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In today’s Bag of Tricks we are going to talk about a ZEN item that made it into the store with Tomb of Annihilation. The Companion Upgrade Tokens Pack extends the line of service packs and at first glance it simply seems to be one of those “pay to accelerate” items. On second glance however, you realize the price make absolutely no sense.
Worse Than the Companion Helper Pack
The pack is going for 500 ZEN for 15 tokens. The Companions Helper Pack that includes 45 Tokens for 1,400 ZEN is already cheaper, and offers additional stuff. While that can be explained by buyers paying more for less quantity, the value vs. directly upgrading companions is flat out stupid.
Companion Upgrade Tokens have a fixed value based on the Astral Diamonds you can spend to upgrade your companions directly. The following table shows the costs and how much you would need to pay in AD for certain ZAX exchange values using the token pack.
|Upgrade||ADs||Tokens||ZAX 300||ZAX 500||ZAX Break-Even|
|Common -> Uncommon||50,000||30||300,000||500,000||50|
|Uncommon -> Rare||250,000||60||600,000||1,000,000||125|
|Rare -> Epic||500,000||90||900,000||1,500,000||167|
|Epic -> Legendary||1,000,000||120||1,200,000||2,000,000||250|
It’s Not Worth It
I think this pretty clearly shows why buying the token pack is not worth it. On PC where the ZAX is at 500, you pay up to ten times as much using the tokan pack. Even on consoles where the ZAX is substantially lower it makes no sense. The break-even point gets better the higher the companion quality, but never exceeds 250. Unless the ZAX somehow crumbles below that, or you can buy the packs on a major discount, you’re much better off just upgrading your companions with AD.
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