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WoW ClassicSep 26, 2022 7:00 am CT

Every gem available in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

Wrath of the Lich King Classic is now live, and with it comes a brand new set of gems created by the Jewelcrafting profession, which was introduced in Burning Crusade ClassicGems and Jewelcrafting work much as they did in BCC, but you’ll find a whole new selection of cuts to socket in your gear. If you want to know which gems are available in Wrath Classic and how gems work in the expansion, we’re here to help.

There are a lot of stats to keep track of in Wrath, and many can be supplemented with gems. In addition to primary stats, a melee character needs Hit, Expertise, Attack Power, Critical Strike Rating, and Armor Penetration to increase damage output. Casters have Spirit, Spell Power, Mana per 5 Seconds (MP5), and Spell Penetration. Gems play an important role of balancing your stats and supplementing your gear with more of the stats you need — and Wrath gear is packed with gem slots to make use of them.

In Wrath, each gem and gem socket has a specific color, and matching the correctly colored gems to correctly colored sockets will give you bonus stats (listed on the gear), so it can be in your best interest to use a variety of cuts and colors. Gems come 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. When jewelcrafting uncommon gems, they can sometimes proc to become a “perfect” version, with stats about 15% better. There are also Meta gems and Prismatic gems, which provide unique effects. In short, gems in Wrath of the Lich King Classic can get pretty complicated.

You need to be ready to gem up your gear in Wrath Classic — but when, where, and which gems should you be using? Let’s take a look at all of the gems in Wrath of the Lich King Classic.

Every single-color gem in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

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

Red gems

Bright: Attack Power

Subtle: Dodge

Delicate: Agility

Precise: Expertise

Flashing: Parry

Bold: Strength

Fractured: Armor Penetration

Runed: Spell Power

Yellow gems

Brilliant: Intellect

Smooth: Critical Strike

Quick: Haste

Mystic: Resilience

Thick: Defense

Rigid: Hit

Blue gems

Sparkling: Spirit

Solid: Stamina

Lustrous: Mana per 5 Seconds

Stormy: Spell Penetration

Every multi-color gem in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

These gems offer a combination of stats and can be placed in one of two different color 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

Accurate: Expertise and Hit

Deadly: Agility and Critical Strike

Deft: Agility and Haste

Durable: Spell Power and Resilience

Empowered: Attack Power and Resilience

Etched: Strength and Hit

Glimmering: Parry and Defense

Glinting: Agility and Hit Rating

Lucent: Agility and Resilience

Luminous: Spell Power and Intellect

Potent: Spell Power and Critical Strike

Pristine: Attack Power and Hit Rating

Reckless: Spell Power and Haste

Inscribed: Strength and Critical Strike

Champion’s: Strength and Defense

Fierce: Strength and Haste

Resplendent: Strength and Resilience

Resolute: Defense and Expertise

Stalwart: Dodge and Defense

Stark: Attack Power and Haste

Veiled: Spell Power and Hit

Wicked: Attack Power and Critical Strike

Green gems

Radiant: Critical Strike and Spell Penetration

Misty: Critical Strike and Spirit

Jagged: Critical Strike and Stamina

Shattered: Haste and Spell Penetration

Intricate: Haste and Spirit

Forceful: Haste and Stamina

Turbid: Resilience and Spirit

Steady: Resilience and Stamina

Dazzling: Intellect and Mana every 5 seconds

Enduring: Defense and Stamina

Energized: Haste and Mana every 5 seconds

Lambent: Hit Rating and Mana every 5 seconds

Opaque: Resilience and Mana every 5 seconds

Seer’s: Intellect and Spirit

Shining: Hit and Spirit

Sundered: Critical Strike and Mana every 5 seconds

Tense: Hit and Spell Penetration

Timeless: Intellect and Stamina

Vivid — Hit Rating and Stamina

Purple gems

Balanced: Attack Power and Stamina

Shifting: Agility and Stamina

Guardian’s: Expertise and Stamina

Mysterious: Spell Power and Spell Penetration

Purified: Spell Power and Spirit

Defender’s: Parry Rating and Stamina

Sovereign: Strength and Stamina

Glowing: Spell Power and Stamina

Infused: Attack Power and Mana every 5 seconds

Puissant: Armor Penetration and Stamina

Regal: Dodge and Stamina

Royal: Spell Power and Mana every 5 seconds

Tenuous: Agility and Mana every 5 seconds

Every special gem in Wrath of the Lich King 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. Then there are Dragon’s Eye, which do have a color, but are for Jewelcrafters only.

Prismatic gems: +Stats

Meta gems

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

Critical Strike

Attack Power


Spell Power


Dragon’s Eye

These gems are bind on pickup, and can only be used by Jewelcrafters . A maximum of three can be socketed at a time.

Red gem

Yellow gem

Blue gem

How do I make my own gems?

Most of these gems come from the Jewelcrafting profession, which prospects gemstones from ore and cuts them so they can be socketed in our gear. However, it will take a while for Jewelcrafters to collect all of these recipes. Many of the recipes are available from Jewelcrafting trainers (as soon as players manage to level high enough to learn them), but some recipes players will have to track down, so it’s hard to tell exactly when you’ll be able to find them all. (Note that the Draenei race have +5 bonus to Jewelcrafting, so they’ll get higher recipes a tiny bit faster than everyone else.)

If you want to make your own gems, you’ll want to pick up Jewelcrafting and level it up — but you can also find gems on the Auction House or otherwise trade with players to get them, so don’t feel like you’re locked into Jewelcrafting to get gems.

Originally published July 14, 2022; updated September 26, 2022

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