In Guild Wars 2, the Gem Store utilizes the game currency known as Gems (obviously). Gems can be acquired in the following ways:

  1. Bought with real money
  2. Awarded every 5.000 Achievement Points
  3. Trade gold for gems

Items on the Gem Store can vary between cosmetics, account upgrades and convenience items. In the following paragraphs we are going to take a look at each Upgrade and Convenience item and tell you our opinion on if it’s worth to buy by trading gold for gems or not.

I will not be covering cosmetic items since it’s really in the person’s preference if they will buy it or not. I will also focus on the gold cost and not the real money cost for the same reasons. Gold to Gem exchange rate changes quite often, so the Cost in Gold listed below will be approximate. Last but not least, we are gonna be “judging” items that are permanently on the Gem Store, not seasonal offers. So let’s begin:

Account Upgrades



Bank Tab Expansion

Usage: Bank Tab expansions give you 30 more slots in your bank.

Cost in Gold: ~154

Verdict: Yes, it’s absolutely worth it. You are gonna need much bank space, especially in the endgame. My recommendation would be to have at least 3 extra tabs (4 in total).

Storage Expander

Usage: Purchasing a storage expander you may deposit 250 more materials in the material storage, meaning you can have as much as 500 of each material. Note: it affects ONLY your material storage. Stacks in the inventory and the bank still cap at 250.

Cost in Gold: ~ 206

Verdict: Depends. Would only be worth it if you are a hoarder and you gather every single material you find in the world. Generally speaking 250 a stack is pretty decent, but if you gather like crazy you are gonna end up filling your inventory or bank space, so it’s better to buy the expander. Up to 7 expanders may be purchased for a total of 2.000 items per stack in storage.

Character Slot Expansion

Usage: You may create one more character. From default you can create up to 5 characters with the basic edition of the game.

Cost in Gold: ~206

Verdict: Yes of course it’s worth buying if you want to have more than 5 characters. There are 9 professions on the game so buying enough character slots will allow you to have every profession permanently available to you.

Shared Inventory Slot

Usage: Shared Inventory Slots are bag slots that are shared with all characters. You may place items than can be used from all characters like Infinited Salvage Tools or convenience items like Mistlock Sanctuary pass etc. This cuts down the time that you would spend logging out and logging in and transfering items through the bank.

Cost in Gold: ~182 / 492 / 733

Verdict: If bought, it should be done very late in the game. Purchasing each of the expansions will grant you 1 inventory slot for free for each expansion. So if you decide to spend coin in order to purchase the Shared Slots, make sure there’s nothing better to buy.

Digital Deluxe Upgrade

Usage: Purchasing this upgrade for your account will grant you the following:

  1. Chalice of Glory (grants you 5.000 PvP Rank Points)
  2. Tome of Influence (grants you 5 Guild Commedations)
  3. Golem Banker (2 Weeks)
  4. Miniature Rytlock
  5. 18 Slot Mithril Box
  6. Heroic Boosters x4
  7. Suit of Legacy Armor (skin)

Cost in Gold: ~523

Verdict: Not worth it. Too many gems and gold to be spent for such commodities. Nothing in this pack is worth 2.000 gems. The only thing worth here is golem banker which can be bought for much less gems separately. Then again if you want the mini and the legacy armor skin, well it’s really up to you if you wanna spend so much gold for them.

Heart of Thorns Deluxe Upgrade

Usage: Purchasing this pack will grant you the following:

  1. Additional Character Slot
  2. Heart of Thorns Glider Skin
  3. Miniature Revenant Rytlock
  4. Revenant Finisher for PvP and WvW
  5. Mordremoth’s Bane Guild Decoration

Cost in Gold: ~628

Verdict: Absolutely not worth the money. The Character Slot costs 600 gems. Giving 1.800 gems for a glider skin, a mini and a finisher seems not just overly priced, but one of the worst buys available in game.

Path of Fire Deluxe Upgrade

Usage: Buying this pack will grant you the following:

  1. Additional Character Slot
  2. Identity Repair Kit (Total makeover Kit and Name Change Contract)
  3. Sunspear Outfit
  4. VIP Area in Amnoon

Cost in Gold: ~628

Verdict: Although a bit more worth it than the Heart of Thorns deluxe edition, I still wouldn’t recommend it. The VIP Area in Amnoon will be usefull cause of how close to each other are the crafting stations and banks and merchants, but I would just save the gems to buy a permanent pass to Mistlock Sanctuary (see below). So, thanks but pass.

