Zen Koi 2 – Tips, Hints and Tricks to Ascend and Catch Prey Faster

Anurag Ghosh
(Last Updated On: November 25, 2022)

Zen Koi 2 is Landshark Games gift to loyal fans. This relaxing fish collector is based on a popular Asian myth. You can control your fish, breed to collect more rare and uncommon fish and finally ascend your Koi to a magnificent dragon. The game also lets you manage your own pond and decorate it.

Zen Koi 2’s enchanting music and the slow, yet addicting gameplay will make you forget everything. You will just want to explore the beautiful pond that harbors strange and exotic creatures.

There are several new types of prey, power-ups and an enchanting “dragon realm” that will allow you to play your dragon to collect essence. But the best part of the game is mating and collecting rare fishes.

If you are new to this game or just want to ascend faster, then you should check out these tips and tricks. You can also watch our video below to know how to ascend, level up your Koi and breed: 

1. How to Catch Prey Quickly

Most of your time will be spent in catching small aquatic animals. Tapping a prey will make your fish follow it until he catches it. But this can be time-consuming, especially when it comes to catching fast-moving prey.

The best way to catch creatures is to tap and hold the screen using your thumb and then move your thumb towards a group of smaller creatures. Your fish will follow your finger and automatically start catching those who come within her range.

Zen Koi 2 - Catching Prey

Use your finger to explore the pond and hunt for groups of sea creatures. You can drag your finger upwards instead of sideways to catch more prey. Because the game’s portrait orientation, the screen is longer vertically, giving you more space when you catch fish.

Along with following this trick, you can also improve the Agility and Speed abilities to make your fish reach his prey faster. To do this, read the next section.

2. Distribute Ability Points to Key Abilities

If you want your fish to move faster and make sharper turns, then you should allocate ability points to key abilities such as “Speed” and “Agility”. You get skill points when your Koi levels up. You can see the level-up bar at the top-left corner of the screen.

Allocate Ability Points to Koi

The circle fills up little by little when your fish catches prey. Once full, you will get a few points, which you can distribute to the first two abilities. To allocate points, tap the menu button on the upper-left corner of the screen, tap “My Koi” and then tap your fish.

3. Tap and Drag Finger to Follow Mate when Breeding

Your fish can start breeding from level 4 onwards. Once s/he becomes an adult, you will come across a potential mate.

Breeding starts when your fish and his mate are inside the circle. You will notice that the white circle fills slowly if both fishes are inside it.

Even if a part of a fish’s body is outside the circle, breeding stops and the filled part of the circle retracts, making it a bit tiresome for you to get both inside and start breeding again.

Zen Koi 2 Mating

Make sure both fishes are inside the circle and to make this possible, you should follow your mate by tapping and holding the screen and moving the finger to the direction where she is moving.

When you spot a fish, let her come towards you.

Once she is near you, she will start moving away from you. Just Swim close to your mate. You should also consider improving your fish’s speed and agility abilities so that you can follow her faster.

Once the circle fills up completely, you will receive an egg. You can save the egg on an empty slot. It will take some time to hatch and egg if you store it in the slot.

When it’s ready to hatch, you will receive a notification. You can then hatch Koi. You can also release the egg if you feel you might get a duplicate fish. The baby fish will carry the characteristics of your fish and its mate.

4. Here’s How You Can Get Rare Fish

You can increase the chance of rare colors being passed to your offspring by improving the “Rarity” ability.

Spend ability points to it if you want a rare color pattern. The higher your “Rarity” ability, the more the chances of getting a rare fish after mating.

5. Ways to Get Pearls for Hatching Eggs

Pearls can be used to instantly hatch eggs. They can also be used to unlock more egg and fish slots. You will need them later while playing Zen Koi 2. There are various ways to get pearls:

You might stumble upon a pearl while exploring the pond. A pearl can be hidden inside an aquatic flower. Flowers also hide agility and speed boosts. Just move your fish towards pearls and flowers to collect them.

You will also get them as Daily rewards. Play the game every day to get them.

You can also watch videos to earn pearls. Tap the pearl icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and then tap the first button.

6. How to Ascend Koi to a Dragon

Ascension is one of the best parts of this game. You can turn your fish into a majestic dragon by following these steps:

Firstly, you should check the path to ascension map. You can find it by tapping “My Koi” and then selecting the fish you are currently using.

Your fish’s path to ascension consists of several symbols. You will need to activate each of them to ascend your Koi. In the screenshot below, you can see this.

You will see a list of symbols lined up horizontally just below the dragon path. There are 8 symbols, out of which two have been activated and six are remaining.

Ascending a Koi to a Dragon

Now let’s see how to activate each symbol.

To activate a symbol, you will have to catch a certain number of aquatic creatures and craft them into gems. You can see a picture of the required creatures at the top of the screen.

Note down the creature types before catching them. You can get a list of prey by tapping the lower-right corner of the screen:

Craft Prey to Get Gems and Activate Symbol to Expand Pond

Once you have crafted the required gems, tap the activate button next to the symbol. This will not only let you inch closer to the path to ascension but also expand your pond, allowing you to explore more and catch better prey.

Once all symbols have been activated, you can ascend to a dragon. You will receive dragon points and pearls upon ascension.

You will also unlock a mini game where you will collect essence. When you get one, just follow the rays to find another. The essence you have collected can be used to unlock and decorate your own personal pond.

You can also play with the same dragon. You will need “Awaken Orbs” to play with  your dragons again. You can get these orbs by ascending a dragon or through daily rewards.

  1. After you hatch a new koi, the baby koi follows around the koi you’re actually playing. Other than seeing the pretty new fish you have, is there a point to the baby koi following you?

    1. One of the toughest fish to catch in Zen Koi 2, the Puffer Fish swells up when you approach her, although she isn’t the quickest of swimmers, still she can be difficult to catch as she can quickly spot when you swim near her. The only way to catch her is to approach her from behind, tap and hold your fish and move exactly behind a puffer fish so that she doesn’t spot you to catch her. If she sees you, she will swell up and you won’t be able to catch her.

  2. There is this certain prey that’s so hard to catch, the big, hard scale looking fish that’s got its fins on the side..it seems like the way to catch it is to approach it at the front which is quite hard because it shies away from my Koi when approached. Any suggestions?

    1. I guess that’s rock/stone fish and she has hard scales on her back. Your first objective is to eat her hard scales, and to do this, you can approach the rock fish from the back. You will notice that nothing will happen, but upon careful observation, you will see that fish will lose her scale every time you try to eat her. You will have to keep eating her scales by approaching her on the rear until all her hard scales are eaten off. You can then eat her and you don’t have to approach her on the front.

    2. You should try going at it from behind because it can’t shy away from you if you are behind it. I did that and it worked so that is how I catch them.

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