10 Best NFTs to Buy in 2024 (Ranked by Sales Volume)

When looking for the best non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to buy, you have to consider multiple factors: Is the art good? Is there any utility beyond just being a “simple jpeg”? Two of the most important factors to weigh in, though, are the community and the team leading the project.

Keep in mind, the NFT world is highly volatile and you should do your own due diligence before committing your hard-earned money.

The 10 Best NFTs to Buy

We rounded up the 10 best NFTs to buy that tick all the boxes.

  1. Meme Kombat – Wager on battles of meme characters and earn rewards.
  2. HypeLoot – Earn profit share from the first AI-powered crypto casino.
  3. The Heist – Play-to-earn idle game on Solana with luck-based mechanics.
  4. Tensorians – The PFP collection from the largest NFT marketplace on Solana.
  5. Mavia Land – Land NFTs from the play-to-earn game Heroes of Mavia.
  6. Gods Unchained Cards – Trading cards NFT game similar to Hearthstone and MTG.
  7. Dokyo – Unique PFP collection with the highest trading volume on Avalanche.
  8. Star Atlas – AAA play-to-earn game with a fully on-chain economy.
  9. Sharx – An NFT collection from one of the largest NFT lending platform.
  10. Axie Infinity – NFT collections from one of the first play-to-earn games.

A Closer Look at the Best NFT Tokens to Buy in 2024

Let’s take a look at the most popular NFTs to buy right now based on hype and sales volumes.

1. Meme Kombat – Play-to-Earn Game Where You Wager on Meme Characters

Meme Kombat is a hot new play-to-earn game where you stake your MK tokens and wager on meme characters like Pepe and Doge. If your character wins, you earn MK tokens as a reward.

Unlike most other games that use NFT assets, Meme Kombat uses characters that are based around some of the most popular NFT collections, such as Milady Maker and Pepe. The MK token, however, is at the core of its gameplay. Currently, you can buy the token in a presale at a discounted price before it’s listed on major exchanges.

Meme Kombat

Buy MK tokens by connecting your MetaMask wallet and using ETH, USDT or BNB to complete the purchase. You can’t claim your tokens until the presale ends, but you can stake them to earn 108% APY while you wait.

Follow Meme Kombat on X and join the Meme Kombat Telegram channel for the latest information.

2. HypeLoot – Earn Profit Share From the First AI-Powered Crypto Casino

HypeLoot is the first AI-powered crypto casino that already has over 150,000 users globally and earned over $1 million in revenue in 2023. And now, the team has launched their HPLT token in a presale where you become eligible for the Hypes NFTs.

Both HPLT and Hypes NFT holders will earn a share of the HypeLoot’s profit. Aside from passive income opportunities, Hypes NFT holders get additional benefits and utilities within the HypeLoot casino ecosystem.

Hypes NFTs

Visit the HypeLoot token presale site and use ETH, USDT or USDC to buy the HPLT tokens. Currently, this is the only way to get your hands on Hypes NFTs.

Make sure to follow HypeLoot on X and join the HypeLoot Telegram channel for the latest information about the token presale and the project.

3. The Heist – Idle Play-to-Earn Game With Luck-Based Mechanics

The Heist is the most popular idle game on Solana where you send your apes on heist locations to earn the KIWI token. You can use the token within the game or sell it for SOL or USDC. The game has been around since April 2023 but has significantly improved with new maps and mechanics, and in February 2024, Season 3 starts.

This will turn the Heist into a whole new game because of new gameplay mechanics that weren’t live previously, such as implementation of land NFTs that farm the KIWI token passively, as well as breeding mechanics where you can use two apes to break a new ape out of prison. You can then use the new ape to steal more KIWI or you can sell it for SOL on an NFT exchange.

The Heist

Land deeds and apes (chimps, orangutans and gorillas) are NFTs that you can trade on NFT marketplaces like Tensor and Magic Eden. But you need a Solana wallet, like Phantom or Solflare, and SOL coins to make a purchase.

4. Tensorians — Popular PFP Collection From the Largest NFT Marketplace on Solana

Tensorians is a PFP collection of 10,000 pixel art characters from the largest NFT marketplace on Solana. The reason for this NFT collection’s popularity is that Tensorians earn points when staked and often get token airdrops just by being holders.

Moreover, Tensor is one of the few popular projects on Solana that is yet to drop their own token. And Tensorians holders that earn points are likely to be eligible for a large allocation of the new token when launched.

tensorians

Since this NFT collection is on Solana, you need a compatible wallet like Phantom, Solflare or Backpack. Once you have it, connect your wallet to the Tensor NFT marketplace and purchase your Tensorians using SOL.

