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I just spent $35 on black lion chest keys, not because I’m some benevolent being who wants to support the game, but because I like what the game offers me. I also occasionally buy outfits and total makeover kits. Mount skins are next on my list.

What do you buy from the gem store?


  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Not much. Sometimes keys, banks, storage--useful stuff but only when they are on sale. It is just too much of bling fashion store. Now if they offered something really useful, maybe, but most would complain that would be pay to win.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My purchases since April 2020, according to the gem store history:

    • Character Slot
    • Elonian Ele Outfit
    • Armistice Bastion Pass
    • White Wings
    • Storm Gloves
    • Bank Tab
    • 8th Anniversary Supply Drop
    • Warclaw Mount Pack
    • Cat Ear Hood
    • 3x Harvesting Flutes

    In recent years I think my main thing has been mount skins. I've got the Branded and Shiverpeaks packs, plus the Warclaw and Skyscale packs, the full Istani Isles set and 10 skins from other packs. Although I only buy the select licences when they're on sale because I set myself an arbitrary limit of 800 gems maximum per skin. (Then made a one-off exception for the Armadillo beetle, because it's actually a pangolin and they're one of my favourite animals.)

    My main expense used to be mini pets, because I collect them, but thankfully they've shifted away from putting them in the gem store and started using most of them as in-game rewards instead. I do still get new gem store ones when they come up, but it's a lot rarer than when we got a few stand-alones or a 3-pack with each release, and then you had to buy them twice so one set could go in the Mystic Forge to unlock a 4th one.

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  • Chichimec.9364Chichimec.9364 Member ✭✭✭

    Keys, outfits or skins that catch my eye, the reinforcement package that has the instant level 80 ticket as well as the waypoint unlocks. Right now I'm keeping an eye on the gem store waiting for the permanent Armistice Bastion pass to come back.

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Permanent items such as skins and outfits I like and account-wide upgrades. Utility such as bank and shared slots (though I'm maxed, so only when they increase the max). The only consumables I buy are bl keys, and I generally limit those to 25 bought in a new bl contents set, if I get the cool rng items good, if I don't, oh well, I got some other fun things. If the new bl contents just don't have any rng things I'm interested in, I pass for that bl chest "arc." Very rarely (I think twice in eight years) a name change contract if I'm reworking a character for rp reasons.

    I might buy more vip passes if they could be combined to take just one shared slot. As it is DR and Crystal Oasis passes are all I'm using and I see no reason to buy more passes. I suppose if ANet made it possible to convert unlocked bound skins to transmute charges rather than having to hold onto them for the one free use I'd open up enough bank space to be willing to buy more passes.

  • lokh.2695lokh.2695 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Template Slots, Character Slots
    Used to buy mount skins but I spent a lot less during the last two years.

    Why bother, just delete the official Forum.

  • Shared storage, bank tabs and character slots. I bought a glider skin and an outfit in the last month on top of those, but that's generally it.

  • I’m mostly motivated by outfits and skins, but will sometimes buy items for QoL improvements. I’ll often buy gold for satisfying my interest in playing certain builds as well. I dumped a bit into making harrier ascended gear so I could run it in fractals.

  • kettering.6823kettering.6823 Member ✭✭✭

    Weapon/armor skins, expansion slots (character, bank, shared storage) when they're on sale, and sometimes keys when I just want to throw my money in the toilet

  • Mount skins are my #1 purchase.
    I occasionally get character slots or other utility/upgrade items.
    Now and then a new and cool item that pops up, like a chair or glider or outfit I really like.

    I used to buy keys, but don't any more. I would rather farm them, because when I only get common drops from the chest, I don't have to scold myself about wasting real money and having nothing to show for it.

  • Batel.9206Batel.9206 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Character slots when they're on sale. The occasional mount skin (I swear I will get the Highlands Harrier griffon skin one of these days... [sigh] Yeah right), the rare outfit/glider, or other cosmetic item. And a few years ago I got LWS3 when it was on sale.

    So...yeah, not much, really.

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  • Cosmetics mostly, usually outfits and a few gliders and back items. I've also picked up one or two mount skins, and in the past a couple of weapon skins. One in a blue moon I'll go on a very short key buying spree if there's something I really want from the chests, which isn't often. As for non- cosmetics, not much comes to mind. I've never had to buy a LS episode as I've never missed the free period for any of them, its been a very long time since I've purposely bought a makeover kit (I keep getting them though other means unintentionally, usually from black lion chests). Oh, I do get expansion slots for bags and the bank now and then, depending on if there is a sale.
    That's mostly it, I just don't have the money or the interest to do much more than that.

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  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    There are some pretty nice convenience items that seem like a no-brainer (e.g. salvage-o-matic, mistlock sanctuary, etc.), but mostly I have what I need as far as that goes. So, when I buy gems it's usually for cosmetic items. I do like to support the game while I'm playing it and I get to look FABULOUS doing it! Works for me!

