The Diablo 3 Podcast #149: Legendary Gems I/II

Everything about Legendary Gems in this two-part show. LGem basics, how they’re found and upgraded, why they are so awesome, and then detailed discussion of the best builds, upgrade values, and uses for every gem. Featuring Katniss, Ynzerg, and Flux.

Due to the amount of content to cover, with 14 legendary gems, this show is split into two. Part Two runs covers the remaining 11 LGems and will be posted tomorrow.

Click through for approximate segment starting times:

  • 0:30 — Intro and recent play stories. Katniss is over P400 in seasons, Ynzerg died horribly HC this morning. Demon Hunter basic issues.
  • 6:30 — Katniss details his uber Templar, currently #14 HC Seasonal Grift ladder. (Bonus, watch him have a heart attack streaming his Crusader because technical issues.)
  • 11:00 — DiabloWikiFortune Shrines are useless now, and should pop a Treasure Goblin. And/or a temporarily Boon of the Hoarder style-effect.
  • 14:00 — DiabloWikiLegendary Gem basics. They’re quite fast to upgrade now. Too easy? Tinfoil theory that Grift guardians don’t drop legendary items when you’re clearing a Grift well below your best time.
  • 22:00 — The DiabloWikiRealm of Trials can be misleading; some builds are really good for waves of trash mobs, but will find much harder times within the Grift. Is it too hard to notice what # wave you’ve advanced to?
  • 27:30 — DiabloWikiBane of the Powerful discussion. Awesome LGem for overpowered character. Chain benefit pushes you to race from one DiabloWikiElite to the next Elite. Not so great if you’re not a powerful character, or are pushing your upper level of content.
  • 35:50 — DiabloWikiBane of the Trapped. Awesome for some builds with cold or slowing effects. Level 25 makes it great for melee chars, especially Hardcore, but they might not want to use it until leveled to 25. Bugged now, not benefiting DiabloWikiSweeping Wind and DiabloWikiSunwuko’s Set, because Blizzard hates Monks?
  • 40:00 — DiabloWikiBoon of the Hoarder. Massive golden fortune from use, and so much fun. At rank 25 it’s the best gem possible for rushing or gold farming against lower difficulty levels. It’s so good it makes you *want* to do the Act 1 Spider Caves, because lots of small targets = massive riches.

  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.


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    1. Awesome! Can't wait to listen, just starting grifts and I'm trying to wrap my head around legendary gems. This should help 🙂

    2. Low level twinking gem, i recommend Hell fire ring/amulet + smite gem XD I leveled mine to 25 before making a new char so I could walk in to T6 instantly until about lvl 30 where RG health became too high and it was taking about 15min to kill the guardian alone… o.0 So I dropped it to T3 until I got to lvl 47 and stuck on a crafted Diabo with lvl23 reduction and back to T6 til 61, after 61 I went down to T2. Took about 3/4 hours from 1-70 including stupidly high health RG's.

    3. The trial gives you a GR key depending on the amount of enemies you killed on the last wave (the failed one) and while taking into consideration the last wave you completed.

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