# Is Premium Worth It In Total War Arena

I recently picked up 37,500 gold ($20) in Total War: Arena. I of course immediately bought premium, wanting to move up the tiers quicker. After almost 2 weeks, I discovered something. I was probably better off using gold to convert XP instead, sorry to say. I’ll go over the math below, and maybe you can avoid my mistake.

## The Math of Premium vs Conversion

The cost of one month of premium is 17000 gold, so that will be our level for comparison. Knowing 1 gold converts 5 XP means you could convert 85000 XP with 17000 gold. So **you could add a bonus 85000 XP to your Commander XP pool for the price of a month of premium**.

The question then becomes, *how hard is it to earn 85000 XP from your Premium bonus?* For this, you will need to know your average XP per game. You can find this by clicking the portrait button at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Right now mine is 358 XP per game. So at 358 XP per game, a 50% bonus would give me 179 XP extra per game. (It’s actually a little less, but this way is easier, and you’ll see it doesn’t matter in the end.) Taking the 85000 XP from before, and dividing that by 179 XP per game, will tell us how many games I would need to play to equal the same amount of bonus XP. The answer rounds up to **475 games played in 30 days with premium account to add 85000 XP to your Commander XP pool**.

In 5 months, I have just crossed 1819 games. That puts me at 364 games per month rounding up, and I am a pretty hardcore player. That’s well under the 475 games I would need to break even with Premium. **You’d have to play Total War Arena, and nothing but Total War Arena, to reach that number of games.** Good luck.

## One Minor Detail, Your Mileage May Vary

For me, it’s a no brainer. **Converting XP with gold is way more efficient than a Premium account.** The big caveat is silver. If you run low on silver often, premium time may still be a consideration for you. Is it worth the gold to convert silver? One guide at a time! Stay tuned. Happy battles!

*If you want to do the math on your own, I’ll leave the formula below.*

.5 * (Your Average XP) = X

85000 / X = # of games needed

Now, my average xp happens to be 450, a really good number to calculate with.

50% will be 225 unit xp per battle.

I have average commander xp of 200, another really good number to calculate!

50% will be 100 commander xp per battle.

For silver, I would say I get an average of 6k a game (I’m blessed by good numbers :D)

50% will be 3,000 more silver per battle.

I will say that 5 unit xp is worth 1 gold, 5 commander xp is worth 1 gold, and 10 silver is worth 1 gold:

225/5 + 100/5 + 3000/10 = 45 + 20 + 300 = 365

This shows that for every game I play, I will get an average of 365 gold worth of bonuses.

(Notice that silver here is worth the most.)

Now to find the number of games I have to play to break even with a 1 month premium:

17000/365 = 46.6 (sig figs!!!! lol)

So pretty much, in 1 month, you need to play at least 47 games. Which will be approximately 1.5 games per day. I can assume everyone plays at least 2 games per day. It will be really easy to break even.

Like I said earlier, silver is worth the most. Know what you need the most. If you need silver, get premium. If you need xp, I suggest simply converting.