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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.

Bow Bow These skills require a bow to be used. They implicitly have the projectile gem tag.
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 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.
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 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found..

Using Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. 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.
Spell Spells Skills that do not require weapons to be used.
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 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. or Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. 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 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. support gem. See trap damage.
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 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. or the energy shield recovery of Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found..

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 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found.. They all share a cooldown.

Modifiers that increase level of socketed gems based on gem tags

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Concept:Spawnable named affix mods
Has mod domain::1
[[Has subobject::
 -Has subobject::+
 Has stat id::~*level*
]]
|?Has name
|?Has level requirement
|?Has stat text
|?Has spawn weight
|limit=
|userparam=extra_rows=2, effect_rowid=2
|default=
|sort=Has name
|link=none
|format=template
|template=SMW mod table
|introtemplate=SMW mod table/shared/intro with level with weight
|outrotemplate=SMW mod table/outro

}}

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.