With a focus on raising, taming and training a myriad of magical beasts, it only makes sense that Temtem gives its players the chance to try breeding Temtem to create new and more powerful creatures for you to own. We'll explain how breeding works and where you can do it in the game.
How to Breed Temtem and What You'll Need
Breeding in Temtem requires you to find a Breeding Center, a location where you can deposit two compatible Temtem for the purpose of breeding them and getting an egg. Once you get an egg, there'll be a period of real time before it hatches. The resulting newborn should have some shared qualities from its two parents, including techniques, stats and even a raised chance of being a rare Luma Temtem.
Where to Find a Breeding Center
Currently the only Breeding Center available in the game is found on the Canopath/Route 5, just after leaving Nanga and going into the volcanic Omninesia islands, close to the "Free the Temtem! Regional Center."
Inside, you'll find a large open green space with numerous Temtem roaming about. On the right is a shopkeeper who will sell you items for breeding, and on the left is the Temtem breeder himself, a bald man behind a counter. You can go to him for an explanation of what Temtem breeding involves, or submit them for breeding if you're so inclined. We'll explain what happens next below.
How Breeding Temtem Works
Though you can put any two Temtem in the Breeding Center, you'll have to put the right ones in to get them to breed successfully: the game refers to this two Temtem being "compatible." To be compatible, Temtem need to fulfil certain conditions.
- The two Temtem must share a type, but only need to share one. For example, Babawa (which is Nature and Water type) is compatible with Saipat (Water and Melee), because they are both Water.
- The two Temtem need to be different genders. As the Temtem Breeder explains it: "Otherwise they might have fun, but you won't get an egg."
- Both Temtem need to be fertile. Represented by a flower on your Tempedia, every time a Temtem is involved in breeding, the flower loses a petal. Once the petals are all gone, the Temtem is infertile and can't be used for breeding anymore. The game's mechanics ensure that Temtem with higher stats tend to be less fertile.
If you put two Temtem of the same "evolutionary line" that also meet the criteria above, the following process will actually be sped up somewhat. Evolutionary line refers to families of Temtem linked by evolution. For example, the Fire-type Raiber evolves into Raize, which evolves into Raican. Raiber, Raize and Raican therefore are all part of the same evolutionary line.
How to Breed a Temtem Egg
Once you put two compatible Temtems in the breeding center, go away and do something else for about 25 minutes of real time while they… make the egg. Interestingly, this actually drops to 15 minutes if they're part of the same evolutionary line, meaning you can breed them more efficiently. Go back to the Temtem Breeder at some point after this and you can collect the egg. The center can only store one egg at a time, so don't bother waiting after that time period to pick up multiple eggs at once - you'll only get one at a time.
How to Hatch a Temtem Egg
Once you have an egg, place it in an empty spot in your squad. You can store them in a TemDeck machine, but they won't hatch when they're there. It takes up to 45 minutes of real time for an egg to hatch, but this number varies significantly depending on the Temtem inside, and how difficult they would be to catch in the wild.
What Kind of Temtem Hatches From an Egg?
Temtems are a blend of their parents' attributes, though there are certain aspects that are more or less predictable. We'll go over them here.
- Species: The Temtem in the egg will always be the first in the same evolutionary line as the mother. To go back to the earlier example, if Raican creates an egg as the mom, it'll always be a Riaber inside, no matter who or what the dad is.
- Techniques: The hatched Temtem will always have a mix of techniques known by its parents. This can be done to teach it moves that they might not know normally or naturally.
- Single Values: Each of the Temtem's "single values" (or core stats, such as attack, speed and so on) have a 40% chance of being the higher of the two parents' stats, and a 20% chance of being the lower. If neither occurs, it will be an average of the two stats.
- Traits: Temtem don't inherit traits, these are random when they're hatched.
- Fertility: Weirdly, Temtem inherit their parents' fertility, hatching with a fertility counter the same as whichever parent had the lowest count.
- Luma. If neither parents are Luma, then the odds of the hatched Temtem being Luma are the same as in the wild, 1/6000. If one of the parents is Luma, this increases to 1/600. If both parents are Luma, this ramps up even more to 1/60.
As you can see, hatched Temtem are a mix of random and predictable elements. By breeding powerful members of your squad, you can create more powerful team members - at least before they become infertile and you have to start using new Temtem to breed.
If you're thinking about making the best squad now, why not check out our guide to the best Temtem starter to pick? Or if you could always check out our full type charts and move charts to discover an advantage in any battle.