In DragonVale for the iPhone and iPad, gems are very useful, but also fairly hard to come by. As with most “free to play” games these days, gems in DragonVale are the purchasable item that lets you speed up the game, and give you access to things much quicker than normal.
Not everyone wants to throw money at a free game though, so how can you get some free gems to help you out?
Free Gems from Gifting
One of the easiest ways to get free gems in the game is by gifting. Every day you can send three gems to friends, and in turn they can send them back to you. If you have a circle of friends that understand how hard it is to get gems, then hopefully they’ll send them back to you every day.
A good way to make this work is to coordinate with a few friends that you know personally. Set it up so that every day you send your gems to the same people, and they send them back to you, so you’re essentially guaranteed to get gems on a daily basis.
Look down in the comments below for people leaving their GameCenter ID for adding friends. Leave your ID there as well to have people add you!
Check out my other article if you need help adding friends to DragonVale.
Free Gems from the Dragonsai Gem Tree
You may have seen the Dragonsai Gem Tree before, but didn’t know what it did. The Dragonsai Gem Tree makes it possible to gift three more gems per day, which in turn gives you the chance to receive more per day as returned gifts.
If you took the idea from the last section and had 6 other close friends all with the Dragonsai Gem Tree, then you would essentially be guaranteed to get at least 6 gems gifted to you every day. The only draw back to this is that the tree costs 100 gems to purchase, but it may be worth it in the long run.
Free Gems from the Colosseum
If you put a dragon in the Colosseum every day, you get a chance to win some free gems, some coins, and a fair amount of XP as well. Winning a sliver medal nets you two gems, and winning the gold medal nets you five gems, so those can add up quickly.
From what I have seen, it doesn’t really matter what type of dragon you put into the colosseum, as the winners seem mostly random.
Free Gems from Gemstone Dragons
Gemstone Dragons are a newer type of dragon that provide you with gems instead of gold. The catch though is that you can only get one kind of Gemstone Dragon in any given month, and they can’t breed at all, so they are fairly limited however it’s still a valid technique if you manage to breed some over time.
Cheap Gems on Ebay
There are some guys that sell DragonVale gems on Ebay really cheap. These may or may not be gems from mods and such, but the option is still out there. As with any Ebay auction, make sure you check the seller’s rating before you make any purchases, and read the description entirely.