"Essence gems are used by healers and upstart sorcerers and are common enough to be wasted on ornamentation. But with this amulet you can tap into their true potential."

Master Li

Essence gems are small stones which carry a certain amount of magical power. Once players have progressed far enough through Chapter 1, they will gain the ability to use essence gems to achieve certain effects, such as boosting character stats.

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When you are in the Spirit Cave, Master Li notes that the Player character's people, were "adept at using Essence Gems", and that their full power can be brought out by the Dragon Amulet.

{End of Spoiler}

Ability score gems

Basic gems

The simplest ability score gems are the generic Warrior, Monk, and Scholar gems, which provide simple enhancements to the player's Body, Spirit, and Mind scores, respectively. They come in several levels of effectiveness — Flawed, Inferior, ordinary, Superior, and Ultimate (the latter being available only in the PC version of the game). There is also a Flawless level of Scholar gem, sitting between Superior and Ultimate, but there do not seem to be corresponding gems for the other two abilities.

Type Name Effects Obtained
Warrior gems
(Body)
Gem-FlawedWarriorGem.png Flawed Warrior Gem Body +1

Two Rivers School - The first one can be found in the spirit caves

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Darting Lynx

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Cheung after Great Dam is closed

Great Forest - Purchased from Spear Catches Leaf

Gem-InferiorWarriorGem.png Inferior Warrior Gem Body +2

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Cheung after Great Dam is closed

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus

Imperial Arena - Purchased from Sweet Poison Lyn

Lotus Assassin Fortress - Purchased from Merchant Kia Jung

Gem-WarriorGem.png Warrior Gem Body +4 Imperial Arena - Purchased from Sweet Poison Lyn
Gem-SuperiorWarriorGem.png Superior Warrior Gem Body +6

Imperial Arena - Given to you by Gambler Daoshen for paying off Sweet Poison Lyn with your own money

Imperial Arena - Given to you by Qui the Promoter after defeating Kai Lan the Serpent

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Five

Ultimate Warrior Gem Body +12 Lotus Assassin Fortress inner chamber, alcove to the left of the exit - Found in jar after defeating Grand Inquisitor Jia [PC Version Only]
Monk gems
(Spirit)
Gem-FlawedMonkGem.png Flawed Monk Gem Spirit +1

Two Rivers School - Purchased from Smiling Mountain after emerging from Spirit Cave

Two Rivers Village - Purchased from Fen Do after emerging from Spirit Cave

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Cheung after Great Dam is closed

Great Forest - Purchased from Spear Catches Leaf

Gem-InferiorMonkGem.png Inferior Monk Gem Spirit +2

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus

The Necropolis - Purchased from Gravedigger Shen

Lotus Assassin Fortress - Purchased from Acolyte Trainer Guang

Gem-MonkGem.png Monk Gem Spirit +4 The Necropolis - Purchased from Gravedigger Shen
Gem-SuperiorMonkGem.png Superior Monk Gem Spirit +6

Great Forest OR Pirate Workshop - Obtained from second piece of Dragon Amulet after defeating Inquisitor Lim

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Five

Gem-UltimateMonkGem.png Ultimate Monk Gem Spirit +12 The Necropolis - Found on bones near large gates to Insane Emperor Ghost's tomb [PC Version Only]
Scholar gems
(Mind)
Gem-FlawedScholarGem.png Flawed Scholar Gem Mind +1

Two Rivers School - Purchased from Smiling Mountain after emerging from Spirit Cave

Two Rivers Village - Purchased from Fen Do after emerging from Spirit Cave

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Cheung after Great Dam is closed

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Shipeng after you've killed Merchant Jiang

Pilgrim's Rest Inn - Purchased from Henpecked Hou before he joins as a follower

Gem-InferiorScholarGem.png Inferior Scholar Gem Mind +2

Dam Site - Given to you by Chai Ka when he joins as a follower

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Shipeng after you've killed Merchant Jiang

Pilgrim's Rest Inn - Purchased from Henpecked Hou before he joins as a follower

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus

Imperial City Golden Way - Purchased from Chandler Ling after you've falsely proven his innocence

Imperial City Scholars' Garden - Purchased from Scholar Songtao after you've proven his innocence

Gem-ScholarGem.png Scholar Gem Mind +4 Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus

Imperial City Golden Way - Purchased from Chandler Ling after you've falsely proven his innocence

Imperial City Scholars' Garden - Purchased from Scholar Songtao after you've proven his innocence

Gem-SuperiorScholarGem.png Superior Scholar Gem Mind +6

Lotus Assassin Fortress - Obtained from third piece of Dragon Amulet after defeating Grand Inquisitor Jia

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Five

Gem-UltimateScholarGem.png Flawless Scholar Gem Mind +10 Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Six
Gem-UltimateScholarGem.png Ultimate Scholar Gem Mind +12 Pilgrim's Rest Inn - Found in bamboo cask [PC Version Only]

Gems enhancing one ability at the expense of others

These gems give the player a large boost to one of their ability scores, but this comes at the expense of the other two abilities.

