Wizard101's Socketing and Jewels: A Guide

Wizard101 Socketing and Jewels Guide

The Wizard101 Test Realm includes a huge new feature: sockets. These are open jewel slots on gear in which particular jewels can be attached to add stats to gear. But, it's a complicated system with a number of catches.

Socketing Terminology

Affixing and shattering jewels. Locked sockets and socket wrenches. It can all be a little confusing. Before I begin, familiarize yourself which what each one actually means.

Affixing - what is done when combining a jewel and an item
Socketing - the process of combining jewels and items
Shattering - destroying an old jewel attached to an item
Jewel - a special item that is dropped or crafted to be attached to another item
Socket - an available slot on an item in which a jewel can be placed
Socket Wrench - dropped item that unlocks sockets

Socketing Walkthrough

I am going to walk you through the process in a series of questions, beginning with the very basics and how you start and ending with more complex questions.

How do I get started?

Wizard101 Socketing and Jewels Guide
Jewel drop
To use the socketing system in Wizard101, you must be at least level 15 and you must have completed the Wizard City crafting quest from Eudora Tangletree. Once you meet these requirements, talk to Eloise in the Commons to begin the quest that allows you to socket jewels.

Where do I get jewels?

Jewels come from bosses around the Spiral. They may also come from certain chests, as "treasure troves" is unspecific. The jewel vendor in Wizard City also mentions "lost hoards," which seems to indicate that there will be packs with jewels in the near future.

How do I affix jewels?

Assuming you've completed the introduction quest, open you backpack to the item you want. You can affix jewels to Athames, Amulets, Rings, and Decks. Down by the trash and equip buttons, you'll see one with jewels. Click on that one. You'll get a screen like the one up top.

Now you can tab through your different jewels and select one that works with your item, then click the "affix" button. Be warned, though, this can't be undone!

Why can't I affix certain jewels?

You cannot affix jewels to an item you cannot equip, even if you will be able to equip it later and don't meet the level requirement. You may also find that the types of sockets in your item don't match the type of jewel you are attempting to affix. There must be an available shape that matches. The final possibility is that your socket spot on the item is locked, and must be unlocked before use.

Wizard101 Socketing and Jewels Guide
Unable to affix - no square socket available

Who sells jewel recipes?

Jewel recipes are sold by vendors across the Spiral: Katherine Rockhammer and Eudora Tangletree in Wizard City, Wul’yahm in Krokotopia, Felicia Worthington in Marleybone, Toshio in Mooshu, Bathazar Dragonthorn in Dragonspyre, Aegeus in Celestia, Marwa Jadetusk in Zafaria, Shane Macgobhann in Avalon, Yaxche in Azteca and Wozina the Edgecutter in Khrysalis.

What are random crafting recipes?

The random recipes with jewel crafting mean you get a jewel of that tier and school, but what it gives it not for certain. If you have a level 35 onyx recipe, you'll get a level 35+ Death jewel, but it could be for resistance, damage, accuracy, or any other stat specific to Death.

How do I craft jewels?

Jewels are crafted on a Jewel Crafting Station, which you receive as a reward from the introduction quest. Place this in your home and operate it like any other crafting station.

Where are my jewels stored?

Jewels are stored with you, but not in your backpack. Click the top right arrow to change from items to housing items, and so on, until you hit jewels. You can hold up to 100 at a time, and all of your jewels stay here.

Wizard101 Socketing and Jewels Guide
Unlocking sockets on a level 100+ item

What are locked sockets?

Some items have socket spaces that show a lock over them. This is one reason you might not be able to affix a jewel that you have a spot for. Most items come with at least some of their sockets locked, meaning not everything is available to begin with.

How do I unlock locked sockets?

You can unlock locked sockets one of two ways. The first is with a socket wrench. These are dropped from bosses across the Spiral, and vary in degree. The higher level your item and the more sockets, the more advanced of a socket wrench you will need. Alternatively, you can pay crowns to unlock all of the sockets. The price scales with the level of the item, but you shouldn't normally pay over 150 crowns to unlock all of your sockets.

Where do I get socket wrenches?

Socket wrenches are dropped from bosses in the Spiral. They come in five forms: Novice, Adept, Expert, Master, and Artisan. They can be placed as decorations in your house or used to unlock locked sockets. The boss's level will determine what degree of socket wrench you receive. Lower level bosses typically drop Novice or Adept socket wrenches, while someone like Morganthe drops Artisan socket wrenches.

Wizard101 Socketing and Jewels Guide
Two locked sockets to no locked sockets to all four full sockets

Can I trade socket items and jewels?

