Wuthering Waves gacha system explained: 50-50, pity counter, more

Aakash Regmi
Character in Wuthering Waves

Here are all the banners featured in Wuthering Waves and their gacha economy, from 50-50 to the pity system and more.  

Being a gacha game, Wuthering Waves features multiple banners where characters and weapons are pooled together. The concept is similar to titles like Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail, but WW has a relatively generous system and a lower pity count.

Here’s everything you need to know about the gacha economy of Wuthering Waves, including how to try characters before pulling for them. 

Wuthering Waves gacha currencies explained

Pulling for a character or a weapon in Wuthering Waves, called Convene, requires either Tides or Astrites. Tides are essentially Fates from Genshin Impact and Astrites are Primogems. This means 160 Astrites are equal to 1 Tide, and a single Tide will let you pull once in a banner.

Exploring the game will mostly net you Astrites, which can later be converted to Tides when you pull. 

Likewise, Tides come in three different rarities: Lustrous Tides, Radiant Tides, and Forging Tides. Lustrous Tides are for the permanent and Novice banners, Radiant is for the limited character banner, and Forging Tides are for the limited weapon banner.

In terms of what different banners there are, here are all the banners:

  • Novice banner (for new players and lasts for 50 pulls, guarantees a 5-star character at the end) 
  • Character permanent banner
  • Weapon permanent banner 
  • Character Event banner (limited banner)
  • Weapon Event banner (limited banner)

How does pity work in Wuthering Waves?

Pity in Wuthering Waves guarantees that you’ll get the rate-up character after a certain number of pulls (or Convene). This is the same as any other gacha game.

Each banner in Wuthering Waves features 4-star and 5-star characters/weapons. Pity ensures that if you do not get these rate-ups after a certain number of Convene, your next one will guarantee it.

Jiyan in Wuthering Waves
Jiyan is featured in the first limited banner.

Character banner pity system

In both the permanent and limited banners for characters, you’re guaranteed a 4-star character in every 10 pulls and a 5-star character in every 80 Convene.

However, pity is counted independently in all banners, so if you’ve done 9 pulls in a permanent banner, it does not mean your next pull in a limited banner will guarantee a 4-star. The guarantee is on the permanent banner.

Weapon banner pity system

Like the character banner, both permanent and limited banners for weapons guarantee a 4-star weapon in every 10 pulls and a 5-star character in every 80 pulls.

Is there soft pity in Wuthering Waves?

Wuthering Waves features soft pity, which means players can get a 5-star unit after 65–70 pulls. Soft pity isn’t usually confirmed by the devs, but players believe you don’t need to reach the 80 pulls to get the featured character in their banner.

How does 50-50 work in Wuthering Waves banners?

Wuthering Waves has a 50-50 system in its character event banner. This means if you have done 80 Convene, you’ll either get a 5-star from the permanent banner or the featured unit. If you get a standard character, one of your next 80 pulls will guarantee you the featured character. 

So, suppose in the first limited banner for Jiyan, your initial 80 pulls can either get you Jiyan or any other unit from the standard banner (Calcharo, Encore, Jianxin, Lingyang, or Verina). If you get a standard unit your next 80 will guarantee Jiyan.

There is no 50-50 in the Weapon Event banner, as 80 pulls will guarantee you the limited weapon. 

How to count pity in Wuthering Waves

If you want to check how many pulls you’ve done and count pity in Wuthering Waves, click on the history (clock) icon beside the Convene button on the banner page.

Chixia is a DPS in Wuthering Waves
Players can try characters before pulling for them.

How to try Wuthering Waves characters before pulling for them

If you’re unsure of what characters to pull for in Wuthering Waves, you can try them out before spending any Tides by following these steps:

  1. Open the Terminal (Main Menu).
  2. Open the Events tab.
  3. Look for a character trial event.
  4. Click whichever character you’d like to try out.
  5. Select Proceed.

This will send you straight to a short trial mode where you’ll be able to try the character’s abilities in different situations.

Currently, the Ascendant Aces event is the only way to try units in Wuthering Waves. It features Jiyan, Danjin, Chixia, and Mortefi. We’ll make sure to update this guide if the game adds more ways to test-run characters before pulling for them.

That’s everything about the gacha system in Wuthering Waves. For more on Kuro Games’ title, make sure to check out how to reroll in Wuthering Waves, how to get Sonance Caskets, and all of the Weekly Bosses locations to breeze through the early game.

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