After the break, find charts showing the recent price history of Dilithium to Zen and Astral Diamond to Zen exchange rates.
Insight into the economies of Massively Multiplayer Online games
The price of Zen has stabilised from it’s peak at the end of August, resuming it’s long-term average in the 320-340 range. In furthermore, as expected the initially high price of Feywild lockboxes has plummeted to trivial levels while Nightmare lockboxes have seen a positive trend. Charts can be found after the break.
The price of Zen surged over the last few days following the introduction of the Feywild lockbox as players looked to buy keys from the Zen store. It appears the peak of the price jump was on par with the early highs seen while the game was still in Beta. The exchange rate looks to have settled back down to it’s long term average in the 320-340 range. Find a chart of this after the break.
The price of Nightmare lockboxes in Neverwinter was expected to start rising following the release of the Feywild lockbox. With no new Nightmare lockboxes being created, supply is falling far faster than demand. After the break find the price history of this item up to today.
Cryptic have today revealed information on the upcoming Feywild lockbox. The Feywild lockbox replaces the Nightmare lockbox which launched with the game.
- Sylvan Stag – An ‘Epic’ quality stag companion.
- Aranea – An ‘Epic’ quality spider companion.
- Shimmering Elven Box – Contains ‘Epic’ quality enchantments or runestones.
- Sylvan Equipment Arsenal – Contains one Rare Primary, Secondary, Ring, Neck, or Arms item.
- Planar Idol – Grants up to 50,000 Astral Diamonds.
- Weaponsmith and Artificer Pack – Resources and assets for the new FotF professions.
- Feywild Strongbox of Enchantments – Contains various quality enchantments.
- Faerie Cache of Runestones – Contains various quality runestones.
- Illefarn Relic Fragment – Used in the FotF campaign system.
The introduction of this lockbox can be expected to lead to an increased demand for Enchanted Keys and thus Zen, reducing the value of Astral Diamonds. Additionally, the cost of Nightmare lockboxes on the Auction House should be expected to increase over the next few weeks to months as supply dwindles.
“If you have any level 60 purple items you don’t need you can bring them [to Hieronymous Glim], right click them, and select the Salvage option to destroy them and gain Rough Astral Diamonds.”
Astral Diamond Price Adjustments
“[Cryptic are] looking to reduce the fees for Enchantment and Runestone unslotting, Feat Respecs, Item Transmutation, Wondrous Bazaar Companions, and Wondrous Bazaar level 60 Blue Gear by around 10% on average.”
Neverember Astral Diamond Daily
“Neverember offers level 60 characters a daily mission worth a nice chunk of [Astral Diamonds].”
Generally players should see that they both earn more Astral Diamonds, and have to spend less to perform basic character activities. How much of an impact this will have on the Diamond/Zen exchange rate remains to be seen.
The cost of the Nightmare Lockbox in Diamonds on the Auction House has been steady and low since it’s release – the expected price increase following it’s discontinuation could be dramatic if Star Trek Online’s experiences are replicated.
Cryptic have announced a limited time sale for selected services on the Neverwinter Zen Market. Items and services affected include:
- Adventurer’s Helper Packs
- Character Slots
- Companion Active Slots
- Companion Idle Slots
- Manycoins Bank Slots
The sale begins 9th of August at 18:00 (WEST) and finishes 12th of August at 18:00 (WEST).
The cost of Zen in Astral Diamonds in Neverwinter has remained steady within a band of 325 min, 334 avg, 344 max for over a month from 20th June. Prior to this the exchange rate was subject to two periods of significant change. The first, from launch through to 11th June saw the rate plummet from a high of 396 to a low of 279 (-117, -30%). The second saw a rally from 279 to 339 (+60, +22%).
The period of stability now seen could be the result of the economy maturing. There has been a slow upward trend in the amount of Zen and Diamonds being listed on the Exchange which would act to dampen price shifts. After the break find a chart of the exchange rate history of Zen and Astral Diamonds.