Most Gems are able to summon a personal weapon from their gemstone.
Each weapon is highly personalized and unique, being specifically tailored after the tastes and personality of the Gem summoning it to the point where they cease being weapons at all: Rose Quartz and Steven's loving and protective nature is reflected by their 'weapon' being a shield, as well as phytokinesis and healing abilities. The weapon has a strong bond with its user, who is easily able to summon it by will alone; this will is easily stable enough to allow the Gem to seemingly create multiple copies of their weapon for use in dual-wielding or to be thrown in ranged attacks. The same bond also results in the weapon vanishing if the Gem's physical body is destroyed and they are forced to retreat into their gemstone. An example of this occurrence is when Jasper used a Gem Destabilizer on Garnet in "The Return" and Garnet's gauntlets vanished along with her.
As seen in the episode "Bismuth", Gem Weapons can be upgraded by adding components to their 'base'. For example, Garnet's upgrade seems to be metallic knuckles attached to the gauntlets, which can be considered as the base weapon. These modifications seem to persist and become part of the weapon itself, as the next time the Gem summons the weapon it can be clearly seen that the upgrade has been summoned with it (Amethyst's upgraded whip as an example). Summoning the weapons with these upgrades is optional, as Amethyst has been shown summoning both versions of her whip and Garnet and Pearl have both summoned the original versions of their weapons since being upgraded.
Gem Fusions typically wield a combined form of their components' weapons.
Crystal Gem Weapons
Pearl's SpearPearl's Sword.
Pearl trusts in her years of training and concentration when summoning her weapon. Pearl's is the most summoned weapon out of the Crystal Gems. Like other summoned weapons, it is able to be broken and re-summoned anew. Pearl is seen dual-wielding her weapon in "Ocean Gem", throwing it in "Giant Woman" and "Coach Steven", and firing projectiles from it in "Watermelon Steven", "On the Run", and "Bismuth".
As of the episode "Bismuth", her spear is upgraded to be able to turn into a trident. However, she is still able to summon her spear without the trident arms attachment.Additionally, Pearl is able to summon her weapons such as tonfas in Steven Universe: Too Cool for School.
Amethyst summons her weapon with confident nonchalance by putting her hand close to her chest and pulling it from her gem. Her whip has strong durability and elasticity, being able to support Sugilite's Flail and cut through metal and other hard objects. She is seen summoning her weapon in her palms in "Together Breakfast", using momentum to quickly stretch it in "Friend Ship", and lashing it hastily to create an explosive energy wave in "On the Run".
Overall, Amethyst's whip is the least summoned weapon out of the Crystal Gems, as she relies more on her proficiency in shapeshifting to solve her problems. Later in the series run, however, this trend begins to reverse as Amethyst develops her self-esteem and becomes more comfortable with her default form.
In the episode "Bismuth", Amethyst's whip is upgraded to be able to summon a spiked ball on each tail of the whip in place of the usual amethyst pieces. However, she is still able to summon her whip without the flail bludgeon attachment.
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In "The Return", Steven is able to conjure a larger version of the shield, which successfully deflects the Gem Warship's laser. However, summoning the larger shield drains much of Steven's energy, enough to force him to his knees, rendering him nearly unconscious.
In "Sworn to the Sword", Steven is shown to have greater control over the shield, expanding it to take on multiple attacks without any noticeable fatigue. It was also shown that the shield can act as an offensive weapon if used correctly. The shield was capable of cutting through the many Holo-Pearls and even released concussive shock waves to knock several away at a time.
In "Friend Ship", Steven was shown to have gained a degree of mastery with his shield, summoning the larger variant to stop a falling rock from hitting Garnet. He later summoned it again in its smaller variant, throwing it with enough accuracy to hit and momentarily stun Peridot. However, after summoning the larger variant a second time to provide cover for the other Gems, Steven began to show signs of fatigue and exhaustion which were previously observed in "The Return".
Matt Burnett confirmed on Tumblr that Steven wields his mother's shield. In "The Test", Pearl states that one of Steven's greatest accomplishments is being able to summon his mother's shield. However, he is usually seen summoning a bubble shield.
In "Crack the Whip", Stevonnie demonstrates the ability to summon and utilize this shield as well, and they use it together with Rose's Sword to fight Jasper. They manage to successfully block and repel her helmet-enhanced headbutt, then they throw the shield at her as a distraction in order to strike her on the head, with enough force to poof the Corrupted Gem that Jasper was riding in the process, forcing her to retreat.
In "Bismuth", Steven casually summons his shield to show it to Bismuth, indicating that he now has a much better control of his ability to summon his weapon.
In "Keystone Motel", Ruby is shown wielding a small, amaranth-purple gauntlet that has a darker maroon stripe on the shaft's upper half, along with a pinkish-red glove. While similar in design to Garnet's gauntlets, it appears smaller and does not have the same motif, lacking the knuckles that Garnet's gauntlets feature. Ruby's gauntlet has mitten shaped finger placements. Ruby is capable of putting a great deal of force behind it when swung, enough to completely smash a table in The Best Diner in the World when angry.
