Empress Weapon Shortage
Another casualty of the evolution cost issue is Pirate Empress Weapons. The droprate on these weapons is still pretty poor (as ultimate zones tend to be) and they are either evolved to reach Helio Evo1 or Destroyed when evolving your Helioflare. This means that large amount of them are leaving the market forever. As of writing, the only Empress weapon to be found on the Auction House is Bracers (monk is barely used atm) And I have very rarely seen chat sellers. This leaves the only option being to craft one which is 100m + mats. Add this to the Evo costs and you are looking at a whopping 170m + mats. Almost everyone is bottle-necked at Helioflare since the Quest Weapon evolves into it. This is a great feature, but the unforseen problem is that there is simply not enough Empress weapons entering the pool to support the outflow.
I suggest either buffing the droprate or lowering the cost of crafting significantly. This is putting even more pressure on a already strained gold market.