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WoW ClassicApr 7, 2021 2:00 pm CT

Every gem available in Burning Crusade Classic

Gems were a new addition to WoW in the original  Burning Crusade, and soon WoW Classic players will be able learn Jewelcrafting to cut gems for their gear. Each gem provides a specific type of bonus, depending on its color, and gearing up with good gems can make a big difference in your gameplay.

Those that have played WoW for a while now will think, “Pfft, gems are old news.” But TBC gems aren’t quite like the gems you’ll find in today’s retail WoW. In Burning Crusade Classic, each gem and gem socket will have a specific color, and by matching the correctly colored gems to correctly colored sockets will give you bonus stats. Gems came in six different colors — red, yellow, blue, orange, purple, and green — which indicate the kinds of stats they gave and the kind of sockets they fit into.  Then there were Meta gems and Prismatic gems. In short, gems in Burning Crusade Classic can get pretty complicated.

Let’s look at the gems that existed in TBC and will exist again TBCC. Links to the gems where available, and will update as TBCC information is more prevalent.

Every single-color gem in Burning Crusade Classic

These gems go in the socket of their exact color — red gems in red sockets, etc.

Red gems

Bold — Strength

Delicate — Agility

Flashing — Parry

Subtle — Dodge

Teardrop — Spellpower (Healing and Spell damage)

Runed — Spell damage

Bright and Mighty — Attack Power

Yellow gems

Brilliant — Intellect

Mystic — Resilience

Quick — Spell Haste

Smooth — Critical Strike Rating

Gleaming — Spell Critical Strike

Thick — Defense Rating

Great  — Spell Hit Rating

Rigid — Hit Rating

Blue gems

Solid, and other special gems — Stamina

Sparkling — Spirit

Stormy — Spell Penetration

Lustrous — Mana regeneration

Every multi-color gem in The Burning Crusade Classic

These gems offer a combination of stats and can be placed in two sockets, based on the colors they’re comprised of:

  • Orange gems go in red or yellow sockets
  • Purple gems can go in blue or red sockets
  • Green gems can go in blue and yellow sockets

They count towards color requirements for bonuses, including those for Meta gems. Using these gems lets you customize your stats a bit more without abandoning your bonuses.

Orange gems

Deadly and Wicked — Attack Power and Critical Strike Rating

Inscribed — Strength and Critical Strike Rating

Potent — Spell Power and Spell Critical Strike Rating

Reckless — Spell Power and Intellect

Glinting — Agility and Hit Rating

Veiled — Spell Power and Spell Hit Rating

Luminous — Spell Power and Intellect

Various Fire Opals of different stats:

Green gems

Forceful — Haste and Stamina

Jagged and Barbed — Critical Strike Rating and Stamina

Enduring — Defense Rating and Stamina

Dazzling — Intellect and Mana regeneration

Radiant — Crit and Spell Penetration

Steady — Resilience and Stamina

Various green gems without consistent naming

Purple gems

Glowing — Spell Damage and Stamina

Royal — Spell Power and Mana regeneration

Purified — Spell Power and Spirit

Shifting — Agility and Stamina

Balanced — Attack Power and Stamina

Infused — Attack Power and Mana regeneration

Regal — Dodge Rating and Stamina

Sovereign — Strength and Stamina

Various Tanzanite and Amethyst from dungeons

Every special gem in Burning Crusade Classic

There are two more kinds of gems that don’t have a color: Prismatic gems and Meta gems. Prismatic gems are made by Enchanters, and they’re essentially any color. Meta gems are altogether different. Instead of giving stats, they provide a special bonus — and to activate them, you need to meet certain conditions, such as having at least three blue gems socketed. Usually top end helms, from end game content, had Meta sockets.

Prismatic gems – +3 or +4 Resistance to all forms of magic damage

Meta gems

These vary greatly, each providing two bonuses when their conditions are met.

How do I make my own gems?

Most of these come from the Jewelcrafting profession, which prospects gemstones from ore and cuts them so they can be socketed in our gear. Most of the gems we’ve listed come from the profession directly and cuts will be available from Jewelcrafting  trainers as soon as the profession is live — and as soon as players manage to level high enough to learn them. (Note that the new Draenei race have +5 bonus to Jewelcrafting, so they’ll get there a tiny bit faster than everyone else.)

But some Jewelcrafting recipes drop from bosses in dungeons, and some won’t be available during Phase 1. Still, there will be plenty of gems to craft, ore to prospect, and sockets to fill in Burning Crusade Classic.

Originally published 3/27/2021, updated 4/7/2021

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