League Of Legends: How To Get Orange Essence
Despite the saturation of free-to-play games out there, League of Legends from Riot Games stands out as one of the most loved MOBAs regardless of what DOTA2 players might say. With so much competition — especially from shooters like Apex Legends and Fortnite — Riot must feel pressured to keep up interest. To facilitate that, Riot fostered a fervent competitive community but also created many unique skins for their champions.
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Over the years of its development since it launched in 2009, players have seen map changes, champion reworks, and dozens and dozens of new champion skins released. From the Star Guardians to the Doctor/Ninja series to one of the many Lux skins, fans can display their personality anew in every match. But the implementation of a new loot-based rewards system introduced a completely new item known as “essence.”
10 What Is Orange Essence?
Though there are multiple types of essence, players cannot earn both types equally. Blue essence essentially functions as “IP” used to, which means you can buy champions with it.
Orange essence functions like “RP” even though LoL fans can still buy RP (Riot Points) in the shop. That means that, using orange essence, players can get cosmetics like skins which can sometimes cost some serious cash. However, players can bypass purchasing RP by farming orange essence, collecting skin shards, and trading in the essence for new cosmetics. So how can players earn more orange essence and get free skins?
9 Why is Orange Essence So Hard to Get?
Free-to-play games like League of Legends rely on microtransactions for things like cosmetics to fund development. Despite large investments from companies like Tencent and sponsors like Kia, Riot Games consistently finds new ways to incorporate cosmetics, pets, and other items available for purchase.
Instead of purchasing RP with money, players can use orange essence to unlock skins. Players earn orange essence by performing well and playing a great deal which keeps players in LoL and not in a rival game like Overwatch or Smite.
8 A Long-Standing Issue
Riot Games introduced the Hextech crafting system to the Public Beta Environment back in 2016. Many players were excited or indifferent about the change, but other players were unhappy with the new system. Despite this, YouTubers and other community members quickly found ways to “hack” the new loot system.
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This, of course, includes ways to get orange essence. However, Riot has since patched or nerfed many of the orange essence options and added more icons and emotes which drives down the drop rate of orange essence in chests.
7 Buy Chests From The Store
This might be the most obvious way to earn orange essence, but it still bears mentioning. After all, with games like League of Legends that have free-to-play models, making things available for real money and very difficult to get otherwise is how the company pays for game development (one way, at least). They cost 125 RP per chest.
So players can buy chests from the store which have a percentage drop rate for orange essence when unlocked. However, the drop rate isn’t that high, so people may have to spend more money to get orange essence.
6 Earn Chests Through Playing
LoL players can earn chests just by playing the game. However, players must adhere to a few rules in order to maximize their potential chest earning and, thereby, their orange essence extraction.
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For starters, players must own the character they are playing in order to qualify for chests. They can earn one chest every seven days with storage for up to four, but require Hextech keys to open (of course). Players can earn Mastery chests, Hextech chests, and Masterwork Chests which all have different drop rates and loot.
5 Perform Better To Get More Chests
With the advent of the “Champion Mastery” system, LoL players could not earn letter scores for their performances on various champions they played. Ranging from S tier to D tier, the scores reflect a player’s performance in a match based on various things like damage dealt, deaths vs. kills, etc.
To earn more chests and get more orange essence, players need to earn an S- or higher in a match. Players also get a chest if someone in their premade party scores an S- or higher, so this method is a reliable way to get orange essence for well-performing players.
4 Play With People Who Are S-Tier
Though some players have the gift of creep score and perfectly timed rotations and map roaming, not all players can make Diamond or Master tier in LoL. But players who consistently earn lower scores don’t need to fret too much if they have talented friends in the LoL community.
The S-tier chest reward extends to premade teams and not just to individuals. That means that if someone in the team earns an S score all players should get a chest. Of course, this doesn’t always work like it is meant to.
3 Ask Friends And Family To Gift You RP
League of Legends offers a great way to stay engaged with friends and chat. So, if players have birthdays or special events like graduations and are LoL fanatics, why not give the gift of Riot Points?
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That way, players can purchase chests to get orange essence or purchase skins outright. Players can gift their friends via the LoL client and others can even purchase prepaid RP cards via Amazon.
2 Watch Live Competitive Games
Players get rewards for watching competitive games sometimes. Though fans likely won’t win orange essence straight up, players could win free skins, chromas, and other such items. Then, transform the skins into orange essence. For those going to watch LCS or other competitive play anyway, fans might as well get something out of it.
Also, what is up with Graves jungle and why has Fiddlesticks not been nerfed yet? Competitive League of Legends is a far cry from the old days of season one with Phreak and Kobe commentating.
1 Bottom Line: Disenchant Skins Shards
Unfortunately, the changes Riot has made in how players can collect orange essence make it a bit more difficult to hoard the stuff. The most reliable way and perhaps the least frustrating way that doesn’t involve money is to just disenchant skin shards from chests into orange essence.
For players who just want a skin here or there, this might work very well. But for the Collectors™️ out there, harvesting orange essence could save players money in the long run. The best thing players can do is play the game and play it well.
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