Best Ways to Spend Gems in Clash Royale

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Do you really know how to spend Gems properly in Clash Royale? Let’s talk about this topic today!

I have received loads of questions about this lately. I hope this guide is good enough to satisfy you.

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Best Ways To Spend Gems in Clash Royale

There are a lot of articles and posts about how to use your gems. Most conclude that you should use them all for Grand Challenges.

I’m here to tell you that for the average player that is incorrect depending on what you want to achieve.

Purchasing Chests In The Shop

First, let me repeat something that every Gem guide has said. Using your Gems for chests in the shop is a horrible idea if you want to maximize your value.

This is more true ever since the Gold in the Giant Chest has been reduced.

A Giant chest costs 520 gems and will give you 860 Gold and 287 cards. That means you are getting 1.6 pieces of Gold for each gem.


  • You get 20 pieces of gold for each gem if you purchase the 10,000 pouch of gold.
  • You get 2.4 pieces of gold for each gem just by opening a gold chest with gems in your chest cycle.
  • You get 13 pieces of gold for each gem if you enter a grand challenge and never win a game.

Buying a Magical Chest or Super Magical Chest in the shop is even worse, where you get approximately 1.3 pieces of gold for each gem.

If your goal is to get cards, a Giant chest will give you 287 cards, which translates to 0.5 cards per gem. This is, again, worse value than just opening a gold chest in your chest cycle and worse than entering challenges if you win at least 3.


The card per gem ratio for opening magical or super magical chests in the shop is even worse.

If you are looking for Gold

The conventional wisdom of playing Challenges is sound if your goal is to amass as much gold as possible.

First, however, let’s break down the chest cycle.

Opening chests in the cycle cost differing amounts depending on what kind of chest it is. Silver chests cost 18 gems, Gold chests 24 gems, Giant and Magical chests cost 72 Gems, and Super Magical chests cost 144 gems.

When looking at the gold per gem ratio, opening a Silver Chest with gems only provides 0.2 gold per gem, but opening a Super Magical Chest with gems, gives you a whopping 6600 gold per gem.

Thus, to figure out your average gold per gem for going through a complete chest cycle, you have to account for all of the different types of chests that will appear in your cycle and the differing gold per gem ratio.

Below is the amount of Gold/Gem you will receive for the chest cycle, purchasing gold in the shop, or completing a Grand Challenge.

Name Gold/Gem Value
Chest Cycle 7.5
Grand Challenge (0 Win) 14
Pounch of Gold 16.7
Grand Challenge (1 Win) 19
Bucket of Gold 20
Wagon of Gold 22
Grand Challenge (2 Wins) 25
Grand Challenge (3 Wins) 32
Grand Challenge (4 Wins) 40
Grand Challenge (5 Wins) 50
Grand Challenge (12 Wins) 220

As you can see, going through the chest cycle with gems is the worst way to amass gold.

If you can win at least two games in a Grand Challenge, it will give you the best value. That is why all of the guides say Grand Challenges are the way to go.

However, getting Gold is not the only goal of using Gems.

If you are looking for Cards

Cycling chests is the best way the average playing can obtain cards.

That is because you have to win at least 4 games in a Grand Challenge to even equal the amount of cards you will receive by going through your chest cycle using Gems.


Name Cards/Gem Value
Grand Challenge (0 Win) 0.2
Grand Challenge (1 Win) 0.3
Grand Challenge (2 Win) 0.5
Grand Challenge (3 Win) 0.9
Grand Challenge (4 Win) 1.3
Chest Cycle 1.3
Grand Challenge (5 Win) 1.9
Grand Challenge (6 Win) 2.5
Grand Challenge (12 Win) 11

An average player at Clash Royale will win 3 games and lose 3 games in a challenge. Of course, sometimes you will win more and sometimes you will win less, but if you assume you will win an average of 3 games, the chest cycle is the way to go.

Note that you really need to win 6 games in a Grand Challenge to show a material improvement over the chest cycle.


In sum, if your goal is to amass gold, then go with the conventional wisdom and play Grand Challenges.

However, if your goal is to amass cards, then go with the chest cycle.


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