Rift Crystals are items, and a form of currency in Dragon's Dogma.
Rift Crystals are a currency used in Dragon's Dogma. There are multiple ways to both earn and spend them. They can be acquired by having the Main pawn hired by other Arisens through the Rift, can be dropped by defeated enemies, may be found in chests, and can be obtained as rewards from Quests.
They are used to rarify dragonforged items with Barroch, to repair broken Riftstones on Bitterblack Isle, and to purify cursed items with Olra. They are also used for renting Hired Pawns from the Rift, and can also be exchanged for weapons, armor, inclination elixirs and cosmetic items from the Rift Shop.
Obtaining Rift Crystals
When a foe is dispatched, it may drop a Rift Crystal - these Rift Crystal drops are more common in The Everfall (Post-Dragon) or on Bitterblack Isle, but do occur in Gransys, even from relatively mundane creatures such as Wolves and Goblins. Monsters located on Bitterblack Isle have the highest chance of dropping Rift Crystals.
There are nine different types of Rift Crystals:
In Dragon's Dogma there were three types:
- Rift Fragment which contains 100 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal which contains 400 Rift Crystals
- Rift Cluster which contains 800 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal Speck which contains 30 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal Flake which contains 50 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal Chunk which contains 200 Rift Crystals
- Rift Bicrystal which contains 2,000 Rift Crystals
- Rift Polycrystal which contains 5,000 Rift Crystals
- Perfect Rift Crystal which contains 10,000 or more Rift Crystals
Rift Crystals may also be purchased with real world money, not in-game gold, on console. These microtransactions are not available via the PC version.
Via Pawn Hires
Rift Crystal earnings for hired Pawns start at a base value of one tenth (10%) of the Base Monster Experience Points for each monster the pawn kills or witnesses being killed.
The modifiers are determined by comparing the level of the rented pawn to the Arisen, the main pawn and other support pawn. Each level disparity is worth either +1% or -1%, which is then capped at +25% or -25%. For example, a hired pawn 30 levels above that of the Arisen/Main Pawn receives a modifier of 25%, while a hired pawn 25 levels below that of the Arisen/Main pawn earns a penalty of 25%. Hired pawns with levels between the caps are calculated on a sliding scale worth 1% of each level disparity.
An empty party slot is equivalent to a 25% bonus, e.g., a pawn more than 25 levels below the Arisen/main pawn. The game assumes the party members are working harder due to that empty slot. The modifiers also apply to XP gains; an empty slot gains the Arisen and main pawn, if present, an extra 25% of XP earnings per empty slot.
The Arisen and Main Pawn are level 75, and are accompanied by a level 200 pawn and a level 40 hired pawn. The party kills a Gorecyclops (Condemned). (Base 57,000 XP) - equating to a base Rift Crystal reward of 5,700.
The level 200 support pawn earns three +25% modifiers for a total of 13,359 RC for that kill, because the level 200 is presumed to be doing most of the work while accompanying three lower-leveled party members.
The level 40 support pawn earns three -25% modifiers for a total of 1,603 RC for that kill. The lower leveled pawn is hit with extreme RC penalties because it is assumed that the pawn is being protected/carried by the rest of the party members.
In the meantime, the XP gain for both Arisen and Main pawn get a 25% bonus for the level 40 pawn, but that is cancelled out by the level 200 pawn's XP penalty of 25%.
A very good RC Calculator is located here: RC Calculator
- Obtaining Rift Crystals
- To enable more hires of the Arisen's pawn one can either:
- Make sure the pawn is well turned out, well equipped, and has suitable Inclinations and skills.
- Create one or more alternative accounts and hire one's own pawns.
- There is a 1,000,000 (one million) Rift Crystal limit on rewards per rental, effective between each time the Hired Pawn is released into the Rift by the renter and the instance when the owner Arisen sleeps at an inn or bench.
- Join a group and forum and request or participate in hiring - several exist on Facebook, GameFaqs, Reddit and so on. For links, see Hired Pawns § Hiring and Trading.
- A good way to get Rift Crystals, is completing the From a Different Sky quests. There are 100 badges to find, and each one nets at least 1,600 RC. Once collected, these badges remain in the inventory or storage and can be used to rapidly complete these quests on subsequent playthroughs, making further accumulation of Crystals, experience and and money almost effortless.
- Equip the secret augment Fortune to dramatically increase the 100 RC drops from slain creatures.
- In Dragon's Dogma:
- In the original Dragon's Dogma, resting at an inn occasionally caused the game itself to hire one's Main Pawn and award the Arisen with a level-based amount of Rift Crystals; i.e., the higher the Arisen's level, the higher the amount of crystals received. A level 200 pawn earned 1,500 RC from the game's offline rent.
- On Bitterblack Isle:
- Weal doubles Rift Crystal gain.
- Hard Mode also doubles Rift Crystal gain.