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Ellen Joe splash art of her limited banner in Zenless Zone Zero
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Should You Pull on Limited Baners to Bulid Pity in Zeness Zone Zero?

Building pity in gacha games like Zenless Zone Zero can seem like a viable strategy to get to characters you want faster. But is it?

The money-bleeding heart of any gacha game is, of course, its gacha system, and especially its limited event banner. Unless you get lucky, you’ll probably be hitting at least soft pity to get the character you want. And in Zenless Zone Zero, should you pull on the limited banner of a character you don’t want in the hope of making your next banner experience better?

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Should Pull to Build Pity in Zenless Zone Zero?

Ellen Joe in Zenless Zone Zero
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The answer to whether you should pull to build pity is…complicated, and like everything in a gacha game like Zenless Zone Zero, it boils down to a dice roll. It’s not a dice roll in your favor and one most real-world casinos would kill for. That’s because, until you hit soft pity at 75 pulls, your chance of getting any S-Rank character is, at most, 1.6%. So not nothing, but so low as to be effectively no chance. Don’t let all those images on social media of double and triple 5-Star/S-Rank 10-pulls fool you. In practice, you’ll get one S-Rank at every 80 pulls or so.

The complicated bit is the soft pity system and whether you lost your 50/50 on a previous banner. In other words, have you reached 75 pulls without the featured S-Rank, and if you have, did you fall on the better side of the 50% chance to get them. I’ve personally lost seven 50/50s across three gachas I’m playing in the last few months. It feels bad.

I’m also of the mind that it’s not a bad thing to do one or two ten-pulls on a limited banner you aren’t interested in, but by far, the safest answer is to never pull to build pity on a limited character event banner. Ever. Here’s why, and I’ll use my experience with Honkai: Star Rail as an example:

I wanted Fu Xuan and had rolled on the Aventurine 2.1 banner to build a bit of pity. I’d had fairly good luck with 50/50s, and my hope was I could get a bit closer to 75 pulls to make pulling later a bit less stressful. Twenty out of the 70 pulls I wanted to do, WHAM, Aventurine. I haven’t won an HSR 50/50 since. Almost the same thing happened to me in Wuthering Waves. Pulled on the Jiyan banner to build pity, got him, went again, Verina, then one more time, because surely I wouldn’t get Jiyan again. Guess what happened? I’ll wait.

That hasn’t stopped me from dropping a few thousand Polychrome on the Ellen Banner while I wait for Miyabi, and Zhu Yuan doesn’t interest me, meaning I have at least until the end of 1.0 to save my resources. At this point, however, I’m a saver, not a spender, unless I really want the character and, in the case of Zenless Zone Zero, their W-Engine. Ellen doesn’t interest me, despite her firm position at the top of the DPS tier list.

Which brings us back to the question: should you try and build pity on a limited character banner in Zenless Zone Zero? No. Not unless you want to risk the minuscule but still present chance of getting a character you don’t want or ruining a 50/50 loss guaranteeing your next limited character.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.