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I recently found a unique item, which had an affix which is also a gem affix. Like all gem affixes, there is a mana cost and a level requirement listed for the gem type.

  • Does the item then have an inherent mana cost due to the affix?

  • What equivalent gem level does the affix attach to the item (i.e. lvl 1 or item base level?)

  • Does the affix level up like a gem?

I gave it to a party member so I cannot test it.

In this instance: Culling Strike

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which had an affix which is also a gem affix... Huh ? – Anto Jan 30 '13 at 16:45
e.g. Culling Strike – horatio Jan 30 '13 at 16:57
There are legendaries out there that provide skills like gems do? That's news to me. – Frank Jan 30 '13 at 19:13
Same here; it would worth a word or an example in the question. – Anto Jan 31 '13 at 0:52
@anto: such as "Culling Strike"? As cited in the question – horatio Jan 31 '13 at 14:51
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Culling Strike on an item is not equivalent to the gem, but simply means that item insta-kills mobs below 10% health with no other effects. There is no inherent mana multiplier or leveling that can occur.

There are also item mods which read "gems in this item supported by level x support gem" which will increase the cost of the supported skills. These effects are constant and do not level up like a gem would.

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