Add Some Sparkle and Strength to Your Gear with Gems!

A Comprehensive Gem Overview

Gems play an important part in strategy in Final Fantasy. Whether you’re in a newer realm with the basic gems, or an old realm with a plethora of gems to choose from, embedding your gear with gems is crucial for success.  In today’s Guide we will discuss;

  • What are Gems?
  • How do you use Gems?
  • Combining Gems appropriately
  • Stats of Gems pre-Dark World

To start, let’s talk about what Gems are.

What are Gems?

Gems are pretty jewels you can embed into your Gear that add to your stats when wearing the specific Gear piece. Each Gem has a different boost depending on the name. Each Gear piece can have up to four Gems embedded at all times.  For example, a Level 6 Garnet Gem will give you an extra 44% Warrior Attack. The amount of Gems are limited when you first start in a new Realm, but as time goes on more and more Gems are added to choose from.

Where do I get Gems?

Gems can be found in Quests, Packs, Events (sometimes), Realm Bosses and Gathering on tiles. As the game progresses you may be able to find them in the Proving Grounds and the Guild Adventurer’s Hall.

Combining Gems

Within the Forge, you can combine your gems. A mistake many players make is to combine everything to the maximum level. This can be a strategic error. For example, often four Level 4 gems when embedded give a higher boost than one Level 5. Combine your gems strategically, don’t hit “Combine All” (which this writer did by mistake towards the end of writing this article…). It takes longer to combine them manually, but spend the time and do it right.

Using Gems

Using gems is simple. Merely go the gear piece that you wish to add a gem to and hit “Embed”. You can see the stats of the Gem you are considering adding  if you tap on it. Removing gems requires a Gem Saver, so be strategic in the early realms on which gems you embed. Once you hit VIP 30 removing gems is free. You can get Gem Savers frequently in events so keep an eye out.

Types of Gems

Depending on your server, there will be gems from the basic Tier-Based Attack/Defense/HP to the more complex Flux and Karbalos Defense Gems. Gems range from Level 1 to Level 40 based on your server. In the beginning of the game, there are less Gems available. The below chart shows the Gems you can use in a super new Realm.

GemBoostL1L2L3L4L5L6
Garnet GemWarrior Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%
Topaz GemCavalry Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%
Sapphire GemMage Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%
Emerald GemTroop HP.5%1%2%4%10%22%
Rose GemMarch Speed1%2%3.5%5.5%8%11%
Amethyst GemTroop Armor2.5%5%8%19%41%81%
Citrine GemTrap Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%
Opal GemSiege Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%
Monster GemMonster Speed/Crit Hit2%/.3%4%/.6%6%/.9%9%/1.2%12%/1.5%15%/1.8%

Standard Gems

These gems go into the first three slots in your gear.

