In the Korean and Russian version of Lost Ark you can only obtain legendary skins randomly through loot boxes sold in the cash shop. To open the loot boxes, you need an ingame currency you get as a daily reward, but only if you have an active premium subscription or by dismantling skins from the cash shop.
The skins form the loot box can be sold through the ingame auction house. If you want a specific legendary skin, you are either lucky and find it in the auction house or you must buy a lot of loot boxes and get the currency to open them to eventually obtain the skin.
Will this system stay the same in the EU/NA version or will we be able to buy legendary skins directly in the cash shop?
Considering this is pretty much the only gacha element in cash shop that would warrant Lost Ark’s inability to pass the regulations in Netherlands and Belgium, it would be shocking if the system didn’t stay the same.
There are no other cash shop elements that I can think of that would not pass the lootbox regulations in those countries.
Legendary outfits come from Arcane “Transfigurator thingie”, which is in cash shop, and on RU 1 lootbox costs 100 blue crystalls (so you can buy them with gold). To open lootbox you need 14 pieces of manashelk. You are getting 1 manashelk per day with a Crystal aura (Beatrices Blessing). You can also dismantle other outfits to get 7 manashelk per dismantled piece.
I liked that you can choose your class and piece of equipment you want before rolling so RNG isn’t as bad as it could be. Also, you can avoid this mechanic by buying them through AH (market place in-game for gold).
You’re talking about card packs that can also be obtained via gameplay and is bound to the account. Issue with avatar gacha is that it’s a tradeable asset on top of being a gacha, albeit being a very mild gacha with 10% success rate and failed attempt actually giving you something useful that can be worn or dismantled refunding 50% of cost.
Not saying I’m a fan since I’d much rather prefer paying a flat price and be done with it but honestly, it’s one of the mildest gacha I’ve run into in F2P games these days.
best semi realistic way i can imagine handling legendary avatars is to equalise the statistical benefit (either up everything to legendary tier or lower legendary to current avatar bonuses) and then they can just sell them outright in the store or (in ideal land) make them obtainable through some non-cash-shop method