I’ve noticed that the cost of gems rose about 1-2 gold per 10 gems from the time it took me to draft and publish my initial guide. So, I took it upon myself to write a part II which shows how slots gained per gold spent changes as gem prices increases. For now, I’ve only explained changes up to a gem conversion of 20 gold per 100 gems. If the gem conversion does somehow get higher than that, I’ll update the guide to cover more ranges.
The purpose of the initial guide is to help players make informed decisions on expanding inventory space in order to maximize inventory space based on gold spent. This is for players who, like me, have a small gold income.
- X-Y – Upgrading a bag from X-slots to Y-slots.
- AVE – Account Vault Expansion.
- BSE – Bag Slot Expansion
- CSE – Character Slot Expansion
- GPG – Gold per 100 Gems
- GV – Guild Vault
- SPG – Slots Gained per Gold Spent
- XBSE – A Bag Slot Expansion filled with 1 X-slot bag.
- XCSE – A Character Slot Expansion filled with 4 X-slot bags.
- XGPG – X Gold per 100 Gems
There are two options which have the same SPG regardless of gem cost. Those two options are creating/upgrading a guild vault, and replacing low-slotted bags with higher-slotted bags.
Below is a table which show the cost, SPG, and time to make for each Guild Vault expansion. Recall from the initial guide that Guild Vaults have the highest SPG, but cannot hold soul-bound or account-bound items and takes time to make.
|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|
Below is a table which show the SPG of upgrading from a low-slotted bag to a higher-slotted bag. Recall from the initial guide that replacing bags with higher-slotted ones is a great way to expand inventory space for low costs.
Effect of Gem Costs
There are three options which gem costs affect the SPG for: character slot expansions (CSE), account vault expansions (AVE), and bag slot expansions (BSE).
- CSEs cost 800 gems, comes with 1 20-slotted bag, and 4 empty bag slots (up to 59 expansions per account).
- AVEs cost 600 gems, and comes with a 30-slot pane shared between characters (up to 11 expansions per account).
- BSEs cost 400 gems, and provides 1 empty bag slot (up to 3 expansions per character).
Below is a figure which comapres the SPG for CSE, AVE, and CSE based on gold per 100 gems and the bags used to fill the empty bag slots. I’ve conveniently colored the lines such that slotted bags are the same, and dashed the lines based on the type of expansion to make it easier to read.
Based on the figure, we can see that:
- In SPG: CSE > AVE > BSE
- For CSE: 18 > 15 > 12 > 10
- 20CSE > 10CSE after 7.5 GPG
- 20CSE > 12CSE after 10.5 GPG
- 20CSE > 15CSE after 20 GPG
- For BSE: 18 > 15 > 12 > 10
- 20BSE > 15BSE after 7 GPG
- 20 BSE > 18BSE after 15 GPG
In summary, 18CSE and 18BSE are the best in their expansion, and 18CSE > AVE > 18 BSE. However, CSEs are more expensive than AVEs, and AVEs are more expensive than BSEs.
Keeping the Constants in Mind
Remember that there is an option to upgrade bags. I’ll post the table of SPGs for upgrading bags again:
You can compare the SPGs for upgrading bags to the changing SPGs of CSE, AVE, abd BSE based on GPG. To save readers on the work, I modified the figure above to show only 18CSE, AVE, and 18BSE with bag upgrades with 2 or less SPG (from greatest SPG to least: 15-18, 10-20, 12-20, 15-20, and 18-20).
Based on the figure above, we can see that within the 5 to 20 GPG range:
- Upgrading your bags to 18-slots is a great idea for maximizing SPG.
- There are several points where X-20 is a better option than 18CSE, AVE, and 18BSE which could be considered if you are not replacing an 18-slot bag and have the gold.
- There are always better options than 18-20 when considering SPG.
Ungodly Gem Costs
Okay… so what happens if gem costs goes over 20 GPG? 20CSE and 20BSE becomes more worthwhile than 18CSE and 18BSE after about 25 GPG. Upgrading to 20-slot bags becomes more worth it even if the initial bag is 18-slots after about 35 GPG.