GemBoostL1L2L3L4L5L6L7L8L9L10L11L12L13L14L15L16L17L18L19L20
Garnet GemWarrior Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%41,402%81,042%158,636%310,521%607,828%
Topaz GemCavalry Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%41,402%81,042%158,636%310,521%607,828%
Sapphire GemMage Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%41,402%81,042%158,636%310,521%607,828%
Emerald GemTroop HP.5%1%2%4%10%22%47%98%183%342%669%1,309%2,562%5,014%9,812%19,206%37,596%73,591%144,051%281,973%
Rose GemMarch Speed1%2%3.5%5.5%8%11%4%17%20%24%27%30%32%34%35%37%39%41%43%45%
Amethyst GemTroop Armor2.5%5%8%19%41%81%157%294%605%1,245%2,436%4,767%9,329%18,257%35,729%69,938%136,899%267,973%524,543%1,026,764%
Citrine GemTrap Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%41,402%81,042%158,636%310,521%607,828%
Opal GemSiege Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%41,402%81,042%158,636%310,521%607,828%
Monster GemMonster Speed/Crit Hit2%/.3%4%/.6%6%/.9%9%/1.2%12%/1.5%15%/1.8%18%/2%21%/2.2%24%/2.4%27%/2.4%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Spite GemHero Attack1%3%8%20%44%87%157%246%353%507%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Gruesome GemHero Crit Hit.5%1%1.5%2%2.5%3%3.5%4%4.5%5%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Haunted GemMax MP1030802004358551515241534654972n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Assault GemCity Assault Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%41,402%81,042%158,636%310,521%607,828%
Piercing GemArmor Piercing1%3%8%20%45%85%150%240%345%496%971%1,900%3,718%7,276%14,239%27,872%54,558%106,795%209,045%409,194%
Intimidation GemEmpire Intimidation1%2%3.5%5.5%8%11%14%17%20%24%27%30%32%34%35%38%40%42%44%46%
Rainbow GemWar/Inf/Cav Attack10%40%160%640%2,560%10,240%pendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingn/an/an/an/an/a
Bulwark GemMerc Armor Bonus1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%n/an/an/an/an/a
Unstoppable GemJuggernaut Attack1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%n/an/an/an/an/a
Plunderer's GemMerc Raider HP1%2%3.5%10%23%48%97%192%376%736%1,440%2,820%5,520%10,805%21,151%n/an/an/an/an/a
Karbalos Defense GemCity Defense HP1,000%1,900%3,610%6,859%pendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingn/an/an/an/an/a
Flux GemCity Def with Astral4,700%9,200%18,000%35,300%69,100%135,200%264,600%517,850%1,013,487%pendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingn/an/an/an/an/a
Aeon GemAstral Attack26%50%98%191%374%731%1,431%2,800%pendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingn/an/an/an/an/a
Dungeoneer's AttackPhysical Damage100%255%650%1,658%4,228%10,782%pendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingn/an/an/an/an/a
Dungeroneer's HealthDungeon Health100%220%484%1,065%2,343%5,155%pendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingpendingn/an/an/an/an/a

Paragon Gems

Paragon Gems are unlocked through Crafting Research. They occupy the fourth spot in your gear and are in the shape of a triangle.

GemBoostL1L2L3L4L5L6L7L8L9L10L11L12L13L14L15L16L17L18L19L20
Paragon Garnet GemWarrior Attack/HP.5%1.5%3%6%12%25%51%100%196%384%751%1,470%2,877%5,630%10,018%21,567%42,217%82,637%161,575%16,630%
Paragon Topaz GemCavalry Attack/HP.5%1.5%3%6%12%25%51%100%196%384%751%1,470%2,877%5,630%10,018%21,567%42,217%82,637%161,575%16,630%
Paragon Sapphire GemMage Attack/HP.5%1.5%3%6%12%25%51%100%196%384%751%1,470%2,877%5,630%10,018%21,567%42,217%82,637%161,575%16,630%
Paragon Emerald GemTroop HP1.3%2.5%5%10%25%55%118%245%458%856%1,675%3,278%6,415%12,554%24,568%48,091%94,135%184,264%360,686%706,024%
Paragon Rose GemMarch Speed1.5%3%5.5%8.3%12%16,5%21%25.5%30%35%40%44%47%49%50%53%56%58%60%62%
Paragon Amethyst GemTroop Armor6.3%12.5%20%48%103%203%393%735%1,513%3,115%6,096%11,930%23,347%45,690%89,415%175,025%342,602%670,626%1,312,714%2,569,569
Paragon Citrine GemTrap Att/HP.5%1.5%3%6%12%25%51%100%196%384%751%1,470%2,877%5,630%10,018%21,567%42,217%82,637%161,575%16,630%
ParagonOpal GemSiege Attack/HP.5%1.5%3%6%12%25%51%100%196%384%751%1,470%2,877%5,630%10,018%21,567%42,217%82,637%161,575%16,630%
Paragon NightmareMP Regen1%3%8%19%42%83%147%234%336%482%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Paragon ProtectorTroop HP and Armor Defending20,000%/20,000%/62,800%26,667%/26,667%/83,733%36,667%/36,667%/115,113%50,000%/50,000%/157,000%66,667%/66,667%/209,333%93,333%/93,333%/293,067%130,000%/130,000%/408,200%176,667%/176,667%/554,733%243,333%/243,333%/764,067%333,333%/333,333%/1,046,667%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Paragon ValorousTroop HP and Armor Attacking20,000%/20,000%/62,800%26,667%/26,667%/83,733%36,667%/36,667%/115,113%50,000%/50,000%/157,000%66,667%/66,667%/209,333%93,333%/93,333%/293,067%130,000%/130,000%/408,200%176,667%/176,667%/554,733%243,333%/243,333%/764,067%333,333%/333,333%/1,046,667%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a

