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Gem tag

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All skill gems have gem tags (also called keywords) listed in the first line of the mouseover description. They are used for dividing the skills into groups and to clarify which type a skill is. They do not indicate which modifier (or stats) apply to a skill however.[1]

Mechanics

Gem tags only categorize skills into groups, so effects like +x Level of Socketed <gem tag> Gems can apply to them.

In particular, there are common misconceptions about gem tags:

  • gem tags are only granted by skill gems, skills granted from items or threshold jewels do not modify gem tags in any way[2]
  • they do not describe which gems can support other gems and are not meant to[2], even if it often does line up
  • they do not describe which stats (and to that extend modifiers) apply to a skill[1]

Overview of gem tags

Category Mainpage Description
AoE Area of effect Skills that have some area of effect portion to them.

Note that some skills with the AoE tag may not be affected by area damage but only benefit from increases and reductions to the radius.

Attack Attack Damage Skills that use a weapon.
Aura Aura Skills that grant or modify auras.

An aura is a permanent effect focused on your character that also affects nearby party members and minions. Most auras reserve a portion of the player's mana pool.

Blink Skills that move the character and share the same cooldown.
Bow Bow These skills require a bow to be used. They implicitly have the projectile gem tag.
Brand Brand Brands attach themselves to an enemy and have some sort of effect while they are attached.
Cast Cast Skills marked with the Cast tag deal secondary damage. Cast gems are not spells, and are therefore not affected by modifiers that would normally only modify spells.
Chaining Chaining Skills that have the ability to chain.

Support skill gems with the Chaining can also be linked to active skill gems with the Projectile tag.

Channelling Channelled skill Channelled skills are activated continuously as long as the respective keyboard button is pressed.
Chaos Chaos Damage Chaos is one of the five damage types.
Cold Cold Damage Cold is one of the five damage types.
Curse Curse These skills weaken enemies to make them less dangerous or easier to kill.
Duration Duration Certain skills have an effect over time or activate after the duration. In some cases, such as curses, reusing the skill will reset the timer.
Fire Fire Damage Fire is one of the five damage types.
Golem Golem Golems are a type of minion that provides a direct Buff to the person who summoned them, but not to anyone else.
Guard Guard Skill Skills with defensive buffs. These all share the same cooldown.
Lightning Lightning Damage Lightning is one of the five damage types.
Melee Melee Some melee skills require certain weapon types. These skills all deal melee damage.
Mine Mines Mines can be placed down have to be remotely detonated or triggered with Detonate MinesDetonate MinesMine, Spell
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.20 sec
Requires Level 8Detonates a Mine, starting a Detonation Sequence which will detonate other Mines around it.Per 1% Quality:
Mines have 1% increased Detonation Speed
First Mine Detonates Instantly
Mines get 10% more Detonation Speed for each prior Mine in Detonation Sequence
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Detonate Mines skill icon.png
.

Using Blastchain Mine SupportBlastchain Mine SupportSupport, Mine
Icon: Y
Mana Multiplier: 30%
Requires Level 8Supports spells, or attacks that use bows or wands. Instead of using that skill, you will throw a mine that will use the skill for you when you detonate it. Mines cannot use channelling skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Mine Throwing Speed
Mine lasts 5 seconds
Supported Skills deal (35-25)% less Damage
Supported Skills deal 5% more Damage for each prior Mine in Detonation Sequence
Supported Skills have a Base Mine Detonation Time of 0.25 seconds
Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
it is possible to turn any active skill gem into a mine and benefiting from any other support gems with the Mine tag.

