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A gold sink is any process in the game that removes gold (or gold-equivalents) from the game. Gold sinks help maintain a stable in-game economy, otherwise the constant income from drops would result in rapid inflation.
In-game, many players also use gold sink to refer items whose player-to-player trading price is far higher than the actual functional value. For example some high-demand miniatures trade for well beyond 280 , even though the item confers no direct advantage to the buyer. Players might inaccurately describe such items as gold sinks even though the money remains with the seller, and therefore within the game.
A brief list of examples
- Obsidian Armor (sinks both gold and high-priced materials)
- Guild Halls (fully stocked, a guild hall sinks 510 )
- Destroyer Weapons (sinks gold, gems, and other materials)
Items inaccurately referred to as gold sinks (trade value exceeds functionality, but value remains in-game):
- Gold sink on Wikipedia