How to Spend Gems in Clash Royale

Hello guys, do you know how to spend Gems properly in Clash Royale? Let’s talk about this topic today. I have received loads of questions about this lately. I hope this guide is good enough to satisfy you. Also, I want to give a big thanks to The Rum Ham for helping me finish this guide (he is the top 1 player in game right now).

How to Spend Gems in Clash Royale

How should I spend Gems in Clash Royale?

At first, let’s take a look at our Chests, which can be found or buy in Clash Royale:

NameUnlocking timeGem TimerDescription
Silver Chest3 Hours18 GemsFewest Cards, most common. You can get Rare, Epic or even Legendary Cards but they are extremely rare.
Golden Chest8 Hours48 GemsPretty popular, you can usually get 1 after every 5 wins. You can always obtain Rare Cards from Golden Chest. Epic and Legendary Cards are pretty rare. The Crown Chest is most likely the same as the Golden Chest
Giant Chest12 Hours72 GemsThe Giant Chest is a overstuffed version of the Golden Chest. You will obtain a lot of common cards, a few Rare Cards and a small chance of Epic/Legendary Cards.
Magical Chest12 Hours72 GemsYou can get a few Epic and Legendary Cards from Magical Chest. How sweet!
Super Magical Chest24 Hours144 GemsTons of Common and Rare Cards, couples of Epic Cards, a few Legendary Cards!

To read more about Chests, you can take a look at here.

I don’t want to buy any Gem!

If you don’t want to purchase any Gem and want to be Free-to-play in Clash Royale.

Your goal in game should be getting level 3 Epic Cards, level 6 Rare Cards and level 8 Common Cards, along with getting to Arena 7 to unlock all Cards. This is very attainable for free-to-play players. In order to do that, you should:

  • You are not going to make regular purchases because this is free-to-play. Save your Gems religiously and use them for 1-2 game-changing buys in the future.
  • Use 500 Gems to purchase 10,000 Gold. You can save up to 100 Gems over the 1,000 Gold Bundle by doing this. Use Gold to upgrade your Cards, soon, you will find it extremely hard to have enough Gold in your progression.
  • Don’t forget to visit Shop daily, spend your Gold to purchase a few Rare Cards everyday as the first ones are very cheap, you can even donate them and make profit. You can purchase the Epic card If you are really looking for it.
  • Just focus on only one Epic card you really want. Buy it 6 times and you can get it to level 3. That is 2,000 x 6 = 12,o00 Gold.

Buying Big Chests are very inefficient because you are not guaranteed to get what you want. Also, after that, you may even don’t have enough Gold to upgrade the cards you opened.

I can sometimes buy Gems

  • A single purchase of Gems can last for weeks or even months before you are out of Gems.
  • After purchasing Gems, you should immediately buy a bundle of Gold (either 10,000 Gold or 100,000 Gold). Just save the rest of your Gems.
  • Use Gems to open Chests when you are full of Chests.

The most common complaint I have seen so far in Clash Royale is players feel blocked they the chest row is totally full. 1 Gem in Clash Royale is roughly a penny so you are paying a quarter to open every Silver Chest. It’s better than opening Chests in shop. Opening Chests when your Chest row is full is much cheaper (it’s 50% discount on Chests). You need to spend 80-120 Gems to buy Golden Chests in the Shop but you just need to spen 48 Gems to speed up the timer. At Arena 8, speeding up the Magical Chest just costs 72 Gems, that’s over 90% cheaper than buying in the Shop.

If you want to optimize this a bit, open the Silver Chests during the day and save Gold, Giant or Magical Chests for overnights as you can get better discount for better Chests.

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When Should I Buy Chests in the Shop?

Although buying Chests in the Shop is very inefficient but it’s the fastest way to level you up and get all the cards in game.

You can reach level 5 in approximately a week of play and you can learn how to properly play the game during this time. Immediately rushing to high level is not good at all. These are the estimates of cost I did in case you want to level up asap (assuming that you can earn a few Gold everyday from the free Chests)

  • Level 5 to 6: $25 ($25 total, F2P takes 2 Weeks)
  • Level 6 to 7: $50 ($75 total, F2P takes 1 Month)
  • Level 7 to 8: $150 ($225 total, F2P takes 2 Months)
  • Level 8 to 9: $250 ($475 total, F2P takes 4 Months)
  • Level 9 to 10: $500 ($975 total, F2P takes 8 Months)
  • Level 10 to 11: $1000 ($2000 total, F2P takes 16 Months)
  • Level 11 to 12: $2000 ($4000+ total, F2P takes 32 Months)

When Should I buy Cards in the Shop?

Although it depends on your Gold but first 3 Common Cards, first 2 Rare Cards and the first Epic Cards are definitely worth the money. If you have purchased 100,000 Gold with Gems, getting the 2nd Epic Card for 3,600 Gold is also pretty worth it. It’s much better than waiting for the next time you see it in the Shop (about 1 month). Sometimes, I buy Rare Cards up to 150 Gold If it’s a good card and Common Cards up to 20 Gold If I really want to upgrade it.

Clan Donations?

Just donate whenever you can. You need Gold and XP more than Cards. I did write about this before, you can earn up to 4200 Gold every week If your Clan is active. You can read more about that at here.

Make the most use of Gems

I read this outstanding explanation from doorbelloflife today and really want to share it with you guys!

First please take a look at this spreadsheet. The spreadsheet turns out skipping the chests timer is the best options for Arena 5 and above. If you are below Arena 5, spending 500 Gems to get 10,000 Gold is much better!

  • Skipping Chest Timer in Arena 3: 2.02 Commons/Gem.
  • Buying Giant Chests from Shop in Arena 3: 2.14 commons/Gem.
  • Buying Magic Chests from Shop in Arena 3: 1.44 commons/Gem.
  • Skipping Chest Timer in Arena 6: 3.09 Commons/Gem ===> Best
  • Buying Giant Chests from Shop in Arena 6: 2.59 commons/Gem
  • Buying Magic Chests in Arena 6: 1.73 Commons/Gem
  • Spending 60 Gems to get 1,000 gold: 2.07 Commons/Gem
  • Spending 500 Gems to get 10,000 gold: 2.48 Commons/Gem

In the SpreadSheet above, He expressd efficiency in term of Commons. For example, a Gold Chest gives us 29 cards in Arena 7, which means you will get about 26.1 Common Cards, 2.76 Rare Cards, 0,13 Epic Cards and 0.007 Legend Cards on average. Assuming that 1 rare = 10 Commons, 1 Epic = 200 Commons, 1 Legendary = 4,000 Commons. This makes a Gold Chest in Arena 7 has a value of 110 Common Cards. It takes 48 Gems to open this Gold Chest immediately, which is 2.3 Commons/Gem + extra Gold.

Magic Chest gives us less cards but has 2x higher change of getting Rare Cards and 6.7x higher chance of getting Epic Cards. After doing a few calculations, we can easily see that Magic Chests are worth 3.26 times more than other chests’ cards. You can see more details in this spreadsheet.

He determined how much Gold a single card is worth by using the cost of cards in Clash Royale Shop. A normal player buys 4 Commons and 1 Rare every day and at least 1 Epic every week. On average, 1 Common = 8.05 Gold.

Okay so that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this guide. Please share it with your friends and Clan mates If you found this guide helpful, that will help this blog a lot as Clash Royale is just released in Global today!