We are extremely excited to announce the introduction of a huge new feature in DragonVale - The Rift! This article is intended to help you get the most out of this magical new space and answer any questions you might have. If you can't find the what you're looking for here, please reach out to the support team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they can assist you further.
Thanks to your efforts during the Roar of the Rift, the Rift has been stabilized for exploration! The witches and wizards can't wait to see what amazing new dragons await in this strange new space!
Traveling to and from the Rift
You can travel to the Rift from your park at any time by tapping the "Rift" icon at the bottom of the screen. To return back to your park, tap the "Park" icon.
Clearing Miasmic Ether
The Rift is a mysterious place, full of a magical fog called Ether that clouds our ability to explore further. With some intrepid wizardry, we've condensed some of this magic to form Etherium, which we can use for all kinds of things in the Rift.
Clearing the Rift will reveal many secrets hiding within the Ether. To dispel Miasmic Ether and explore more of the Rift, simply tap on a section of Ether, then confirm that you want to spend Etherium to clear that area.
There are two types of Miasmic Ether - Light and Dark. The Magic of Etherium is not strong enough to dispel Dark Miasmic Ether, but clearing more sections of Light Ether will convert Dark Ether to Light and eventually allow you to clear areas that were once occupied by Dark Ether.
There are several ways to earn Etherium in your park. Here's a list of all the methods the wizards have discovered thus far:
Collecting from Rift Habitats
Instead of earning DragonCash like the dragons in your park, dragons in the Rift will generate Etherium. This Etherium can be collected from habitats in the same manner as DragonCash from your regular habitats. Upgrading your Rift Habitats will increase the maximum amount of Etherium they can hold.
Finding and tapping Magical Vortices
Keep an eye out for these spatial spirals hiding amongst the Ether of the Rift. Tapping them will reward you with extra Etherium for your efforts!
Releasing newly hatched dragons from the Rift Breeding Cave
Whenever you hatch a dragon in the Rift you have the option to release that dragon in exchange for Etherium.
Contributing to the Airship
Contributing Treats and dragons to the Airship is another great way to earn Etherium. Don't worry, any dragons contributed to the Airship will be returned in a short while.
Race and quest reward chests
The wizards have recently discovered that Etherium is one of the possible prizes that can be obtained in reward chests received from racing at the Dragon Track and questing at the Perch of Kairos and Gaia's Nest.
Purchasing from the Market
Etherium can also be purchased in the Treasure section of the Rift Market, as well as the regular Market in your park.
Moving Dragons to and From the Rift
In order to make the most out of the Rift you'll want to move some dragons there so you can start breeding. Moving dragons into the Rift is also a great way to start generating more Etherium.
You can move Rift element dragons to the Rift or back to your park using the Rift Gate. Here's how:
- Tap on the Rift Gate either in your park or in the Rift, then tap on the "Move Dragon" icon at the bottom of the screen
- To move a dragon to the Rift, tap the "Move Dragon" button inside the "To Rift" section of the Rift Gate menu
- To move a dragon back to your park, tap the "Move Dragon" button under the "To Park" section of the Rift Gate menu
- Once you've selected the dragon you wish to move, tap "Yes" to confirm.
- Once transit is complete, tap the dragon's icon to place it in the Rift or your park
It will take 2 hours for a dragon to travel to or from the Rift, and you can speed this up with Etherium if you choose. The Rift Gate can only transfer a total of two dragons at a time, so if you need to move more dragons you would need to speed up dragons already in transit, or wait a little bit for them to finish their journey to or from the Rift.
Breeding in the Rift
The Rift contains its own special Breeding Cave where you can breed new Rift Dragons. All breeding in the Rift Breeding Cave is powered by Etherium and happens nearly instantly! It is important to note that only dragons with Rift Traits can breed in the Rift Breeding Cave.
How it Works
The Rift Breeding Cave functions like the normal Breeding Cave in your park, but requires Etherium to complete the action. The more times you breed, the more Etherium required, but the results of breeding are INSTANT!
Once each day the amount of Etherium required to breed in the Rift Breeding Cave will be reset back to 1 Etherium. As you breed throughout the day the cost will again increase until it resets again the following day.
When you breed two Dragons in the Rift Breeding Cave, the resulting dragons have a chance of inheriting Traits from the parents, or the Rift itself. These Traits result in all-new variations of some of your favorite dragons!
A dragon's Trait is closely tied to its appearance, and different Traits will result in different looks for your dragons. All Rift Dragons possess at least one Trait, and Rift hybrids can have many different appearances, or "Traits".
Using the Dragonarium to keep track of Traits
A dragon that can acquire Traits will have a special Rift icon in the upper left corner of its picture in the Dragonarium. You can view all of the Traits you've unlocked for a given dragon type by tapping that dragon and viewing its info card, or by selecting it in the Dragonarium. Any Traits you've unlocked for that dragon type will appear highlighted with a yellow border around the icon.
The Rift itself has a Trait that can change what elemental Traits dragons adopt from the Rift Breeding Cave. For example, if you were to breed a Fire Rift Dragon with a Plant Rift Dragon and the Rift alignment was Metal, the resulting dragon has a chance to acquire the Fire, Plant, or Metal Traits.
It is also important to note that breeding certain dragons may require that the Rift be aligned to a specific Trait. Be sure to check the breeding hints for Rift Dragons for detailed breeding information.
The Rift will change its alignment once each day and the current Trait will be displayed on the Rift Alignment icon, along with a timer to show how long before the Rift changes its alignment to a new Trait.