Minon Minion These skills let characters raise minions to fight enemies.
Movement Skills that move the character.
Projectile Projectile Skills that emit projectiles.
Physical Physical damage Physical damage is one of the five damage types.
Spell Spells Skills that do not require weapons to be used.
Strike Strike Skills that strike a single target or all within melee swing range. Many proc secondary effects such as the blades from Frost BladesFrost BladesAttack, Projectile, Melee, Strike, Cold
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Projectile Speed: 2250
Attack enemies with increased range, releasing icy blades from the first enemy hit which fly at other enemies. Requires a Melee Weapon.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (100-140)% of Base Damage
Fires (4-7) additional Projectiles
+(18-21) to Melee Weapon Range
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Attack Cold Damage
(0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Frost Blades skill icon.png
and are supportable with Ancestral Call SupportAncestral Call SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, Strike
Icon: A
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 4Supports melee strike skills, causing them to also strike at extra targets simultaneously. The extra targets must be a minimum distance from the user. If supporting a minion attack skill, the minion's skills will not also strike extra targets. Cannot support triggered skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
Supported Strike Skills target 2 additional nearby Enemies
Supported Skills deal (19-0)% less Damage
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
to repeat the secondary effect on multiple targets. Can also be supported by Melee Splash SupportMelee Splash SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, Strike, AoE
Icon: S
Radius: 14
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 8Supports melee strike skills, causing their melee strike to deal splash damage around each target hit.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of Effect
Supported Skills deal (50-41)% less Damage to surrounding targets
Supported Skills deal Splash Damage to surrounding targets
Supported Skills have (0-57)% more Melee Splash Area of Effect
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
to create overlapping aoe effects on each enemy within a melee swing radius.
Support Support skill gem Tag exclusively used by support skill gems.
Totem Totem Totems are stationary summons that assist in battle. Note that many other skills can be turned into a totem with the Spell Totem SupportSpell Totem SupportSupport, Spell, Totem
Icon: T
Mana Multiplier: 200%
Requires Level 8Supports spell skills that are not triggered. Instead of casting that spell, you will summon a totem that casts the spell for you.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Placement speed
Summons a Totem which uses the Supported Skill
Totem lasts 8 seconds
Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Damage
Spells Cast by Totem have 30% less Cast Speed
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
or Ranged Attack Totem SupportRanged Attack Totem SupportBow, Projectile, Support, Totem
Icon: R
Mana Multiplier: 200%
Requires Level 8Supports any bow or wand attack skill. Instead of using that skill, you will summon a totem that uses the skill for you.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Placement speed
Summons a Totem which uses the Supported Skill
Totem lasts 8 seconds
Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Damage
Attacks used by Totem have 30% less Attack Speed
Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
support gems. See totem damage.
Trap Trap Traps are skills that trigger when an enemy walks over it. Note that many other skills can be turned into a trap with the Trap SupportTrap SupportSupport, Trap
Icon: T
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Requires Level 8Supports spells, or attacks that use bows or wands. Instead of using that skill, you will throw a trap that will use the skill for you when an enemy walks near it. Traps cannot use channelling skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Trap Throwing Speed
Trap lasts 4 seconds
Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
Supported Skills have (0-19)% increased Trap Throwing Speed
Supported Skills deal (0-38)% increased Trap Damage
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
support gem. See trap damage.
Travel Skills that move the character.
Trigger Trigger Certain skills can't be activated manually, and happen automatically when specific conditions are met.

Getting hit by these skills does not activate any trigger effects, like ReckoningReckoningTrigger, Attack, AoE, Physical, Melee
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.40 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (115%-175%)
Requires Level 4Perform a swift counter-attack against enemies in a cone shape when you block with your shield.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (115-175)% of Base Damage
Trigger this Skill when you Block
(2-56) to (3-85) Added Attack Physical Damage
You cannot use this Attack directly
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Reckoning skill icon.png
or the energy shield recovery of Aegis AuroraAegis Aurora
Champion Kite Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 32%
Armour: (903-1118)
Energy Shield: (176-218)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 62, 85 Str, 85 Int(300-400)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+6% Chance to Block
Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Born from the marriage of ice and sky,
the aurora evokes both awe and power.
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Vaal Vaal skill Vaal skills need to be charged in order to use them, but are a lot more powerful than their regular counterparts.
Warcry Warcry Warcries are active skills that provide situational benefits to players and are typically aligned with melee characters, because they only affect nearby enemies and allies. Warcries are not spells can therefore cannot be supported by support gems that specifically link with spells, such as Cast when Damage Taken SupportCast when Damage Taken SupportSupport, Spell, Trigger
Icon: !
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.25 sec
Requires Level 38Each supported spell skill will track damage you take, and be triggered when the total damage taken reaches a threshold. Cannot support skills used by totems, traps, or mines. Vaal skills, channelling skills, and skills that reserve mana cannot be triggered.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage
Trigger Supported Spells when you take a total of (528-3272) Damage
Supported Skills deal (-70-6)% more Damage
This Gem can only Support Skill Gems requiring Level (38-70) or lower
You cannot Cast Supported Triggerable Spells directly
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
. They all share a cooldown.

