Can I fuse gems into levels higher than shards?

#1xxCaliporniaxxPosted 12/13/2012 3:25:20 PM
Everytime I fuse shard gems, I always end up with a void shard instead of the next tier of gem.

Example: 3 electric ember chips = 1 void ember chip

I want it to go from chips to shard and higher and higher.
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#2RequiemPosted 12/13/2012 9:14:56 PM
There are mods that do that, but in vanilla.... no.
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#3xxCaliporniaxx(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2012 8:35:06 PM
Oh that sucks. So I'm basically stuck with level 1 gems?
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#4vlado_ePosted 12/14/2012 10:54:22 PM
You'll get higher level gems with time. Also, you can use them or combine them for sockets/other gems. Later on in Act 2, you'll even be able to buy new ones. You won't really have a problem with gems.
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#5xxCaliporniaxx(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2012 11:11:58 PM
Yeah I know I can buy gems, I would just rather not buy if I can fuse.
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#6RequiemPosted 12/15/2012 1:47:20 AM
Sell them for gold.
It's not much, but some gold is better than obsolete gems that take up space in your inventory.
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#7xxCaliporniaxx(Topic Creator)Posted 12/15/2012 12:04:22 PM
Yeah I just did. I sold everything that's a shard or less.
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#8Hamstah_FwendPosted 12/15/2012 12:43:07 PM
Doesn't one of the loading screens explicitly say that gem-fusing is a lost art in this game's timeline?
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#9xxCaliporniaxx(Topic Creator)Posted 12/15/2012 1:38:49 PM
Yep.
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#10vlado_ePosted 12/15/2012 2:05:01 PM
Hamstah_Fwend posted...
Doesn't one of the loading screens explicitly say that gem-fusing is a lost art in this game's timeline?


Yes, only for upgrading. You can fuse them to get void/chaos/iron/blood gems which are of the same level but have different properties.

Apparently, Runic did this to stop gem hoarding.
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