Homeworld Gem Weapons
Jasper's Crash Helmet
Jasper's weapon was an orange, square helmet with a diamond-shaped extension on the front and a visor to protect her eyes and gem. Like Rose, she wielded an object of defense, but Jasper used it primarily for offense. When she used her helmet, she often charged or headbutted her opponent.
Holly Blue Agate's Electric Whip
Holly Blue Agate's weapon is a long, light blue stock whip with electricity coursing through it. The handle is a dark violet-blue adorned with a holly blue agate guard and a lighter violet-blue pommel. She is proficient enough with it to cast the lash in a straight line towards her opponents. When the lash is cut, however, the current of electricity stops, allowing the lash to be handled safely (as seen in "That Will Be All").
Ruby (Eyeball)'s Chisel Knife
Ruby (Eyeball)'s weapon is a crimson and maroon, flat-ended chisel knife. The top forms a triangle. Ruby (Eyeball) is also able to summon the hilt of her shiv out of her gem, such as Pearl and Amethyst summoning the hilts of their weapons from their gems.
Both Topazes' weapons are shorter one-headed mace variants. Their maces are colored yellow, are crystalline in appearance, and have a brown hilt. Both Topazes are shown to be very proficient with their weapons, spinning them very fast to build momentum before impact and using their strength to break through something as strong as Steven's Bubble Shield. When fused, they can manifest both maces as a double-headed variant, changing their combat style to catch opponents off-guard.
Video Game Weapons
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Hessonite wields a sword from her gem. The sword is mostly like a rapier but the blade is thicker than an actual rapier. The sword has an orange-yellow handle, Zircon-hair like shape, and a red-orange pommel with sharp, red-orange ends. The blade is pink in color.
After regenerating, her gauntlets became less elaborate, (although larger and more vivid) having one dark red and one violet-red stripe on the top and bottom halves of the gauntlet. The fingers are a lighter violet red with black fingertips and the base of her gauntlets no longer adorns the star, instead being a solid orange color. The back of her palm, however, keeps the same yellow star motif, albeit more orange-like. Her gauntlet has knuckles embedded with light red garnets, which are strong enough to easily break through rock. Garnet's gauntlets are presumably a combination of Ruby's gauntlet and Sapphire's weapon, although it is unknown if the latter even has one, having never been shown summoning one. Unlike other fusion weapons, it is summoned complete instead of Garnet having to summon both weapons and fuse them. They also appear complete when being made into other weapons, so it is possible that Garnet's gauntlet is merely Ruby's gauntlet that has been enhanced by Sapphire's presence (similar to how Ruby's presence affects Sapphire's future vision).
She summons it by mentally connecting with the energy of the universe and channeling it through her gems. This makes her entire lower arm glow a bright red color and allows her gauntlet to materialize from her gem. When her gauntlet disappears, it glows the same bright red color as it does when it materializes. Slowly losing its shape, it turns into a small star that moves back into her gem. She can also launch it as a rocket fist as seen in "Watermelon Steven" (which is proven to make her hand temporarily disappear in "Reformed") and increase its size as shown in "Warp Tour" and "Garnet's Universe".
As of "Bismuth", Garnet's gauntlets have been equipped with what appears to be spiked brass knuckles. However, she is still able to summon her gauntlets without the brass knuckles attachment.
Opal's Energy Bow
Opal's weapon is an opalescent recurve bow that fires arrows made of a light-based energy. The bow is roughly as tall as Opal herself. Due to Opal being a fusion of Amethyst and Pearl, she can summon both Amethyst's whip and/or Pearl's spear at will and fuses both weapons together to form her bow. Flashes of light appear when she summons it and a gust of the wind that blows Opal's hair back is created upon impact of the weapons fusing. Pearl's weapon forms the limbs of the bow while the lash and handle of Amethyst's whip become the string and grip, respectively. Her arrows are summoned when the bow is drawn back. These arrows cause a large explosion and emit a bright light on impact, as well as bearing a striking resemblance to the energy blasts emitted by Pearl's spear. The arrows are also capable of splitting into several smaller arrows and either attacking multiple targets at once or overwhelming a single target. Targets pierced by these arrows can have their remaining gems bubbled by them as well. When fired by Alexandrite, the arrows can take on the silhouettes of Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl (as seen in "Super Watermelon Island").
Sugilite's FlailReferred to by Steven as a "wrecking-ball-thingy", Sugilite's weapon is a giant flail with a purple ombre design formed out of Garnet's gauntlets and Amethyst's whip. A much longer version of Amethyst's whip acts as the supporting lash of the flail, and a giant version of Garnet's interlocked gauntlets act as the mace. The mace is adorned with a silver star-shaped ring that connects the bludgeon to the lash of the flail. There are two sugilites on the handle of the flail, one larger than the other one on the end of the handle and a smaller one connecting the handle to the whip. The flail is enormous, capable of causing mass destruction when swung. When used properly, the flail can smash hundreds of pillars into rubble in minutes. She uses its momentum to destroy large objects and utilizes its surface area to disrupt the balance of her opponents as seen in "Coach Steven". When used to constrict an enemy, the mace seems to disappear, leaving only the lash wrapped around its opponent (as seen in "Super Watermelon Island").