Modifiers that increase level of socketed gems based on gem tags

NameFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.StatsSpawn Weighting
Tempest King's55+2 to Level of Socketed Lightning Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Lava Caller's55+2 to Level of Socketed Fire Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Nihilist's4+1 to Level of Socketed Chaos Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Weaponmaster's63+2 to Level of Socketed Melee Gemsno_attack_mods 0
bow 0
wand 0
focus 0
shield 1000
weapon 1000
default 0
Frost Weaver's2+1 to Level of Socketed Cold Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Flame Spinner's2+1 to Level of Socketed Fire Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Fletcher's9+1 to Level of Socketed Bow Gemsno_attack_mods 0
bow 1000
default 0
Winterbringer's55+2 to Level of Socketed Cold Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Combatant's8+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gemsno_attack_mods 0
bow 0
wand 0
focus 0
shield 1000
weapon 1000
default 0
Thunder Lord's2+1 to Level of Socketed Lightning Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Sharpshooter's64+2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gemsno_attack_mods 0
bow 1000
default 0
Summoner's65+2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gemshelmet 1000
default 0
Reanimator's14+1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gemshelmet 1000
default 0
Anarchist's55+2 to Level of Socketed Chaos Gemsattack_staff 1000
attack_dagger 1000
default 0
Necromancer's86+3 to Level of Socketed Minion Gemshelmet 1000
default 0
The Shaper's80+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gemsbody_armour_shaper 400
default 0
Eldritch80+1 to Level of Socketed Support Gemsbody_armour_elder 400
default 0
of the Underground1+1 to Level of Socketed Strength Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
staff 1000
sceptre 1000
mace 1600
axe 1000
sword 1000
bow 750
dagger 750
claw 750
wand 750
str_armour 1600
int_armour 750
dex_armour 750
str_dex_armour 1000
str_int_armour 1000
dex_int_armour 750
str_dex_int_armour 1000
unset_ring 1000
default 0
of the Underground1+1 to Level of Socketed Dexterity Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
staff 750
sceptre 750
mace 750
axe 1000
sword 1000
bow 1600
dagger 1000
claw 1000
wand 750
str_armour 750
int_armour 750
dex_armour 1600
str_dex_armour 1000
str_int_armour 750
dex_int_armour 1000
str_dex_int_armour 1000
unset_ring 1000
default 0
of the Underground1+1 to Level of Socketed Intelligence Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
staff 1000
sceptre 1000
mace 750
axe 750
sword 750
bow 750
dagger 1000
claw 1000
wand 1600
str_armour 750
int_armour 1600
dex_armour 750
str_dex_armour 750
str_int_armour 1000
dex_int_armour 1000
str_dex_int_armour 1000
unset_ring 1000
default 0
Subterranean1+2 to Level of Socketed Fire Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
boots 2000
default 0
Subterranean1+2 to Level of Socketed Cold Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
boots 2000
default 0
Subterranean1+2 to Level of Socketed Lightning Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
boots 2000
default 0
Subterranean1+2 to Level of Socketed Chaos Gemsabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
boots 2000
default 0
Chosen60(8-10)% increased Area of Effect
+1 to Level of Socketed AoE Gems
helmet 1000
gloves 1000
default 0
Chosen60Projectiles Pierce an additional Target
+1 to Level of Socketed Projectile Gems
helmet 1000
gloves 1000
default 0
Chosen60+1 to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack range
+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
helmet 1000
gloves 1000
default 0
Catarina's60+1 to Level of Socketed Support Gemsweapon 2000
shield 2000
default 0
Catarina's80+2 to Level of Socketed Support Gemsweapon 2000
shield 2000
default 0

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark_GGG (June 14, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark_GGG (April 03, 2017). "Some Mechanics questions answered by Mark". Reddit. Retrieved April 03, 2017.