How much Splinterlands DEC per day can I earn?

(This guide is written as part of the Splinterlands DEC Guide)

Intro

Is it possible to play Splinterlands and earn enough money (DEC) to make it a full time job? Could a person earn a decent living playing a blockchain video game? Since the in-game currency (DEC) can be converted into fiat currency, the question that needs to be answered is simply:

How much DEC can I earn per day?

At present, there are a few ways Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) can be earned while playing Splinterlands. The amount earned will be up to each individual and how far they've progressed in the game. They are:

  • Loot Chests/Daily Quest & Season Rewards

  • Selling/Renting Cards

  • Winning battles/Tournaments


Loot Chests

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Upon finishing a daily quest or at the end of a season, players receive "loot chests" as a reward. Depending upon which "league" the player has competed in (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, or Champion) they will get a number of these chests corresponding to where they finished the season. The higher the player ranks, the more chests they receive. Each chest will contain a potion (Legendary or Alchemy), cards, or DEC. The DEC amounts will range from just a few crystals all the way up to 2000, with the majority of the "drops" coming in from 5-300.

Season Rewards

The top players also earn a sizable DEC reward for finishing the season on top of the rankings. The Bronze League has a top prize of 30,000 DEC while the Champions League pays out 200,000 DEC to the winner.

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Selling Cards

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Again, upon receiving rewards chests, a player will often receive cards from opening the chests. These cards can be sold on the market for DEC. The amount of DEC they can be sold for will obviously depend upon how powerful and/or how rare the cards are in the game. Some of the Legendary cards can be listed for literally hundreds of thousands of DEC, while the cheapest cards will usually fetch around 40-50 at current prices, give or take. Most cards will be somewhere in between with the Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards obviously being worth more than the Common.

Again, the number of cards a player receives in these chests is random, usually 1-2 per 5 chests, although depending upon where Splinterlands is in it's cycle of selling packs and dice, there may be more or less. Either way, luck of the draw is foremost in determining how much a player can earn by selling cards, but most cards are in the hundreds of DEC to purchase so there is definitely money to be made here.

Renting Cards

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A player may also choose to hold onto their cards and rent them out instead. Again, depending upon power, level, and rarity, a player may earn anywhere from a fraction of a DEC to upwards of a few hundred per day. If the player is not using cards, it can be a decent passive income to put the cards on the market to rent. Obviously, the more cards a player rents out, the more DEC they can earn.

Winning Battles

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The final way a player can earn DEC every day is by winning ranked battles. Each time the player wins a battle, he/she is rewarded with ranking points and DEC. Once again, the amount varies depending upon how far the player has advanced in the game. The higher their ranking, the more DEC they receive for winning. They will also receive bonuses to the amounts received if they are on "winning streaks". If the player wins consecutive battles, they will get a percentage bonus on their DEC winnings with the bonus increasing as their winning streak lengthens.

Bronze level battles usually pay out fractions of a single DEC at the lowest levels, although once a player advances to Bronze II or Bronze I, the amounts can climb up into the low to mid double-digits, with even higher numbers possible with lengthy winning streaks. Legendary battle wins can pay in the low to mid hundreds of DEC per win.

That said, there is what is known as the "capture rate" within the game. The capture rate is a mechanic placed in the game so "bots" can't play the game 24 hours a day and milk the rewards. Each time a player battles, the capture rate goes down a tiny percentage. As it goes down, the player only receives that percentage of the rewards won for winning a ranked battle. For example, if a player won a battle and would be receiving 20 DEC as a reward, but their capture rate is at 90%, they will only receive 18 DEC. Obviously, if the rate gets down below 50%, that could be a big chunk of earnings, especially if the player is in the higher leagues where each battle could pay 200-300 or more DEC to the winner. The capture rate DOES recharge however. It will recover 20% per day so players are best served only taking it down to around 80% on a daily basis unless they know they'll be skipping a day or two for some reason. They can also open a second account and play that one while their capture rate is recharging, potentially doubling their daily income.

Tournaments

Splinterlands also has an active tournament schedule with daily contests being run for prizes. Again, these prizes will be based on the league level the player is playing and, obviously, how high they finish in these tournaments. While this really isn't what a person would call passive income, it IS a way to earn more DEC on a daily basis, thus it is being mentioned here. Tournaments can be found under the "Events" tab in the game.

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Conclusion

Overall, a player basically gets out of Splinterlands what he/she puts in. If they advance into the higher league levels, they can earn a few hundred up to thousands of DEC per day battling. The rewards chests are only awarded once a day so the amount of DEC earned there will usually not be more than 100-300, although, as stated, there are the occasional 2000 DEC rewards. Renting and/or selling cards can also pay DEC on a daily basis provided the player receives cards in the loot chests. Again, the amount will be strictly based on how rare and/or powerful the cards they receive happen to be, but some cards can be rented out for hundreds of DEC per day and some cards can be sold for many thousands.

