Pay to Skip

Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

There are a number of ways that this dark pattern can be used, but they all rely on spending money to skip over something in the game that you don't want to do.

1) You may have a limited amount of "energy" or "turns" that you can use before you are no longer allowed to play the game. You then have to wait for that energy to recharge, or you can pay to instantly recharge it.

2) You may start an activity in a game (building, researching, hunting, etc) and the game starts a timer that indicates how long it will take for this activity to finish before you can collect the rewards. You have to wait, or you can pay money to skip the timer and collect the rewards right now.

3) The game show you advertisements, but will allow you to spend money to skip the ads. This is how you can trade money for your attention.

In these examples, a game designer intentionally puts an undesirable blockage into the game that prevents it from being played unless you wait or pay money. This causes the player some discomfort which can be overcome by paying money. If the player chooses to wait instead, this turns into a different dark pattern called Wait to Play.


Dragalia Lost Dragalia Lost
"You can skip building upgrade timers, refill stamina, buy skip tickets that can instantly clear most quests. You can buy double chest rewards that increases amount of resources you get from weekly/daily chests from quests that have them, with this you can get timegated character upgrade materials faster."

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Princess Connect! Re: Dive
"You can: pay to restore stamina (limited to 40 times a day, price increases after several refills), pay for skip tickets to instantly clear stages, pay to reset Arena and Princess Arena daily limit, pay to reset Sanctum Survey daily limit, pay to reset character memory piece stage daily limit, pay A LOT to get enough gacha duplicate materials to ignore character memory piece stage limit, pay to skip furniture upgrades, pay to double daily mana and experience potion stage clears (indirect skip)."

Honkai Impact 3rd Honkai Impact 3rd
"Stamina can be replenished with crystals, though there is a limit to how many times this can be done per day."

"Dungeon energy can be replenished by spending premium currency which can be bought with money. However, there is very little incentive to do so for most people unless you are rushing to be the first person to complete a new upgrade or something."

Tiny Rails Tiny Rails
"Nearly everything can be skiped or sped up with premium currency"

Beatstar - Touch Your Music Beatstar - Touch Your Music
"Premium currency can be used to skip chest opening time."
"You can buy crafting ingredient packs with premium currency."

Pokémon Café Mix Pokémon Café Mix
"The energy can be replenished using Acorns, where Acorns can be exchanged using real money."

Azur Lane Azur Lane
"You can- however the stamina system is so generous that you would have to play an incredibly long amount of time for it to become relevant"

Pokémon UNITE Pokémon UNITE
"The rate that Coins, Battle Points, and Aeos Energy obtained for free by playing matches can be increased with real money. This appeals to people who don't have time to play lots of matches."