The Essence system is a key part of the character progression in Paladins, introduced on February 22th, 2017. Essence is a hard currency used to purchase unlockable Cards, which are useful for further enhancing Champions' abilities. Essence is represented by a rounded glass flask.
The Essence system unlocks purchased cards by Crafting them in the champion's card menu. When the card is unlocked, it can be Disenchanted to return half its original cost. Essence can be earned from automatically Disenchanted duplicate cards in Radiant Chests, or by Disenchanting any unused cards. The Essence system is not tied to match performances like Gold is, making Essence more challenging to stockpile and earn.
There are three other methods of earning Essence:
- The Tutorial, which awards the player 36,000 upon first completion.
- The Founder's Pack offers 72,000 after purchase.
- The reward for each Achievements is 1,000 .
The Essence system places a specific value on unlockable Cards, depending on their rarity.