WoRG's Crafting miniguide #2: Mythical Jewels of Power from the Ancient Past (1.08)

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"Six mod rare jewels? I don't believe they exist..."

"but rare jewels with more than 4 mods are a myth..."

"...if you could get jewels like that, we would have seen them by now..."
Welcome, Friends, to my second Timetraveller's crafting miniguide. Today we will be examining rare jewels, which can be quite nice items, but are usually considered inferior to magic(blue) jewels because the best jewel affixes are blue only, and everyone knows that rare jewels (unlike other types of rares) will get only 3-4 affixes, right? Every now and then, someone will ask about rare jewels with more than 4 affixes...when this happens, they typically get one of the above responses...

However, close examination of the patch notes for LoD (patch.txt in your D2 folder) reveals the following entry under the notes for patch 1.09:
- Rare Jewels are now capped at a maximum of four affixes.
Now, experienced 1.07 players will quickly tell you that in 1.07, rare jewels are HORRIBLE...1.07 rare jewels are capped at 3 affixes, and 1.07 jewel affixes are generally MUCH worse than later patches! Fortunately, jewels affixes were overhauled and upgraded with patch 1.08...and so was the number of affixes possible, up to 6!

Now, admittedly, its VERY hard to find rare jewels in 1.08...for one thing, MF just doesn't work there, so rares (and sets/uniques) are, well, RARE! Fortunately, there is a cube recipe that has been around since classic for rerolling rares: 6xPSkulls + Rare item = new rare item. Now, this formula does tend to lower the ilvl of items, so you'll want to do it with a high level character, because clvl matters! Fortunately, jewels are qlvl=1, and the highest alvl non-blue only jewel affixes are just alvl57 (of Burning/Thunder elemental damage affixes), so you just have to stay above ilvl57 to enable all non-blue only affixes!

OK, but how to get rare jewels to reroll? As I said before, its pretty hard to find a rare jewel in 1.08 to begin with... The answer is to get your rare jewels in 1.07. As you may be aware, MF is a little 'odd' in 1.07...if you hit certain breakpoints, you can force drops of a certain quality! In hell difficulty of 1.07, with 608MF, Champions and Uniques will drop rare quality items! So, running areas with champs/uniques of monster types that tend to drop jewels (ghosts/council members/etc.) will get you rare jewels relatively quickly, and they will be of high enough ilvl to reroll decently.

So, what kind of jewels can one get this way? Well, here is one I rolled for my current 99er:
Code:
Death Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 28
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 68
Fingerprint: 0xf2d3f4c3
+8 to Strength
+30% Enhanced Damage
+18 to Minimum Damage
Lightning Resist +23%
Adds 1-97 lightning damage
Note that this is a 6 mod jewel, stacking Crimson and Bliss pre/suffixes to get +18 mindam!

What's that? Not a warrior? OK, these can be nice for casters too:
Code:
Shadow Gyre
Jewel
Required Level: 59
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x243e5b5e
+6 to Energy
+10 to Attack Rating
Fire Resist +10%
Lightning Resist +38%
Cold Resist +10%
Poison Resist +10%
+1 to Light Radius
Requirements -15%
7% Faster Hit Recovery
I hope you enjoyed this mythbusters moment :p

WoRG
 
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Re: WoRG's Crafting miniguide #2: Mythical Jewels of Power from the Ancient Past (1.0

ouuuuuu. Very nice :)

I read the title and was wondering when it changed, when I realized this was a new miniguide :p

Someone else will have to do all the work, but I'd love to see some of the crazy results out of this!
 
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Hitting 608MF got a LOT easier once I got a second 1.07 Skullders'...I DO rely on merc kills, using my sorc...Hell council was not really feasible until I got a wand w/lvl3 LR charges to break LI, but now I just pull a few of the council at a time, LR them, sliver them w/static and let the merc tap them with a BKSC, the CB does the trick even when they're PI...

My MF outfit is:
Shako(ptopaz)[74]
Skullder's(ptopaz)[146]
Classic Gull(Ist)[80]
Milebregah's Orb shield[20]
Crafted Caster boots[33]
Crafted Blood ring[40]
Merc 3os helm w/3ptopaz[72]
Merc Skullder's(ptopaz)[146]
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74+146+80+20+33+40+72+146=611MF

Prior to finding the second Skullder's I used a 4ptopaz armor and wore Goldwrap/more MF jewelry/MF charms...

Frozzzen, in the long run, pskulls are definitely the limiting factor...I've long since started keeping a couple flawless skulls on my runners in 1.07, ANY gem shrines get used for upping those...both of those jewels took a couple rerolls to get (you can tell by the ilvl...most of my rare jewels from 1.07 are ilvl **+, and my 1.08 crafter is level 96 (I'm working on leveling up a new on all the way to 99)...at lvl96, jewels will eventually 'normalize' at ilvl 64-65, which is more than high enough to get all the available affixes.

