Yes, I am fully aware that pal chests help your team to get higher beast boosts and this gives extra strength to beasts in defense. For the interested ones, read here https://royal-revolt-2.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Beasts
When I check our main team (top tier), we have level 5 beast boost (12 is max) giving 18% extra strength to our beast and we are on our way to reach level 6, making boost 22% in a few conquests. For my team that’s pretty interesting, my team fortunately likes conquests a lot, similar like me. I agree, from point of view of teams it’s almost must to participate conquest with as much players as possible. From point of view of players it’s also almost a must, those rewards help you to grow stronger.
It’s up to teams if they tolerate players not participating. When teams force players to participate, players should decide if they accept it or not. So when a group of players hate conquest, they can either make a camp team and accept that their beast boost is low and they make not same progress as others, plus that their guardians stay behind with all the consequences of such a decision. That this means they fall behind and face similar problems like phoebe beast in defense is a result they will have to realize and accept.
When individual players don’t like conquest, nobody is forcing you to play, that was my point, not the consequences of it.
I honestly think guardian chests are more important than pal chests from point of view of players, pal chests are more important from point of view of teams. If you are able to reach higher guardian levels (5+), who cares that a phoebe for example of an opponent has stronger beast boost of a few percent? Those stronger guardians compensate and overcome that problem completely. Also here, conquest participation indeed is smart is the conclusion.
You can’t have best of both worlds. Either accept participating conquest and get rewards that makes you and your team grow stronger or don’t participate and accept that you and your team and you as player eventually will fall behind. Whatever choice you make, be fair towards your team. So if you don’t want to play conquest, don’t hang around in stronghold, but also be honest to your team and search for another team that shares your thoughts (i.e. no conquests).