Gems are items that can be placed into sockets to alter or enhance a cosmetic item.
Gems can be acquired by:
- Opening a Locked Gemstone Cache.
- Extracting them from an item that comes with Gems (using Artificer's Hammer and Unusual Artificer's Hammer).
to do:explain socket types, tradeability, gem interactions, replacement/destruction(+emphasize legacy warnings) etc -Lemon
Most cosmetic items can be socketed with gems. Each item can hold up to 5 gems.
- Items do not come with empty sockets, an Artificer's Chisel is required to create a socket.
- Some items come with sockets that are pre-fitted with gems. An item with a default Unusual effect will come with an Ethereal Gem and Prismatic Gem, and most Brand Items will come with the relevant Spectator Gem.
|Gem Type||Quality Granted||Hero-specific||Explanation|
|Unusual||No||These gems give the item an Unusual particle effect. They are only effective on Unusual couriers. Take care when hammering your unusual couriers.|
|-||No||These gems alter the color of an existing Unusual particle effect on the item.|
|-||Yes||These gems add or modify one or more new animations to the hero equipping the item. They are hero-specific.|
|Inscribed||Yes/No||These gems gives the item the ability to track in-game stats. Adding an Inscribed Gem changes the item's Quality to Inscribed.|
|-||No||These gems allow the item to track the number of games viewed in a certain league, tournament, or played by a certain team.|
|Ascendant||No||These gems are memorial items that tracked victories or gifts given during the Beta. Adding them to an item will display this record in the item's description.|
|Autographed||No||Autograph Runes contain digital signatures from professional players or community members. They are regarded as gems and can be placed into sockets. Adding them to an item will display the signature in the item's description.|
|Corrupted||No||This gems tracks the number of Demons Imprisoned, and gives an item Corrupted quality. It was released for Frostivus 2013.|
|Inscribed||Yes||This gem comes socketed with the Blades of Voth Domosh. It tracks Legion Commander's successful Duels, and displays a special in-game effect when winning a Duel.|
|Inscribed||Yes||This gem comes socketed with the Manifold Paradox. It tracks Phantom Assassin's completed contracts.|
|-||No||This gem comes with the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1 ticket. It tracks following abilities: Dream Coil, Nightmare, Echo Stomp, Song of the Siren.|
|-||No||Once the dust has settled and the new champions have emerged, this gem will awaken alongside an emoticon to show off your support of The International and the competitors by displaying your Compendium level. It will increase in prestige as your Compendium does.|
|-||No||This gem tracks the number of consecutive victories predicted by using the Assured Victory Shout in-game. A missed prediction will cause the gem's counter to reset. High numbers of recorded consecutive victories will earn the player trophies in the Gallery of Triumphs.|
|A magical chisel used to add sockets to items. This chisel creates general sockets.||
|A powerful enchanted hammer used to extract gems that have been socketed into items. This hammer cannot be used on unusual couriers.||
|A powerful enchanted hammer used to extract gems that have been socketed into unusual couriers. This item will destroy the courier it is used on.||
needs user testing and confirmation -Lemon
Gems will change the Quality of an item. In the event of a conflict with an item's existing quality, a priority is followed. Higher priority qualities take precedence.
Example 1: Socketing an Inscribed item with an Ethereal Gem will change the item's quality to Unusual.
Example 2: Socketing a Genuine item with an Autograph Rune will not change the item's quality.
|Genuine, Elder, Self-Made||1|
|All other qualities||-|