One of the major problems players face in Guild Wars 2 is inventory space. I like to keep many different items from past events in Guild Wars 2 for memories, and find it very difficult for me to delete them. In addition, I am not swimming in gold nor do I have the time and patience to have a high gold income. So, I need to figure out how I can maximize the amount of inventory space I can get with the amount of gold I have.
This purpose of this guide is to help players make informed decisions how they can expand their inventory space when gold is a concern and the up/down sides to each decision.
There are several ways in which a player can expand their inventory space:
- Buy bigger bags
- Buy bag slot expansions
- Buy character slot expansions
- Buy account vault expansions
- Make a guild
Buying Bigger Bags
Each new character is given a 20-slot bag, and 4 empty bag slots. Those bag slots can be filled with bags to increase inventory space. There are 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, and 20-slot bags in-game. The single-digit bag slots are so cheap that their cost is considered negligible to most of the player base (I hope). As the number of bag slots increase, so does the cost. Below is a table showing the minimum cost (in gold) of each double-digit bag. The minimum cost is defined to be the cost of the Rune of Holding needed to craft the bag. A slots per gold (SPG) quantity is added to compare the number of slots gained per gold spent which will be used throughout this guide to indicate which decision is most cost-effective.
The 10-slot bags are the “best” in a sense that it provides the highest SPG at 202 slots per gold spent. In addition, they are extremely cheap at 5 silver a piece. As the number of bag slots increase, so does the cost. 12-slot bags are worth 81 SPG, 15-slot bags are worth 30 SPG, and so on.
This analysis is not very useful because, in most situations, players will be upgrading their bags to be able to carry/store more items. So, I created a table which shows the SPG from upgrading to larger bags.
So, increasing bag slot from 10 to 12 is the most cost-effective at 13.5 slots gained per gold spent. As we move to higher initial bags and higher final bags, the SPG drops dramatically. For example, upgrading from an 18-slot bag to a 20-slot bag is only a 0.20 slots gained per gold spent. 20-slot bags cost at least 10 gold, so we’re only paying 5 gold for 2 extra slots. For players who have low gold income, that cost is not worth it. However, if you’re thinking about expanding inventory space, going from a 10-slot bag to an 18-slot bag may be worth it depending on their gold income.
Bag Slot Expansion
Players may also buy bag slot expansions for 400 gems which, at 6 gold per 100 gems, costs about 24 gold. Each character slot initially comes with 5 bag slots (one of which is already a 20-slot bag), can may expand their bag slots 3 times for a total of 8 bag slots.
The advantage of this expansion is that players will be able to store or carry more items on their character. This means the character can play for longer periods of times without needing to sell items, buy more salvage kits, and gathering tools at a vendor. This is extremely helpful for large group events like Crown Pavilion, dungeons, or storing more sets of armor.
The unfortunate part of the bag slot expansion is that the player still needs to buy bags to fill in the empty bag slot.. Below is a table which shows the slots ganed per gold spent (SPG) of a bag slot expansion and filling that empty bag slot.
Interestingly, the most cost-effective way of expanding inventory space when purchasing a bag slot expansion is to use an 18-slot bag.
Character Slot Expansion
Instead of a bag slot expansion, players may opt for a character slot expansion. This type of expansion is much more costly at 800 gems per expansion or 48 gold at a 6 gold per 100 gem conversion rate. Fortunately, each account is given 5 character slots and can expand up to 64 slots which a vast majority of players will not reach. Each character slot is given the default 20-slot bag, and 4 empty bag slots which already makes this more cost-effective than a bag slot expansion.
The unfortunate aspect is that if a character slot expansion is bought solely to store items, the player will need to switch characters in order to find, move, store, and organize items.
Below is a table showing the number of slots gained per gold spent of a character slot expansion and filling the 4 empty bag slots with 4 of the same bag.
Interestingly, again, 18-slot bags are the most cost-effective out of all the other bag slots.
Account Vault Expansion
Players are given one pane in the account vault which has a 30-slot capacity. Players may expand their account vault up to 11 times for a total of 12 panes for 600 gems or 36 gold at a 6 gold per 100 gem conversion rate. The benefit of this expansion is that the account vault is shared between all characters, and players do not have to buy bag slots. As such, the account vault is ideal for storing account bound items such as items from Black Lion Chests, scrolls of knowledge, transmutation crystals, and so forth.
This relationship results in 0.83 slots gained per gold spent which is in-between the SPG and gold spent range for bag slot expansions and character expansions.
Lastly, players can make their own guild and use the guild as additional storage. By upgrading the Architecture tree, players can gain up to 250 slots of storage at a relatively cheap cost. Unfortunately, there are several caveats:
- Guild vaults can be shared with other players within the guild. Take care to set powers such that only you can deposit/withdraw from the bank.
- Players are limited to 5 guilds on their account.
- It takes time to make guild vaults.
- Guild vaults cannot store soul-bound or account-bound items.
The last point is the most important. What makes the guild vault great, then, is that it can store large amounts of collectibles (e.g. mithril ore, silk scrap, etc), sigils, runes, armor, champion weapons, and so forth.
To upgrade the guild, influence is needed. Influence may also be bought from the Guild Promoter at a rate of 2 gold per 1,000 influence. Below is a table showing the cost of each guild upgrade in gold, the SPG, and the amount of time it takes to get that upgrade which includes architecture upgrading.
|Stash (50-Slot)||5||10.00||4 d|
|Treasure Trove (100-Slot)||40||2.50||2 wk|
|Deep Cave (100-Slot)||60||1.67||2 wk|
Overall, it would take about 1 month and 105 gold to get a 250-slot guild vault. The initial 50, though, is the most cost-effective out of all other expansions at a very low cost of 5 gold and 4 days.
If we compare the SPG of each inventory expansion method – upgrading bags, bag slot expansion, character slot expansion, account vault expansion, and guild vault creation, we find the general pattern to be:
- 12-Slot Bags (0.15g)
- Guild Stash (5g)
- 15-Slot Bags (0.50g)
- 18-Slot Bags (2g)
- Guild Treasure Trove (40g)
- Guild Deep Cave (60g)
- Character Slot Expansion w/ 4x 18-Slot Bags (56g)
- Account Vault Expansion (36g)
- Bag Slot Expansion w/ 18-Slot Bag (26g)
- 20-Slot Bags (10g)
…only if we are concerned with slots gained per gold spent!
Keep in mind that each inventory expansion has its pros and cons. In summary:
- Bags and bag slot expansions are helpful for playing long periods without a vendor break (e.g. Crown Pavilion, dungeons, and storing sets of armor)
- Guild vault is helpful for storing non-soulbound and non-account bound items (e.g. runes, sigils, and gathering materials)
- Character slot expansions are helpful if you don’t mind switching characters frequently.
- Account vault is a great middle-ground between bag slot expansions and character slot expansions, and ideal for storing account-bound items.
My personal recommendation is to purchase at least 3 account vault expansions, and have a 150-slot guild vault. For characters with 2 sets of armor, I recommend equipping them with 15-slot bags. For characters with 3 more sets of armor, I recommend 18-slot bags with a few bag slot expansions.