If you’re a Trivia Crack user, you’ve definitely come across a small, blue, diamond-shaped icon that pops up throughout gameplay. Those diamonds are called gems, and they’re a very important element of the app.
While Trivia Crack continues to get more complicated (and sometimes even unplayable), with frequent pop-up ads and seemingly pointless mini-games, there are a few elements of the game that remain integral to its core, and gems are one of them. In order to unlock Trivia Crack’s full potential, you’re going to want to know what gems are and how to use them. Read on to learn everything there is to know about Trivia Crack gems.
What Are Gems in Trivia Crack?
Gems are little diamonds that are earned throughout classic Trivia Crack gameplay. Their purpose is to serve as currency to use in the engine room. There, they can be exchanged for in-app collectibles.
You have to answer 25 questions correctly to earn one gem in gameplay, so it’s a slow and steady process to accumulate them. Once you get into the game, however, you’ll start racking up those gems in no time.
How Can You Use Gems in Trivia Crack?
So, what’s the use of gems, anyway? Well, they can be exchanged for Trivia Crack cards. Trivia Crack cards are collectible tokens that you can trade for a myriad of benefits. For one thing, Trivia Crack cards each have their own special prize available every so often, timed on a countdown.
And we aren’t talking just any prizes here! No, we’re talking about power-ups that directly benefit the user in real-time as gameplay transpires. Cards offer up either lives (the red heart icon), coins (the yellow “e” icon), or gems to their holders as frequently as every day. From there, players can use these forms of currency to further their progress in the game.
It sounds a little silly that the cycle of spending gems can just leave you with more gems, but that’s not a bad thing! It just means you’ll have more Trivia Crack capital to spend at the virtual slots.
How Do You Redeem Gems?
In order to redeem gems in exchange for cards, you must head to the engine room. To do so, select the “get more cards” button available by your current cards stash.
There, you’ll take your pick of the Whimsical, Majestic, Gnarly, or VIP card slot machines. Depending on how many gems you have in your stash, one or more of these machines may not be available to you. Alternatively, if you’ve already bought all the cards out of a single machine, it will be marked as “sold out.”
Each machine costs one to six gems to spin. Once you do, you’ll get a sweet card in return.
A word to the wise: don’t turn up your nose at duplicate cards. These machines may spit out cards you already have, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have benefits! You can trade in duplicates for extra gems—but more on that later.
How Do You Get Gems?
The simplest way to acquire gems is by playing Trivia Crack’s classic mode. For every question you get correct, you’ll get a two-point boost on your gem bar, which appears as a horizontal meter along the bottom of the screen. After accumulating 50 points, you’ll be awarded a single gem.
Another simple way to get gems is to purchase them in the Trivia Crack shop. However, these valuable little icons are pretty darn pricey. Three gems cost $2.99, five gems cost $4.99, 12 gems will cost you $9.99—hell, you can even shell out $99.99 for 135 gems. For better or worse, many of Trivia Crack’s users don’t have money to burn on in-app purchases. Instead, they rely entirely on classic gameplay and card prizes to boost up their gem stash.
How Can You Get Free Gems?
Remember earlier when I said there was a use for duplicate cards? Yeah, you can use those duplicates to get free gems.
If you’ve got too many of a single Trivia Crack card, you can trade five of them for a single gem at the Trading Card Kiosk. That might sound like a steep price, but it’s the price you pay to clear out those duplicates and make room for more new cards in your stash.
What Are the Best Cards for Gems?
Every Trivia Crack card has a different benefit for its holder. For example, Tina (the art category’s paintbrush mascot) provides one life every day, and Tito (the globe of the geography category) gives his holder 50 coins daily. Other rarer cards provide free gems instead.
If you’ve ever perused the card album page on Trivia Crack, you know there are hundreds of cards to collect, and some are much rarer than others. Any card that gives away gems as its prize isn’t going to be a common card. Instead, its rarity will be ranked as either Aqua (medium rarity), Gold (very rare), or Black (extremely rare).
To get cards of these rarer ranks, you’ll need to take your chances on the Majestic, Gnarly, or VIP card machines—i.e. not the cheaper Whimsical machine. These machines require more gems (either three, five, or six) to spin for a card, but, let me tell you, it’s worth it to save up for them. Pushing the button on any of these machines may feel pricey, but the cards that come out of them are more valuable, so a card from one of them is a solid investment if you’ve got gems to spare.
Though cards from the Majestic, Gnarly, and VIP machines are all valuable, that doesn’t mean they all offer gems as their prizes. Some may provide larger quantities of coins or bonus lives, instead. However, since you’re here to learn all about gems, we’ll highlight some of the very best cards that give gems away for free to their holders.
But first, a quick note: in addition to the aforementioned machines, Trivia Crack releases special card machines for certain holidays. These machines almost always contain several cards that offer gems as their prize. The cards from these machines are limited edition, so it’s extra hard to get your hands on them after the holiday has passed, and because of their time-dependent nature, we haven’t included any of these cards in the list below. However, it’s important to remember that the game is always changing, so never give up—you might just come across one floating in the Trivia Crack ether someday.
Without further ado, here are the best cards to get you those gems!
- Athena, the prize card from the Mythology pack, provides one gem every 24 hours.