Yes, and no. The idea is that a socketed item is unique to every player, and that includes on your account. That means they don't want you to choose one play style for every wizard and make one item that you shift around. You can put jewels and items with socket slots in your shared bank, but you can not trade items that have jewels in the sockets already.

What happens if I sell an item with jewels?

If you sell an item with jewels to a vendor, both the jewels and item are lost. If you sell the item to the Bazaar, all of the jewels inside of it are destroyed and only the item is available to be purchased by other wizards. My recommendation is to lock all of your items which have jewels in them.

How do I take a jewel out of an item?

Once a jewel is in an item, you will never be able to affix that jewel to another item. The only way to get it out of your current one is to open the item in the socketing window using the button next to trash and equip, and to click on a jewel and choose "Shatter." This will destroy the jewel (you will not get it back), and leave the spot open to add a new jewel.

Jewel Differences

Jewel names are a big hint to what they give. Here are a few quick charts outlining it.

Level Restriction
Cracked -15+
Chipped - 25+
Flawed - 35+
Blemished - 45+
Dull - 55+
Plain - 65+
Opaque - 75+
Clear - 85+
Polished - 95+
Lustrous -105+
Damage - Damage
Defense - Resistance
Critical - Critical
Blocking - Critical Block
Piercing - Armor Piercing
Health - Health
Mana - Mana
Accurate - Accuracy
Fishing - Fishing Luck
[Spell Name] - Spell Card
Mending - Outgoing Healing
Pip - Power Pip Chance
Resilient - Stun Resistance

Amethyst - Storm
Ruby - Fire
Sapphire - Ice
Citrine - Balance
Onyx - Death
Peridot - Myth
Jade - Life
Opal - Any
Hematite - Shadow

What other questions do you have about socketing? Have you tried it out yet?

Thanks for reading and see you in the Spiral!

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  1. How is there a level 105+ jewel already?

  2. There were a few accidentally added in, and while they'll probably be removed, I was able to snag the name of them!

  3. I purchased the level 95 Jewel recipe for my Storm Wiz. I can not find the recipe anywhere in the crafting area of my backpack? Does anyone know where the new recipes are stored in our backpacks? Thank you.

  4. So... level cap increase sometime soon I'm guessing?

  5. Where do you get the metal/minerals from. I have some recipes calling for pyrite. Obviously I got a drop from somewhere, because I have one, but I wasn't really paying attention to where I got it from.

  6. These new metals come from a couple of different places, one being the Mega Reagent Pack in the Crown Shop. I also recommend trying the new skeleton key bosses for these items.

    In general, you'll need to farm bosses to get these rare metals. You need to farm major bosses at the appropriate level for the jewel that calls for that metal. So, for example, the level 95 jewels call for Orichalcum. This is dropped from Aphrodite Two, Morganthe, Moros, etc. Pyrite is for the lowest level jewels, so look in lower level worlds. One confirmed location is the Sanzoku Bandits in Hametsu Village, Mooshu.

  7. Thanks a lot! This really helped :)

  8. XD do pagoda , winterbane , baddle of the bands , tanglewood terror and it drops random materials like copper, iron ,nickle , pyrite, and jewls like ruby, saphire, onyx and other items

  9. Whenever you use a socket wrench to unlock a socket, does it disappear forever or can you use it again?

  10. It's a one-time use and disappears after you unlock the sockets with it on an item.

  11. Dale Hagen (Feathers)May 12, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    When socketing a plus damage jewel to an item that has say an added 50 percent higher damage amount. Does the jewel then add a percentage or is it a straight out number that's added to the percentage you already have.

  12. That's the catch! This is a flat value. If it worked like a small gargantuan, it'd be semi-worth it, but it is instead applied near the end of your buffs, therefore a +22 Fire damage jewel means that instead of doing 20,110 damage on that Khrysalis boss, you'll be doing 20,132 damage. In other words, it's not that significant. And, as you increase in level, it will become less and less significant.

  13. How is the resistance coming from the jewels measured? Normally it's in percentages but here it's just got a plus sign.

  14. Good observation! It's one that most people are missing. I recommend reading this guide: http://www.swordroll.com/2015/03/wizard101-jewel-flat-stat-guide.html

    It's a flat number, so it's subtracted. That means that if your opponent is going to do 1000 damage on you and you've got a 30 resist jewel, they'll do 1000 - 30 = 970 damage on you. Or, say you have 50% resistance and 20 resist jewel. They'll do 1000 - 50% = 500 - 20 = 480 damage.

    That said, there are probably better uses for that socket space.

  15. I myself have just started the whole jewel/socket experience, this blog has made it a bit more easy to understand, thank you for all the hard work you put into these blogs!! ~^..^~


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