Hey y’all, I’m James Wright
and welcome back to Wizards News! Today, it is time to study some Dark Detectors. You’ve been asking for it. So let’s dive in and take a look at it! (music) This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to do… …for a long time. Dark Detectors are one of those things… …that some people really understand… …and some people really don’t… …and some people think they understand, but they really don’t. And so, we actually need to do some tests… …and figure out what’s going on here. Now, the tests are a little preliminary. I want to get some more data… …and do have tests a few more times as well. As well as I’m thinking about… …doing a few other variants on them. So we’ll be talking about those a little bit later, but to do this test, I had to go out and purchase 36 Dark Detectors… …and Dark Detectors are probably the most expensive… …thing in the game per capita. What we ended up doing is, finding a cluster of Inns… …and we ran several different tests. (1) I put 3 Dark Detectors on 1 Inn… …and we counted how many spawns we got. Now, we were looking for the spawns… …with the colored ring around the bottom. We were not counting any of the regular spawns. We were only counting ones… …that were spawned from the Dark Detector. You can tell that by that little ring on the bottom… …and the three of us then would… …walk around the Inn, different locations… …and make sure that we broadened our search… …to make sure we found all of the possible Foundables… …that were spawned by the Dark Detectors. In the next scenario (2), we took 3 Inns… …and I put 1 Dark Detector on each Inn. So the big question is, is it better to put 1 Dark Detector on 3 Inns? Or is it better to put all 3 Dark Detectors on 1 Inn? And so, we went around and we did all of that… …and we collected all that data. And then next (3), we went and we had all 3 Inns… and there are three of us there. So we each put 1 Dark Detector on each of the Inns. So all the Inns were maxed out, but they had different people putting them on there. And then in the last scenario (4), I went and put all 3 Dark detectors on all 3 Inns. So 9 Dark Detectors to max out 3 Inns, and then we went around and found all the Foundables… …that were spawned by that. And then we got home… …and they announced that they just updated the game… …and they changed the spawn radius of the Inns. (Argh) So I went back out… …and I did all those tests again… …that I could by myself. I didn’t do the one… …when the three of us put one on each, but because I wanted to see, if the spawn numbers were very different… …or if it was completely new. We will be talking about that change… …a little bit later at the end here. So let’s jump right in and take a look at the data. So here’s the sheet. We have 3 Dark Detectors that all go on 1 Inn. (1) And then on this one, it’s 1 Dark Detector on each of 3 Inns. (2) And then this is the one, where we each put 1 Dark Detector. (3) And then down here at 3 Dark Detectors. (4) So you can see the information pretty quickly here. The way we categorize this is, I have all of the XP put on here… …by these strengths of the Foundables. So, Low Foundables gives you get 50 XP. And if it’s Emergency Foundables, you get 500 XP. And then we counted… …how many of each type of Foundable we got. And then that gave us the value of that particular run. This first column here is, the one we did earlier in the day. And the second column was, the one I did
after the update. So you can see the numbers between them. The ones I did after the update were all slightly higher, but not by much. So to clarify this data, each of these sections are
one session with Dark Detectors. So a half hour session. And the XP numbers are without Baruffio’s Brain Elixir. So in this first session, we had just over 1,900 XP from the 12 spawns… …that came from the Dark Detectors alone. Now that’s without Baruffio’s Brain Elixir. So if you had Baruffio’s Brain Elixir on, that would put it up to, you know around, 4000 xp for the half-hour. And then we would also have… …a lot of the other regular spawns that came along… …and here you can see the spawns were pretty high. We got 1 Emergency, 2 Severes and then 4 Highs… …and that adds up really quickly. So it’s a pretty good one. And when I compare both of them that I had side-by-side, the one I had later in the day was marginally better, but well within the statistical variance, So if we average it out, it’s about 2,000 XP that we get… …from the Dark Detector spawns in one half hour. So roll on a Baruffio’s Brain Elixir and it’s 4,000. So I actually expected to see the same results basically, if we put 1 Dark Detector on 3 Inns. But in this case, we didn’t get any of the really high things. We only got one with a flare… …and then we got a lot of Lows and Mediums. So we were getting a lot of the same things… …we would see regularly appearing, but there were more of them. So in this one, we had 25 spawns by the Dark Detector. Whereas in the previous one, we had a dozen. So twice the amount of spawns, but lower quality. And so that means the total quality was less… …by about 400 XP per half-hour. So this makes it very