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Shards are alongside Gold and Gems a virtual currency within Heroes of the Storm.

Shards can be used to forge specific cosmetic items, all Skins and most Mounts that you're looking to add to your collection. Varying amounts of Shards can appear in your Loot Chest drops, and any duplicate items you receive in a Loot Chest will automatically fragment into Shards.


Shards can be rewarded in the following amounts. Every amount represents only a fraction of the shard cost of an item with the same rarity.

Type Amount Fraction
Common Shards  20 1/2
  Rare Shards  50 1/2 or 2/3
Common Duplicate Item  5 1/8
  Rare Duplicate Item  20 1/5 or 4/15
  Epic Duplicate Item  100 1/4 or 1/3
  Legendary Duplicate Item  400 1/4 or 1/3