For the entirety of the game, a hybrid or apex has always been considered the best creature in the game, and hybrids for the very large majority dominated arenas of all levels. They’ve become the center of PvP so much that non-hybrids are completely left in the dust in terms of power. While the hybrids are definitely very interesting and I feel are the biggest reason why I like the game, non-hybrids honesty deserve so much more. Not only that, but many hybrids don’t have the strength to be usable later throughout the game, mainly rare, epic, and legendary hybrids. I thought of a new mechanic that allows creatures of lower rarities to be usable in unique or apex-dominated arenas.
I came up with this idea while discussing with a few others on Discord. It’s a mechanic where if a creature of a rarity below unique is leveled to the minimum level of the next rarity, it will visibly change to that rarity and get an upgrade while its actual DNA stays the same rarity.
For example, if you leveled Dimorphodon to a level 6, it would visibly change to a Rare creature, and would gain an extra ability along with a few tweaks to make it stronger and suit that rarity. Level it to lvl 11, and it becomes an epic, getting buffed even more, level it to 16, it becomes a legendary, gaining a fourth move and being buffed even further. Finally reaching level 21, it becomes a Unique, getting one final buff. This mechanic would apply to every creature in Legendary or lower rarities. However, something like a common being brought to a unique rarity will be weaker than the average unique hybrid, as common DNA is much easier to obtain. You can also change the rarity of a creature at any time to alter its strength. If a tournament is restricted to a specific rarity, only that rarity form of a creature can be used, and you need to have that rarity unlocked to use it.
While this mechanic is quite complex and would take a very long time to implement, it’s a way that would allow people to use any creature they feel without being hindered by their lack of strength compared to higher rarity creatures, as they could simply level up their favorite dinos and unlock stronger versions of themselves.