obvious. If you have 3 Dark Detectors, put them all on 1 Inn… …and sit there and just mine that 1 Inn. Don’t spread them out. Next, we wanted to see… …if there’s any particular difference… …between everyone putting 1 Dark Detector on an Inn. Me just putting all the Dark Detectors on, is it better to do it with friends? And right off the bat, I would say yes… …because I got 3,700 XP in one half-hour… …and then doing it all by myself, I got 3,000 XP in one half-hour. Now, this is an area I want to do more study on… …and actually go back and do this again a couple times… …because the, they look very similar right here. But, the big difference is… the amount of Severes that we got. Putting 3 on, we got 6 of them there. We didn’t get any Emergencies, but then down here, we only got 1 Severe. But then in the tests I did behind myself later, we got one Emergency. And that one Emergency, made a huge difference spiking up the total from here. So we actually ended up getting a very similar size… …to what we got with this. So I have to say right now, these two are within the statistical variance… …that they’re close enough. I can’t really call a clear winner between them right now. Now if you do have three people in the same area, then go ahead and spread them out. And everyone puts one on each Inn, and that is, just… it’s… …you know, it’s more economical, so you’re not putting out all the Dark Detectors, but, if you’re by yourself, the price per Dark Detector, it’s actually better just to put them all on 1 Inn… …rather than spreading them out onto a group of Inns… …because if you’re putting 3 Dark Detectors… out to do this, you get 2,000 XP, but if you put 9 Dark Detectors out, you don’t get 6,000 XP. You still only get 3,300 XP… …and not 6,000 which you would expect after this. So, per Dark Detector, you get more bang for your buck, if you just sit on 1 Inn… …than if you do spreading them out over 3 Inns. There are several other things… …that we found out while we were out there. (1) If all of us are out there, we all saw the same spawns every time. There were one exception to that… …where one of the phones wasn’t updating, but as soon as the app was restarted, then it started seeing all the spawns again. So you’re not going to see different spawns, if you put the Dark Detectors on there, as opposed to anyone else sees the Dark Detectors on, you’re all going to see the exact same spawns. And that’s one of the big reasons, why I don’t think there’s any statistical difference… …between these two: Putting all of them on by one person… …and putting all of them on by three persons. I think in the end you’re probably gonna get the same, but I am going to be doing… …more studies on this in the future. So we can actually track this out… …and get better numbers on this. (2) Another interesting thing that we found is… …when you first put 3 Dark Detectors on all 3 Inns, So you end up with 9 Dark Detectors. As soon as you hop out of that, you have 5 or 6 spawns that suddenly appear… …and you have all of these Foundables… ….that you need to return… …and you do not have enough time… …to return all the Foundables that suddenly appear. The problem is they despawned… …before you actually get around to getting them all. So what we generally suggest is, put 3 Dark Detectors on 1 Inn, then return those Foundables that pop up, then put 3 Dark Detectors in the next Inn, then return those Foundables that pop up, and then put 3 Dark Detectors in the last Inn. That way you can stage them out… …and make sure you can return… …all the Foundables that pop up… …because they will pop up much faster… …than you can return them. (3) Also in every method, we saw a wave about 2 to 3 minutes… …before the end of the Dark Detectors. There was another blast of Foundables that came out… …and a couple occasions we weren’t able to catch… …all of those that popped out. So staggering them again makes it easier at that point. So stagger out when you put the Dark Detectors out… …to make sure you can actually… …return all the Foundables. (4) Also for our first series… …that we did with other people, this is before the recent update. And so these spawn radiuses were… …actually larger than your view radiuses. So you had to make sure you were out… …and walking around the Inn. I wanted to make sure that… …the black circle around my character… …was actually away from the Inn. So I was doing a larger radius walk around the Inn, making sure I found all the spawns. Because there’d be several times if we were spread out, I would see a spawn over here… …and they wouldn’t see it… …because they were too far away. So you need to be able to… …make sure you’re walking around them. But then they went and did the update… …and the spawns that I got afterwards, found out that all of the spawns were… …within my view radius. So that meant I could actually just sit on top of the Inn… …and make sure I got all the spawns now. I still found it a little bit easier to walk around… …because then I might get more wild spawns… …that be popping up around. And if I’m going for XP, then that’s definitely worth it. Because there are down times in between spawns… …and it is