Gems are items that can be socketed into weapons and armour. Gems also have their own bag that does count towards inventory count.
The entire purpose of gems is for the elemental resistance and damage, known as atonement.
Gems are not bought, instead they are crafted through Gem Crafting, which only has 100 levels, and 4 tiers.
- Tier 1: 1-25% for each element, 1000 Gold Dust, 250 Shards, 100 Copper Coins. (Level 1-25)
- Tier 2: 5-50% for each element, 5000 Gold Dust, 500 shards, 250 Copper Coins. (Level 25-50)
- Tier 3: 10-75% for each element, 10,000 Gold Dust, 1,000 Shards, 500 Copper Coins. (Level 50-75)
- Tier 4: 20-100% for each element, 50,000 Gold Dust, 2,500 Shards, 1,000 Copper Coins. (Level 75-100)
When you craft a gem, there are three elements attached:
These work in a circle:
Fire → (beats) → Ice → (beats) → Water → (beats) → Fire.
These are also known as atonement. When you craft a gem the elements are randomly assigned numbers based on the tier selected.
The highest element, will be your attacking element – which means you’ll do x% of your own damage as that element in addition to all your other attacks, but only during PVP and raids. Let’s look at a quick example:
In this example you will, with no other gems attached, do 30% of your attack as a water element attack. You will have 25% resistance against fire and 10% against ice based element attacks.
If you attack a fire attuned character or raid monster, you will do 60% damage against them because your water is: Super Effective against fire atonement.
- Purgatories Doors (Surface Quest)
- The Magic of Purgatory (Hell Quest)
Once these two quests are complete, you can then begin crafting gems, as you can see to the right or bottom for mobile, we can select the gem crafting option from the Craft/Enchant drop down.
You can see this to the right or bottom for mobile.
Here, to the right or bottom for mobile, you can see, once we select the gem crafting that we first select a tier.
All gems are randomly rolled based off the information above about each tier. No gem will ever have the same % rolled on it. That is if one element is 100% no other element will be 100% when the roll happens.
When you select a tier, the cost will be shown below.
See image to the right or bottom for mobile.
When you craft a gem, you will see a server message and a timer appear – as you can see to the right or bottom for mobile.
Keep in mind that there is no enchantments for Gem Crafting, and the first few levels can be extremely difficult, that's why there’s three new potions in The Goblin Shop:
- Artificers Brew
- Carrot Stew
- Artificers Glasses
You will want one of these to start gem crafting.
Clicking on the server message will show you, to the right or bottom for mobile, the result of your craft.
You can see the gems you crafted in your inventory, if you head over to your character sheet, under the Type drop down for the inventory tab you will see a Gem Bag selection. See image to the right or bottom for mobile.
(If you are on mobile, click Inventory Management from the drop down on the character sheet, then you will see the drop down as described above.)
When you select the gem bag you will see your gems as you can see to the right or bottom for mobile.
Gem Bag DOES count towards your inventory max, in conjunction with inventory and usable items.
Gems can be sold to the shop for 15% of the currency requirements required to make the gem of that tier. You can either sell them individually or all at once, as you can see to the right or bottom for mobile.
Finally, you can see, to the right or bottom for mobile, the gem crafting skill. For mobile players, when on the character sheet – select Skill Management from the drop down, then click the crafting tab.
This skill is similar to all other crafting skills, with the exception that there are no affixes (enchantments) or other ways to boost the skill for crafting outside of the listed items above that you can buy from The Goblin Shop and can be used on your self to gain a limited buff for crafting gems.
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When you equip gems to your gear your atonement will be calculated based on the average of the gems.
For example, if you have 7 Gems that contain a Fire value of 0.05, we will take all 7 and average it out, but also cap it at 75%.
Note: In the event that you manage to have, for example, a gem where all the elemental atonement's are a flat 75% across the board and because of how we take the first highest atonement, any gem where all values are 75% are automatically fire gems. That is if you have one gem equipped of this type, the elemental atonement your character would be: Fire.
Raid Bosses and Raid Critters are capped at 75% as well.
You can see your character atonement data by clicking on the orange Elemental Atonement button which you can see to the right or bottom for mobile.
As you can see, to the right or bottom for mobile, clicking on the button will show you the atonement values, again averaged, and the highest attacking element.
Whats important is that an element that beats another element will do double damage, where as a element that is weak to another element will do half damage and elements that are not weak or not strong will do regular damage.
For example, if you are Fire, going up against Ice, you will do double the damage. If the attacker is Ice and you are Fire, they will do half damage.
If you are Water and the attacker is also water, they will do regular damage.
In regards to defense – if we use the above examples:
Fire will do double damage to ice, but ice’s % will reduce the fire damage.
Ice will do half damage to fire, but fires % will reduce the ice damage.
Since Water will do regular damage up against Water, the defenders Water % will reduce the Water damage coming in.
In other words, your highest atonement is also your defense if it is opposite of the element.
Gem crafting is more of a “late” game mechanic. You see the ability to get Gold Dust (Disenchanting items), Shards – The Gold Mines (Location) or Celestials and Copper Coins which requires you to be in purgatory or complete the above quests as listed and then use Slots in conjunction with Mercenaries to get more currencies.
Gem crafting goes hand in hand with the Seer Camp, which allows players to create sockets on their items, and atone them selves to a specific element.
For more information on what exactly atonement's are and how they are used, check out the Seer Camp documentation.