4e Monster gp Value  

Posted by Spenser Isdahl in ,

One of ChattyDM's tweets reminded me of a little chart I made over the summer. You see, back in the wild days of D&D 3.X, we calculated treasure based on the power of the monsters you faced, not based on these newfangled "treasure parcels." Naturally, I began to wonder how much gold a monster in 4e is worth. Well, one excel spreadsheet later, and here we are. Note that the values below are based on the treasure parcel amounts that would be given out to a PC of the same level. Also, I'm almost certain the math is right... but, strictly speaking, numbers aren't my thing, so proceed with caution.

Monster
gp Value by Monster Type
Level
Standard
Minion
Elite
Solo
1
26.56
6.64
53.12
132.8
2
38.08
9.52
76.16
190.4
3
52.06
13.02
104.12
260.3
4
68.8
17.2
137.6
344
5
88
22
176
440
6
132.8
33.2
265.6
664
7
190.4
47.6
380.8
952
8
260.8
65.2
521.6
1,304
9
344
86
688
1,720
10
400
100
800
2,000
11
664
166
1,328
3,320
12
952
238
1,904
4,760
13
1,304
326
2,608
6,520
14
1,720
430
3,440
8,600
15
2,200
550
4,400
11,000
16
3,320
830
6,640
16,600
17
4,760
1,190
9,520
23,800
18
6,520
1,630
13,040
32,600
19
8,600
2,150
17,200
43,000
20
9,625
2,406.25
19,250
48,125
21
15,177.14
3,794.29
30,354.29
75,885.71
22
21,948.89
5,487.22
43,897.78
109,744.44
23
30,229.09
7,557.27
60,458.18
151,145.45
24
40,023.08
10,005.77
800,46.15
200,115.38
25
51,333.33
12,833.33
102,666.67
256,666.67
26
74,700
18,675
149,400
373,500
27
95,920
23,980
191,840
479,600
28
115,266.67
28,816.67
230,533.33
576,333.33
29
132,857.14
33,214.29
265,714.29
664,285.71
30
156,250
39,062.5
312,500
781,250

I also have some estimates on gp value of monsters of greater than 30th level, but those are based more on speculation than anything since, obviously, there are no treasure parcel values for those levels. I guess this is also a good time to point out that I have no idea what practical purpose this chart actually serves, but when has that ever stopped anyone?

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4 comments

This is awesome! I'm using this from now on. I hate treasure parcels with a passion.

October 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Huh, and I didn't think it was particularly useful. I'm glad someone will get some use out of it :)

October 9, 2009 at 6:28 PM

It has a use I don't think you may have thought of, some of us -have- 4e books, but still play 3.5, I can use this as a rough estimate of how much things should be worth when I scale 4e monsters back down for 3.5, because honestly the monsters were the best part of 4e.

October 10, 2009 at 11:04 AM

You can use this to award monetary value per monster, instead of saying "HEY YOU GUYS GET A MAGIC SWORD" and then having everyone argue about who gets the magic sword. Or all the other mental problems the treasure parcel system causes me. I just hate the idea of awarding certain levels of items in that convoluted little guideline in the DMG, and that if I don't I'm either short-changing players on items or giving them too much (say if I give them two really high level items...they should only have one item of their level +4).

October 10, 2009 at 6:49 PM

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