Dilithium Tracking 4/25/13

Another eventful week. If you’ve been in the market to buy Dilithium with your Zen, this has probably been a fantastic time for you, relatively speaking. While we’ve not hit the same levels seen last year, its definitely a possibility at this point. If you’re selling Dilithium? Its still a pro-Dilithium market, in my opinion, and I’ve been cheerfully selling at current prices.


The Z:D rate has been steadily climbing, while the top 10 offers remain relatively low in volume. I’m still holding to the theory that the big Zen spenders who are willing to pay a premium on their Dilithium are not active in the market right now, opting to wait for The Legacy of Romulus. There was a massive drop in trading after the announcement on March 21st. It did start to recover, but then something else happened.

The new Crystalline Catastrophe event and its Reputation reward might be part why things are dampened right now. Its a fun little event, but the long-term prize of 50,000 Unrefined Dilithium for characters that complete it? You’re looking at 7-days of refining right there to gain access to all of it, but that’s still a nice chunk of change. Again, you see a decrease, although more gradual than the Romulus announcement, and now we’re at our current lows. The two together are probably a fair-sized contribution to the Z:D rate being is what it is right now.

That said, we’re seeing more of a swing in rates again. So, if you’re patient, its more likely that you can earn more Dilithium or Zen via buying low and selling high. Its not guaranteed, mind you, so never invest more than you can afford to lose. For me this is definitely more fun than the relatively flat rates we’ve seen for so long.



8 Comments ON " Dilithium Tracking 4/25/13 "
  • alt_example

    seannewboy April 25, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    More good data, im curious why it seems the middle of the weeks tend to see the biggest spikes every week, this seems to be consistent week to week.

    • alt_example

      Sam on Maui April 25, 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

      My guess has generally been that the middle of the week has fewer people playing, and fewer people willing to spend money/Zen. So, the Z:D is more likely to go up because those that are willing to spend want more. Come the weekend? More people playing, more people willing to pay money/Zen, use their stipend, just got paid, etc.

  • alt_example

    Green Dragoon April 25, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Another factor that may be contributing is that Cryptic is juts now stomping on an exploit that allowed a few people to earn obscene amounts of dilithium at an alarming rate. Given that I don’t know how wide spread this exploit was, I can’t say how much of an impact this had.

    • alt_example

      Sam on Maui April 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      I think its one of those “we’d need Cryptic’s datamining” things if we wanted to figure it out. I’d love to go through all their numbers with someone to explain them, answer questions, etc. That’d be nothing short of awesome! Of course, I’d likely be better off wishing for winning a vast sum of money or trying to get a date with Nigella Lawson – probability is about the same.

  • alt_example

    Sean2448 April 25, 2013 at 11:28 am - Reply

    it might be down for the moment, but will go back up when fleets reach 4 and 5
    hopefuly there is a fix in LOR.

  • alt_example

    Illrigger April 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    According to the interview with Geko posted yesterday customer service is stomping the entire Dilithium stocks of people who used that exploit and/or perma-banning their accounts. Normally they aren’t so hard-a**ed about exploits, but this one they are not pulling punches – which makes sense, since it’s basically stealing food from their kids’ mouths.

  • alt_example

    Illrigger April 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    FYI, speaking for myself and a few others I have chatted with, you are correct – those of us who usually purchase and exchange Zen have not been active this month. Many of the regular Zen traders have used the cash they usually flush into Dilithium buy the LoR packs, held off swapping in expectation of needing Zen to buy a few new ships next month – or are waiting for the market to further inflate closer to the LoR launch and the rush of people wanting Zen for ships and being flush with CCat Dilithium. It’s bad news for the griders who have been saving to get the ships with the virtual sweat of their brows, but this is definitely going to be a big couple months for supply and demand.

    • alt_example

      Sam on Maui April 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Not ideal for them, but it might be more equitable all around. I remember being told that it was 1:200 to 1:300 before I started tracking, which is a bit much for my tastes.

      On a side note: did stipends go out early? I’m 500 Zen richer, but I don’t normally get my stipend until the early part of the month…

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