5. Mavia Land — Popular Play-to-Earn Game NFT Collection for Passive Income

Heroes of Mavia is an exciting new play-to-earn mobile game that is backed by popular Web3 companies including Binance Labs, Animoca Brands and Delphi Digital.

Mavia Land is a collection of 10,000 NFTs that offer passive income when you stake them. This earns more ruby tokens than any other activity in game. Note, rubies aren’t a crypto token, but an in-game currency that you can use to trade land NFTs or craft items.

Mavia Land NFTs

Mavia Lands are currently available on OpenSea. Connect your Ethereum wallet, such as MetaMask and use ETH to buy land. Make sure to have enough ETH in your wallet to pay the gas fees.

6. Gods Unchained Cards – NFT Play-to-Earn Card Game

Gods Unchained is a trading card game like Hearthstone and MTG but with a twist: Cards are NFTs. Because of the high transaction fees on Ethereum, the game uses ImmutableX, which is a Layer 2 solution on Ethereum.

Since the cards are NFTs, you have full ownership over your cards. This means you can sell them whenever you want to stop playing and maybe even earn a profit.

gods unchained

Buy Gods Unchained card NFTs on the Gods Unchained website. Connect your Ethereum wallet and use ETH to make a purchase. Alternatively, buy booster packs on the Gods Unchained Website after you open an account.

7. Dokyo — Popular PFP Collection on Avalanche

Dokyo is the largest collection on Avalanche with over $24 million in sales in the past 30 days. This is impressive given there are 5,555 NFTs in the collection.

One of its main features is that the collection was developed with an authentic Japanese studio to create the art. In several tweets, the team behind this project hinted at airdrops to Dokyo holders in 2024, which could make it appealing to hold at least one of the NFTs.

Dokyo NFT collection

Similar to most NFTs, the Dokyo collection is available for purchase on OpenSea. Connect your wallet and use AVAX coins to make a purchase, since Dokyo is on the Avalanche blockchain.

8. Star Atlas — AAA Play-To-Earn Game With On-Chain Economy

Star Atlas is a popular game on the Solana blockchain where you can send your ships to mine resources and craft items. These items can be sold on the game marketplace for USDC or Atlas, the in-game token.

Each of the ships in Star Atlas are NFTs, meaning you fully own your assets. Whenever you decide you want to stop playing, you can sell your ships and maybe even earn a profit. Expect three games in 2024: An AAA multiplayer racing pvp game in Unreal Engine 5; A move-to-earn mobile app where you level up crew member NFTs; A browser based resource extraction and combat strategy game.

star atlas

Since the game is on Solana, you need a compatible wallet like Phantom or Solflare. Visit the Star Atlas website, connect your wallet and browse the marketplace to find the right NFT ship for your needs.

9. Sharx — Farm Points For a Future Airdrop

Sharx is the NFT collection from one of the largest NFT lending platforms on Solana, Sharky.fi. There are 10,000 Sharx NFTs that farm airdrop points for the upcoming $HARK token airdrop.

By holding one of these sharks, you earn double the points than if you farmed without a Sharx NFT. This alone could prove profitable enough to hold at least one Sharx, especially if the newest token does well.

sharx

This Solana NFT collection is available on Magic Eden and Tensor. Currently, Magic Eden offers 25% more diamonds (Magic Eden’s version of points) for purchases made on this NFT marketplace. Simply connect your Solana wallet and use SOL coins to make the purchase.

10. Axie Infinity — Multiple NFT Collections From the Most Popular Play-to-Earn Game

Axie Infinity is the original play-to-earn game that had massive success during the 2021 bull run when its tokens and NFTs peaked in price. Three years later, and Axie is still one of the most popular NFT games with over 300,000 active players within a 30-day period.

The game has evolved since its early days, and now aside from Axie NFTs, there are land NFTs, accessories, runes, charms, items and more.

Axie Infinity

You can try the game for free on Windows and MacOS devices. However, to get the NFTs, you’ll have to create a Ronin Wallet, which is a browser extension and a mobile app, and you have to fund your account with ETH.

How We Ranked the Best NFTs to Invest In

To identify the best NFTs to invest in, we evaluated several factors that can impact the success of a project. Here we explain those ranking factors:

Trading Volume

This is often a reliable indicator of an NFT’s liquidity and demand. If the liquidity is low it means you would have a hard time selling your NFT whenever you want to offload it. We compared all-time trading volume on exchanges such as OpenSea and Magic Eden when selecting the best NFTs to invest in.

Collection Popularity

We examined the communities surrounding these collections on social media platforms — especially X (formerly Twitter) and Discord — gauging their size, engagement and overall enthusiasm for the project.