Living World Season 2

Screenshot courtesy of Omer WhiskeyAddict Ovadia of the Guild Wars 2 facebook group

Usage: Living World Season 2 is the story after Scarlet’s War. If you played GW2 during the time that it was available, you got it for free. If not, then you have to pay to unlock it. Original price if you don’t have any episodes unlocked is 1280 gems. If you buy each episode separately you will pay 1.600 gems. In case you have some of the episodes unlocked, they final price will be discounted.

Cost in Gold: ~335– 420

Verdict: Of course you must buy it! It’s the continuation of the story! It’s worth every bit of money spent. It’s  unlocked on all characters too. This should be one of the first things you buy with gems.

Living World Season 3

Screenshot courtesy of Omer WhiskeyAddict Ovadia of the Guild Wars 2 facebook group

Usage: Unlocks the story after the Heart of Thorns expansion (required in order to play). Again if you played during the time it came out, you will have it for free. If you have unlocked some of the episodes the price will be discounted. The whole package costs 960 Gems if none of the episodes is unlocked.

Cost in Gold: ~252

Verdict: Again as with LWSeason 2 it’s worth every bit of gold spent. Many new maps, story, achivements. If you have Heart of Thorns go ahead and buy LWS3 as well!

Character Upgrades



Bag Slot Expansion

Usage: Buying this upgrade will grant ONE of your characters an extra bag slot. Note: you will get the extra bag slot in the character you purchased it, not all of them.

Cost in Gold: ~105

Verdict: Not worth early on. Late in the game it might be worth to buy it (even better if it’s on sale), but only on your main character, the one you do all the gathering and events with.

Additional Crafting Licence

Usage: Buying this will allow you to have one more crafting licence active on one of your characters, exceeding the limit of 2 per character.

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: One of the worst items in the gem store. Absolutely not worth it. There are 9 crafts in total, and from default you can create up to 5 characters with 2 crafts in each one, meaning you get to max out all 9 crafts without purchasing additional licences. Pass on this one.

Black Lion Instant Level-80 Ticket

Usage: In order to use this item you need an empty Shared Inventory Slot. Upon using it on a non-level 80 character you get the following:

  1. Instant boost to level 80
  2. Level 80 Waypoints unlock (unlock 3 waypoints to level 80 areas)
  3. Level 80 Boost Package
  4. Package of Old Equipment

If used on level 80 character instead of the Package of Old Equipment you will receive a Level-80 Equipment Package.

Cost in Gold: ~526

Verdict: Well, some may find it worth buying. I don’t recommend it. You get 1 for free if you purchase HoT or PoF expansion. The extra content given is not worth the gold spent to buy this ticket. Plus you are not gonna need this to get a character to level 80 with all the Tomes of Knowledge you will have later in the game. Also don’t buy this on your first character, you will miss out the fun of leveling early in the game. Pass on this one too.

Convenience Items



Bank Golem (2 weeks)

Usage: Having this cute golem, will allow you to access your bank from anywhere for 2 weeks.

Cost in Gold: ~132

Verdict: 500 gems every two weeks ain’t cheap. Heavily depending on how much you play, you may not even make the necessary gold during this time. Personally I believe traveling to the nearest city to use the bank ain’t that much of a hustle. Pass on this one too.

Copper-Fed Salvage-o-matic

Usage: It’s like having an infinite use Basic Salvage Kit. The Salvage-o-matic consumes 3 copper per use

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: This one is a bit special. Buying it with money is ok I guess. Buying it with coin is a bust. If you buy it with coin, you will have to salvage the tremendous amount of 4.4 million items in order to have actually saved money. Personally I think both options are not anywhere near worth it. Just make use of the Mystic Salvage Kit

Home Portal Stone

Usage: This item allows you to instantly travel to your Home Instance. Home Instances’ location depends on the race of the character. They can be filled with nodes and chests that can be harvested / opened daily.

Cost in Gold: ~237

Verdict: Same as the banker golem, not worth the money. Travelling to your home instance once a day ain’t gonna take up that much of your gold in comparison to buying this stone.