Name Effects Obtained
Gem-GemOfUnyieldingStrength.png Gem of Unyielding Strength Body +10
Spirit -5
Mind -5
Imperial Palace Audience Chamber - Found in ceramic urn during Chapter Seven only
Gem-GemOfInnerGenius.png Gem of Inner Genius Mind +10
Body -5
Spirit -5
Black Leopard School - Given to you by First Brother Kai after you've defeated Master Smiling Hawk
Gem-GemOfTheInfiniteSpirit.png Gem of the Infinite Spirit Spirit +10
Body -5
Mind -5
Inner Courtyard - Found in ceramic urn

Gems enhancing all three abilities

These gems give players an increase in all three ability scores at once, and at the highest level, also grant a five percent chance when the player is hit of either draining an enemy's health (Demon Skin) or generating a shockwave (Celestial Aura).

Name Effects Align Obtained
Gem-GemOfPurpose.png Gem of Purpose Body +1
Spirit +1
Mind +1
ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Tien's Landing - Given to you by Merchant Jiang if you chose to sabotage the Great Dam
Gem-GemOfStruggle.png Gem of Struggle Body +2
Spirit +2
Mind +2
ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png

Pilgrim's Rest Inn - Purchased from Henpecked Hou before he joins as a follower

Lotus Assassin Fortress - Purchased from Merchant Kia Jung

Gem-GemOfMastery.png Gem of Mastery Body +3
Spirit +3
Mind +3
ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png

Imperial City Market District - Given to you by Captain Sen for defeating Aishi the Mournful Blade

Lotus Assassin Fortress - Purchased from Acolyte Trainer Guang

Gem-GemOfUnity.png Gem of Unity OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png

Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Three

Imperial City Market District - Given to you by Aishi's father for releasing Aishi the Mournful Blade's spirit in battle

Gem-BrilliantGemOfBalance.png Brilliant Gem of Balance Body +4
Spirit +4
Mind +4

Great Forest - Given to you by Forest Shadow after The Mother's death

Inner Courtyard - Found in ceramic urn

Gem-ScintillatingGemOfPower.png Scintillating Gem of Power Body +5
Spirit +5
Mind +5
Imperial Palace Water Dragon Tomb - Found in headstone
Gem-TheEyeOfTheDemon.png The Eye of the Demon Body +6
Spirit +6
Mind +6
Demon Skin
ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Outer Courtyard - Obtained from Gem Repository with a Closed Fist character
Gem-TheEyeOfTheDragon.png The Eye of the Dragon Body +6
Spirit +6
Mind +6
Celestial Aura
OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png Outer Courtyard - Obtained from Gem Repository with an Open Palm character

Gems of Forethought and Fate

These gems allow players to trade off between ability scores and the chance of receiving power-ups, boosting one at the expense of the other. Body corresponds with health power-ups, Spirit corresponds with chi power-ups, and Mind corresponds with focus power-ups. The three Gems of Forethought grant ability score increases in exchange for fewer power-ups, while the six Gems of Fate (three ordinary and three Greater) do the reverse.

Name Effects Obtained
Gem-WarriorsGemOfFateOrForethought.png Warrior's Gem of Forethought Body +2
Fewer health power-ups
Imperial City Market District - Purchased from blacksmith
Gem-WarriorsGemOfFateOrForethought.png Warrior's Gem of Fate Body -1
More health power-ups
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-GreaterWarriorsGemOfFate.png Greater Warrior's Gem of Fate Body -5
Many more health power-ups
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-MonksGemOfFateOrForethought.png Monk's Gem of Forethought Spirit +2
Fewer chi power-ups

Tien's Landing - Purchased from Merchant Shipeng after you've killed Merchant Jiang
Imperial City

Golden Way - Purchased from Chandler Ling after you've falsely proven his innocence
Imperial City

Scholars' Garden - Purchased from Scholar Songtao after you've proven his innocence

Gem-MonksGemOfFateOrForethought.png Monk's Gem of Fate Spirit -1
More chi power-ups
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-GreaterMonksGemOfFate.png Greater Monk's Gem of Fate Spirit -5
Many more chi power-ups
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-ScholarsGemOfFateOrForethought.png Scholar's Gem of Forethought Mind +2
Fewer focus power-ups
Lotus Assassin Fortress - Purchased from Acolyte Trainer Guang
Gem-ScholarsGemOfFateOrForethought.png Scholar's Gem of Fate Mind -1
More focus power-ups
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-GreaterScholarsGemOfFate.png Greater Scholar's Gem of Fate Mind -5
Many more focus power-ups
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire

Other ability score gems

There are other gems which affect ability scores in various ways but which are not part of any of the systematic groups of gems above.