very useful to have… …those other wild regular spawns… …that you can just pick off while you go. Now one of the things we ran into a slight problem is, being able to identify… …which spawns were actually from the Dark Detector, because the little swirl right on the base… …is very hard to see. And sometimes we’d be looking. It’s like, “Oh, okay. That is one then.” So we kept video footage of it, to make sure we could go back and check them. But if you’re having a hard time seeing… …which spawn comes from the Dark Detector, we suggest before setting everything up, go ahead and clear all of the wild spawns around. And that way when you when they pop up, there’s a pretty good chance… …that they are just from a Dark Detector. It’s much easier to see the little swirl… …when there aren’t a bunch of other spawns… …popping up around. As a separate note, all of these tests were done outside of a flag zone. If you do these inside of a flag zone or inside of a park, you’re probably gonna see… …slightly different variances on them. I don’t think it’ll be that much, but I just want to make sure the test was done… …outside of a flag zone. Just to make sure… …there wouldn’t be any problems with that. Now, one of the nice things about grinding in this way is, you do get some high spawns… …if you max out the Dark Detectors on Inn… …and high spawns mean a lot of XP very quickly. And that’s very useful if you’re grinding XP… …because you can stay in one area… …and still get high rates of spawns. Now the downside is, you’re probably going to be using more potions… …because you’re seeing rare spawns. Things you don’t see very often. We saw McGonagall while we’re out there. And we saw the car, and we saw a bunch of other things… …that we just don’t see that often, And it’s very tempting to use the Dawdle Draught… …and the High Exstimulo Potions, and it’s very easy to go through a lot of potions… …when you’re trying to catch… …those really rare things that only pop up occasionally. Now yes, you don’t need to use them… …and if you don’t use those, it’s actually a relatively cheap way of doing it… …other than the Dark Detectors… …that you have to have for it. But if you have the Dark Detectors on hand already… …that you’ve gotten from rewards, then this can be a cheap way of doing it… …as long as you are good at your spell-casting… …and you’re a higher level. If you’re a lower level, then you’re probably gonna have a lot of problems with these spawns… …and just not be able to catch them. So, what did I learn from this test? (1) If I’m going to put Dark Detectors on Inn, I’m going to max out the Inn. Put all 3 Dark Detectors on. You’ll get more benefit out of that… …than just putting 1 Dark Detector on. There are more high-value spawns… …and it is just a more enjoyable time… …because you’re seeing these spawns… …you don’t get to see regularly. (2) We actually found it to be a little bit of a downer, when we put 1 Dark Detector on 3 Inns… …because we were seeing stuff that we saw every day. We’re just seeing more of them… …and it was just kind of like, “(err) Okay, there’s nothing really special to this.” But we put all 3 on there. We were seeing McGonagall, we were seeing the Philosopher’s Stone. We were seeing the car. We were seeing Firenze. We were seeing these things that were like, “(ooh) The Goblet of Fire!” And things you don’t get to see every day… …and we were seeing them constantly. And that was really exciting and a lot of fun. (3) So of all the ways I know, I think Dark Detectors are… …one of the best ways to grind… …because you can guarantee, you’re going to get some high level stuff. You’re going to be getting lots of XP… …in a short period of time So if you don’t have a lot of time right now, get out there, throw some Dark Detectors on the Inns… …and have a little bit of fun… …because they are really enjoyable. Now I want you to tell me… …what more we can do on this test. I do want to do more tests, so we can expand the sample size. I think that just needs to be a little bit larger… …to make sure that we’re in the right ballpark. Also, I’m thinking about doing… …a few other slight modifications of this. So if you see something is like, “Hey, can you test it this way?” Maybe I’ll add that to the list for the next time. I hope you like this information. If you did, please let me know down below. I’d love to hear that. Also if you did like the video, please hit like, comment, share, subscribe, ring the bell. All those things really do help out the channel… …and thank you for that. If you do want to become a patron on Patreon, that really means a lot as well. And I do share a lot of this information… …with them ahead of time. I actually put the spreadsheet out to them last night. So if you want to see that ahead of time, go ahead and hop over there… …and help us out along the way. I think that’s about it for now… and until next time, have a wonderful day. (Hmm) No frogs are spawning today. Let’s put Dark Detectors on then. (Ping!) (Hey) Chocolate frog. Let’s see. What did we get today? I hope it’s a high-value spawn… …because we use three Dark Detectors, didn’t we? (ah) It’s Jocunda Sykes. I’ll take it.