Other Gems

As your Realm gets older, you will see more types of Gems being released that will correspond to the in game releases. For example, when Elemental Gems are released, they have huge boosts for Elemental troops, with Troops Attack Bonus and an Attack Multiplier. Other examples of newer Gems are ones that focus on Mercenaries and Astrals.

BoostL1L2L3L4L5L6L7L8L9L10
Fire Elemental Attack/Attack Mult2,153%/2%4,199%/4%8,188%/7%15,966.7%/9%31,135.06%/12%60,713.37%/15%118,391.07%/18%230,862.58%/21%450,182.03%/24%877,876%/27%
Lighting Elemental Attack/Attack Mult2,153%/2%4,199%/4%8,188%/7%15,966.7%/9%31,135.06%/12%60,713.37%/15%118,391.07%/18%230,862.58%/21%450,182.03%/24%877,876%/27%
Earth Elemental Attack/Attack Mult2,153%/2%4,199%/4%8,188%/7%15,966.7%/9%31,135.06%/12%60,713.37%/15%118,391.07%/18%230,862.58%/21%450,182.03%/24%877,876%/27%
Ice Elemental Attack/Attack Mult2,153%/2%4,199%/4%8,188%/7%15,966.7%/9%31,135.06%/12%60,713.37%/15%118,391.07%/18%230,862.58%/21%450,182.03%/24%877,876%/27%

Using Gems

Match your gems to your needs. If you are gemming Defensive Gear, use gems such as Troop Armor, Health or Flux. Attack Gear uses gems such as Armor Piercing, Aeon or Troop Specific. It all depends on your needs, as there are many different gear combinations. What not to do? Don’t add Monster Gems to your attack set for example. Also, Siege and Trap Gems are essentially useless. Don’t use them!

What’s Next

This Guide focused on early Realm Gems, and does not address Dark World. To learn about Dark World Gems, check out Encyclopedia of Dark World Gems and Crystal Cores.

Are you new to the game? Our Introduction Guide to FFXV:ANE will help you get a strong start!

Learn more about introductory combat mechanics with Introduction Guide to Combat in FFXV:ANE.

Conclusion

In today’s Guide we have discussed;

  • Make sure and not to hit combine all on your Gems!  For example, four Level 1 Amethyst Gems give a better boost than one Level 2. Wait until you have enough Gems to make the jump advantageous.
  • Until you hit VIP 30, be careful with what Gems you embed unless you have Gem Savers
  • Match your Gems to your Gear. Don’t throw gems in willy-nilly or you will get capped, and the other player will mock you and then you’ll be sad.

Gems can take your stats from ordinary to extraordinary. Take advantage of events that provide them, especially the Realm Bosses and Raid Bosses.

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4 Comments
  1. Larrimie says

    Still waiting on more info for gem presets. How they work and when they can & cannot be changed. Thanks.

  2. Daniel Williams says

    My level 10 garnet gem stats state 736% warrior attack. I think this info is either outdated, incorrect, or realm specific.

  3. Novac Catalin says

    There is no mention on gems presets… that would be interesting to learn about 🙂

    1. xAlyKat
      xAlyKat says

      I can do that!

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