Changing the Rift Alignment
If you want to manually change the Rift Alignment to a different Trait, you can do so using Etherium. Here's how:
- Tap the "Rift "button to enter the Rift
- Tap the "Rift Alignment" icon at the bottom of the screen
- Select the Trait you wish the Rift to align to
- Tap the "Change" button to confirm
When you use Etherium to change the Rift Alignment, the new Trait will persist for the remainder of the current day, as well as all of the following day.
Once discovered, the Transfiguration Tower can change the Traits applied to dragons. Traits that have already been discovered for a specific dragon type can be applied for free, and Traits that have not yet been discovered can be unlocked and applied using Etherium.
Benefits of the Transfiguration Tower
Changing a dragon's Trait using the Transfiguration Tower offers several benefits:
- Unlocking Traits via the Transfiguration Tower allows you to acquire individual Traits for a specific dragon type without having to collect a separate dragon for each of the 10 Traits. This is especially useful if you are running low on space in your park.
- Changing a dragon's Trait allows you to target specific Traits when breeding. For example, if you are trying to target a Metal Trait dragon, you might set one, or both, of the parent dragons to the Metal Trait to greatly improve your chances of breeding the desired dragon. In this scenario, changing the Rift Alignment to Metal as well would increase your chances even more.
- Switching up a dragon's Traits is also a great way to customize the look of your dragons. Each Trait will give a unique appearance to the dragon it is applied to.
Using the Transfiguration Tower
To use the Transfiguration Tower to change or unlock Traits, follow the steps below:
- Enter the Rift and tap the Transfiguration Tower. If you don't see it yet, you'll need to clear some more Ether until it is discovered.
- Tap the "Enter" icon at the bottom of the screen
- Select a dragon you wish to apply a Trait to, then select a Trait.
- If you haven't yet unlocked a certain Trait for the selected dragon type you can unlock it using Etherium.
- Once you've selected your desired Trait, tap the "Set Trait" button.
Note: Dragons that are part of the Rift collection in the Dragonarium only have one available Trait and this cannot be changed using the Transfiguration Tower.
The Rift Market
The Rift also contains its very own Market where you can purchase special Rift Dragons, Rift Habitats, Etherium, and more!
Rift Dragons can be purchased in the Dragons section of the Rift Market. Here you will also find all-new versions of the Egg of Mystery! Choose from the standard Egg of Mystery, or select a Rare, Epic, or Gem Egg of Mystery. These eggs are guaranteed to award a Rare, Epic, or Gem Dragon respectively. Please note that Eggs of Mystery may contain a dragon you already own.
Rift Habitats can be found in the Habitats section of the Rift Market. These very special habitats can house all of your Rift Dragons and do not count against the habitat limit in your main park! The cost for a Rift Habitat increases with each one that you purchase and existing Rift Habitats can be upgraded to hold more dragons and Etherium.
In the Treasure section of the Rift Market you can find Etherium, as well as the Gems, Treats, DragonCash, etc. found in the regular Market.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Rift permanent?
The Rift will be a permanent feature in DragonVale moving forward and is not a temporary event.
At what level does the Rift unlock?
The Rift will unlock once your park reaches level 28. If you are over level 28 and aren't seeing the new Rift features, you may need to update your version of DragonVale through your device's app store. The required version is 4.0.0 or higher.
How do I clear Dark Ether?
The Magic of Etherium is not strong enough to dispel Dark Miasmic Ether, but clearing more sections of Light Ether will convert Dark Ether to Light and eventually allow you to clear areas that were once occupied by Dark Ether.
What dragons can I breed with?
Only dragons that contain Rift Traits can breed in the Rift Breeding Cave.
Why can't I select some of my dragons to breed with?
If you are unable to select one of your Rift Dragons in the Rift Breeding Cave, you will need to first move it to the Rift using the Rift Gate. Only dragons that are currently in the Rift can enter the Rift Breeding Cave.
Why did I breed a regular dragon in the Rift Breeding Cave?
While only dragons with Rift Traits can be used as parents in the Rift Breeding Cave, it is possible to breed regular, non-Rift dragons in addition to dragons with Rift Traits.
Can I breed Rift Dragons in the regular Breeding Cave, Breeding Island, or Cooperative Breeding Cave?
Rift Dragons and dragons with Rift Traits cannot be bred in the regular Breeding Cave, Breeding Island, or Cooperative Breeding Cave and can only be obtained by breeding in the Rift Breeding Cave.
Can all dragons acquire Traits from the Rift?
No, only certain dragons can possess Rift Traits. A dragon that can acquire Traits will have a special Rift icon in the upper left corner of its picture in the Dragonarium.
Why does it take so much Etherium to breed?
Every time you breed in the Rift it requires Etherium to complete the action. The more times you breed, the more Etherium required. But the results are INSTANT! Once each day the amount of Etherium required to breed is reset to 1. As you breed throughout the day the cost will again increase until it resets again the following day.
What does the Rift alignment do?
Each day the Rift will change its elemental alignment. When you breed two dragons in the Rift Breeding Cave the Rift's current Trait will be added to the list of Traits the offspring can adopt.
Do I need to collect all 10 variations of each dragon to complete the Dragonarium?
Collecting just the regular version of each dragon type is enough to complete the Dragonarium, though collecting all variants may cause the Dragonarium to breathe a special type of fire...
Why can't I move some of my dragons to the Rift?
Only Dragons that possess a Rift Trait can be moved to the Rift.
Why can't I add any more dragons to the Rift Gate?
The Rift Gate can transport up to a total of 2 dragons or pedestals at one time. If you need to transfer more dragons you'll need to wait for the current dragons to be transferred, or speed up their transit using Gems.
Can I breed Twin Rift Dragons?
It isn't possible to breed Twin Rift dragons at this time and Twin Dragons cannot acquire Rift Traits.