I'm not defending anything, the management is utter garbage and has been sliding down the drain for years.
If you're doing this fully free-to-play, you can only buy 1 Free Breath per month, but you need two to combine with 40 Shards. Hence, you will need 2 months to make one transform even if you bought the Shards for 25 Gold Ingot each (wasting 32.5M for each purchase). If you actually play the game for ~1-2hrs per day you can very reasonably finish all weekly lugbug and get your 5 shards per week.
not sure why the panic