Welcome to Part II of my guide to Paladin Gemming. Here we’ll cover Prismatic, Dragon’s Eye (Jewelcrafter only), and Meta Gems. Again, I have marked each with what spec it works best with. In this case, I also marked some for their PvP uses, mostly including those with Resilience or Stun/Silence/Fear reduction effects.
First up, we’ll talk about the Prismatic gems. These provide increases to all stats in a single gem, most often used as filler gems, as they match every color, and can be used to fill the requirements of one red, one yellow, AND one blue gem for Meta gems.
|Enchanted Pearl||+4 Stats|
|Enchanted Tear||+6 Stats|
|Nightmare Tear||+10 Stats|
It’s obvious what is provided by each, and the only difference is the amount of stat increase, and cost. Obviously Nightmare Tears are far more expensive then the lesser Enchanted gems.
Next we have the Jewelcrafter only Dragon’s Eye gems. They provide a large amount more stat increase than the normal versions (even epic versions) of the same type.
|Bright Dragon’s Eye||+68 Attack Power|
|Fractured Dragon’s Eye||+34 Armor Penetration|
|Precise Dragon’s Eye||+34 Expertise Rating|
|Runed Dragon’s Eye||+39 Spell Power|
|Bold Dragon’s Eye||+34 Strength|
|Delicate Dragon’s Eye||+34 Agility|
|Subtle Dragon’s Eye||+34 Dodge Rating|
|Flashing Dragon’s Eye||+34 Parry Rating|
|Smooth Dragon’s Eye||+34 Critical Strike Rating|
|Rigid Dragon’s Eye||+34 Hit Rating|
|Quick Dragon’s Eye||+34 haste Rating|
|Brilliant Dragon’s Eye||+34 Itellect|
|Mystic Dragon’s Eye||+34 Resilience|
|Thick Dragon’s Eye||+34 Defense Rating|
|Stormy Dragon’s Eye||+43 Spell Penetration|
|Solid Dragon’s Eye||+51 Stamina|
|Lustrous Dragon’s Eye||+20 MP5|
|Sparkling Dragon’s Eye||+34 Spirit|
In these cases, I’ve marked each as what type of gem slot it would fill. For the red slots, I have marked the Precise, Runed and Bold gems. The Precise Dragon’s Eye gems provide a large amount of expertise, allowing you to quickly reach the soft cap. Runed Dragon’s Eyes provide a pretty decent amount of Spellpower. I would recommend this, if you feel that your mana and mana regen is adequate, as well as a fairly high Crit rating (I usually hover around 32% in my holy gear). Bold Dragon’s Eyes, like other Bold types of gems provide Strength, however in a much larger amount. Again, as long as you have reached the hit cap and the expertise soft cap, this would be a good filler gem.
Yellow Dragon’s Eyes provide the same stats as regular yellow gems, however, again in larger amounts. I have marked Smooth, Rigid, Quick, Brilliant, and Mystic gems. Each providing much more of the stats than those provided by regular gems. I did mark Mystic, though, for PvP purposes, providing +34 Resilience is a great boon for PvP battle, and lessening the impact of other player attacks.
Of the blue Dragon’s Eyes, I’ve only marked the Lustrous Dragon’s Eye. Even then, I’m unsure if it would really be a good choice, as MP5 has been so downrated for the Intellect stat.
Lastly, we’ll talk about Meta gems. These gems have always intrigued me, with the different kinds of “extra” procs and abilities provided. Meta gems also require a certain amount of other gems to be activated, making gemming for them a priority. So far, only higher level headpieces have Meta gem slots, and more often then not another gem slot along with it.
