As it happens in every MMORPG, gear and currency tend to be crucial towards progression and getting to do awesome content. Because Aion: Legions of War is built on the tradition of some of the greatest smash PC hits, this hardcore mobile RPG makes no exception. Like most mobile games, Aion is a gacha-style release where players are encouraged to acquire loot boxes.
In this guide, you’ll learn more about Aion’s currency, how to get it, where best to spend it, as well as everything else you might need to know in order to properly manage the armory of your legion without having to purchase expensive lootboxes. You’ll find out which armor stats to choose for whom, why, but also why set bonuses can carry you through impossible fights.
How to Get Currency
As we’ve mentioned in our BlueStacks playtime optimization guide, the best way to get currency in Aion is to collect idle resources, do your dailies, and try to progress through the story mission in order to get all the quest and achievement rewards. Logging in daily will also give you awesome rewards, particularly when there’s an event going on! During the yearly spring event, for example, players can get anything from bonus energy to event currency, ginseng spirits, and even rare confinites!
For more info on how to spend evolution ginsengs, feel free to check our in-depth guide to hero progression and upgrades (hyperlink to: “Aion: Legions of War – Guide to Hero Progression and Upgrades). These nifty little things can be incredibly useful to your heroes once you’ve reached a progression wall.
How to Spend Currency
The golden rule (or crimson, if you wish) is that we hoard gems no matter what. This is the best way to think about them, as special events often come with great hero offers where you can spend them. There are several exceptions, however. For instance, the first time you use the 10-hero summon in the hero portal, you have a guaranteed 4-star hero. This initial offer is worth the gems so you should go right ahead and do it if you haven’t already.
Gold is fairly easy to acquire, so you shouldn’t shy away from spending it in the general tab of the shop. Here, you’ll sometimes get neat offers for decent amounts of gold. Usually, there’s a rare confinite you can purchase for around 120k. Whenever you see it, go for it. Also, if you happen to find awakening stones and/or essences for your heroes, these are a great deal. Make sure to check the shop regularly in order to benefit from offers and make the most of your money.
In what concerns aether, you want to keep every single crystal you get. You’ll need hordes of these bad boys to upgrade last-level, purple equipment. The latter items can only be upgraded by means of aether, which makes it a rare and important currency that is initially unused, but that will be vital later on. You might be tempted to buy the 50% bonus experience with some aether when leveling heroes. Don’t. It’s one of the worst trade-offs in the game.
Lastly, you should make as many friend requests as possible. The reason for this is that you can send social shards to your friends and vice-versa. This currency is extremely powerful, as it can often purchase light and dark confinite shards from the shop.
The same holds true for honor points that you can earn in the arena. For instance, we managed to get a light & dark confinite in a matter of days! These heroes are extremely rare and powerful. We wants them. We needs them…
Best Gear and Armor Management
Aion offers an abundant amount of gear for your characters to equip and wear. The problem is that the creators developed a harsh punishment method for assigning pieces of armor indiscriminately. Simply put, if you want to equip a better item in a slot that’s already taken by a weaker one, the latter will be destroyed. The only way to avoid this is to pay a hefty gold price for unequipping the first item. You can do this a few times as an exception, but definitely not as a rule. For instance, you should probably do this with rarer items that are at least 4-stars in degree, as well as with jewelry.
In order of quality, in-game items are white, green, blue, gold, and purple. The latter is considered legendary and it will always be hero-specific. The items you get for your heroes will often be part of a set. When you find that you have several items of relatively similar strengths (which is shown underneath their icon as a number), go for the one that has the potential of a set bonus. Sometimes, like in our case, this is not worth it because the difference in quality between the two is too large.
Jewelry is not restricted to a specific hero type, like plate mail is with gladiators, so you need to know which stats go with whom so that you can assign the right pieces to the heroes that can benefit from them the most. Intelligence is for sorcerers and song weavers, agility for assassins, rangers and gunners, will for aethertechs and clerics, while strength is for gladiators and templars.
The currencies needed for awakening are also worth mentioning here. Aside from being highly rare and difficult to obtain, two of them are common to all heroes, which is why you want to be extra-sure that you awaken only those heroes that are part of your core team and will be useful to you.
Armed with this knowledge, you are now capable of making the best currency and gear-related decisions in Aion: Legions of War. Without a doubt, this is a crucial part of being able to progress easily through the game, as well as tackle truly difficult boss encounters. Now, you won’t have to waste resources unnecessarily and then spend even more time trying to get them back. True masters of the game learn from others’ mistakes!