Name Effects Align Obtained
Gem-GemOfBurningEssenceOrPureFlame.png Burning Essence Spirit +3
Mind +3
Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Four
Gem-GemOfBlackFlame.png Gem of Black Flame ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Black Leopard School - Given to you by Master Smiling Hawk after you've defeated Master Radiant
Gem-GemOfBurningEssenceOrPureFlame.png Gem of Pure Flame OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png The Necropolis - Obtained after defeating Fading Moon
Gem-GemOfEarthPower.png Gem of Earth Power Body +5 ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Heaven - Obtained after defeating the Forest Shadow in battle
Gem-TheMournfulSoul.png The Mournful Soul Spirit +3
Mind +3
Body -5
The Necropolis - Given to you by Gravedigger Shen after defeating his mother-in-law's spirit
Gem-TheWanderersJewel.png The Wanderer's Jewel Body +3

Spirit +3
Mind -5

Quarry - Given to you by Turnkey Shiji after defeating Strangler Jizu

The Necropolis - Obtained after defeating the Insane Emperor's Ghost within the Tomb of the Dignified Collector

Gem-TheClosedFist.png The Closed Fist Body +10
Spirit +5
ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Imperial Palace - Obtained after pouring human blood into the Water Dragon's body
Gem-TheOpenPalm.png The Open Palm Spirit +10
Mind +5
OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png Imperial Palace - Obtained after freeing the Water Dragon's spirit

Conversation skill gems

These gems affect the player character's Charm, Intuition, and Intimidation skill values.

Basic gems

The nine basic gems simply increase one of the three skills and have no other effect. They come in three levels of effectiveness — Inferior, ordinary, and Superior.

Type Name Effects Obtained
Charm gems Gem-InferiorCharmGem.png Inferior Charm Gem Charm +2 Purchased from various merchants — see individual pages for detail.
Gem-CharmGem.png Charm Gem Charm +3
Gem-SuperiorCharmGem.png Superior Charm Gem Charm +5
Intuition gems Gem-InferiorIntuitionGem.png Inferior Intuition Gem Intuition +2
Gem-IntuitionGem.png Intuition Gem Intuition +3
Gem-SuperiorIntuitionGem.png Superior Intuition Gem Intuition +5
Intimidation gems Gem-InferiorIntimidationGem.png Inferior Intimidation Gem Intimidation +2
Gem-IntimidationGem.png Intimidation Gem Intimidation +3
Gem-SuperiorIntimidationGem.png Superior Intimidation Gem Intimidation +5

Gems enhancing one skill at the expense of others

Name Effects Align Obtained
Gem-DivineRadiance.png Divine Radiance Charm +8
Intimidation -3
Intuition -3
At Dirge, in a chest near the tents after the beginning of Chapter 7
Gem-SixthSense.png Sixth Sense Intuition +8
Charm -3
Intimidation -3
The Necropolis - Found in chest within the Tomb of the Masses
Gem-StrongArm.png Strong Arm Intimidation +8
Charm -3
Intuition -3
Imperial Arena Creature Pens - Obtained after defeating Lucky Cho

Gems enhancing all three skills

Name Effects Align Obtained
Gem-TheBronzeTongue.png The Bronze Tongue Charm +4
Intuition +4
Intimidation +4

If you spend 600 silver on the cook in the teahouse in Tien's landing, he gives you this (Tien's Landing Teahouse - Given to you by Chai Jin for eating all four of his exotic dishes or obtained from his corpse after convincing him to try the fourth dish himself)

Great Forest OR Pirate Workshop - Obtained from second piece of Dragon Amulet after defeating Inquisitor Lim

Gem-TheSilverTongue.png The Silver Tongue Charm +6
Intuition +6
Intimidation +6
Imperial City Scholars' Garden - Obtained after defeating Sir Roderick in battle and asking for a gem as your reward
Gem-TheGoldenTongue.png The Golden Tongue Charm +8
Intuition +8
Intimidation +8
Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Three