More popular collections are likely to have more liquidity in the market, and those that are popular now are more likely to be popular in the future.

Team Expertise

We scrutinized the development teams, assessing their experience, track record and commitment to the project’s success. If a team has and prior success in the NFT space, we can often be confident that their experience and expertise will reflect in success in their new venture.

Utility

Considering that most cryptos and NFTs, nowadays, are purely speculative, some projects have emerged as real world asset tokens which are converting real physical assets such as art, real estate, and precious metals into online tokens that can be traded on blockchains.

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, NFTs with utility tend to have long-term value. This includes the option to stake your NFTs to earn token rewards, the potential for future airdrops, or using your NFT to get access to exclusive perks, content, and events. Collections focused only on being profile pictures tend to drop off after a while.

Rarity (Exclusivity)

This is often a factor when buying individual NFTs from a collection, as the rarer an NFT is the more valuable it is. However, the rarity factor (or exclusivity) can also be applied to whole NFT collections.

If an NFT collection is not limited to a particular number of NFTs, then anyone can mint one or buy one and become a member. Exclusivity is a big selling point of some of the biggest NFT collections, such as BAYC, and will continue to be so for some time. Therefore, NFT collections that have a maximum number of NFTs available will always rank higher.

Market Trends

As with most markets, the NFT market goes through bull and bear cycles, as well as different trends—and the trading activity of certain styles or types of NFTs rises and falls with these market trends.

When evaluating the best NFTs for March 2024 we looked at the overall market sentiment, and then how different types of NFTs—e.g., PFPs, gaming, utility, etc—were fairing under the current market, to make sure we picked the NFTs that were hottest right now.

Are NFTs Safe?

The best NFT projects are typically safe, especially if you buy them from reputable exchanges. Despite that, you still have to protect your crypto wallet from external attacks.

Risks of Phishing When Buying NFTs

Phishing is a form of cryptocurrency and NFT scam where the victim is tricked into handing over their private keys or personal info that could be used to steal funds. The way it works is an attacker poses as a legitimate entity — such as an NFT marketplace or a crypto wallet — and asks you to provide your wallet seed phrase so they can “help” you.

As soon as you provide that information, the scammer will log in to your crypto wallet and quickly drain it of  both funds and NFTs.

Never Share Your Seed Phrase

Seriously. No one with good intentions will ever ask you to provide your seed phrase. Not even the crypto wallet providers. Write it on a piece of paper and keep it safe. If someone asks you to input your seed phrase, they’re likely a bad actor.

Use a Hardware Wallet

Hardware wallets, also known as cold wallets, like Ledger and Trezor keep your crypto wallets safe. They are small USB devices with buttons that you have to physically press to confirm a transaction. If your computer is infected with malware they could see the assets in your wallet, but they would not be able to move them without a human confirming them on the device.

Inspect Links

Scammers typically use links with typos, such as maglceden.com instead of magiceden.com (notice the “l” instead of “i”). These links are either for fake marketplaces or fake crypto wallets that look exactly like the original.

If it’s the latter, the website will look exactly like the real one and you will have to input your seed phrase to “recover” your wallet or assets. That’s how the scammers will steal your crypto. If you’re not sure, never ever input your seed phrase into a website you followed through a link from another site or email.

If in doubt, search for the wallet’s real website in your search engine and try to fix your issue that way. If there is any issue, never use a link that’s sent to you.

Use a Burner Wallet

This is a must if you’re connecting to a new website; never use your wallet where you hold all of your funds and NFTs. Open a new wallet and fund it with just the amount you’re planning to use to buy NFTs or tokens.

It doesn’t cost anything to get a new wallet. If, by any chance, you get scammed, you will only lose the small amount you moved from your main wallet. If all is good, you can transfer the NFT you bought to your main wallet.

Test the Waters

Fear of missing out (FOMO) can cause you to buy anything, even if you can’t afford it. A project may seem appealing, but you can often invest a small amount to try it out. If it’s legit and you’re happy, great. If not, you’ve just saved yourself from bigger losses.

Conclusion

Buying NFTs in a bear market could be a great investment option once the market turns around. You could buy a collection simply because you like the art, like Dokyo, or because you like the future utility they offer, like Meme Kombat.

However, make sure you do your due diligence, employ safety measures like using hardware wallets to store your NFTs and burner wallets to connect to new sites, and never invest more than you can afford to lose.

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Kliment Dukovski

Kliment Dukovski is a cryptocurrency and investments writer. He's written over 1,000 articles to help readers understand complex crypto and investment subjects, as well as to find the best cryptocurrency products to meet their needs. His expert commentary has been featured in Fox Business, MSN Money and MediaFeed.