RIFT’s Hellbugs– they come in pretty colors, look awesome when they jump, and are currently helping fire rifts see a lot of action. One problem, however. The drop rates on these little and not-so-little guys are very random and a little low for many players’ tastes. The combination of the two makes completing a Hellbug mount/pet collection fairly time consuming. Unless, of course, the RNG gods are on your side so to speak.
RNG, which stands for ‘random number generation’, is the acronym us gamers like to use when our odds of obtaining goodies are purely left to the virtual dice. By now, most of us are familiar with the concept of RNG mount drops in RIFT and remember it from past world events where players were either lucky or, well, weren’t. Trion took a hint from players after Waves of Madness and promptly started offering mount rewards during world events that didn’t require a whole lot of luck. The past few world events mounts have been really easy to nab, in fact.
This is probably why many players were a bit surprised by the pure luck/RNG factor that comes into play when searching for rainbow-colored Hellbugs. Some players, of course, have gone all-out when it comes to closing fire rifts in hopes of collecting all the Hellbugs before their friends can. Sometimes that plan works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. Such is the nature of the RNG beast.
Around the RIFT community, we’re seeing a fraction of players comparing the Hellbug RNG experience directly to past experiences during Waves of Madness and other world events that contained a high amount of RNG for mount drops and other rare drops. The likeliness is there, sure, but folks are forgetting one important fact– these Hellbug rifts will be sticking around for an indefinite amount of time. This means that we have plenty of time to extend our search efforts. We can also enlist leveling alts since the Hellbugs are Bind on Account.
Even with an indefinite time to search for these guys, the random nature of relying on luck alone does beg the question about whether or not it was a wise decision for Trion to go this route to begin with. Storm Legion‘s quite currency heavy as it is, so it would almost seem like a mount “hatching” system like the one we saw to obtain the Ash Strider mount would almost work, but again– without that strict time limit of a world event, a system like that isn’t 100% necessary. Or is it? Frustration alone could be one reason for a more guaranteed system, I suppose.
Personally, I’m pretty content with the system as it stands. I like having the rare chance to obtain something extra special when closing a random rift I come across. Not everything needs to be tied to a currency or a guarantee, although I can definitely understand the frustration of not getting that extra special something when you really have your eyes set on it. What’s your take on the Hellbug luck factor?