- In contrast, Uraeus, the prize card from the Civilizations pack, releases two gems every two days—double the wait, double the gratification.
- Cleo from the World Leaders pack also releases two gems per every two days.
- In the same vein, Julio from the World Leaders pack gives away three gems every three days, as does D’Artagnan from Literature 1 and Vorx, the prize card from Monsters.
- Shorty from the Fairy Tales category, however, only gives away one gem every two days—less of a prize, but still a valuable one. Chuck of the Martial Arts pack also only gives away a paltry single gem every three days.
- The silly Moustachio from the Circus category provides its holder with six gems one time a week, and Pixie from the 8-bit pack does the same.
- The Witchy Woman from the Horror pack gives away a single gem every two days. And Morgana, a favored literary witch from the Fairy Tales pack, releases four gems every three days.
- Gali, of the Inventors pack, provides one gem every two days, and Newt from the same category gives away two gems every four days. (Gosh, we’re loving these creative punny character names!)
- Peep and Small World from the Tots pack both offer up a single gem every two days.
- Mike from the Farm Animals pack provides five gems every seven days—talk about delayed gratification!
- Ravi from World Rhythms gives away four gems every five days, while Jose from the same category provides four gems every four days.
That’s our brief run-down on Trivia Crack’s non-seasonal gem-giving cards. If you play the slots regularly, chances are you’ll collect a few of these bad boys in no time.
Are There Coupons for Gems?
There are no coupons, physical or digital, to help you purchase gems at a lower price. However, occasionally Trivia Crack will offer a sweet deal on gems or other products from the shop.
Unfortunately, these sales come around once in a blue moon. In past years, Trivia Crack has occasionally posted a sale on gems, such as 30-50% off a certain quantity of them. However, these have become less and less prevalent as the years have passed. Your best bet for a sale is on a holiday or a weekend.
Keep your eye on Trivia Crack’s Facebook page or check the market daily if you’d like to hold out hope, but we don’t see sales on Trivia Crack’s gems coming back anytime soon.
Can You Give Someone Else Gems?
You might be wondering if you can exchange gems with another player in return for another type of Trivia Crack currency, like coins or lives. Unfortunately, there’s currently no way to do this. Throughout the years, players have lamented being unable to share or trade their resources with friends, but the app’s developers have not added this feature, most likely in an effort to keep people buying gems, lives, and coins from the Trivia Crack store.
The only way you could feasibly “share” your gems is if you allow your friend to play on your Trivia Crack account. It’s not really giving them away if that person’s account can’t log the progress, but that’s the only solution, however feeble, that’s currently available.
Can You Change Gems to Coins?
Though you can use coins to purchase gems, you can’t make that conversion work the other way around. Coins are Trivia Crack’s base form of currency, so they’re the ones you’re going to be making your purchases with (if not with a credit card) at the Trivia Crack store.
Is There a Gem Limit?
There’s not a limit on how many gems you can stow away while playing the game, and thank goodness for that! However, you’ll be lucky if you accumulate any large number of them—personally, I tend to spend mine at the card machines as soon as I accrue them. Others prefer to save them up for holiday machines or to make a huge purchase of a bunch of cards at once.
Some big Trivia Crack winners complain that the app’s developers never came up with a gem limit or a way to convert them into another benefit. People like this, who have been playing the app incessantly for years, have accumulated thousands of gems but have no use for them because they’ve already collected every last card.
We know, these are some extreme Trivia Crack players, so you probably aren’t in this boat, but in case you are, we’re sorry. The gems and card features were made for the average Trivia Crack user and the app’s developers didn’t anticipate people actually getting every last card and still playing without tiring of the game. Our advice is to spend as many gems as possible on every special edition holiday VIP slot machine. That way, you’ll get more cards and put a dent, however little, in your gem collection.
What Are the Pink Gems for in Trivia Crack Adventure?
If you’re not familiar with Trivia Crack Adventure, it’s a spin-off game made by Etermax, the developer of Trivia Crack. It takes the basic premise of Trivia Crack (AKA answering fun trivia questions while competing against an opponent) and gives it more of a complex, board game-like structure. While the trivia aspect and the cartoon characters you know and love remain the same, there are a few elements of the game that differ from its predecessor. One of these elements is Trivia Crack Adventure’s pink gems.
The pink gems in Trivia Crack Adventure, much like the blue gems in Trivia Crack, allow you to purchase extra collectible items. In Trivia Crack Adventure, however, these items are not cards. Instead, you can purchase pawns, frames, or dice with them.
So, what exactly are these items for? First, pawns are character-based collectibles you can use to move around the virtual gameboard. Frames allow you to decorate your profile picture. Last, dice can be purchased to correspond with a certain trivia category. You can exchange gems for a die of your favorite category (geography, entertainment, sports, etc.) and use them to roll on the board for questions from that category specifically.
In short, pink gems in Trivia Crack Adventure serve essentially the same purpose as the original blue gems of Trivia Crack, even though these two games feature different types of collectible items.
Thanks for reading our guide to obtaining and using gems while playing Trivia Crack. As the game continues to grow in size and scope (and, by extension, become more convoluted), we’ll always be here to demystify its inner workings for you.
Have you ever redeemed your gems for cards while playing Trivia Crack? Or have you bought any gems to boost your wares? Let us know about your gem-related experiences in the comments below.