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Guide: Legendary Gems

legendary gems guideLegendary Gems were first officially revealed in the Patch 2.1 preview blog back in June of this year.   They will be added to Reaper of Souls in Patch 2.1, and are currently undergoing testing on the PTR.

The gems add special bonuses when socketed in rings and amulets (only on Characters and not on Followers), and can be upgraded in power via DiabloWikiUrshi, the NPC who appears after Greater Rifts are cleared.

While the developers are calling them “legendary gems” these socketables have nothing in common with regular DiabloWikigems in stats or appearance, and are more analogous to the Rainbow Facet unique jewels of Diablo 2. The main difference in Diablo 3 is that these gems can only be socketed in jewelry, and the way the gems can be upgraded to improve their functions over time.

Legendary Gems Listing

While the Legendary Gems are still undergoing development on the DiabloWikiPTR, their stats and bonuses are changing constantly. A major revision was created on July 15, 2014 with new or upgraded stats for almost every gem. The following are the most current details about Legendary Gems.


DiabloWikiBane of the Powerful
bane of the powerful
  • Gain 30% increased damage for 20 seconds after killing an elite pack.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1 second buff duration.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 20% bonus damage to elites.
DiabloWikiBane of the Trapped
bane of the trapped
  • Increase damage against enemies under control-impairing effects by 20%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.5% damage.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain an aura that reduces the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30%.
DiabloWikiBoon of the Hoarder
  • 30% chance on killing an enemy to cause an explosion of gold.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance on kill.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 30% increased movement speed for 3 seconds after picking up gold.
  • Increase the Critical Hit Chance of your pets by 20%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.4% Critical Hit Chance. Max +20% upgrade (+40% total).
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Your pets are unkillable.
Bliz Note: As was discussed in another thread, allowing this this gem to rank up to +100% pet Crit would likely cause undesired gearing issues and probably be a little out of line.
DiabloWikiGem of Efficacious Toxin
gem of efficacious toxin
  • Poison all enemies hit for 1000% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: All enemies you poison take 10% increased damage from all sources.
DiabloWikiGogok of Swiftness
 gogok of swiftness
  • 50% chance on hit to gain Swiftness, increasing your Attack Speed by 2% for 3 seconds. This effect stacks up to 10 times.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 2% Cooldown Reduction per stack of Swiftness.
 DiabloWikiInvigorating Gemstone
 invigorating gemstone
  • While under any control-impairing effects, reduce all damage taken by 30%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1%. Maximum +50% upgrade (80% total).
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Heal for 20% of maximum life when hit by control-impairing effect.
 DiabloWikiMirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
 Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
  • 15% chance on hit to smite a nearby enemy for 1000% weapon damage as Holy.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Smite a nearby enemy every 5 seconds.
  • 30% of all damage taken is instead staggered and dealt to you over 3 seconds.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.1 second to the stagger duration.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: 10% chance on kill to clear all staggered damage.
 DiabloWikiPain Enhancer
 Pain Enhancer
  • Critical hits cause the enemy to bleed for 500% weapon damage as Physical over 3 seconds.
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A Guide to Diablo: IncGamers site changes – Here’s what we’ve done

Regular readers will have noticed quite a few changes on Diablo: IncGamers since the launch of Reaper of Souls which was the motivation for us to make some of the changes we had been thinking about for a while.

When RoS launched we pushed the first stage of front page layout changes live. We know everyone likes to read their content in different ways so the site was changed to a similar layout to the main IncGamers site. Of course not every one will love that format so in the past week we set to work on the second phase which was giving you the option to read the content in the old format if you so desired.

In case you hadn’t spotted it, there are a couple of buttons above the news that allow you to switch to your preferred format.

change view

Probably the toughest job we had to undertake was the forums. We have used the same forum system for around a decade and there were millions of posts to port over. It was important to us to make sure that threads from the old forum were not lost, we’d have hell to pay from you guys if they went missing :) Remember the great forum crash of 2003? That was not pretty.

So why the change? There were numerous reasons, the next version of the same forum was bloated with features that were useless to the community here. Spammers were also a consideration and the previous software was starting to struggle with the rise in spammers over the last couple of years. We needed a system that could pro- actively catch them and then make life easier for IncGamers moderators to deal with anything that managed to slip through.

The end results once we switched were good. The forums are now easier to use, faster and more robust. It’s taken some time to iron out issues with posts moved over from the old system but I would say we are 95% there with most things now. The forum is now easier to use and has more features to track new content additions.

One of the main issues we had during the change was with your logins. We have a custom login system that ties your forum account to the main site. When we moved forums that obviously broke down and had to be recreated. One of the issues we came up against was the inability for guests to post in the news and members who were logged in seeing a captcha. This was not acceptable so it took a few days for me to sort out but thankfully it now all works.

