Last Updated: Wed Oct 12 2022 Reading Time: 6 min

New World Gem Effects

New World has gems you can place in your gear to change their perks. The cut pristine version of the gems can also be modified into runeglass versions of the gems. Below are some images and a quick list of the New World Gem Effects and runeglass effects in both armor and weapons at each tier level.

Weapon Gem Effects

Placing a gem in your weapons in New World can have many different effects. They can increase the damage you deal, change some of the damage types your weapon can deal, or increase the aggro you can gain. Below is an image of the gem effects.

New World Gem Effects on Armor and Jewelry

Just like most things in New World, there are multiple tiers of gems. Next, is the effect of each tier of gem on New World Weapons.

Bonus – Tier II/III/IV/V

Amber

Arboreal – % of Damage is converted to Nature  – this damage scales off base weapon stat or FOCUS – whichever is higher.  – 16/24/32/40

Amethyst

Abyssal – % of Damage is converted to Void – this damage scales off base weapon stat or INT – whichever is higher – 20/30/40/50

Aquamarines

Frozen – % of Damage is converted to Ice – this damage scales off base weapon stat or INT 20/30/40/50

Carnelian

Taunting – Taunts are active – % increase to threat generated 100/200/250/300

Diamond

Rally – % increase to Damage and Healing while at full Health 6/9/12/15

Emerald

Opportunist – % damage increase against targets with less than 30% health – 8/12/16/20

Jasper

Retaliate – % damage increase after being hit 3 times – 6/9/12/15

Malachite

Cruel – % Damage against targets with an active buff – 6/8/10/12

Moonstone

Exhilarate – % damage when a player is below 30% Health – 12/16/20/24

Onyx

Brash – % damage against a target with full health – 15/20/25/30

Opal

Gambit – % damage increase when your stamina bar is not full – 6/9/12/15

Ruby

Ignited –  % Damage is converted to fire – This damage scales off of Base weapon stat – or INT – whichever is higher – 20/30/40/50

Sapphire

Empowered – % Damage is converted to arcane – this damage scales off of Base weapon stat – or INT – whichever is higher – 20/30/40/50

Topaz

Electrified –  % Damage is converted to Lightning – this damage scales off of Base weapon stat or INT – whichever is higher – 20/30/40/50

Armor and Jewelry Gem Effects

What gems you place in your armor in New World is important! You can greatly increase the amount of mitigation you have against certain damage types by placing the right gem in your armor before going into activities such as mutations.

New World Gem Effects on Weapons

In New World, gems have the same effect on jewelry that they do on armor. Crafting a piece of jewelry with a gem will lock that gem into that piece of gear. Below is an image of each of the New World Gems and their effects on armor and jewelry.

Similar to Weapons, Gems have different effects on armor depending on their tier. Next, is the effect of each tier of gem on New World Armor.

Bonus – Tier II/III/IV/V

Amber
Nature Ward – % Nature Damage Absorption – 3/4/5/6

Amethyst
Abyssal Ward – % Void Damage Absorption –  3/4/5/6

Aquamarine
Ice Ward – % Ice Damage Absorption – 3/4/5/6

Carnelian
Calming – % less threat generated – 4/6/8/10

Diamond
Wilderness Ward-% Physical & Elemental Damage Absorption – .75 & .25/1.1 & 0.38/1.5 & 0.50/1.9 & .63

Emerald
Thrust Ward – % Thrust Damage Absorption – 2/3/4/5

Jasper
Strike Ward – % strike Damage Absorption – 2/3/4/5

Malachite
Spectral Ward – % Elemental & Physical Damage Absorption – .75 & .25/1.1 & 0.38/1.5 & 0.50/1.9 & .63

Moonstone
Slash Ward – % Slash Damage Absorption – 2/3/4/5

Onyx
Physical Ward – % physical Damage absorption – 1/1.5/2/2.5

Opal
Elemental Ward – % Elemental Damage absorption – 1/1.5/2/2.5

Ruby
Fire Ward – Fire Damage Absorption –  3/4/5/6

Sapphire
Arcane Ward – % Arcane Absorption –  3/4/5/6

Topaz
Lightning Ward – % Lightning Damage Absorption –  3/4/5/6

Runeglass Gem Types

You can check out our Runeglass Gem guide for a full breakdown of runeglass gems.

Runeglass Type / CaseEffectEffect Details WeaponEffect Details Armor
LeechingAdd Leeching power to any Pristine Cut Gem.Gain +3% of your damage as health (2 second cooldown)Gain +1% of your damage as health (2 second cooldown)
EnergizingAdd Energizing power to any Pristine Cut Gem.Gain +8 stamina with each successful hit (3 second cooldown)Gain +2 stamina with each successful hit (3 second cooldown)
SiphoningAdd Siphoning power to any Pristine Cut Gem.Gain +1.5 mana with each successful hit (2 second cooldown)Gain +0.8 mana with each successful hit (2 second cooldown)
IgnitingAdd increased Fire damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Inflict burn and deal 8% fire damage per second for 2 secondsYour fire attacks do an additional 2% damage
FreezingAdd increased Ice damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Inflict frostburn and deal 8% ice damage per second for 2 secondsYour ice attacks do an additional 2% damage
AbyssAdd increased Abyssal damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Inflict corrosion and deal 8% void damage per second for 2 secondsYour void attacks do an additional 2% damage
ElectrifyingAdd increased Lightning damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Inflict surge and deal 8% lightning damage per second for 2 secondsYour lightning attacks do an additional 2% damage
NatureAdd increased Arboreal damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Inflict poison and deal 8% nature damage per second for 2 secondsYour nature attacks do an additional 2% damage
EmpoweringAdd increased Arcane damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Inflict Hex and deal 8% arcane damage per second for 2sYour arcane attacks do an additional 2% damage
PunishingAdd increased Melee damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Your melee attacks do an additional 2% damageYour melee attacks do an additional 1% damage
SightAdd increased Ranged damage to any Pristine Cut Gem.Your ranged attacks to an additional 2% damageYour ranged attacks do an additional 1% damage

New World Gem Effects Conclusion

That’s it for our New World Gem Effects Guide. In conclusion, make sure to use the right gems in your Weapons and Armor For how to optimize your damage with gems against different New World Mobs Types, check out our Damage Type guide.

About the Author

Redbyrd
Redbyrd is one of the founders of StudioLoot and has been writing guides on NewWorldFans since the game's earliest beta tests. You can catch him on Twitch most days of the week.

Twitter - Twitch