Every hero class can equip five ability gems. You will find three gems in a chest at the final (boss) level of each map location. Each chest contains one gem for each hero class. If you’re lucky you’ll get one you can use. If you’re not you can spend diamonds to open the chest again.
Fill your ability slots as quickly as you can with the best gems you can find. The abilities can be offensive, defensive, or a combination of both. The offensive gems will do far more damage than your weapon on it’s own. After you use an ability in battle you must wait for its cool down period to expire before you can use it again.
Not all ability gems are of equal value. They might look the same but you need to check. There are tier one, two, three, Tier Four Ability Gems and now there are also tier five gems, as well. They can be either green (common), blue (uncommon), purple (rare), or orange (legendary). If you’d like to see a listing of all ability gems and their stats you can find them at someone else’s otherwise inferior website here. Ability gems also have varying number of stars. Five star gems will have a much higher maximum value than the same gems with fewer stars, especially after they have been leveled.
You need to upgrade your ability gems if you want to have a respectable power level. Do it early and often. The White Mage in town is the man you want to see. Every ability must be upgraded five times using manna before it can be evolved to the next level. To evolve your ability gems you must first win evolution resources at the Star Altar. These resources include moonrock dust, green jade dust, blue sapphire dust, and epic purple dust.
Ability gems, as mentioned above, have specific tiers. Tier one abilities are the weakest and tier four abilities are the strongest. When you find ability gems in chests at the end of campaign locations or buy them in the arena shop be careful to check the tier level before deciding to buy, sell, or equip them. They may look just like an ability gem you already have but can be far more powerful. Pay attention!
Manna Stones and Where to Find Them
Where do you get manna? I’m so glad you asked. As you fight your way through campaign locations the monsters you defeat will drop gold, gear, and lovely blue manna stones. You can also find excellent quality manna stones in crystal chests.
Fun fact: If you are victorious, all treasure drops, including manna stones, will appear in the chest at the end. You don’t need to bend down and pick up everything that tumbles out of a dying monster’s claws!
You can also purchase manna gems (really nice ones) at arena shops using arena tokens.
So now that you have a few manna stones you can bring them to the jeweler in town. He’s the guy with the red cap and a diamond over his head to the right of the guild area. He will convert your manna stones to pure manna for a price. The manna he extracts and holds will be used to upgrade, but not evolve, your abilities.
One thing to keep in mind here is that the jeweler can only hold so much manna at a time and the wizard takes it directly from the jeweler when upgrading your abilities. If your ability requires more manna to upgrade than the jeweler can hold you will need to increase his limit. This, like so many other aspects of this game, will require gold. And time. After the first few limit increases you will be waiting twenty-four hours every time you do it. If you need manna extracted from gems in a hurry you should do it before you initiate the limit increase.
Extracting Dust from Ability Gems
Once you’ve upgraded an ability to its highest level you must use the Star Altar to convert other ability gems to dust before you can evolve it. You’ll need jade dust for green abilities, sapphire dust for blue, amethyst dust for purple abilities, and, star dust for orange legendary abilities!
Don’t break down the ability gems you’re using. Offer only lower tier or color class ability gems, gems you have two of, gems for other hero classes, or gems you just don’t like.
How much Dust?
You will receive more dust for gems with higher tier levels, number of stars, and higher color classes. You will also receive more dust when you select (and defeat) higher difficulty levels in the Star Arena.
Improve your Dust
The release of update 1.49.5 has made it possible to “exchange” dust for a lesser amount of higher quality dust. This costs gold and can be accomplished using the Star Altar. Click on the link for a detailed description of the Star Altar and how it works.