Gaia’s Tear

This item can be found via any of the Level 0 Profession Quests (Fishing, Foraging, Gardening or Mining). Though, the drop rate for this item differs between the Fishing & Foraging quests, and the Gardening & Mining Quests (as seen below)

Fishing and Foraging

This item is worth 10xp during Quests.
NB: You only get XP for your first Tear from a Quest.
I.e. If you get 1 or 6 Gaia’s Tears, you’ll get 10xp
Has a 5-7.5% drop rate*
Used for Summing Heroes (in increments of 10)
(*the higher drop rate is with heroes with the correct
profession gene for the profession they’re sent on)

Gardening and Mining

This item is worth 10xp during Quests.
NB: You only get XP for your first Tear from a Quest.
I.e. If you get 1 or 6 Gaia’s Tears, you’ll get 10xp
Has a 7-10.75% drop rate*
Used for Summing Heroes (in increments of 10)
(*the higher drop rate is with heroes with the correct
profession gene for the profession they’re sent on)

If we look at how much Gaia’s Tears are worth compared to Gold:

(Screenshot taken from the bot on the DeFi Kingdoms Discord)

We see that Gold is worth (at the time of writing) almost twice as much as Gaia’s Tears. Prices for tokens in $USD will always fluctuate based on what’s happening on the market, with the prices going up when ingame demand increases and going back down when demand decreases. Free economy, etc. But, for the sake of argument, let’s assume it won’t deviate too far outside of [Gold/4]<Gaia’s Tear>[Gold*4], which would give it a fluid value of 0.25-4 Gold.

Crafting

Gaia’s Tears are also used as part of the crafting recipes we’re starting to see in-game, as well as part of the Egg Hatching process at the Hatchery.

History

The value of Gaia’s Tears has been one of the most drastic of all the tokens. We’ve all seen Jewel yoyo up and down the exchanges (if you haven’t you might want to strap yourself in), but Gaia’s Tears have gone from being rare and highly sought after, to the most common token in the game (behind only Gold).

Back when the game was first launched, the original Gen0 Heroes were minted before there was much to do with them. Without any profession quests, there was no real way to acquire Gaia’s Tears and so the few that did exist cost upwards of 6 Jewel each at times. In order to try to meet demand, they released a Meditation quest where Heroes could visit a wishing well for the chance to earn Gaia’s Tears. This allowed Gen0 (and subsequent Gen Hero) owners to summon more heroes.

Present

Now you can collect Gaia’s Tears on all the Level 0 Profession Quests, to the point where as of April ’22 there are/were too many Gaia’s Tears than players know/knew what to do with. Yes, I’m just future-proofing this text so I don’t have to change it constantly. The value is/was now/then a small, small fraction of a Jewel per token.