Minted vs Mutated, the Many Flavors of MAYC

For the art lover, NFTs offer an endless exploration into the beautiful minds of the visual artists who are courageously blazing the trail into this new frontier of art collecting. Inevitably as your pallet develops you will pause on something that just feels right to you. Then you will ask yourself, what is it about this specific piece of art that speaks to you, is it visually interesting or is it the story behind it, or perhaps the human that drew it – or for many NFT buyers perhaps it’s the possibility that it might make you a boatload of money.

The key component for a lot of NFT investors is rarity, which has many forms. It can be the scarcity of a specific attribute or the blend of a variety of attributes. For most, the holy grail is an NFT that is both beautiful and rare. Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, rarity’s origin is more defined.

Birth of Mutant Ape Yacht Club

Let’s take a closer look at the beginning of the Mutant Ape Yacht Club to understand why, Wiz, our prized Mutant Ape is so special and the specific attributes that make him that way. While indistinguishable to the naked eye there are two types of the nearly 20,000 mutants that have sprung to life since the great mutation of the BAYC, minted and mutated.

Mutant Apes could be generated by exposing an existing Bored Ape to a vial of Mutant Serum or minting a Mutant Ape in the public sale. It was a way for BAYC to reward ape owners with a whole new NFT—a "mutant" version of their ape—while simultaneously allowing newbies to join the coveted BAYC ecosystem.

The Great Mutation

On August 28th, all Bored Ape token holders received a random serum airdropped to their associated wallets. If consumed by an ape, these magical green substances would transform original traits into mutant form. Owners could also save their M1, M2, and Mega Mutant (M3) serums for future use with no expiration date. Some owners opted to sell their serums for profits as high as five million dollars.

Apes can only take one of each serum and the vials are then burnt after use. This implies that every Bored Ape can be exposed once to each serum: M1, M2, or M3, leading to three distinct mutations. 

Minted mutants follow the same strategy as the original mint of the BAYC. The first 10,000 mutants minted during the auction were assigned mutant traits at random. They are not derived from an original ape making them truly one of a kind.

To recap, minted means the Ape has been a Mutant from the beginning, and mutated means an M1, M2, or M3 serum was used to evolve a Bored Ape, into a Mutant Ape.

Bored Apes, Mutant Apes, and Bored Apes with Bored Ape Kennel Club companions represent the final tier of membership for the BAYC and MAYC. Everything that happens next is done with the intention of accruing utility and member-only benefits.

Win our minted, one of a kind, Mutant Ape #2129 to become part of this epic members-only club!