Gold is the in game currency of Heroes of the Storm. With a few changes in the works, now seems a good time to take a look at how it works.
Why do you want gold?
Gold is the in game currency. You can use it to buy some items in the store. Unlike in Hearthstone, you can’t buy everything without spending some real life money. Gold can be used to buy:
- Permanent access to heroes
- Master skins for each hero
- One mount (the Piggy Bank)
You cannot use gold to buy:
- Skins other than the master skin
- Any other mounts
- Stim packs
The things you can spend gold on provide an ample gold sink for what you accrue. You will not easily be able to buy all of those items. Also, the only required item from both lists is permanent access to heroes. You need permanent access to 10 heroes to unlock ranked play. Everything else is cosmetic. You can choose to use real life money to buy permanent hero access if you wish.
There are a number of sources of gold in the game. The large payouts tend to be a one off, whilst the smaller payouts are more regular.
Levelling your account
You will get gold periodically when levelling your account. You will only get these once. There is 16,000 gold on offer.
Levelling your heroes
You also get gold for every hero you level. Again, the payouts are once per hero. There are currently 34 (soon to be 35) heroes. This is a total of 148,750 gold. Combined with account levelling, this is 164,750 gold.
Daily quests are available at a rate of one per day. You can store up to three at a time, which makes completing them more efficient. Playing 3 games as a warrior and Winning 3 games, for example, can be done in the same games. The following quests are available:
You also get gold for wins and even losses, but this is only a handful – 10-30 gold or so.
How much gold do you need?
Including the soon to arrive Sylvanus, and assuming she will cost 10,000 gold, there are 35 heroes available. They cost 244,000 gold collectively. If you also want all the Master Skins, that’s another 350,000. That is, however, optional. And, as with all skins, they are a matter of taste. There is also the one mount that can be brought with gold – the Piggy Bank. This costs 20,000 gold.
The maximum potential spend, therefore, is 614,000. Its possible to say how long it will take to hit this number, but in all honesty you don’t want to know. What you do want to know is:
- How long will it take me to get 10 heroes for ranked?
- How long will it take me to get all the heroes?
This depends a little which route you take, so there are two versions of this calculation. The first assumes you go for the lowest value heroes. The second assumes an average hero cost.
The cheapest 10 heroes involve buying the 6 heroes that cost 2,000 gold and then some of the 4,000 gold heroes. This costs 28,000 gold. You should ensure that one of the 4,000 heroes you buy is Gazlowe, as this will give you a Specialist. Otherwise, all games and roles are covered in the 2,000 gold set.
The average (mean) cost of 10 heroes is 69,714 gold.
In order to get into ranked play, you need to have reached account level 30. This means you have 12,000 gold from account levelling. Another reasonable expectation is that you have played your 10 chosen characters to at least level 5. Remember you could end up playing any of them so you need to have the basics down. This adds another 5,000 gold. Remember you can level them before you buy them as you can level characters in the free rotation.
This leaves you 11,000 short of the cheapest 10 and 52,714 short of the average 10. It will also take you some time to level up to 30, during which you will accrue gold in a number of ways:
- The small reward for playing games
- Trying other characters who might reach level 5.
A recommendation: play every character to level 5. That’s 17,500 gold (inclusive of the 5,000 for your 10). Its also a great chance to learn a bit about every character. Even if you don’t play it, you will meet that character on the field as an ally or enemy. If you understand it a little better, it will be easier to work with.
That being said, its not reasonable to count this in the hunt for your 10 toons as it will take a while for them all to come up on the free rotation. So the best bet to add to you 17,000 is dailies. With that in mind, it will take less than 5 weeks to get the 10 cheapest characters. To get an average 10 characters will take 21 weeks or so. Probably a bit less if you level other toons to 10, get win bonuses and level above 30.
You can, of course, supplement the time spent playing with a few real life outlays. A good tip is to keep an eye on sales and bundles. If you got Valla free for a Diablo related purchase, that also knocks 2.000 gold off the requirement.
Is the gold being asked unreasonable?
No, its probably not. It is a lot of gold. However, Heroes of the Storm is a free game and they will want to encourage you to spend at least some cash. Spending cash will speed up your access to heroes. However, since you need to be account level 30 to play ranked, and this takes some time, you can absolutely get access within a few weeks without spending a real life penny.
The gold cost for Master Skins, if you want them, is very high. However, given that getting all of the heroes will only take 32 weeks or less, there needs to be something to spend gold on later or the game will have a fairly short shelf life. Also, you won’t want all of them. Some of them, like Anub’arak and Zagara’s skins, for example, are fairly small changes. Arthas’s makes him look like a goat. Falstad’s gives him a Mohican for no reason I can ascertain. On the other hand, Lili’s is very nice, as is Chen’s. In fact, Chen’s is almost good enough to make you want to play him. Rehgar’s is also cool, adding ghostly wolves to the shoulders and Stitches’s gives him a crown, which is hilarious.
Stimpacks, bundles and sales
One thing to think about is the stimpacks. They increase the gold you get per match by 150% So if you would have gotten 20 gold, you will now get 50. They are time limited, so you need to be playing in a focused burst to make the most of them.
The bundles are often very effective price wise. However, they don’t get discounted for anything you already own. This means they become less effective the more heroes you buy with gold. Make your standard bundle purchases early and then look at temporary bundles as they appear.
Finally, there is a sale every week which will bring heroes down to half price, so this is another chance to spend a relatively small amount to enhance your collection if you want to.
So thats the round up of gold in Heroes of the Storm. Its correct as of 15 March 2015 but, it being a game in beta, this is all subject to change. See you in the Nexus.