Basically the title. I’ve been farming Greef, Mando and other such characters for a bit and occasionally see them pop up in the store - earlier Greef was in there, 32 shards for 1,280 crystals. Is it worth saving up and just buying the shards outright rather than chancing it on the nodes everyday with refreshes? Maybe I’m just impatient but it seems like it’ll be a quicker method.
Edit: example I just did 100 crystal refresh and got 5 shards for Krrsantan vs. 16 shards costing 1,280 in Shipments.
It is indeed quicker but more expensive than using the crystal for refreshes of energy, especially the first three cheapest refreshes. Up to you if you want to spend crystals to get some time though, it's just a game after all.
No need to test. You will average around 33% drop rate per sim.
Cheaper? OH NO, not even close.
32 @ 1280 is 40 Crystals for 1 Shard.
50 Crystals for a 120 Refresh is well over what you need for a node at 60-100 energy per Node for 5 sims.
5 Sims nets you an "average" of 3.33 Shard on Double Shard or 1.67 Shard for new characters.
So to break the math down at an average of an 80 energy node.
50 Crystals = 120 Energy so 1 "sim-5" of 80 Energy is 33.33 "Crystals".
Which at 3.33 "shards" per 5-Sim is 10 Crystals per Shard........ PLUS all the other stuff in that node like Credits, Gear, 2nd Character/Ship, etc etc.
10 Crystals + Other Stuff
Not even close to a good deal to Buy them.
But it will be faster.
PS. This game is not about doing things "fast".
Its a slow grind farm resources game.
PPS. Someone feel free to correct my math, it was done fast but I believe I did that right above.
You need to keep earning crystals however not spend actual money for them.