Gems which also affect ability scores

Type Name Effects Align Obtained
Charm gems Gem-TheSoftPetal.png The Soft Petal Charm +5
Body +1
Mind +1
From a headstone in the ruins of Old Tien's Landing, opposite the entrance to the quarry
Gem-GemOfIrresistableSpirit.png Gem of Irresistible Spirit Charm +2
Spirit +2
OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-GemOfSeductivePower.png Gem of Seductive Power ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Imperial City Market District - Given to you by Chandler Ling after you've handed the Forged Slaver Documents to Prefect Jitong
Intuition gems Gem-GoodFortune.png Good Fortune Intuition +5
Mind +1
Spirit +1
Salvaged from the crashed flyer by whoever isn't accompanying the player to Tien's Landing
Gem-GemOfGentleMind.png Gem of Gentle Mind Intuition +2
Mind +2
OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-GemOfEvilThought.png Gem of Evil Thought ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Gem-WayOfTheOpenPalm.png Way of the Open Palm Intuition +10
Spirit +5
Body -5
OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png Temple of Dirge - Obtained by releasing Death's Hand from his tormenting servitude
Intimidation gems Gem-GentlePersuasion.png Gentle Persuasion Intimidation +5
Body +1
Spirit +1
Gained after defeating Gao the Lesser in the Swamp Cave
Gem-AuraOfCalm.png Aura of Calm Gem Intimidation +2
Body +2
OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png Clearing the name of Scholar Songtao in Quest: The Slave Traders
Gem-AuraOfMalice.png Aura of Malice Gem ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Swamp Cave - Obtained after defeating Gao the Lesser
Gem-WayOfTheClosedFist.png Way of the Closed Fist Intimidation +10
Body +5
Spirit -5
ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Temple of Dirge - Obtained by forcing Death's Hand into serving you

Trap gems

These gems affect the player's encounters with traps in some way. Some of them also provide a small boost to one of the player's ability scores.

Type Name Effects Obtained
Trap detection Gem-GemOfThiefsSense.png Gem of Thief's Sense Allows trap detection
Spirit +1
Tien's Landing Ruins - Obtained after defeating the Lotus Assassin Lieutenant
Chance of evasion Gem-LightningGemOrLuckyHand.png Lightning Gem Guarantees evasion
Mind +3
Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Three
Cost of evasion Gem-SlickGem.png Slick Gem Trap Focus cost reduced by 10% Great Forest - Purchased from Spear Catches Leaf
Gem-SpiritHarvestOrAbsoluteDedication.png Gem of Premonition Trap Focus cost reduced by half
Mind +1
Outer Courtyard - Found in ceramic urn
Gem-SpiritHarvestOrAbsoluteDedication.png Gem of Foresight Trap Focus cost eliminated
Mind +2
Random locations throughout the Jade Empire
Damage reduction Gem-ThickSkinGem.png Thick Skin Gem Trap damage reduced by half
Body +1
Quarry - Given to you by Turnkey Shiji after defeating Strangler Jizu
Gem-IronSkinGem.png Iron Skin Gem Trap damage eliminated
Body +3
Lotus Assassin Fortress - Found in jar within the Upper Mine

Combat reward gems

These gems affect the amount of experience points or silver that players are rewarded with for doing certain things.

Name Effects Obtained
Gem-SpiritHarvestOrAbsoluteDedication.png Absolute Dedication More XP but no power-ups from human enemies Room of Kai Lan the Serpent
Gem-SpiritHarvestOrAbsoluteDedication.png Spirit Harvest More XP but no power-ups from ghosts The Necropolis - Found in ceramic urn within the Tomb of the Dignified Collector
Gem-LightningGemOrLuckyHand.png Lucky Hand More silver from enemies

Imperial City Golden Way - Purchased from Chandler Ling after you've falsely proven his innocence

Imperial City Scholars' Garden - Purchased from Scholar Songtao after you've proven his innocence

Other gems

Name Effects Align Obtained
Gem-CycloneGem.png Cyclone Gem Damage Shield Any Location - Purchased from Zin Bu the Magical Abacus once you've reached Chapter Five
Gem-GemOfStormsRage.png Gem of Storm's Rage ClosedFistSymbolSmall.png Lotus Assassin Fortress - Obtained from third piece of Dragon Amulet after defeating Grand Inquisitor Jia
Gem-CycloneGem.png Heaven's Blessing Gem OpenPalmSymbolSmall.png

Black Leopard School - Given to you by Master Radiant after you've defeated Master Smiling Hawk

Lord Lao's Furnace (Configuration of the Rabbit) - Obtained by using a Cow Bezoar, the Clapper Chimney, the Conductor, the Whirling Cogs, and the Dragon Button

Gem-GemOfTheFrailScholar.png Gem of the Frail Scholar More XP from books
Mind +1
Body -3
When in the pirates hideout go over to the dragonfly's controls to drop it. It will blow up a door which leads to a room with this gem in one of the containers. (Pirate Workshop - Found in chest)
Gem-ImperialFavor.png Imperial Favor Spirit +3
Charm +1
Intuition +1
More power-ups
From Silk Fox in the imperial city (Imperial City Market District - Given to you after speaking with Princess Lian for the first time)
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