Mutation Chances

Mutation chances are affected by the following factors:

  • Morale
  • Loyalty
  • Color Purity
  • Inbreeding
  • Types of Food Eaten

Mutation chances for any individual breedable is reflected on the chrysalis/egg/etc. as a percentage number. This number reflects the percent of mutation chances that breedable had from its parents. It does not reflect the mutation chances for that breedable when it matures and breeds.

Mutation is probably -the- most important number involved in the breeding process. Mating two generic butterflies with a 1% mutation chance will almost ALWAYS get you another generic butterfly of the same type as the parents, with little to no differences aside from wing coloration. The higher your mutation percent, the better chance of mutation and evolution. Even bringing your percent up to 2-3% is literally doubling and tripling your chances of getting something interesting. 1% chance and 12 mating cycles is, surprise surprise, only a 12% chance of seeing something fun out of a butterfly's entire lifetime. Whereas a 3% chance is more than a one-in-three. Maxing it out at 20% pretty much ensures that at least one of its offspring will far exceed its parents.

It should be noted that evolution and mutation obviously throw a monkey-wrench into all of the notes listed below. Evolution increases the pool by one step, whereas Mutation can change the pool entirely. The difference between Evolution and Mutation is that Evolution is always only a single step upgrade; a Soldier might evolve into a Prince, but a Soldier will never evolve into a King. Whereas a Butterfly could potentially get absurdly lucky and mutate directly into a King. The chances of evolution are roughly 25% higher than mutation. In the case of maximum mutation potential (20%), this means you have a 31.25% chance of evolution, roughly 1 in 3.