Easter eggs are details or features that are included in games a joke or bonus for players. On Dragon Cave, several "easter egg" creatures exist which would otherwise be incongruous with the game's lore.
Leetle stack of pancakesEdit
The leetle stack of pancakes is a unique creature given to the roleplay forum moderator Lord Dracogangake in 2009. Many forum users misread Dracogangake's username as Dracopancake. TJ09 commemorated the nickname with the leetle stack of pancakes.
The creature depicts a small stack of pancakes with draconic wings, and was given the code IHOP after the International House of Pancakes. It is categorized as a frozen hatchling and bears the description "Aww...it’s a cute leetle...stack of pancakes?"
The Lagmonster is a forum-created creature that is blamed for slow responsiveness and service outages on Dragon Cave. The first notable "attack" of the Lagmonster was around March 17, 2009, when server issues caused high load times and network timeouts. After resolving the issue, TJ09 decorated the main page with an image of the Lagmonster, drawn by user Ahkalia.
Another notable Lagmonster "attack" occurred during the Halloween 2010 release of Black Marrows. In response to the high load times making it difficult for users to collect the limited-release dragons, TJ09 added a second row of eggs to the cave to help facilitate hunting.
The Datamonster is a forum-created creature that is blamed for the disappearance of dragons from users' scrolls. Similar to the Lagmonster, the Datamonster is a personification of database errors on Dragon Cave. Dragons that go missing due to a database error are said to be "eaten" by the Datamonster.
The most notable "attack" of the Datamonster occurred on July 20, 2009, when many users found dragons had disappeared from their scrolls. Most were fortunately recovered, and those that were restored were considered "survivors" of the Datamonster attack.
More on the Datamonster and its origins can be found on the forums.
The glitch dragon is a permanently fogged creature that exists on Dragon Cave. It was the result of a database error when user pokemonfan13 attempted to breed a Holly Dragon and a Bright Pink Dragon. When the egg was created, no breed ID was assigned to the creature, resulting in the "fog-ball" appearance.
|Egg||This "egg" is special. You win the game.|
|Hatchling||You think the egg hatched, but you can't really see anything, so who knows?|
|Adult||You still can't see it. Maybe it's not even a dragon, just a huge cloud of fog.|
There are two fake eggs that can be seen on Dragon Cave: XD and <3. They are growing eggs, which can gain views and may go through the hatching sequence. However, if a fake egg gains enough views to hatch before its timer runs out, it will produce a new version of itself, with its timer and views reset. When one of the fake eggs does not receive enough views to hatch before its timer runs out, it will die. Within a few days, the egg will be regenerated and its timer and views will be reset.
|Egg||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Dead|
Each fake egg was introduced during regular dragon releases. The XD egg appeared in the Egg Flood release in April of 2009, and can even be seen illustrated on the release banner. <3 appeared alongside the eggs of the Midwinter Madness release in 2010. It was added to the release thread as a joke in response to a comment from forum user Dr. Paine that the release was missing an "element of heart".
The XD egg was designed by TJ09 and displays a colorful egg covered in white swirls. The color of this egg may change when it "hatches" or dies. The <3 egg was designed by Marrionetta and appears as a pink egg with a red heart on it. Both eggs share the description "This egg does not actually exist."
Splash BSA and Magikarp BadgeEdit
Shallow Water Dragons have a Breed Specific Action called "Splash", which is a reference to a Pokémon move by the same name. Using the action causes the text "DRAGON used Splash! But nothing happened!" to appear in a text box matching those of classic Pokémon games.
Using Splash 100 times will earn a user the Magikarp badge, a tribute to the Pokémon infamous for only knowing this useless move when caught.
Pokémon Night was an impromptu event that occurred on December 27, 2008. Users in the Dragon Cave IRC were comparing various dragons to similar Pokémon. Forum moderator and dragon artist Kila started sending sprites of the mentioned Pokémon to TJ09. TJ then temporarily replaced the adult dragons sprites with their matched Pokémon sprite.
|Dark Green Dragon||→||Venasaur|
Spliced sprite by PF13
The Legendary Trio is used on Dragon Cave to refer to the Ice, Thunder, and Magma Dragons. This is a parallel to a similar "legendary trio" in Pokemon's Legendary Birds, ice-type Articuno, electric-type Zapdos, and fire-type Moltres. The Ice, Thunder, and Magma dragons can even combine their powers to summon a Guardian of Nature dragon, similar to the way Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres awaken Lugia, the "Guardian of the Seas".
In the legacy alphabetical sorting system, Guardians of Nature sorted as "Lugia Dragons".
Zyumorphs and SinomorphsEdit
Zyumorphs and Sinomorphs appear to be a reference to Zords and Megazords from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Zyumorphs' variations depict colors used by the Power Rangers (red, blue, yellow, pink, black, and white), and the dragons have large, armored plates similar to the mechanical bodies of the Zords. When the Power Rangers' Zords are unable to defeat an enemy, they can combine into a single Megazord. Similarly, when a user collects one of each Zyumorph variation, they can combine their power to summon a Sinomorph.
There are several hidden pages that can be found on Dragon Cave.
|"Make all my eggs gold" page||Joke page. Visiting the link simply displays the text "Yeah right."||https://dragcave.net/makeallmyeggsgold|
|Face page||Generates random emoticon faces, such as "ಠ▂ಠ", "(☞°∀°)☞", and "¯\_(ツ)_/¯"||https://dragcave.net/ಠ_ಠ|
|Random egg||Redirects users to a random egg on their scroll.||https://dragcave.net/random/egg|
|Random dragon||Redirects users to a random dragon on their scroll.||https://dragcave.net/random/dragon|
|Random pair||Displays a randomly selected male and female dragon from the user's scroll, and if they are of compatible types, includes a button to breed the pair.||https://dragcave.net/random/pair|
|Graveyard||Sometimes displays the "dragon graveyard", a collection of recently deceased eggs, hatchlings, and dragons from the site.
The graveyard is not always visible, and may return only the text "You traverse the forest in search of the rumored dragon graveyard, but despite your best efforts, you are unable to find anything."