Essence Orbs were a promotional set of cards celebrating the First Year Anniversary of Steemmonsters - what we now call Splinterlands. 200,000 Essence Orb booster packs were minted, and some can still be purchased within the Non-Card Market and secondary markets like Hive-Engine and Tribaldex.
This 12 card set is playable in the Wild Format only. Card Rarities are distributed as follows: 3 Legendary, 2 Epic, 3 Rare, and 4 Common Cards. Additional info about pack opening/card discovery rates can be found in Pack Pull Rates.
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Can I Play with Essence Orb Cards Without Buying Packs?
Yes! Single cards can be rented or purchased via the in-game market using Credits or Dark Energy Crystals (DEC). Use card market filters to locate Essence Orb cards (as seen below). Please note that Essence Orbs are only playable in the Wild Format.