Does Wolfenstein: Youngblood have too many microtransactions?

Wolfenstein: Youngblood offers microtransactions so players can buy certain in-game items with real-world money. At launch, what you can buy with gold bars — the premium currency — is limited to cosmetic items that don’t impact the difficulty of the game, and boosters that give a temporary jolt to certain stats.

Gold bars are only one of three in-game currencies. Here’s how the whole system works.

The cost of currency in Wolfenstein: Youngblood

There are three kinds of currency in Wolfenstein: Youngblood: silver coins, which are hidden around each level, Ability Points, which you receive whenever your character levels up, and gold bars, which you can purchase with real money. This is the current pricing for gold bars:

  • 500 gold bars — $4.99
  • 1,100 gold bars — $9.99
  • 2,500 gold bars — $19.99

Using silver coins, gold bars, and Ability Points

Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s Ability Points are used to purchase new Abilities under the Character heading in the menus. Silver coins can be used to purchase power suit skins, power suit helmets, pep signals that give the sisters different buffs, boosters, weapon upgrades, and weapon skins.

The premium currency, gold bars, can only be used for cosmetic weapon skins, cosmetic power suit skins, cosmetic power suit helmets, and time-limited boosters for things like XP, health, and armor.

You cannot upgrade your character abilities or weapon mods (like red dot sights or bigger magazines) using gold bars (the premium currency). You can purchase some (but not all) boosts with gold bars — at least on some platforms. (More on that below.)

Boosters give you an advantage in combat, but can only be purchased with in-game currency on PC. They can be purchased with gold bars on PS4, however.
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Cosmetics such as different power suit helmets and skins can be purchased with premium currency, but they won’t give you an advantage in battle.
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So you can buy any cosmetic item with premium currency in Wolfenstein: Youngblood?

Not exactly.

Some cosmetic items, like the Venus Desert power suit skin, allows you to pay either 6,000 silver coins or 750 gold coins.

The most expensive cosmetic items are the MachineGames options, and those can’t be purchased with gold bars. The MachineGames power suit skin, for instance, costs 10,000 silver coins, but you can’t purchase it with gold bars. These options can only be purchased the old-fashioned way: By saving up your in-game currency.

The most expensive cosmetic items can’t be purchased with premium currency.
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Why is everyone so confused about this?

There is a lot of chatter about what you can and can’t buy with premium currency in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but it’s partly publisher Bethesda’s fault. The listing for gold bars on Steam says the following:

Contains gold bars, an in-game currency used to acquire new power armor and weapon skins, gear, pep signals, and consumables to help you and your friends battle through Nazi occupied Paris.

That listing makes it sound like you can buy your way into a gameplay advantage, but gold bars can’t actually be used to purchase any items that will give you a concrete advantage. Well, at least not on the PC version.

There seem to be more boosters on the PS4 version of the game, and they can be purchased with gold bars as well as silver coins.
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The strange thing is that we found that gold bars can’t be used to buy boosters on the PC version of the game, but they can be used to purchase boosters on the PlayStation 4 version of the game. We reached out to Bethesda for comment on why different platforms have slightly different economies, but have yet to hear back.

What are the best ways to find silver coins in Wolfenstein: Youngblood?

Since you can only purchase weapon upgrades, boosters, and buffs using silver coins, you’re going to want to track down as much of the virtual currency as possible.

You can’t purchase weapon upgrades using premium currency
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The best way to find silver coins is to be thorough, and search every nook and cranny of each area for loose coins, crates (particularly yellow ones), and doors that can be opened with certain weapons or abilities.

Make sure you unlock the Crush ability (which makes destroying crates easier), and find the Laserkraftwork, Dieselkraftwork, and Electrokraftwork weapons as quickly as possible so you can access more areas in each level to hunt for coins. Our Wolfenstein: Youngblood beginner’s guide build is a good place to get started.


Wolfenstein: Youngblood beginner’s guide

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