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How to Raise Dragon Eggs and Hatchlings from Dragon Cave

Updated on February 05, 2013
Dragon Cave is a free-to-use adoptable website focused on finding and raising dragons from eggs to adulthood.
Dragon Cave is a free-to-use adoptable website focused on finding and raising dragons from eggs to adulthood. | Source

Dragon Cave is an adoptables website where members can steal dragon eggs from their nests to raise as their own. The eggs can be newly hatched or abandoned eggs given up by other users. If given enough views, unique view and clicks, the eggs can hatch into young dragon and later grow into adults. The adoptables website is free to join and use, and is very low maintenance. If you are a member of a forum or web page with user signatures or have your own website, it is easy to get your eggs to hatch in time.

After making an account on Dragon Cave, you can customize your account options to your own liking.
After making an account on Dragon Cave, you can customize your account options to your own liking. | Source

Creating an Account on Dragon Cave

Registering on Dragon Cave is a simple, painless process. You are required to:

  • create a unique username of four to thirty characters that contains only letters, numbers, hyphens and underscores
  • create a password of at least six characters that is case sensitive
  • receive a confirmation email
  • agree that you are thirteen years old and agree to the website’s terms and conditions

Once this process is completed and your account is verified via email, you are an official member of Dragon Cave. Under your account settings, you can change many site preferences, such as displaying your username and dragon scroll (a list of your eggs and hatchlings) on your dragon info page, allowing others to share and post your eggs to increase their views, and altering the website’s skin. Personally, I use and like the Portal 2 skin option.

The Account tab offers you more options, including obtaining the HTML or BBcodes of your eggs and dragons.
The Account tab offers you more options, including obtaining the HTML or BBcodes of your eggs and dragons. | Source

Dragon Regions and Types

Region
Environment
Dragons
Alpine
Mountains
Enjoy high altitudes
Coast
Sea
Diverse types
Desert
Desert
Well-adapted
Forest
Moderate
Diverse types
Jungle
Hot and humid
Divrse types
Volcano
Volcanic plains
Heat-loving

Stealing a New or Abandoned Egg

Once you are registered, you are ready to steal an egg to raise as your own. You have the option of taking a “new” egg, which exists in one of several dragon’s nests, or an “abandoned” egg, which was released by it’s previous owner and is in danger of dying. You will find more new eggs than abandoned eggs among the six available regions - alpine, coast, desert, forest, jungle and volcano. In each of these locations you will find different breeds of dragon eggs typically not existent in other regions. For example, there are dragons by the sea that you won’t find living in a volcano. However, adopting an abandoned egg makes for more of a surprise; you don’t know exactly where the homeless eggs were originally found. It could be that they were from a particular region, or bred by another user’s own adoptable dragons. The dragon that hatches out of an abandoned egg may not be what you were expecting. Abandoned eggs may also be closer to dying than a freshly hatched dragon egg; abandoned dragon eggs will have life counters beneath them, stating how many days they have left to live before they hatch. If the eggs don’t get enough views and clicks before this time, they will not survive.

Abandoned dragon eggs are left in a pile by previous owners who have discarded them. Their life counters tend to be much shorter than newly hatched dragon eggs.
Abandoned dragon eggs are left in a pile by previous owners who have discarded them. Their life counters tend to be much shorter than newly hatched dragon eggs. | Source

Raising and Posting Your Dragon Egg

Simply clicking on an egg from one of the six regions or the abandoned pile will claim it as your own. That, however, is only the beginning. Dragon eggs require three resources in order to hatch:

  • views: obtained by anyone who visits your dragon’s page as many times as they view it
  • unique views: acquired only the first time a person visits your dragon’s page
  • clicks: collected when a person clicks on your hatchling or egg (not needed, but helpful)

Clicking on your egg will show the date it was stolen, the overall views, unique views and clicks, as well as it's lifespan.
Clicking on your egg will show the date it was stolen, the overall views, unique views and clicks, as well as it's lifespan. | Source
The Dragons tab shows you all of your stolen dragons and eggs in one place, along with their views and clicks.
The Dragons tab shows you all of your stolen dragons and eggs in one place, along with their views and clicks. | Source

Going to your Dragons tab will show you all of your eggs and hatchlings, along with their names, views, unique views and clicks.

It is easiest to get views and clicks for your adoptables by placing them on websites you belong to or sharing them with friends. Clicking on your egg or hatchling will bring you to their personal page. Off to the right, you should see an option called, HTML/BBCode Links. Clicking this will provide you with three separate codes:

  • HTML, such as; <a href="http://dragcave.net/view/Cff8O"><img src="http://dragcave.net/image/Cff8O.gif" style="border-width: 0" alt="Adopt one today!"/></a>
  • BBCode, such as; [url=http://dragcave.net/view/Cff8O][img]http://dragcave.net/image/Cff8O.gif[/img][/url]
  • BBCode with tinyurl, such as; [url=http://tinyurl.com/dx2bdbr][img]http://tinyurl.com/cogdcs4/.gif[/img][/url]

The HTML or BBCode allows you to paste your dragon eggs and hatchlings into forum signatures, on personal webpages and more.
The HTML or BBCode allows you to paste your dragon eggs and hatchlings into forum signatures, on personal webpages and more. | Source

Do you use adoptables websites like Dragon Cave?

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BBCode will only operate on forums, such as in a forum signature. If you are active on a forum, your signature would be viewed often and your eggs would have a better chance of being clicked. HTML is for use on a personal webpage that allows HTML, such as blogger or MySpace. If you aren’t a member of a website where you can use BBCode or HTML, don’t worry - you can easily share the link to either you Dragons tab or your individual eggs and dragons on other social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. You can ask your friends to visit the links for you, and even get a few to start their own accounts!

If you still can’t get enough views for your stolen eggs, there are a plethora of websites on the internet geared toward getting views and clicks for Dragon Cave adoptables. These communities are referred to as “click sites” and are useful if you want to raise your adoptables but have no one to share them with. There are two types: sites that do not require registration, and sites that do. The Dragon Cave Wikia has a well-organized list of these online communities, as well as other fan sites and Dragon Cave forums. These websites allow you to essentially add your eggs and dragons by listing their five-character codes. These codes are located at the very end of your adoptable’s URL, and may look like vC9gg or FvGZ7. Your adoptables are added to a list which cycles through and is viewed by other people. You should see your views increase very quickly.

DragHatch is one of many websites that doesn't require registration to enter your dragon's codes to be viewed by others.
DragHatch is one of many websites that doesn't require registration to enter your dragon's codes to be viewed by others. | Source

Once your eggs have hatched, there is still plenty to do! Continuing to get views and clicks will raise your dragons into adulthood. Hatched dragons can be each be named and given a personal description, if you so choose. And when your dragons reach adulthood, they can be bred with other user’s dragons, resulting in a unique batch of eggs from which you are allowed to keep one. The other eggs will be abandoned by default, left for other users to adopt. Or you can freeze your hatchling before it grows up, preventing it from reaching adulthood. The options are nearly limitless and make Dragon Cave an adoptables site that you are bound to keep coming back to.

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