I have been working on this for awhile, so I have done a lot of these, looking for great +mindamage jewels, like the first one I showed...being able to get 6 affixes raises the chances of that exponentially over modern jewels!! I'll be showing off some very impressive resullts when I finish my 99'er, and show off all his gear.

and now you know why I've been trading for 1.07 skulls :p

WoRG
 
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Re: WoRG's Crafting miniguide #2: Mythical Jewels of Power from the Ancient Past (1.0

Wow! Amazing! Give the man a time traveller degree 👍

on a related note for those interested or as clueless as me: I discovered this post from RTB when I was wondering, if rare jewels still could have 3 prefixes or suffixes or only 2 once their total number of affixes got lowered to 4.
 
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Re: WoRG's Crafting miniguide #2: Mythical Jewels of Power from the Ancient Past (1.0

~180 rolls of 1.08 rare jewels were done. Kept ones:
Code:
1: Viper Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 73
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0x70a3d2d2
+25% Enhanced Damage
+37 to Attack Rating
+3 to Minimum Damage
Lightning Resist +25%
7% Faster Hit Recovery


2: Rune Gyre
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 64
Fingerprint: 0x46834a32
+4 to Energy
+8 to Dexterity
+15 to Attack Rating
+3 to Minimum Damage
7% Faster Hit Recovery


3: Storm Talisman
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x20b2c1e0
+9 to Strength
+5 to Dexterity
+6 to Minimum Damage
+8 to Maximum Damage
Replenish Life +3
5% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


4: Skull Talisman
Jewel
Required Level: 59
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0x36dcb460
+9 to Dexterity
+15 to Maximum Stamina
All Resistances +7
Adds 1-6 fire damage


5: Stone Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 41
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0x4c2f8e7b
+8 to Dexterity
+4 to Life
Cold Resist +25%
Replenish Life +3
38% Damage to Demons
+34 to Attack Rating against Demons


6: Stone Talisman
Jewel
Required Level: 45
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x45522122
+60 to Attack Rating
+5 to Maximum Damage
27% Extra Gold from Monsters
10% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Requirements -15%


7: Ghoul Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 21
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0x4fdf42af
+2 to Strength
+5 to Energy
+28% Enhanced Damage
+17 to Maximum Damage


8: Viper Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 73
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x6a8efdee
+20% Enhanced Damage
+11 to Minimum Damage
+6 to Maximum Damage
Adds 1-52 lightning damage


9: Bone Scarab
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0x1b9ec069
+8 to Strength
+11% Enhanced Damage
+4 to Minimum Damage
+7 to Maximum Damage
Poison Resist +26%
17% Extra Gold from Monsters


10: Grim Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 73
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x249dabe8
+8 to Strength
+8 to Life
+10 to Mana
+3 to Minimum Damage
Fire Resist +9%
29% Damage to Undead
+33 to Attack Rating against Undead


11: Beast Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 18
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 64
Fingerprint: 0x660f91c6
+1 to Strength
+8 to Energy
+8 to Dexterity
+15 to Mana
Fire Resist +8%


12: Shadow Scarab
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 64
Fingerprint: 0x748d2946
+3 to Minimum Damage
Poison Resist +27%
Adds 4-19 fire damage
7% Faster Hit Recovery


13: Eagle Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 15
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x6dbd0f28
+9 to Dexterity
+18 to Maximum Stamina
+17% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
Lightning Resist +16%
29% Extra Gold from Monsters


14: Blood Eye
Jewel
Required Level: 45
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x5a0c5dd9
+9 to Dexterity
+4 to Maximum Damage
Lightning Resist +30%
Attacker Takes Damage of 5
7% Faster Hit Recovery


15: Bone Eye
Jewel
Required Level: 39
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x14ae6d08
+29% Enhanced Damage
+55 to Attack Rating
Lightning Resist +29%
Attacker Takes Damage of 4


16: Bitter Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x5850cdf8
+9 to Dexterity
+16 to Maximum Damage
Cold Resist +8%
Adds 1-41 lightning damage


17: Storm Eye
Jewel
Required Level: 39
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x5e327caf
+5 to Life
+18 to Attack Rating
+7 to Maximum Damage
7% Damage Taken Goes to Mana


18: Shadow Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 73
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x5480bd11
+4 to Dexterity
+15 to Mana
+4 to Minimum Damage
+8 to Maximum Damage
Fire Resist +5%
Lightning Resist +5%
Cold Resist +14%
Poison Resist +5%


19: Bone Scarab
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x45c55b3d
+4 to Dexterity
+8 to Life
+14 to Mana
+9 to Maximum Damage
+5 Defense
Lightning Resist +25%


20: Shadow Scarab
Jewel
Required Level: 73
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x4a0cd6be
+15 to Mana
+25% Enhanced Damage
+3 to Minimum Damage
Poison Resist +24%
Adds 1-90 lightning damage
7% Faster Hit Recovery


21: Grim Scarab
Jewel
Required Level: 43
Item Version: Expansion
Item Level: 63
Fingerprint: 0x7bd44790
+9 to Strength
+5% Enhanced Damage
+6 Defense
Lightning Resist +24%