Is Raid Shadow Legends still pay to win?

Published On: December 18, 2021

Is Raid Shadow Legends still pay to win?


Raid Shadow Legends is a mobile game that is in the dark fantasy genre. In its essence, it is a character collection game mixed with a turn-based mechanic. You need to build your champions to face multiple types of enemies and bosses, and this requires the player to collect champions with different skills and abilities and equip Gear on them like a weapon and shield. The game advertises itself as Free to Play. But the question is, is it “Pay to Win” or can everything in the game be completed “Free to Play”? we will answer that question here.

When players play these types of games, they are bombarded with exclusive offers to buy items in-game like Shards, energy, and gear, with either in-game currency or real monies. These are called Micro-transactions. Micro-transactions are often used in free-to-play games to supply a revenue source for the developers, they allow developers to continue supplying free updates, making their games better or sometimes worse in some games cases. So, instead of the player being charged a large amount to buy the game, they offer these “packs” as a way to get ahead in the game.

Compared to what Raid was a year ago and to now, the game has offered much more resources to the free to play players than ever before, with the addition of the Advanced Quests, continuous daily login rewards, Clan shop, and the Bazaar, you can get resources, like legendary champions, energy, shards, and brews by just playing the game. Raid has also recently started to give out “promo codes” for some free items. It would appear that the developers at Raid: Shadow legends are making the game freer to play.

However, that does not mean the game is not pay to win and in fact, if you started playing the game today and were free to play, you will never catch up with the pay to win players at the top of the game. The gap between the free-to-play and pay to win players grows every day and will only get bigger as time goes on. But if you are not interested in the top level of the game and just want to enjoy it, you do not need to spend money to do that.

Players that pay to win basically want to get all the best champions and have the best gear quickly, they are not prepared to grind it out and slowly make progress. Of course, there are a lot of advantages to this, as previously mentioned, but with raid, it is all RNG. You can spend thousands in this game and still not have the best champions and the best gear. I have seen many accounts from Pay to win players, they are very champion-heavy, but the gear is terrible, and I have seen free-to-play accounts with not many top-tier champions with amazing gear. It’s all RNG.

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  1. SS2020user December 18, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I’m FTP and loves it. I don’t have the time to get to the top but is silver 4 with Skullcrown and Drexthar (both from shards) and 3 keying brutal CB.

  2. donnie5021 December 19, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Everything in this game is designed for pay to play ! Free players are given the absolutely bare minimum to advance in this game . The developers are constantly coming up with what seems like deals so free players might get a chance for something’s that will give you a great champion or something you would love to get . these are 99% of the time useless to free players and a scam to generate profits . To get a truly great champion you need to be amazingly lucky or play for months and get them in daily login rewards 180 day’s for first really good champion . at the end of the day Plarium is only concerned with lining there pockets ! Sorry but this is how most of us free players feel they dangle carrot over our heads but getting that carrot is a monumental task

    • Phixion December 19, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      You say “scam to generate profits” are their team supposed to work for free too while everyone plays it for free? genuine question as I do wonder what is expected because if you want it all for free how do you expect it to even exist? and are those paying to keep the game running and growing supposed to stay on par with those that play for free? what would be the point in spending?

    • Drachenfels December 24, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      @donnie5021 As a F2P player I do not share your sentiment. I have only one Legendary (Ninja) and about 16 epics (all mediocre), my most OP champ is Kael and Coldheart, yet I am doing nice progress (like beating normal Doom Tower) Dragon 16, Spider 12, Classic arena I am on the border with Silver 3/4 and so on and so on. Should I expect more? Am I ‘scammed’?

  3. TerraSpade December 20, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    If you really wanna enjoy it, FTP is the best way!

  4. dazza90 December 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    100% pay to win if you dont your not getting no where

  5. YarDivarin December 23, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I have spent only $10/month for a Raid Card so experience, silver winnings and multi battle are available for fatser growth. avoid all other purchases and you can still have fun! my first account I invested over $700 foolishly. i still have both and enjoy playing them simultaneously. Happy to support the folks that make this game possible.
    in another year i will be awesome at it…especially after studying in HellHades University :-)

  6. bwol December 23, 2021 at 11:41 am

    I’m a F2P player. I greatly enjoy the game. To me the whole challenge is to see how much I can do WITHOUT spending any money. I find that I can get surprisingly far.
    There are certain limitations, of course, but the game is great if you look at it with the right mindset. To me, any Legendaries that I get from shards are a bonus. I’m happy to have them of course, but I don’t expect to get them.
    What I do is husband my resources so I can go for fusions and fragment events as they come. Those are the big challenge with the big reward at the end. Yes, I have to work hard, but I get rewarded for that work.
    It’s not about how far I can get compared to other players; it’s about how much I can do, period.

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