Mountains of Gold
Let me just get this out of the way. You can make huge piles of gold by selling scrap and dust from your Star Altar, especially the orange kind. As you level up the Altar, storage capacity and the amount of dust and scrap you receive increases significantly. Oddly, the rewards decrease as you power level increases. Do not ask me why for I do not know.
OK, where was I? Oh, yes. I was about to tell you about the Star Altar and how it works! The White Mage uses manna to upgrade your ability gems. The Blacksmith uses craft value from salvaged equipment to upgrade your gear. But to evolve either one you will need the Star Altar to create evolution resources. Scrap is needed to evolve gear. Dust is needed to evolve ability gems.
Level Up your Stuff
Let’s not rush into things. You can’t evolve anything until it has been upgraded to its maximum level by the Blacksmith (equipment) or the White Mage (ability gems). Common green items must be upgraded four times before they can be evolved. Some high-end orange items need to be upgraded thirteen times! Each time an item is evolved it will color a single star.
Once you have fully upgraded your item you will need to obtain evolution resources (scrap or dust) to evolve it. Tap the Star Altar in Grayhaven to begin. You’ll see the screen shown below. If you are doing this for the first time there will be a zero beneath each type of evolution resource.
Make an Offering
Drag a piece of equipment into the box on the left if you want scrap. Drag an ability gem into the box if you want dust. In the example below I will be making amethyst dust using two purple ability gems. I dragged a single purple ability gem into the box and that opened the new panel shown below.
At this point I will add the second purple ability gem and choose a battle mode.
I will choose the “expert” mode for two reasons. The first reason is that the difficulty will be normal. I can win this battle easily without using potions. The second reason is that the amount of amethyst dust the “master” setting provides will exceed the limit that my Star Altar can currently hold. Much of it will be lost.
The Star Arena
OK, you’re almost done! You can go ahead and press the “Make Offering” button. After you make your offering you will be transported to the Star Arena depicted below to fight in 4-on-1 combat. And no, it isn’t you and three of your friends against a single enemy. It’s four enemies trying to defeat you! You will have five chances to prevail in the Star Arena. If you don’t win the first time you can limp back to town, load up on health potions and boosters then head back in. If you lose the battle all five times you will lose your offerings.
Using your Evolution Materials
If you win, your evolution materials, dust or scrap, will be held for safe keeping in the Star Altar. When you visit the White Mage or Blacksmith to evolve your ability gems or equipment they will draw the necessary materials from the Star Altar.
Exchanging and Selling Resources
At some point in your hero’s development you’ll find that you have resources that you will never use. You now have two new options. You can exchange them for resources that you will use or sell them. Once you’ve gone through the process described above you can activate the Star Altar and select a resource that you would like to sell. In this example we will sell sapphire dust.
Selecting the dust will present us with the option to exchange or sell. We can sell all of it, a minimum amount, or somewhere in between. The controls in the image below speak for themselves.
To exchange resources you will simply select “exchange” rather than “sell”. The Altar will assume that you intend to improve all of your resource to the next best color class. You can reduce the amount that you want to exchange if you don’t have enough gold or if exchanging all of it will exceed your storage limit or if you want to save some to evolve a lesser item.
Upgrading the Star Altar
At some point you will need more evolution materials than what the Star Altar can hold. Don’t wait that long. Upgrade your Altar as fast as you can. There are billionaires in this game and they did not win their gold grinding dungeons. They converted every ability gem and high level weapon they could find in the Star Altar and brought it all the way up to level 29. You should do the same.