Mistlock Sanctuary / Noble’s Folly / Royal Pass / Captain’s Airship (2 weeks)

Usage: I put these 4 together because they are basically the same thing: they grant you access to a special place that has all conveniences close to one another. There will be all crafting stations, bank, Black Lion Merchant, Mystic Forge, all withing very close range. What makes these special items is that every once in a while the Unlimited ones become available. While the 2-week-ones aren’t that expensive, purchasing the infinite one will definitely be cheaper cause it costs 1000 gems but it’s forever. Please note that I recommend buying only one of those. No reason in buying multiple ones since they give you the same thing. Just pick the one you like 😀

Cost in Gold: ~39

Verdict: No. My recommendation would be to save the gems for when the infinite versions go on sale. Then you will make a lifelong investment that will surely be worth it. Infinite ones cost around 1000 gems and they are available for limited time in the Gem Store.

Waypoint Unlock Box

Usage: Using this item will unlock all waypoints within a region of Central Tyria (core game).

Cost in Gold: ~158

Verdict: It will definitely save you time while doing map completion. But I personally recommend NOT buying it. You will miss out of the fun of actually traveling Tyria by yourself. I ain’t saying it isn’t a worthy buy, just that it takes away a bit of the fun. I will leave this up to you. 🙂

Central Tyria Waypoint Unlock Package

Usage: Same with the Waypoint Unlock Box, but this one unlocks ALL waypoints in Central Tyria.

Cost in Gold: ~526

Verdict: If you are between this and the above items, buy this one. It will save a tremendous amount of time while doing map completion. But my earlier statement still stands. You miss out the fun.

One-Use Items



Bank Access Express

Usage: Using this item will open up the bank window. Closing the window will consume the item.

Cost in Gold: ~10 / 33

Verdict: NOPE. You will get plenty from dailies, but even if you didn’t, actually travelling to the bank is by all means A LOT CHEAPER.

Instant Repair Canister

Usage: Consuming this item repairs all your damaged armor.

Cost in Gold: ~10/ 40

Verdict: Same. Travelling to a repair anvil is a hell of a lot cheaper.

Merchant Express

Usage: Consuming this will spawn a merchant that anyone can use for 15 minutes

Cost in Gold: ~10/ 33

Verdict: While the same things as above apply, commanders of farming events could or guild leaders could possibly buy this, in order to make a convience of the squad and not having everyone travelling to merchants. If you are looking for personal use, I’d say… once again… NOPE.

Revive Orb

Usage: Used in order to be revived on location. Unusable in Raids, PvP and WvW.

Cost in Gold: ~66/ 239

Verdict: While it’s good to have one or two on you in case you die before the end of a jumping puzzle or something similar, I don’t recommend buying it from the store. Instead just keep the ones you will get from Story, Achievement Chests or Daily Reward Chests

Trading Post Express

Usage: Summons a Black Lion Delivery Agent for 15 minutes, that can be used by you and others in order to buy, sell and collect from the Trading Post.

Cost in Gold: ~13/ 53

Verdict: Same things as Merchant Express apply.

Transmutation Charges

Usage: In order to change the skin of a weapon, armor or back item without changing its stats you will have to consume a transmutation charge. Apply a different skill will consume one Charge.

Cost in Gold: ~40 / 72 / 160

Verdict: Absolutely not. You will get tones of this from Achievement Chests and Daily Reward Chests. You will have more than you are gonna use before you know it.

Mystic Forge Stones

Usage: The most seen use of Mystic Forge Stones is in the crafting process of the Mystic Salvage Kit.

Cost in Gold: ~66 / 120

Verdict: Mystic Salvage Kits are the ones I use constantly, and in my opinion the most worthy salvage kit in the game. That being said, Mystic Forge Stones only drop from Achievement Chests and Chest of Black Lion Goods, meaning if you completely ignore Achievements, you won’t have enough to make the kit. I consider Achievements a great part of this game and totally recommend NOT ignoring them, but in case you do and don’t have enough stones to make the Mystic Salvage Kit, just use Master’s Salvage Kit. At the end of the day it’s not worth it purchasing from Mystic Forge Stones from the gem store.

Metabolic Primer

Usage: Using the Metabolic Primer will activate a 12-hour timer. Any food eaten while this timer is active will have the same time remaining with the primer timer rounded up to the next hour.

Cost in Gold: ~40 / 147 / 716

Verdict: Primers are a nice convenience. Good late-game foods will cost you lots of gold and they only stay on for about 30 minutes. The difference in gold is not huge but buying the primer from the gem store with gold will be more expensive. Then again if you want to buy with money, I totally recommend it.

Utility Primer

Usage: Same as the Metabolic Primer, but it affects Utility timers and not Food ones.

