Path of Exile: Intro to Skills Gems

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By | May 23rd, 2014 | Categories: Path of Exile

So what is POE Skill Gems? Skills in RPG’s follow a somewhat traditional path. Skills are acquired as a basic or low level and through experience the user moves up the ladder to becomes equipped to use that skill; becoming a medium level player or expert/grandmaster. Skills range from the staple bunch which users are automatically given when the game starts to rare and unusual skills.

Path of Exile offers a pretty interesting take on skills – splitting them into both active and passive, before linking them closely to the weapon or item the character is using at that particular point. In this post we will give you the fill low down; helping you know your poe skill gems from your sockets and your attributes!

What are Skills?

In Path of Exiles,  skills can be either ‘active’ or ‘passive’.  Skills range from the basic skills given when you start the game to the detailed and rare skills which require both practice and training.

What are Gems?

Active Skills are stored or contained in skills gems.  These ‘gems’ are detachable jewel like objects which can be attached or removed to objects or items. When attached they become active and can help automatically boost the value of that item. All gems in equipped items gain 10% of that value. With experience and effectiveness the player can increase the value of that gem significantly. The gem retains value even when it is removed or traded! Gems do not need to be utilized for them to gain experience, only equipped. Gems can also help players level up.

The gem retains value even when it is removed or traded!

Gems have three attributes which help group similar skills.

  • Strength.
  • Dexterity.
  • Intelligence.


  • Anger
  • Animate Guardian
  • Cleave
  • Decoy Totem
  • Determination
  • Devouring Totem
  • Dominating Blow
  • Enduring Cry
  • Flame Totem
  • Glacial Hammer
  • Ground Slam
  • Heavy Strike
  • Immortal Call
  • Infernal Blow
  • Leap Slam
  • Lightning Strike
  • Molten Shell
  • Punishment
  • Rejuvenation Totem
  • Searing Bond
  • Shield Charge
  • Shockwave Totem
  • Sweep
  • Vitality
  • Warlord’s Mark


  • Arctic Armour
  • Barrage
  • Bear Trap
  • Blood Rage
  • Burning Arrow
  • Cyclone
  • Desecrate
  • Detonate Dead
  • Double Strike
  • Dual Strike
  • Elemental Hit
  • Etheral Knives
  • Explosive Arrow
  • Fire Trap
  • Flicker Trap
  • Freeze Mine
  • Frenzy
  • Grace
  • Haste
  • Hatred
  • Ice Shot
  • Lightning Arrow
  • Phase Run
  • Poison Arrow
  • Projectile Weakness
  • Puncture
  • Rain of Arrows
  • Reave
  • Smoke Mine
  • Split Arrow
  • Temporal Chains
  • Viper Strike
  • Whirling Blades


  • Arc
  • Arctic Breath
  • Bone Offering
  • Clarity
  • Cold Snap
  • Conductivity
  • Conversion Trap
  • Critical Weakness
  • Discharge
  • Discipline
  • Elemental Weakness
  • Enfeeble
  • Fireball
  • Firestorm
  • Flameblast
  • Flammability
  • Flesh Offering
  • Freezing Pulse
  • Frostbite
  • Frost Wall
  • Glacial Cascade
  • Ice Nova
  • Ice Spear
  • Incinerate
  • Lightning Trap
  • Lightning Wrap
  • Power Siphon
  • Purity of Elements
  • Raise Spectre
  • Raise Zombie
  • Righteous Fire
  • Shock Nova
  • Spark
  • Storm Call
  • Summon Raging Spirit
  • Summon Skeletons
  • Tempest Shield
  • Vulnerability
  • Wrath


Acquiring items is pretty normal in MMOs and Path of Exile is no exception, but mixes it up aswell. Many items have empty coloured sockets which you can use to attach a skill gem. Attach a skill gem into that socket and you immediately gain the use of the particular skill. Some items have multiple sockets, which can be different colours and they are closely linked to the attributes to which that item is aligned too.  So of the three attributes, when using a sword, strength and dexterity will be more important than intelligence.

Allowing players to attach and remove gems from sockets allows for endless combinations.

Support Gems

These enhance and compliment the core gems. Any skill can be augmented where it makes sense and they work in exactly the same way as gems.

  • Added Chaos Damage
  • Added Cold Damage
  • Added Fire Damage
  • Added Lightning Damage
  • Blind
  • Blood Magic
  • Cast on Crit
  • Cast on Death
  • Cast on Melee Kill
  • Cast when Damage Taken
  • Cast when Stunned
  • Chain
  • Chance to Flee
  • Chance to Ignite
  • Cold Penetration
  • Cold to Fire
  • Concentrated Effect
  • Culling Strike
  • Curse on Hit
  • Elemental Proliferayion
  • Empower
  • Endurance Charge on Melee Stun
  • Faster Attacks
  • Faster Casting
  • Faster Projectiles
  • Fire Penetration
  • Fork
  • Greater Multiple Projectiles.
  • Increased Accuracy
  • Increased Area of Effect
  • Increased Burning Damage
  • Increased Critical Damage
  • Increased Critical Strikes
  • Increased Duration
  • Iron Grip
  • Iron Will
  • Item Quantity
  • Item Rarity
  • Knockback
  • Lesser Multiple Projectiles
  • Life Gain on Hit
  • Life Leech
  • Lightning Penetration
  • Mana Leech
  • Melee Damage on Full Life
  • Melee Physical Damage
  • Melee Splash
  • Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance
  • Minion Damage
  • Minion Life
  • Minion Speed
  • Multiple Traps
  • Multi Strike
  • Pierce
  • Point Blank
  • Power Charge on Critical
  • Ranged Attack on Totem
  • Reduce Duration
  • Reduced Mana
  • Remote Mine
  • Slower Projectiles
  • Spell Totem
  • Stun
  • Trap
  • Weapon Elemental Damage

Combining skills and gems creates endless combinations, really enhance what is a staple feature of the many an RPG. The Path of Exile Marketplace on PlayerAuctions. has hundreds of items currently for sale…so what are you waiting for? See what all the fuss is about. Happy trading!


  1. Lensa Dunia October 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Nice blog.. thank for your information…

  2. VIEW RUMAH October 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for your information… nice post and blog

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