Mystery boxes. Who doesn’t love that feeling of anticipation just before you open one, the unlimited possibilities of what you might receive. Mostly followed by disappointment as the box fails to meet your hopeful expectations. With patch 2.3 and free2play, dimension mystery boxes will be available for sale in the store. Many people bought these on the PTS when credits first became purchasable. The boxes have changed a lot since then. I spent the last day of PTS access opening mystery boxes to see what we could expect when the patch goes live.
As with all things PTS, the information presented here may change (and is most likely to) especially the drop frequencies of items. We won’t know the real value of the mystery boxes on live until a few hundred have been opened. Hopefully the following information will give you a good feel for whether you want to indulge in them or not.
The boxes sell for 162 credits each or 11 boxes for 1620 credits. Each box contains at least 6 items. All boxes I opened had a minimum of 4 common and 2 uncommon items (G), some contained rare (B) and epic (P) items.
Sample of boxes: Item (rarity, price in credits), items with * denote items already in game (events and instances)
- Box 1 – *snowy lamppost (G, 207), bright grass (W, 1), backpack (W, 5), iron pine (W,18), standing stone pillar piece (G,3), *ribboned fae yule candle (W, 139). Value, 373 credits.
- Box 2 – pansy and violet (G, 30), cart of crates (W, 28), crate of potatoes (W, 5), *violet runecraft vessel (G, 5), wood barrel (W, 1), overgrown large granitewood stump (W, 8). Value, 77 credits.
- Box 3 – open window (W, 8), magitech wall sconce(G, 50), hammer and tongs (W, 3), mossy river rocks (W, 10), *mound of snow (W, 19), green runecraft vessel (G, 5), cornflower hailol tree (G, 134), *straight string of carnival lanterns (G, 216), medium shimersand house (P, 286). Value, 740 credits.
- Box 4 – filled mug (W, 1), thistle (W, 1), decorative basket (W, 3), *rusty outcrop (G, 45), ashwood bed (G, 38), metal barrel (W, 3). Value, 91 credits.
- Box 5 – elder lily (W, 9), fishnet (W, 3), row of droughtlands rocks (W, 10), high brevane chair (G, 29), moraine carne (W, 3), *stormwatch sentry turret (G, 229). Value, 273 credits.
- Box 6 – everglowing pagoda lantern (W, 28), enormous grey bolder (G, 29), etched scarswood rock (W, 5), darkwood crate (W, 1), dwarven wall octagon (G, 20), *long string of red lights (W, 67). Value, 150 credits.
- Box 7 – large kelari house (B, 248), teardrop nightglow window (W, 7), *empyrean generator (G, 190), vine covered maple (G, 105), *ribboned fae yule candle (W, 139), *snow covered crates (G, 207), garden hoe (W, 1), bell on a post (W, 1). Value, 898 credits.
- Box 8 – narrow chalmers cauldera boulder (W, 9), snowy camping tent (W, 3), small iron pine log (W, 5), brevane gravestone sculpture (G, 3), green runecraft vessel (G, 5), metal barrel (W, 3). Value 28 credits.
There is quite a range of values for the mystery boxes with the lowest value being box 8 at 28 credits and the highest value, box 7 at 898 credits. All items in the boxes could be found in the store. The only items included in the boxes that were available before the 12th of June were the event ( Fae Yule and CotA) and instance items (both chronicle and dungeons). However the event and instance items were frequent and expensive in credits; they made up the bulk of the value of many boxes.
All in all, I recorded and priced 19 boxes. The average value of the boxes I opened came to 247 credits per box. I checked the effect of the event and instance items by removing their price from the boxes and averaged again for a value of 127 credits per box. It would seem the value of the boxes depends on how much you value the event and instance items. This is great for new players who may not have had a chance to get those items but lessens the value of the boxes significantly for long-term dimensioneers.
The only items that couldn’t be priced were the parade floats from the Carnival of the Ascended, they can only be purchased by prize tickets. From the 19 boxes, I received 2 of these floats so if you’re interested in acquiring the floats, the boxes may be more valuable to you.
My overall impression of the boxes were that they contained a good variety of new items, with neither too many rocks or snags. The boxes represent a real gamble with ranges from 28 to 898 credits, you could lose badly or win big. If you’re after event and instance items buying the boxes in bulk could be a good way to build your collection of these as they drop frequently.
The 19 boxes cost 2916 credits to buy. If you place a higher value on the new items coming into the game, then you may be better off buying individual pieces rather than investing in boxes. That 1916 credits will go a long way to spicing up your dimension item collection.
I’d like to thank Whitelady/Darklady for donating the mystery boxes for me to open. Much appreciated.