Cost in Gold: ~40 / 147 / 716

Verdict: Same as the Metabolic Primer. But utility items tend to be cheaper than food items, hence the difference in gold between buying utility items or buying one of them and use the Utility Primer is far greater.

Upgrade Extractor

Usage: Extracts Runes or Sigils without destroying the weapon or the Rune/Sigil.

Cost in Gold: ~67 / 295 / 1345

Verdict: If you want to change the rune it’s not worth it. Just put the new rune even if it destroys the previous one. You will save tones of gold you would spend on the extractor. If then again you want the rune but not the weapon/armor, just use Black Lion Salvage Kit. It has a 100% chance of recovering the upgrade while destroying the item. All in all buying the extractor is not worth it by all points of view.

Black Lion Keys

Usage: Used in order to open Black Lion Chests.

Cost in Gold: ~33 / 121 / 566

Verdict: If you want to go full RNG and hope for super rare drops go ahead. You may get lucky enough to have a drop of Permant Bank Access Contract, which can be sold for 3.300 gold in the TP. Then again you may get nothing. It’s a total gamble if you will make money or not from opening Black Lion Chests.

Boosters



Experience Booster

Usage: This booster will grant you the following benefits for 2 hours:

  1. +50% experience in all game types
  2. +50% Reward Track gain in PvP and WvW
  3. Up to 100% Experience bonus for Killstreaks

Cost in Gold: ~27 / 118 / 421

Verdict: If you desperately need to get a reward from PvP or WvW you may buy one. But generally you will get lots of them from Achievement Chests. Personally I wouldn’t spend money to buy them from the Gem Store.

Item Booster

Usage: Consuming the Item Booster will grant you the following benefits for 2 hours:

  1. +50% Magic Find
  2. +50% Chance of Critical Crafting Experience
  3. +33% Chance of Extra Gathering Strike
  4. 10 seconds of Swiftness after gathering
  5. Summons a Black Lion Merchant if your inventory is full after gathering (20 minutes cooldown)

Cost in Gold: ~27 / 118 / 421

Verdict: Nah, just use the ones you will get from Achievement Chests. not worth spending gold on this one. Using it will not make you back gold or save you so much time in order to be considerer a worthy buy.

Heroic Booster

Usage: Grants both Experience and Item booster benefits for 2 hours.

Cost in Gold: ~39 / 167 / 552

Verdict: Same as the Item Booster. Too much gold for the benefits they grant you. Maybe if it was around 50-75 gems it would be worth it, but not for 150 gems. Pass.

Home Instance



Basic Cloth Rack

Usage: Permanently unlocks a cloth rack in the player’s home instance for daily gather. Drops:

  1. Cotton Scrap (1-3)
  2. Jute Scrap (1-3)
  3. Wool Scrap (1-3)

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: This verdict will apply in all the following Node Packs. Seemingly, at first you will notice that the gold you will make from the racks is nowhere near the gold you spent to buy them. But, this is basically an account upgrade. You will have this for the rest of your time in the game. I’m a big fan of a full home instance. Plus you can always invite your friends and have them harvest everything you have too. Note: Anything you have in your home instance is also unlocked in the home instance of your other characters, but can only be gathered once per account per day. Make no mistake, this is an investment for the future, but a good one in that in my opinion. I’d give it a go.

Basic Harvesting Node Pack

Usage: Unlocks 3 nodes for daily harvesting:

  1. Herb node
  2. Root Plants node
  3. Vegetable Plants node

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: See Basic Cloth Rack

Basic Leather Rack

Usage: Unlocks a Rack in your home instance for daily gathering. Drops:

  1. Rawhide Leather Sections (1-3)
  2. Thin Leather Sections (1-3)
  3. Coarse Leather Seactions (1-3)

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: See Basic Cloth Rack

Basic Lumber Node Pack

Usage: Unlocks three lumbering nodes in your home instance for daily gathering. Nodes:

  1. Green Wood Log (1-3)
  2. Soft Wood Log (1-3)
  3. Season Wood Log (1-3)

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: See Basic Cloth Rack

Basic Ore Node Pack

Usage: Unlocks three ore nodes in your home instance for daily gathering. Nodes:

  1. Copper
  2. Silver
  3. Gold

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: See Basic Cloth Rack

Infinite Gathering Tools



Unbreakable Gathering Tools

Usage: These gathering tools have infinite used, meaning they will never break. They are the equivalent of Orichalcum gathering tools hence they can gather materials of any level.