Doing some quick math, if a player earns 10,000 DEC ($70USD) per day battling, builds his/her deck up to a point where they are renting out cards for another 1000 DEC ($7.00USD) per day, selling extra cards once a week for another 5000 DEC ($35USD), and then adding a second account that does half of that, they could conceivably make $125 USD fairly comfortably every day. Multiply by 7 days a week and 52 weeks a year and it adds up to around $45k. Throw in the occasional legendary card that currently can be sold for hundreds of dollars and seeing that number climb over $60k a year is not a stretch.

In conclusion, if a player wants to spend the time and energy learning the game, building their card decks, and advancing in levels, they could certainly reach a point where they are earning a few thousand DEC every day. In fact, at the Champions level, a player could earn upwards of 10,000 DEC per day just battling. With potential tournament winnings, the sale/rental of awarded cards, and season end rewards for finishing near the top of the rankings, it is quite possible a person could earn a nice living playing Splinterlands, a blockchain video game.

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...Multiply by 7 days a week and 52 weeks a year and it adds up to around $45k. Throw in the occasional legendary card that currently can be sold for hundreds of dollars and seeing that number climb over $60k a year is not a stretch.

These numbers are astonishing.

Add the fact I think that buying DEC and cards is still a good investment at these prices and that number will probably end up higher again.

What's Task's saying again?

The age of abundance is upon us!

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That's very true!
And you also have the extra benefit of having fun while at it (assuming you enjoy the game hehe)!

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You are encouraging me to buy some cards. But you forgot to take sps in account and a 200% apr on the staked sps.

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I didn't forget it. I intentionally left it out since this guide is only focused on DEC. I agree though, earning and using SPS can add substantially more to your earning potential. Especially now during the airdrop. Building your deck and soon developing your land can literally add thousands of dollars of value to your account AND they add SPS to your account. Lots of ways for people to make money on this game.

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Hi dagger,
thank you for gathering all the information around earning in Splinterlands. Hopefully, I'll be one of those players you mention at the end, although I just started four weeks ago, but I'm hooked and try to climb the ranks and accumulate cards via renting and earning DEC that way. Chaos Legion will be my first edition of card packs, which I intend to buy a lot of. And then we'll see, how much that earns me.
The players you mention will mostly be the ones, who invested heavily or are playing the game a long time, but I think, it will still be possible and I am on my way to try that out :o).
The recovery rate is about 24-25% I reckon, not 20%, could that be?
This is at least my experience and I always play at the same time (and I drain the energy rate almost always to 74%).
Have a nice one and see you in the game :o).

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I think it's totally possible!

The game has been around for a while but I believe it's still in its early days compared to what it is going to become

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Yes, there is still a LOT of development happening on the game. Land plots are going to add an amazing dynamic to the game and will likely increase earnings potential even more. Between DEC, SPS, cards, and land the dollar amounts could become pretty amazing for people who put in the time and effort.

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Yes, I think you may be right on the 24-25%. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere it was 20% but my experience is it might be a little higher than that as well. Once players become familiar with the game they should be able to dial that in on their own. This is a "guide" for people to get an idea of what they can do to earn a daily living. I wanted to include it since many people don't understand how that works and since I wasn't sure of the exact number, I erred on the conservative side. Thank you for pointing out your experience with it. And for the comment. Much appreciated!

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That is a great write up

I had no idea there was something such as a "capture rate". Looks like it works in a similar way as voting power.

It's important to know that if one is looking to maximize one's earnings!

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The DEC amounts will range from just a few crystals all the way up to 2000, with the majority of the "drops" coming in from 5-300.

Can't agree here, now that there are few Reward cards it's becoming more and more common to see their equivalent in DEC instead of the actual card. You can even get tens of thousands of DECs. A friend even got that much today.

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Besides that, great article.

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Awesome! I didn't know this. Of course I would actually have to get lucky enough to get one... Thank you for pointing that out. I knew that the cards were getting scarce but I had no idea they were dropping DEC equivalent amounts. That's pretty amazing!

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No worries. I also learned about this recently. Good luck, you might hit that many DEC :)

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Outstanding write-up my friend! Two other methods of earning as a Splinterlands player are:

SPS Airdrop Points in Splinterlands

@sgt-dan's SPS Airdrop Points in Splinterlands


SplinterTalk.io

As I indicated above, the amount of SPT tokens each person holds goes towards the amount of the SPS airdrop for each @splinterlands player.

Thought I would add this little bit of information to help out. Great article! You did a fantastic job!

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Yes, I'm well aware of the SPS and SPT avenues but it was my understanding that @forexbrokr just wanted DEC covered in this article so I left it out. Maybe I'll try to link to those pieces of the guide when they're done...

Realistically, DEC is just one of many ways to earn money in Splinterlands. As you say, SPS and posting in Splintertalk can earn you tokens that, if staked, can get you more SPS. So there's posting, battling, renting/selling cards, staking, playing in events, daily quests & season rewards, and of course I'm sure developing land plots is going to allow for some pretty hefty gains as well.

I don't think six figures is out of the question by any means if someone makes the effort to participate in them all. Of course, to really start earning those large amounts, you need to build your deck. And to do that you either need money and/or luck, and time. So it will take a while to get into big dollars just playing organically. But it's there for the taking if someone wants to....

It really is a great game!

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