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All Wuthering Waves currencies explained

Lustrous Tides? Astrite? Shell Credits?

Learning a new gacha game, like Wuthering Waves, can feel like learning a foreign language with all of the proper nouns that get thrown at you. Wuthering Waves is filled with dozens of currencies used for various purposes.

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While it’s a bit easier to get into Wuthering Waves if you’ve already familiarized yourself with other gacha games like Genshin Impact or Honkai Star Rail, there are still quirks to the monetization and upgrade systems that set this game apart from the rest. That means you’ll still need to learn the ins and outs of the Wuthering Waves economy even if you’re a gacha veteran. Thankfully, it’s not too hard to get the hang of things.

Wuthering Waves Items and Resources Explained

Here are all of the Wuthering Waves currencies explained with helpful Genshin Impact comparisons since most people are already familiar with that game.

ResourceDescriptionGenshin Impact Equivalent
AstritePremium currency used for pullsPrimogems
LunitePaid currencyGenesis Crystal
Lustrous TideStandard Banner pullsAcquaint Fate
Radiant TideLimited Banner pullsIntertwined Fate
Forging TideWeapon Banner pullsN/A
Shell CreditMoneyMora
Resonance PotionCharacter XP materialHero’s Wit
Energy CoreWeapon upgrade materialEnhancement Ore
Sonance CasketRare open-world collectibleOculus
Lunite SubscriptionPremium daily reward subscription Welkin Blessing
Oscillate/Afterglow CoralCurrency obtained from pullsStardust/Starglitter
Crystal SolventUsed to recover energyFragile Resin
ConveneBanners featuring standard and limited charactersWish
Pioneer PodcastBattle Pass with free and paid rewardsBattle Pass

Fortunately, the most important materials are incredibly straightforward and work just like they do in other gacha games. You don’t have to jump through any hoops to level up your characters, upgrade your weapons, or pull for new characters.

Wuthering Waves is also incredibly generous with materials and resources, especially for new players. You can claim over 100 free pulls if you’re just starting, and farming materials to upgrade your favorite characters don’t take up too much of your time.

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