Gem properties

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Gem Sockets

There are various gem sockets available on gear that allows a degree of personalisation of stats and also the ability to gain bonus stats through socket bonuses where the gem color and gem socket color match.

This however does not always provide the best stats available dependng on what the bonus is in relation to what role or situation the player finds themselves in, an example of this would be stacking resilience and stamina in red sockets for a tank in PvP.

Colored sockets

There are three colored socket types: red, yellow, and blue. Any gem can be placed into any socket, and you will receive the bonus for that gem.

If all the gems match all the sockets they have been placed in on an item an additional socket bonus will be awarded.

Uncolored sockets

Uncolored sockets are generally sockets that have been added to an item by blacksmithing skills (or blacksmithed items). Any gem (except meta gems) may be placed in them.

The exception to this is relics either made by Inscription,looted from dungeon inhabitents or purchased with [Justice Points] or [Valor Points]

Uncolored sockets and the gems that have been added to items via blacksmithing do not count towards any socket bonus an item may have.

Sockets in Relics do count as the sockets are an integral part of the item and are usually the only socket on the item in question.

In both of these situations the gems color will count towards any requirements of a meta gem.

Meta sockets

Meta sockets currently appear only in particular varieties of head items. Meta sockets only accept meta gems, and meta gems may only be placed in meta sockets.

Meta gem's differ from colored gems as they also have a requirement for them to activate,

Meta gems require a certain combination of other color gems currently socketed in your equipped gear for both the meta gem and the socket bonus on the gear to be activated

(Note: Meta sockets are only found on high-end head gear.)

Gem stats

A stat is associated with a primary color (red, yellow, blue). For example, strength is a red stat. That means having a pure strength gem in a yellow or blue slot is possible but the gem color bonus requirement will not be met.

However, gems come in both primary and secondary colors. As seen on the Color Wheel below, if you mix red and yellow, you get orange. An orange gem will provide one red stat and one yellow stat, each in approximately one-half the amount that a primary-colored gem of the same level would.

It is most important to note that, for the purposes of both socket bonuses and meta-gem requirements, a secondary-colored gem is considered to be a gem of BOTH of its primary colors. Thus, an orange gem will be considered to be both a red gem AND a yellow gem at the same time.
Therfore if a gem requires more red than yellow gems equipping an orange gem will not affect the balance

This means that if you really want strength, and your item only contains a yellow socket, then the only way to get both strength and the socket bonus is with an orange gem, which will reduce the strength stat and suppliment it with a yellow stat like critical strike rating or resilience.

Color Wheel
Purple Orange
Blue Yellow

This table shows all existing stat mixes and their name prefixes.

UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngRedUI-EmptySocket-Red.png UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngYellowUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngBlueUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Expertise Agility Intellect Strength Parry Critical Haste Mastery Dodge Resilience Hit PvP Pwr. Spirit Stamina
Expertise Precise Keen Resolute Accurate Guardian's
Agility Delicate Deadly Deft Adept Polished Lucent Glinting Shifting
Intellect Brilliant Potent Reckless Artful Willful Veiled Purified Timeless
Strength Bold Inscribed Fierce Skillful Resplendent Etched Sovereign
Parry Flashing Fine Retaliating Defender's
Critical Deadly Potent Inscribed Smooth Piercing Radiant Jagged
Haste Deft Reckless Fierce Quick Lightning Shattered Forceful
Mastery Keen Adept Artful Skillful Fine Fractured Sensei's Infused Zen Puissant
Dodge Resolute Polished Subtle Nimble Regal
Resilience Lucent Willful Resplendent Mystic Vivid Steady
Hit Accurate Glinting Veiled Etched Retaliating Piercing Lightning Sensei's Nimble Rigid
PvP Pwr. Radiant Shattered Infused Vivid Stormy
Spirit Purified Zen Sparkling
Stamina Guardian's Shifting Timeless Sovereign Defender's Jagged Forceful Puissant Regal Steady Solid