Regarding commenting on news, originally we had the news post into the community forum but as things move quite quickly here as far as content is concerned, we thought it best to create a separate forum for the news discussions. This reorganisation prevents any community forum discussion being lost in a pile of news. Your discussions are important after all.



Regarding accounts. Some of you have been registered here for over a decade and we have been helping members who have had login issues since the switch because they no longer have access to the email they originally registered with. If there are any of you still caught in that trap then we can sort it for you. Send an email here and we will deal with it.

With the new forums came new features, and something we’ve wanted to do for some time is highlight pro-active members and also award trophies for actions by the community. Elly sat down over a few days to come up with the points and reward system. You may have spotted the icons on threads but so you know how it works I have posted all of the trophies below for reference.

There are still a few things to do but the core updates are now in place. Your feedback on anything we do is much appreciated and a special thanks to the PALS who have helped make all the changes possible with their contributions.


Thread StarterThread Starter -Points: 15 -You have started 5 Threads
Topic RaiserTopic Raiser – Points: 45 -You have started 20 Threads
Town CryerTown Cryer – Points: 90 -You have started 50 Threads
ConfabulatorConfabulator – Points: 91 -You have started 80 Threads

Setting the Agenda Setting the Agenda – Points: 120 -You have started 120 Threads


Primary Source Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.

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One Life to Live: Bringing Back The QQ

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by

hardcore death in diablo 3Welcome back Everyone! I can’t speak for you all but I assume your friends list is bursting with new life, and your clan (IncHC or IncHC2) is showing how popular the game is again.

That being said, the influx of people is also bringing back the QQ on Hardcore death. Death is a part of the mode, and while it sucks when it happens, complaining on the forums won’t do you much good. So let’s set aside the common arguments and move on to release.

So you’ve died and you are frustrated let’s cover what not to do.

1. Don’t flock to the forums to complain: Chances are no matter what happened there will be no empathy for you. Expect to be told what direction softcore is. To the best of my knowledge it’s that way —> If there was a legit bug that caused you to die then by all means report it to other players. If you were griefed you might be able to warn others but the forums prevent you from calling other players out so you might want to pass the message through your clan. 99% of the time complaining about you death will not help you in any way other than to continue your frustration.

2. Don’t come up with crazy suggestions to “fix” hardcore. In all seriousness stop suggesting ways to keep your dead hardcore character. Yes Path of exile allows you to roll it into a soft core character, Diablo does not. If you want your character to still be around when you die play soft core. Hardcore does not need a safety net, with the inclusion of the paragon system your progress is already saved and the largest loss is now from gear. Introducing this would only further distill the essence of the mode. Hardcore should be about avoiding and fearing death to an extent, knowing your character will still thrive after you lose them would degrade the whole mode.

3. Don’t complain about your disconnect. Disconnects are a part of the game, for some it’s more prevalent, for others it isn’t. If you are d/c prone then HC isn’t for you. Hardcore is about calculating risk, if you want to play on a dial up modem in a rainstorm on hardcore you know the risk. If you drop every now and then, than you must anticipate it happening at some point with your character. If you’re not ready to accept losing your character then you’re not ready to play hardcore, good connection or not.

3b. Don’t complain about online only requirement. It’s been two years, stop beating the dead horse.

So what should you do when you die?

1. Assess the damage. What did you lose? What do you have left to build back up? What did you learn from that death?Do you have a geared and ready 60(70) to play with or are you re-rolling?
2. Archive your hero and continue playing.

It’s pretty simple actually. After you die if you feel like you can’t do that then HC isn’t for you. Death can suck and be frustrating and you might need a breather but it is what makes the mode what it is. If death wasn’t meaningful there would be no point to the mode. If a safety net was in place it would be exploited, and HC death would be pointless. This doesn’t even take into account how watered down death is now anyway. Losing a character will still sting but you are no longer losing your characters progress, and rebuilding is easier now than ever.

On a separate note about death, Can we please get a notice in chat from our HC friends and clan mates when they die? With our clans up and running all the time it would be nice to see if anyone hit a snag and be able to offer help coming back. In d2 we would create games stating our demise and people would meander in bring gifts of gear and gold and the occasional rush. It would be nice to see that and help our fellow players who may not ask for the help otherwise.

In the meantime let’s keep the qq to a minimum, grind some paragons, and get ready for Reaper of Souls! I’m going crusader once I get adventure mode unlocked, what’s your HC ROS plan?

One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow him on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly. For all the archived news about Diablo 3 hardcore check our Archives!