  • Bag and bank expansions, gathering tools, salvage-o-matic, Brahm's Wolfbood Pauldrons, and all the Living World seasons.

  • In order of priority:

    Mount packs/selection license
    Upgrades (character slots, bank slots, shared inventory)
    Utility (Infinite tools, portal devices, salvage-o-matic)

    Keys... when I finally run out of other things to break the bank over.

  • otto.5684otto.5684 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 18, 2020

    Character slots, mostly
    Occasionally glider or backpack
    Rarely outfits

    I used to buy BL keys. Not anymore. They removed the good common rewards. Before, you used to always get something of value. Now, if you did not get something rare, all you get is garbage.

    Used to buy armors, but I bought all the ones worth it. I would probably buy more armor if they make good ones and put them on the market.

    Honestly, I find the market in GW2 lacking. I could spend money, but there is very few stuff worth buying. And I already have most of these. Considering this is the game main money maker, it is seriously under developed.

  • dtox.8397dtox.8397 Member ✭✭
    edited October 18, 2020

    You guy buy these stuff with real money or Gold?

  • I buy about 2/3 of my gems with cash and 1/3 with gold. Things I spend gems on are:


    • Infinite gathering tools
    • Salvaging tools
    • Bank space
    • Material storage
    • etc


    • Gliders
    • Mount skins (I usually buy the skin directly and don't bother gambling. Since gambling licenses are 1/3 the price of a regular license I only use them if I actively want more than 1/3 of the skins in a given package)
    • Armor skins (At least I used to, I already have all skins I'm interested in)
    • Outfits (These are a hard sell for me because there's always a detail about them that I don't like, so I only have 2 or 3 gemstore outfits)

    I will never NEVER spend gems on Black Lion Keys.

    I recently made a character that's supposed to be a Largos. Now I'm waiting for the Largos Wings to return to the gemstore.

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  • Caro.2730Caro.2730 Member ✭✭
    edited October 18, 2020

    I usually buy outfits and makeover kits with my own money, as I am usually goldless. (sigh) Btw, more hairstyles pls! I'm getting bored.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @dtox.8397 said:
    You guy buy these stuff with real money or Gold?

    For me it's a bit of both, depending on how much I like whatever I'm buying and what's most convinient at the time. I try to convert gold when I have some spare and the exchange rate is good, and then save it for things I want, but if there's something I think is worth the real money price I'll buy gems that way to get it. A lot of things probably end up being a mix of both because if I have gems left over after a purchase I'll hold onto them until there's something else I want rather than looking for a way to use them up right now.

    Danielle Aurorel, Desolation EU. Mini Collector

    "You can run like a river, Till you end up in the sea
    And you run till night is black, And keep on going in your dreams
    And you know all the long while, It's the journey that you seek
    It's the miles of moving forward, With the wind beneath your wings"

  • Tukaram.8256Tukaram.8256 Member ✭✭✭

    They have very little that I am interested in. I bought shared inventory slots, the last 2 anniversaries. I bought a PoF prep kit (or some such thing) a year or 2 ago - it had a character slot, level 80 boost, unbreakable harvest gear, and some unneeded backpack slot increase. I did finally buy a permanent salvage kit, during the last anniversary sale.

    I have no interest in black lion keys, because of all the chests I have opened, there is never anything worth having. So no actual money will be spent on them. Also I have no interest in skins of any kind.

  • Greg.7086Greg.7086 Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 18, 2020

    I'm a functional guy so mainly prioritze the functional / QoL stuff >>>

    1) Shared Inventory Slots
    2) Volatile Magic Permanent Tools ( An absolute must in the tools department ! )
    3) Copper-fed, silver-fed, rune-crafter salvage o'matics
    4) Character slot
    5) Storage Expander (one of best things I ever did was max out my Storage deposit to 2K, such good QoL without having to constantly login/logout alt. characters as storage mules.
    6) Mistlock Sanctuary Pass
    7) Armistice Bastion Pass
    8) Candy Corn Gobbler ( such a brilliant thing just for 300 Gems ): Never ever buy the Experience booster, Item booster, Heroic Boosters: Just buy the Gobbler, stack up on Candy Corn, while eating your dinner or doing something else, spam the gobbler for 5-10 mins, you'll have several hours of Bonuses: XP, MF, Karma/Def boosts etc. Note: If you have Snowflake Gobbler, no need to buy Candy Corn one as they do not stack, its either one or the other.
    9) Zhaitaffy Gobbler Pack ( just for the extra 25% reward track in WvW, PvP is a nice boost)
    10) Bank Tab slots (pure lazy QoL feature: Ofc more cost effective to buy character slot storage mules, but not as readily accessible as ease of bank tabs)
    11) Warclaw mount skins Luxury item for me as I really hate the base Warclaw skin

  • Tyncale.1629Tyncale.1629 Member ✭✭✭

    Sometimes a Mount skin, and the other day I bought Magnus' Eye patch skin which is very unlike me to pay dollars for a fashion skin. But I changed my Main from Ranger to Scourge and while my Ranger would sport a "patch" type headarmor (Noble mask), I could not find a similar Light armor option. So I waited until the Eye patch hit the store and bought it.

