Don’t get too attached
Details from Beta, especially brand-new Beta content, don’t tend to be very reliable for actual release.
It’s incredibly common that features are changed during Beta testing, or sometimes even after testing but before release. That is, after all, the purpose of Beta testing.
So I wouldn’t get too attached to any of this — it’s not unheard of for entire portions of features to be removed or reworked, or for radical changes to functionality to be made.
The Goblin Balloon is a new loot crate reward system that has players collecting crates from wanted chests and paying a small price to open them, or foregoing the price to destroy the crates and get recycled loot instead.
Your profile must be level 10 to have access to the Goblin Balloon.
Since purchases are disabled in Empires Beta … we can’t actually test this feature in beta.
So how do we share information on this? By looking at Small Giant’s other game. If you’ve read the synopsis of the Goblin Balloon with the option to buy crates or recycle them for loot, then you will recognize that this sounds very familiar.
Indeed, the Goblin Balloon is exactly the same idea as the Fortune Airship from Puzzle Combat. I’ve included screenshots from Puzzle Combat (NOT EMPIRES BETA) to give you a general idea of what might it work like in Empires:
All the details I’ll be posting relate to Puzzle Combat, but if it really is the same as the Airship in that game, they should carry over to the Balloon in Empires.
There are three types of crates; regular crates, epic crates, and legendary crates.
The rarer the crate, the rarer or greater the loot.
Regular crates only contain one thing; it can range from 10x loot tickets, x2 Titan flasks, x5 battle items, etc…
Epic Crates and Legendary Crates, on the other hand, contain up to 3 items. But you must choose one to purchase. You can always change your selection after you’ve chosen the item.
The selection for items in Epic crates ranges from epic ascension materials (in E&P, these are 3* non-farmable materials), a bundle of epic hero tokens, etc…
The selection for items in Legendary crates ranges from legendary ascension materials (in E&P, these are the 4* ascension materials), a large number of 4* hero trainers, etc…
Buying vs Recycling
You can buy the crates at any time; the price goes up depending on number of crates in the balloon. The Balloon can hold up to 5 crates.
The amount of crates you have currently in the balloon determines the price you have to pay to buy them all. You can buy the crates whenever you want – but keep in mind that more crates makes the purchase more expensive (up to 5 crates per purchase).
In Puzzle Combat, waiting until the 5th crate results in getting an additional mystery crate if you choose to buy the loot. Possible loot from the mystery crate is randomized, and ranges from epic ascension materials to rare crafting materials.
On the other hand, you can also choose to not buy the items and recycle them instead. This destroys all the items, but gives you some small loot in return. The loot, in my experience, is about as good as the monster chest in that game – so even though I wouldn’t get your hopes up to expect much from recycling.
For a full list of items currently in beta testing, as well as their related threads, please see: