Minion dimension rewards haven’t been significantly updated since minions were introduced in the Nightmare Tide expansion. Patch 4.1 changes all that with new stashes and dimension items. For a start, each mission length will have it’s own type of dimension stash. The 5/15 min adventures will return building block stashes, the eight hour missions will return dimension stashes and the 4 hour missions will return premium dimension stashes.
The building block stashes from 5/15 minute adventures contain only building blocks, drawn from the building block section of the store. This includes all the painted woods, the roof tiles and the metals (hurrah!). The only sets of blocks missing are the glowing and blinking blocks (sad face) and the seven new blocks released with patch 4.1 (which will be included in the Mystery Box: Wonders of Alittu instead of the blinking scratchers). All the shapes are there for each block type, including discs and spheres. That’s one hell of a lot of tiles.
The eight hour stashes will contain the same items that we’re familiar with on live with the exception that the building blocks from these stashes will pull from the same loot table as the new building block stashes.
The four hour missions, paid for with adventurine, will return premium dimension stashes containing a brand new set of dimension items created just for the stashes. These new premium stashes will contain 4 to 6 items. The stashes will also contain 1 to 3 building blocks which are additional loot and don’t affect the number or rarity of other dimension items dropped. Not counting the free building blocks, 2 star stashes return 4 to 5 items, 3 star stashes return 5 items, 4 star stashes return 5 to 6 items, 5 star stashes return the jackpot of 6 items.
The star rating of the premium dimension stash also increases the the chance of getting rarer loot, with only 4 and 5 star stashes dropping relic and transcendent loot. There are 82 uncommons, 283 rares, 134 epics, 55 relics, and 13 transcendent dimension items in the stashes according to Tacitus, though there may be last minute adjustments to that count as the patch approaches. When Trion said dropping the adventurine limit to 5000 would give us better rewards, they really meant it.
I’m impressed with the variety and beauty of the new items in the premium stashes. Some items move, the lava Piles o2 and 03 squirm and look disgusting, while others are just beautiful, like the Stone Grove Protective Ward. Some items are almost duplicates but have subtle differences. The Yakka Tree 02 seems a duplicate of the Bushy Palm but has a different coloured trunk and the leaves don’t move. While I love the Bushy Palm, it’s movement means it doesn’t always fit in with other plants that portray a windless environment. Some dimension items are just awesome, like the Poison Lab. I can see a moonshiner dimension with this item.
I’ve been frantically leveling my minions so I can send my best minions on the four hour missions in hopes of getting the 4 and 5 star premium stashes. Poor minions, once patch 4.1 hits, the little darlings will be working their legs off. Need more information on getting the best out of your minions? Riftgate has a lovely minion guide (just remember the 10 hour missions were reduced and are now 4 hour missions).
A word of warning to the hoarders keeping their premium stashes in hopes of getting a leg up on the new items, all old Stashes will now be prefaced with “Antiquated” and contain the pre-patch items and tiles. You may still want to hoard those stashes as there is likely to be a scarcity of old items for a while as people forsake the 8 hour missions to stock up on blocks and premium items.
More news on both the Carnival of the Ascended and patch 4.1 dimension changes can be found on the Dimension Touring Company’s 4.1 Dimension Compendium (SPOILERS).