How to Spend Your Gems in Archero
While Archero is free-to-play, there are microtransactions in the game that allow you to purchase upgrades for your character. These purchases grant you stuff that you can otherwise earn in the game, but it can take a very long time to do so. These purchases are made via the game's premium currency, gems. Gems can be earned or bought, though your earn rate is fairly slow.
Should you decide to purchase gems, you need to decide how much you want to spend. Like in many free-to-play games, the more you spend, the better the rate you will get. For example, if you spend $1 USD in Archero, you will get 80 gems for that single dollar. If you spend $100, you will get 14,000 gems or 140 gems per dollar spent. This is 73% more per dollar than buying at $1.
If you're price-sensitive or want to manage your spending on games, a good sweet spot for you would be $10. You will get 1,200 gems or 120 gems per dollar spent. This makes it not quite as good as $100 but significantly better than the rate you get at $1.
It's important to note that some users, potentially as part of an A-B test, have slightly different price points. For example, instead of $19.99 for 2500 gems, they have $20.99 for 2500 gems. This affects a few of the price points as well as the Chapter offers.
Gem Purchases in "Archero"
Farming for Gems
There isn't really a great way to farm for gems, but there are three gems sources you should be aware of:
- Daily Ad Rewards Wheel
5 times per day, you can watch an ad after spinning the boss wheel to spin a second wheel that will grant you coins or gems. The gem rewards are 10 or 20 gems in total, amounting to roughly 10 or 20 cents USD.
- Level-Up Gems
Every time you level up, you will earn 20 gems.
- Chapter Rewards
A decent source of gems (and chests as well) as you complete Chapters and various Stages of Chapters, you will earn a one-time-only Chapter reward. These rewards almost always grant gems and often grant energy or chest keys as well.
TLDR: Unless you're using more than seven different types of gear of the available 16 pieces (weapons + armor + rings + spirits), you should spend your gems to purchase specific gear pieces from the Mysterious Vendor, prioritizing weapons and armor of Epic rarity.
Whether you're a free player farming gems or you're spending lots of money, you likely want to make smart purchasing decisions with your gems. There are a handful of ways to spend your gems:
- Purchasing Coins or Chests from the store
- Purchasing scrolls or specific gear pieces from the Mysterious Vendor
- Purchasing energy when you run out of energy
Generally, I will only discuss purchases oriented around gear, as the primary cost of the game is in gear. This means that if you were not to spend, you would have enough coins and scrolls to max out your gear long before you have enough gear to get legendaries. While spending gems on coins or scrolls can move you forward in the short term, it is not ultimately the best use of your money.
Value Gained by Spending Method
To determine which methods are best for spending your gems, I'm going to break down each method according to the value they offer by anchoring to the gem pricing established by the mysterious vendor. This gem pricing is as follows:
- Common Weapon: 120 gems
- Common Armor: 80 gems
- Common Ring: 48 gems
- Common Spirit: 80 gems
I will also reference the desire to use 6 total items as "1-1-2-2," which is 1 weapon, 1 armor, 2 rings, and 2 spirits. Generally, you only use a subset of the total items available, and getting gear pieces for items you do not use is considered waste. For example, I only use a Death Scythe, so buying a Brave Bow is completely useless. Using these as anchors, you get the following values from each spending option:
- Buying gear from the Mysterious Vendor: 100% of value spent
- Buying Obsidian Chests 10x at a time for 2600 gems, but using ALL items: ~230% of value spent
- Buying Obsidian Chests 10x at a time for 2600 gems, but using 1-1-2-2: ~80% of value spent
- Buying Golden Chests, but using ALL items: ~230% of value spent
- Buying Golden Chests, but using 1-1-2-2: ~80% of value spent
The Best Value: Buying Epic Weapons From the Mysterious Vendor
Reading into this, purchasing chests at their maximum discount gives you a lot of total value, but if you consider that most of what you purchase will be wasted, the Mysterious vendor ends up being better.
Furthermore, this costing is done based on the pricing offered by the game. However, I would argue that while the game has weapons at 120 gems per common and spirits at 80 gems per common, you get way more impact on your game with a weapon when compared to a spirit. Again, while chests get you a lot of total value, the majority of your performance relies on your weapon, suggesting that buying weapons from the mysterious vendor is even more favorable than the pure numbers suggest.
And lastly, Epic items are discounted by 8% from the mysterious vendor, making those purchases even more efficient.
Overall, purchasing Epic weapons, or any weapons, from the mysterious vendor, is the best use of your gem spend.