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Heroes of the Storm: Gold Guide

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How much gold can you actually acquire from all the different sources? Maximize your gold gain!

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Gold is the main currency of the game as it's used to purchase Heroes, Skins and mounts. Even you can improve your gold gain! Tips included.

 

There are several ways to earn gold in Heroes of the Storm, I'll break down the most common ways of gold making. Before that I'd like to talk a little about an often overlooked feature:

 

Friendly Bonus

  • A lot of players forget that the +50% XP bonus is essential for gold making.
  • You will earn most of the gold via progression, so increased XP gain speeds up the whole process by a lot.
  • The single requirement is having the player you're partied with added to Friends.
  • If you're Looking for Party and somebody invites you to join their party, consider adding one of the players (or even all, depending on the response time of others - some may not even add you) to your Friends list.
  • If the bonus is active, it's indicated by a green lit up icon in the upper screen.

Progression in Heroes of the Storm

The game currently has two ways of progression.

  • Progression Levels (Hero Level)
    • Apply to individual Heroes.
    • A total of 4,250 Gold can be earned with each Hero.
      • Reaching Level 5 awards 500 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 9 awards 750 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 15 awards 1,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 20 awards 2,000 Gold.
  • Player Progression (Account Level)
    • Apply to your Heroes of the Storm Battle.net account.
    • A total of 16,000 Gold can be earned per account.
      • Reaching Level 2 yields 1,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 4 yields 1,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 8 yields 2,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 10 yields 2,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 20 yields 2,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 25 yields 2,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 30 yields 2,000 Gold.
      • Reaching Level 40 (Level Cap) yields final 2,000 Gold.
    • Focus on unlocking Hero Rotation slots as soon as possible!
      • Additional Hero Rotation slots mean the usually Free-to-Play Hero Rotation is raised to 10 Heroes every week, resulting in even more Gold at the end of the day.
        • A total of 4 slots can be unlocked, you'll gain one by reaching Levels 5, 7, 12 & 15 respectively.

Progression Tips

  • Your main goal should be to unlock all available Hero Rotation slots.
  • Every week, try to bring all available Heroes to Level 5 to get 500 Gold, you can repeat this and try to level them up to Level 9 to get even more Gold.
  • Remember the Friendly Bonus Experience I talked about earlier?

Tutorial

Completing the in-game tutorial will award a total of 1,000 Gold.

  • Tutorial 1 awards 250 Gold.
  • Tutorial 2 awards 250 Gold.
  • Tutorial 3 awards 500 Gold.

Quests

Another source of income are quests, we've got two types:

  • Special Event Quests
    • If an event takes place, such as Lunar Festival, you will find the objective in your Quest Log.
    • On completion, you'll be awarded the reward at the end of a game.
    • Special Events are not available at all times, yet they still net you Gold when up, that's why they are worthy of a mention.

Daily Quests

Available at a regular basis, they greatly contribute to your gold gain.

  • You can have up to three quests in your Quest Log at any time.
  • A new quest is available every morning.
  • A total of 9 daily quests are available in the Nexus
    • Play 2 Games as a Diablo Hero awards 200 Gold.
    • Play 2 Games as a Starcraft Hero awards 200 Gold.
    • Play 2 Games as a Warcraft Hero awards 200 Gold.
    • Play 3 Games as an Assassin awards 300 Gold.
    • Play 3 Games as a Specialist awards 300 Gold.
    • Play 3 Games as a Support awards 300 Gold.
    • Play 3 Games as a Warrior awards 300 Gold.
    • Win 3 Games awards 600 Gold.
    • Play 8 Games awards 800 Gold.

Daily Quest Tips

  • Most of the quests can be completed simultaneously, so if you have a quest to play a Starcraft Hero and a Warrior up at the same time, pick Artanis.
  • Dailies can be completed in all modes, even against AI.
    • Clever use of game mechanics would be to force ping all your teammates to make them follow you. You can even go semi-AFK while the enemy AI opponent will blow up your core, isn't that awesome?

Matches

The gold gain from matches is really slow which is why I don't even recommend spending money on Stimpacks as the boost provided is truly detrimental.

  • Losing to a non-AI opponent will give you 20 Gold (50 Gold with an active Stimpack).
  • Winning against a non-AI opponent will award 30 Gold (65 Gold with a Stimpack).

Match Tips

  • Playing vs non-AI awards far more XP than playing against AI.
  • Stimpacks increase your XP Gain by 100% and Gold gain by 150%.
    • Players get a free 7-day Stimpack upon reaching Level 10 in Player Progression.
    • A 7-day Stimpack is also included in the Starter Bundle.
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The guide is very well written and covered everything, thanks.

But I think every one of Blizzard's games needs a LOOOT of dedication and time. I've been level 40 since alpha, and my account hasn't been reset, over 2500 games played but I still don't have all the heroes and mounts. Earning gold is so hard in this game, I'm not saying if it's a bad thing or a good thing, just saying to those who's caught in the dilemma of spending real money. Definitely go for real money investment :D 

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Maybe I am wrong but aren't Hero- and Team League games giving more gold per game? 50/30 (win/defeat) Gold if I'm correct.

And Brawl games give 20/10 (win/defeat) Gold per game.

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55 minutes ago, Caldyrvan said:

Maybe I am wrong but aren't Hero- and Team League games giving more gold per game? 50/30 (win/defeat) Gold if I'm correct.

And Brawl games give 20/10 (win/defeat) Gold per game.

This article was written over a year ago, back when Brawls weren't a thing. This of course means that this article is outdated and should not be relied upon. The general tips should still be up-to-date, but the exact values may not.

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1 hour ago, Caldyrvan said:

Well, should not be a problem to edit the first post and maybe add the date and/or patch version of last edit. :)

It's not as easy as one might think, sadly. 
Stan added an update to the gold guide for HotS onto his to-do list, so you can most likely expect an update soon.

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On 14. 3. 2017 at 10:38 PM, positiv2 said:

It's not as easy as one might think, sadly. 
Stan added an update to the gold guide for HotS onto his to-do list, so you can most likely expect an update soon.

An update on this. I will be revisiting the guide when Heroes 2.0 goes live.

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