Real World Costs Part 1: Conversion Rates
First and foremost let's explain the conversion rates.
To figure out real world costs, we will be converting $USD→Orbs→Platinum→Hilts
For the purpose of this article, all monetary values will be in $USD.
When spending real money in the Diablo Immortal Shop (Shop for short), you will first need to purchase Eternal Orbs (orbs for short). From here you will be able to purchase a few high end items from the Shop, and then convert the rest to Platinum for other things.
As of this writing (7/24/2022), orbs currently show for sale in the following amounts below:
After averaging each different bundle with its discount, we find that an orb costs $.015
Next we move down to Platinum, or just plat for short. Plat is only used to purchase items in the Market.
Platinum has one easy to convert rate across it’s range.
50 orbs = 500 plat
1 orb = 10 plat
10 plat = $.015
1 plat = $.0015
Platinum is obtained by completing various activities in the Codex or by selling items in the Market.
Next we have hilts, which are earned for free from various activities, events and by just playing the game. Hlts are only used to purchase items from the Hilts Trader.
This conversion seemed a bit of a stretch, but then I was able to confirm it with a direct comparison between the Hilts Trader and the Shop afterward. I always like to have multiple points of conversion for rates that are not as straightforward.
At the Hilts Trader, 1 charm is 100 hilts, so 5 charms would be 500 hilts. So far we have:
5 charms = 500 hilts
At the Charm Craftsman, converting 5 charms into a grand charm, and then converting it to a skill stone costs 500 plat. So now we have:
5 charms = 500 hilts = 1 grand charm = 500 plat
500 hilts = 500 plat
1 hilt = 1 plat = $.0015
To check that this calculation is actually valid, we can also use this information to verify it.
In the Shop, 1 legendary crest costs 160 orbs.
At the Hilts Trader, 1 legendary crest costs 1600 hilts.
We can use this information to compare between the value of Orbs, which we know, and also using what we think is the value of hilts from the conversion above.
160 orbs = $2.24, using the original conversion from $USD to orbs
1600 hilts = $2.24, using the method above
Gold has no monetary value at all. It’s used for upgrade costs of items and gems as well as used for gambling at the Rarities and Antiquities vendor.
I thought I might be able to link gold to charms from gambling for jewelry, but jewelry was only neck and fingers, which charms are neither, even though it shows a charm in that section on the vendor.
Fading Embers and Runes
Fading Embers is yet one more currency used to trade with Cellik, the Fading Embers and Runes trader. Fading Embers are used for crafting legendary gems, one of the most expensive items in the game. Since you can sell crafted gems, then fading embers and runes also have some value as well, but it would be difficult to determine this value.
Since the market goes up and down on value for various gems, and some gems are worth more than others, but still created using the same runes, it would again be difficult to put a value on these items.
Conversion Rate Chart
Here is my spreadsheet chart of the conversion rates that I calculated out. I will update this if things change over time. Sometimes during a game's first few updates, the conversion rates and money markets in the game may fluctuate until settling in for the long haul.