover a power-up or gem, grab it right away. Don’t save it for later – who knows when you’ll be back to exactly this part of the pond. Power ups can help a lot in catching prey, so if you get a power-up, use it to the fullest in catching the hardest prey.
  5. Don’t forget other prey (but don’t go out of your way to catch them). If you’re searching for specific prey types, don’t completely ignore the non-essential prey that are near you. Even though other prey aren’t contributing to your immediate goal to expand the pond, they do give you experience and help you level up your stats, so grab them on-the-way.
  6. Ignore potential mates, if you’re not interested in breeding. Chasing a mate around will just cost you time if you already have those patterns and colors.
  7. For catching prey – try to get into a flow of catching one, to the next. Because of the momentum of the Koi, you can tap on a new target at the same time or just before you bump into the previous prey. This will increase your catch rate. In addition, go after prey that are directly in front of you, so you can keep your speed to the maximum. Everytime you turn sharply, your speed will drop so, focus on those prey that are in the direction you’re going.
  8. Different prey yield different experience points. Some, like the double-ended fish give you a lot of extra points, so it can be worth levelling a lot with the double-ended fish to speed up breeding opportunities. Every half-level, you’ll encounter a random mate, so if you want to breed faster, level-up faster.

Got a tip for levelling up? Post it in the comments!

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How should you spend your first 10 pearls

When the game starts for the first time, you will have 10 pearls that you can spend on some of the in-game items like speed and agility boosts, but I recommend spending the 10 on an additional Koi slot.

You have 8 egg slots, which you shouldn’t run out of quickly, but you will definitely run out of Koi slots – you might be breeding and ascending a few Koi, and suddenly you’ll hatch a rare pattern or color… and then you’ll need that extra space in your Koi slots to manage your collection.

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