  • Yggranya.5201Yggranya.5201 Member ✭✭✭

    @Mortifera.6138 said:
    I just spent $35 on black lion chest keys, not because I’m some benevolent being who wants to support the game, but because I like what the game offers me. I also occasionally buy outfits and total makeover kits. Mount skins are next on my list.

    What do you buy from the gem store?

    You know, i checked your thread history and you have many threads like this in there. A thread with a question. It got me curious, so i ask you: why?

    Also, nobody is a benevolent being who buys thing just to support a product. I mean, come on...

  • The items that interest me the most are the appearance/skin related ones. However, I also buy utility tools (unbreakable tools, bank space, etc.) from time to time.

  • Infusion.7149Infusion.7149 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 18, 2020

    It's impossible to suggest things if nobody knows what you have already.
    Most people have the copperfed salvage , character slots , bank space, candy corn gobbler, infinite gathering tools, mount skins, and Mistlock Sanctuary if they are PVE players. Shared inventory slots for things like the passes , salvage kits , and mist potions.
    Openworld players probably have Maguuma Pact Operation Portal Device or World Boss Portal Device.

    If you're a WVW player in any fashion I would suggest buying Armistice Bastion pass + Snowflake gobbler when it returns and possibly warclaw skins or gliders. The Zhaitaffy Gobbler has the same boost as the Snowflake Gobbler so it technically isn't worth the hassle (Candy corn gobbler is a different sort of thing in that you need to spam candy corn due to the internal cooldown). If you don't have a dedicated WVW character and are playing support builds that aren't run in PVE I would prioritize an equipment template or two as well.

  • Fenom.9457Fenom.9457 Member ✭✭✭✭

    All kinds of stuff, I buy anything from account upgrades to keys to skins of all sorts. More recently I'm especially interested in mount skins, and certain weapons (I don't buy a ton of weapon skins with gems but there's some I want to come back)

    I'd rather keep going.. wherever the wind takes us

  • Kichwas.7152Kichwas.7152 Member ✭✭✭

    Bought a character slot recently.

    Bought gems to exchange for gold... yeah... don't do that in MMOs where it's not allowed, but here gold always seems to come in slower than it goes out. In 8 years I've only made it over 200 gold a few times. Was down to 40 earlier this week.

    There was a limited sale to get tokens to exchange for your choice of outfit. Bought a 5 pack and used 4 of them. Should have bought a 10-pack as the reason I haven't used the 5th is my final choice locks out the others I want... O.o

    Bought bunny ears

    During a sale I bought 5 BL keys - first time I've done that, ever, I think. They were all junk but it was cheap. Lesson learned.

    The history says I bought a weapons voucher but I have no recollection of that or what I used it on.

    Bought Abyss Stalker and Aetherblade heavy armor - in my eternal quest to have a heavy armor character without a buttflap... And at this point we've managed to go back to 2018... so... that's how often I buy stuff. It took from 2018 to 2020 to get a look on one character that I liked using that Aetherblade armor skin's pants...

    In 2017 I bought the feline familiar and a bunch of stuff in October... so that was a year gap. My history doesn't show before October 2017... if it did it would mostly show character slots and I think the bank slot thing 2 or 3 times over the years.

    For me... the gem store fails to have the things I want... and when it does they're silly high in price - like mount skins. Only one I've bought was the Spooky because it was a sale... If those things were about $1 USA I'd probably have 100 of them... because it's easier to spend money in tiny bits to add up to an ocean than to buy the ocean outright... or worse... to buy a glass of water for the price of an ocean.

    Likewise for skins and outfits. In some other games Outfits priced at about 1/3 of the price here has in past led to me buying a dozen or more a week... but the price here has cut that to... 17 over 8 years... 4 of which came in a pack, 1 was included in something, and I think 2 or 3 were free...

    The prices here are just over the 'impulse buy' trigger, even for the gambling junkie junk (things with a random element)...

    If they fixed that, this game would be more profitable.

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  • Joe Schmoe.6981Joe Schmoe.6981 Member ✭✭
    edited October 20, 2020

    @Mortifera.6138 said:
    What do you buy from the gem store?

    Nearly all the items listed here. I've also converted a lot of gems -> gold (bought ~ $500 worth. I'm not proud :/ ) as well, as I brought a lot of "bad" habits with me coming into this game, having played Runescape for 6 years, World of Warcraft for 4.5 years, and Final Fantasy XIV for about 3.5 years. This game plays a lot differently from other MMOs, so it definitely makes for a "wish I knew then what I know now" moment.

  • Not much, but mostly:

    • Bank Tabs
    • Shared Inventory Slots
    • Build/Equipment Templates (rarely)
    • Outfits
    • BLC keys (rarely)
    • Weapon/Hats/Backs/Capes and other little skins.

    Master of garbage builds and being useless.