In DragonVale for Android and iOS systems (iPhone, iPad, etc.), 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 spend money on a free game however, so how can you get some free gems to help out with your dragon breeding?
Gems From Friend Codes
Redeeming friend codes, and getting your friends to use your friend code is a really nice and easy way to get gems. You can only enter one friend code on your account to get 25 free gems, but your friend code can be used by an unlimited amount of other users, and you’ll not only get free gems when they first use it, you’ll get more when they level up as well.
To redeem a friend code, tap Social button, then tap the Redeem Code button. Type in a valid social code and press OK. If a valid code is entered it will give you a message that it worked, and you should find your gems in the Gifts tab.
To figure out your friend code, tap the Social button and tap Invite Friends. You’ll see your friend code at the top of the screen.
Post your friend code on facebook, in facebook fan pages, on forums, on twitter, anywhere you can think of that DragonVale fans might hang out.
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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.
More 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.
Winning different trophies is pretty random, since the same dragon can win a gold one day, and a bronze the next, but it’s still worth it to do the colosseum every day for your chance at some free gems.
Free Gems from Gemstone Dragons
Gemstone Dragons are dragons that provide you with gems instead of gold.
The catch though is that you can only breed up to two kinds of Gemstone Dragons 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.