Cost in Gold: ~630

Verdict: This pack will net you all 3 infinite gathering tools for 2.400, therefore it’s the cheapest of all since skinned gathering tools cost 1.000 gems each. The only difference with the skinned gathering tools below is that they come with an exclusive glyph that will give you bonus materials when gathering. In my opinion just buy this package (unless of course you like the skin or special effects of the other tools), as it is the cheapest of all. If you want to go maximum potential, then I suggest buying the two choya tools and the watchwork mining pick tool (whenever it becomes available in the gem store). At the end of the day these are all equally worthy buys. Note: each infinite gathering tool can be used on one character, though it’s possible to move them to another if needed.

Choya Harvesting and Logging Tools

Usage: These infinite gathering tools come packing with exclusive glyphs:

  1. Glyph of the Forester (33% chance to receive bonus wood when harvesting)
  2. Glyph of the Prospector (33% chance to receive bonus ore when logging)

Cost in Gold: ~264 each

Verdict: Although it will become a bit more expensive than buying the previous package, it will reward you in the foreseeable future. In case you buy the Watchwork Mining Pick when it becomes available and combine it with the Choya tools, you will permanently have bonus materials when gathering. You will end up spending more gold for buying them, but it will reward you in due time.

Bundles



Account Bump

Usage: Contains the following:

  1. x5 Black Lion Chest Keys
  2. x10 Experience Boosters
  3. x15 Transmutation Charges
  4. x20 Account-Bound Unidentified Dyes

Cost in Gold: ~210

Verdict: In my opinion this package is not worthy any gold. Even at the first price of 800 gems what you get is not worth it. The only thing that is worthy in the bundle is the Black Lion Chest Keys, but you can buy 5 for 450 gems. Pass on this one.

Account Jump Start

Usage: Contains the following:

  1. x2 Bank Tab Expansion
  2. x2 Bag Slot Expansion
  3. x10 Black Lion Chest Keys
  4. x15 Transmutation Charges
  5. x30 Account bound Unidentified Dyes

Cost in Gold: ~526

Verdict: Yes, it’s a worthy buy in the original price of 2.000 gems. The 2 bank tab expansion alone cost 1.200 gems. Be sure to use the bag slot expansion on your main character, as they are character-bound. I suggest buying this mid-game. It’s gonna cost a lot of gold, but I find it much worthy, since you are gonna need the bank slot expansion. Who knows, maybe you will get lucky with the Black Lion Keys and make a lot of the gold spent back. 😀

Lava Lounge Pass Bundle (2 Weeks)

Usage: This package costs 350 gems if you haven’t unlocked the Rising Flames story part. If you have it costs 150 gems and grants access to the Lava Lounge in Ember Bay, which is basically a convenience place like Mistlock Sanctuary and Captain’s Airship.

Cost in Gold: ~40

Verdict: Not recommended. If you don’t have the story part just save up for the whole Living World Season 3 pack. As for the convenience place, as I said earlier better save up for the infinite versions when they go on sale.

Path of Fire Preparation Pack

Usage: Buying this bundle will grant you the following:

  1. x1 Character Slot Expansion
  2. x2 Bag Slot Expansion
  3. Unbreakable Gathering Tools Container
  4. x10 Black Lion Chest Keys
  5. x1 Black Lion Instant level 80 ticket

Cost in Gold: ~930

Verdict: This one’s a good bundle at the original price of 3.500 gems. The Character Slot, bag slots and unbreakable tools alone cost 4.000 gems if bought separately. Again if you get lucky you may make some money back with the Black Lion Chest Keys. Recommended buying if you need all the items it provides and not have any of them.

Tradesman’s Package

Usage: Grants you the following:

  1. Merchant Express
  2. Bank Access Express
  3. Trading Post Express

Cost in Gold: ~26 / 210

Verdict: We discussed these items above and whether they are worth buying or not. If bought with this bundle they cost 20 gems less. Still not worthy buying in any case. Pass on, nothing usefull here. 😀

That’s all folks. I understand that some of you may disagree on some items. You can always put on a discussion in the comments below. Just remember to keep it civil!

Geowulf
Metalhead with OCD. Avid trophy / achievement hunter. Sony fanboy. Occasionally leaves house. Currently testing my mentality on Bloodborne & reliving my memories on Guild Wars 2.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Gems are love, Gems are life.
    I’ve converted all my gold to Gems and I’m so proud about it.
    Fashion Wars its a thing in this game and I can call myself the Lord of Style!

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