With update 10.3, a new system of enhancing gear has been introduced, besides upgrading and enhancing, namely Embedding (Gems). So what does this feature exactly do and what do you need to do this? As in the article about upgrading and enhancing, I will try to combine everything you need to know into this one article. For a run down of what gears to embed with Gems, see this article.
- 1. What is Gem Embedding?
- 2. Where can you find this function?
- 3. What is needed to embed gems?
- 3.1 Gem Shards
- 3.2 Gems
- 3.3 Combining Gems in Forge
- 3.4 Embedding gems and unlocking more sockets
- 3.5 Removing Gems from gear
- 4. Gem Pouch research
- 5. Available Gems and levels
- 5.1 Artamir Gem
1. What is Gem Embedding?
In short, Gem Embedding is a new, third option to make your gear even greater than it already is. You could Enhance gear to unlock bonus attributes, Upgrade gear to strengthen their effects and bonus stats, and now you can insert Gems into sockets in the gear, to increase the base stats of the gear.
2. Where can you find this function?
The main function of Gem Embedding can be found in the same places where you will find the options to Enhance and Upgrade. This can be from a Hero’s equipment page, or from Forge for example. If you go to the Forge you will see that gear now has four sockets displayed underneath their thumbnail, of which only one is unlocked by default:
Now to go to Embedding Gems, you either press the thumbnail (left), or press the bonus attributes (right), and then the Embed button:
When you press Embed, you will be taking to the Embed screen of the gear piece, where you will find the option to Embed a Gem and get an overview of available sockets and the gems inside them:
3. What is needed to embed Gems?
There are a few things necessary for Embedding Gems. We need the raw materials for the process, we need to combine those into useful items, and then we need to actually embed them. Besides that, we have options to enhance the process and make it possible to use more Gems per gear piece.
3.1 Gem shards
Gem Shards are the basic materials for making Gems. Most likely, you will be mining these mostly to acquire the ingredients for Gem Embedding, but they can be bought and won as well. They are found inside Goblin Caverns, a new type of land patch which was introduced among the existing plains, wilds, goblin camps and others on the map. The map which is also getting a 3D overhaul in the near future. To get a full overview on how to Mine Gem Shards from Goblin Caverns, please see this article.
Gems are what is actually used in the process of Gem Embedding. They start of at level 1, and can be upgraded to higher levels. There are currently two methods of getting Gems:
- Combining Gem shards in the Sage tower
- Winning Gems in tournaments and other events
The Gems from the Sage tower are level 1 Artamir Gems, which can then be used on gear directly, or upgraded further. Go to the Relics>Gem tab in the Sage Tower to view the options to combine shards into Gems (10/100/1000 shards) and Ancient Drills (120 shards):
3.3 Combining gems in Forge
As is stated above, Gems can have different levels, and Gems from Sage tower for example start at level 1. However, Gems can also be upgraded to higher levels, making them more powerful. This can be done in a new tab that can be found in the Forge:
Similar to Enhancing gear, you are able to use lower level Gems and select them as materials to be combined into more powerful Gems. At the bottom of the screen are shown the Gems of the different levels you currently have in possession. Pressing a Gem type will show the details of what that level Gem does when inserted into gear pieces:
You will need 4 (Artamir) or 5 (Emerald) Gems to combine into a Gem of a higher level. If you have sufficient Gems, you can press select and they will be put into the sockets. Next you press the ‘Combine’ button to start the combination process. A screen will pop up if you have materials to make multiple new Gems:
Set the slider and press ok. A transformation animation is shown (below), and the new Gems are put in your inventory to use.
3.4 Using gems and unlocking more sockets
Once the necessary Gems have been acquired, they can be inserted into the appropriate gear items. To do this, go to a piece of gear and then go to its Embed menu (see pictures at the top of this article, chapter 2). Now select the Gem you want to insert and presto, done.
As can be seen in the top article pictures as well, gear has 4 available sockets for Gems (this seems to be the case for every piece of gear no matter how low or high quality), but only 1 socket is unlocked by default. The other 3 can be unlocked by two means so far:
- Buying the unlock for 50 mithril
- Unlocking with the use of an ‘Ancient Drill’ item
Ancient Drills are used to open up one additional socket in a piece of gear. They can be bought for 50 Mithril, or simply crafted from mined Gem Shards in the Sage Tower, at 120 Shards per Drill. To unlock, first press the unlock button below the socket, then choose in the pop-up screen between paying with Mithril or using a Drill:
3.5 Removing Gems from gear
The goal will be to have as high a level of Gems in your gear as is possible. But you are not going to wait around for level 5 Gems before using them. So you will need to remove lower level Gems from gear in the process of Mining and upgrading. Up to level 5, this process is free, and Gems 1-4 can be swapped as many times as you like. From level 5 onward, you will need a special rune to remove the Gem from its socket: the Demount Rune. These can be won in chests and are a possible drop from extraordinary Goblin Carverns.
It costs 1 Demount rune to remove a lvl 5 or 6 Gem, 2 for a lvl 7 Gem, and possibly 3 for a lvl 8 Gem, although I cannot confirm that last one yet.
4. Gem Pouch research
So far we have seen everything needed to embed Gems in gear. However, within the Academy a new research has also appeared that increases the number of Gem Shards you can take from a mine in one go. I’ll simply advise everyone to just complete this to level 10 right away, as it is very useful in Mining Gem Shards.
5. Available gems and levels
The Artamir gem was introduced first, but Emerald, Sapphire, Citrine and Ruby gems have been announced and (partly) implemented into the game. While the Artamir gems buff different stats based on the sort of gear it is put in, the other gem species buff one type of stat regardless of gear piece. The percentages the Gems buff also differ between the Artamir and other gems. Lastly, only Artamir gems can be actively gathered through gem shard mining. The freshly introduced Emerald gems are only available in chests.
5.1 Gem stats
The Artamir Gems are made from Artamir Gem Shards mined from caverns and combined in the Forge. Depending on the piece of gear in which they are inserted, they have varying effects: