2018 in Review

2018 was a big year here at Gems of War! We released more content than ever before, grew to new heights and explored uncharted territory. With that in mind, let’s review how Krystara changed this year.

Underworld & Make Over

Krystara’s crust cracked open this year, revealing the fiery depths of the Underworld! Players were free to Delve for treasure, explore factions and recruit new allies.

Accompanying the discovery of the Underworld, Gems of War had a makeover. Krystara’s map was polished and the game’s UI streamlined.

New Game Modes

This year guilds were more active than ever, in part due to the release of 3 new game modes! Alongside waging war with other guilds, players were encouraged to work together to climb the Tower of Doom, prevent Zuul’Goth from escaping into Krystara, and invade enemy Citadels.

Speaking of Guilds… Just before the holidays we released out latest update, which brought customisable shields and titles, activity logs, requirements and much more!


We always wanted to bring 24 hour and weekend long events, and this year we were finally able to! Our team were passionate about adding mid-week events to boost your progress, so 24 delve, pet rescue and hero class events were created! Heroes were called to aid in the hunting of bounties, and the doors to the legendary gnome vaults were discovered. (Leading to the slaughter of many gnomes…)

Hero Classes and Weapons

Hero classes and weapons saw a rework in 2018! By gaining Champion XP players could unlock traits and ingots used to power up weapons. More hero classes were released, with weekend events scheduled to kick start their progress.

Rumour has it that the 50 gem fee to change classes is being removed in 2019, and that hero classes and weapons will be able to be saved to your teams.


In 2018 we released a record breaking number of troops! 186 new denizens flooded Krystara, 12 of which were mythics. Joining the ranks of our highest rarity were the following, in order:

  • January – Gargantaur
  • February – Voice of Orpheus
  • March – Champion of Anu
  • April – Undine
  • May – The Wild Queen
  • June – Ubastet
  • July – Suna
  • August – Arachnaean Weaver
  • September – Megavore
  • October – Fallen Valdis
  • November – The Possessed King
  • December – High King Iron Gut


There’s nothing quite like adventuring with a pet! This year a horde of adorable critters were in dire need of rescuing. 61 in fact!

Pets could be found by defeating their kidnappers, Pet Gnomes, or during our 24 hour pet events. Certain holidays saw the release of exclusive cosmetic pets, and heroes are now free to roam Krystara with their chosen companion perched jauntily upon their shoulder.


Like a particularly nasty rash… No, maybe a welcome rash? That’s still not quite right… At any rate, like bunnies (?) gnomes spread across Krystara! Gnomes are well known for coveting different things, so Gem Gnomes, Pet Gnomes and Soul Gnomes (to name a few) popped into battles when heroes least expected them.

Once defeated, a gnome’s loot was collectable, rewarding resources or triggering pet rescues. On occasion, a player could even pillage a gnome’s fabled vault for untold riches…

New platforms

Gems of War invaded Amazon! We are hard at work bringing Gems of War to new platforms in 2019, so make sure to keep an eye out.

2019 Resolutions

  • To keep bringing you fresh, exciting troops and content!
  • To bring Gems of War to more platforms, solidifying our plans for world domination through bad puns, RNG and all things match-3.
  • To spend more time with you! We will endeavour to talk to you more, facilitate more ways to interact with our developers, and have more fun.

From the entire team at Gems of War, thank you! It has been an amazing 2018, and we cannot wait for what the future holds. The happiest of New Years to each and every one one of you!

See you in 2019!