|Destructive Skyflare Diamond||+25 Crit Rating / 1% Spell Reflect||1x 1x 1x|
|Chaotic Skyflare Diamond||+21 Crit Rating / 3% Increased Crit Damage||2x|
|Enigmatic Skyflare Diamond||+21 Crit Rating / Reduces Snare/Root Duration by 10%||2x 1x|
|Impassive Skyflare Diamond||+21 Crit Rating / Fear Duration Reduced by 10%||2x 1x|
|Beaming Earthsiege Diamond||+21 Crit Rating / +2% Mana||2x 1x|
|Enigmatic Starflare Diamond||+17 Crit Rating / Reduces Snare/Root Duration by 10%||2x 1x|
|Impassive Starflare Diamond||+17 Crit Rating / Fear Duration Reduced by 10%||1x 2x|
|Invigoration earthsiege Diamond||+42 Attack Power / Sometimes Heal on Your Crits||1x 2x|
|Persistent Earthsiege Diamond||+42 Attack Power / Stun Duration Reduced by 10%||2x 1x|
|Swift Skyflare Diamond||+42 Attack Power / Minor Run Speed Increase||1x 2x|
|Swift Starflare Diamond||+34 Attack Power / Minor Run Speed Increase||1x 2x|
|Persistent Earthshatter Diamond||+34 Attack Power / Stun Duration Reduced by 10%||3x|
|Effulgent Skyflare Diamond||+32 Stamina / Reduce Spell Damage Taken by 2%||1x 2x|
|Austere Earthsiege Diamond||+32 Stamina / 2% Increased Armor Value from Items||1x 2x|
|Powerful Earthsiege Diamond||+32 Stamina / Stun Duration Reduced by 10%||3x|
|Powerful Earthshatter Diamond||+26 Stamina / Stun Duration Reduced by 10%||1x 2x|
|Ember Skyflare Diamond||+25 Spellpower / +2% Intellect||3x|
|Forlorn Skyflare Diamond||+25 Spellpower / Silence Duration Reduced by 10%||2x 1x|
|Tireless Skyflare Diamond||+25 Spellpower / Minor Run Speed Increase||1x 1x 1x|
|Bracing Earthsiege Diamond||+25 Spellpower / 2% Reduced Threat||2x 1x|
|Trenchant earthsiege Diamond||+25 Spellpower / Stun Duration Reduced by 10%||1x 1x 1x|
|Trenchant Earthshatter Diamond||+20 Spellpower / Stun Duration Reduced by 10%||1x 1x 1x|
|Forlorn Starflare Diamond||+20 Spellpower / Silence Duration Reduced by 10%||2x 1x|
|Tireless Starflare Diamond||+20 Spellpower / Minor Run Speed Increase||1x 1x 1x|
|Revitalizing Skyflare Diamond||+8 MP5 / 3% Increased Critical Healing Effect||2x|
|Thundering Skyflare Diamond||Chance to Increase Melee/Ranged Attack Speed||1x 1x 1x|
|Eternal Earthsiege Diamond||+21 Defense Rating / +5% Shield Block Value||2x 1x|
|Insightful Earthsiege Diamond||+21 Intellect / Chance to restore mana on spellcast||1x 1x 1x|
|Relentless Earthsiege Diamond||+21 Agility / 3% Increased Critical Damage||1x 1x 1x|
There are a LOT of choices to work from, both for PvE and PvP purposes. I will begin with the PvE metas, as they are what I usually work with.
First up I’ll take a look at Holy PvE Meta gems, and their benefits. There are a few that could be used, though there are those that are preferred amongst the PvE crowd. Most popular among them is the Insightful earthsiege Diamond. This meta provides some great benefits, the +21 Intellect is excellent for the current healing models of paladins; in addition, the Chance to restore mana on spellcast actually procs fairly often, and has saved my tail a couple of times. A less used, but useful meta is the Ember Skyflare Diamond. This meta provides a good junk of Spellpower, as well as an increase of 2% of your intellect. A great starter gem to work with, especially for earlier dungeons, and the earlier pieces of gear with meta slots. The last, and likely most situational is the Revitalizing Skyflare Diamond. Again, with the downgrading of MP5 for Holy Paladins, this isn’t the best allocation of stats. Providing only 8MP5, but also increasing the healing effect of your Critical heals by 3%. As I said before, some interesting extra abilities; though I’m sure this will likely go away during Cataclysm, with the advent of Spirit and the Critical Healing Effect Mastery.
Next, we’ll take a look at the Retribution PvE meta gems. I personally have a bit of debate as to which is more effective for the ret spec. The most popular is the Relentless Earthsiege Diamond, increasing your Agility by 21, but also increasing all Critical damage by 3%. I can totally understand the Crit damage increase, as that is a wonderful addition; however, I am unsure why Agility is so popular for Ret paladins. I do understand the bit of dodge considering the up close nature of a melee spec, but the only other addition provided is the slight crit and armor increase. I personally see a bit of better use in the Chaotic Skyflare Diamond. This provides the same increase in crit damage, but also increases your Crit rating. I think this would be a more advantageous meta to choose, maybe we’ll see some comments on this.
As for PvP metas, i have included all of those with +Crit and +Spellpower for Holy specs, each with the different Stun/Silence/Fear Duration reducing effects. For Retribution I chose those with +Attack Power and +Crit, with those same Stun/Silence/Fear Duration reducing effects, in addition to some Minor Run Speed Increase gems, though more oft then not, Pursuit of Justice will take care of the speed issue.
Well, that’s a quick and dirty look at the Meta, Prismatic, and Dragon’s Eye gems available to Paladins. I hope that it helps a bit in your choices.
What gems do you prefer, or have used? Do my choices make sense to you?