Sardonyx's War HammerSardonyx's weapon is a giant war hammer, formed by fusing Garnet's gauntlets and Pearl's spear together. The head of the hammer is light red-orange, with both sides being shaped like a fist to represent Garnet's gauntlets. They are joined by a grayish-purple rectangular section with the black handle going through it. The base of the hammer has a pommel similar to that of Pearl's Spear, and the top has a yellow five-pointed star connecting the head of the hammer to the handle. It is considerably large, as the head of the hammer is taller than Sardonyx herself. Sardonyx wields her weapon much like a bat while utilizing her anatomy manipulation ability to gain momentum and raise the precision of her strikes. The handle is extremely flexible in order to withstand the impacts of the hammerhead without breaking. When the weapon disappears, it transforms into a cloud of dragonfly-shaped sparkles that fly away and dissipate. Sardonyx's hammer can also be turned into a drill by spinning rapidly, as seen in "Friend Ship". In its drill form, it is capable of drilling through thick walls and stone that the fusers could not break through with their weapons.
Smoky Quartz's Yo-YoSmoky Quartz's weapon is a large yo-yo, created by fusing Steven's shield with Amethyst's whip. They can use it to attack from a distance with complicated maneuvers, pull themself out of the way of enemies, and even create vortexes of air. They also show the ability to summon and wield up to three yo-yos at once (one per hand). In "Know Your Fusion", it is shown that it can take on the form of a helicopter rotor.
As mentioned in the "Guide to The Crystal Gems", Alexandrite is capable of wielding all of the fusers' weapons. In addition, she is able to wield fusion weapons and even transform one weapon into another, seen in "Super Watermelon Island" when she turned Sugilite's Flail into Sardonyx's War Hammer. It is currently unknown if Alexandrite has her own unique weapon.
Topaz's Pugil Mace
Topaz wields a long double-headed mace as a weapon. The double-headed mace is a combination of her components' single-headed maces. The heads of the mace are colored yellow and are crystalline in appearance, while the hilt of the weapon is colored brown. A single blow with this weapon can knock Steven back and render his shield somewhat ineffective.
- Most of the Crystal Gems' weapons are based on human weapons from the European medieval era: Garnet's gauntlets, Amethyst's whip, Pearl's spear, Steven/Rose's shield, Rose's sword, Opal's longbow, Sugilite's flail, Ruby's gauntlet, and Sardonyx's war hammer.
- Jasper's helmet seems to be of a more modern/futuristic design – perhaps to contrast how "outdated" the Crystal Gems are compared to modern Homeworld Gems.
- However, since Jasper was made halfway through the Rebellion (as revealed in "Beta"), and has presumably had her helmet since she first emerged, the modern/futuristic design is most likely just a coincidence.
- Lapis stated that Homeworld is very different and very advanced, which could mean that Homeworld weaponry has improved over time, whereas the Crystal Gems' weaponry never developed and stayed archaic.
- Smoky Quartz's yo-yo is not traditionally a weapon, let alone a medieval one. However, yo-yos have been around for a long time, having first been historically mentioned in 500 B.C. They are thought to have originated from China. There have been records of historical Filipino hunters using yo-yos as hunting weapons.
- Jasper's helmet seems to be of a more modern/futuristic design – perhaps to contrast how "outdated" the Crystal Gems are compared to modern Homeworld Gems.
- The Gems can summon more than one of their signature weapons at a time: Garnet is usually portrayed fighting with paired gauntlets, Amethyst uses two whips in "Together Breakfast", and Pearl summons an additional spear in "Ocean Gem".
- Like the Crystal Gems' outfits, their signature weapons have stars on them, with the exception of Steven and Ruby.
- Garnet's gauntlets have large stars on the back of the hand and previously had star designs on the bottom surface, around her wrists.
- Amethyst's whip has a lilac star-shaped cross guard.
- Opal's bow has two yellow star-shaped crossguards that are identical to Amethyst's whip.
- The bludgeon on Sugilite's flail is adorned with a silver ring shaped like half of a star.
- Pearl's spear has a star-shaped pommel.
- Sardonyx's war hammer has a star on the top end of the shaft.
- The facets of Smoky Quartz's yo-yo form a star.
- Of all the Crystal Gems' weapons introduced so far, Sugilite's flail is the largest.
- It also has the longest reach of any melee Gem weapon.
- Each of the Crystal Gems' weapons matches the color palette of their owner.
- It is unknown if all Gems have the ability to summon a weapon from their gemstone.
- Gems occasionally use physical weapons to replace or supplement their summoned weapons. Every material weapon used by the Crystal Gems during the war was created by Bismuth.
- Pearl owns a collection of swords, and once owned a magical ax.
- Rose Quartz owns a vast collection of flails, battle axes, armor and her sword.
- Peridot often used her limb enhancers as a weapon before losing them. These artificial limbs have fingers which are disconnected from the wrist and are green and black. They give Peridot several abilities, such as a tractor beam, a blaster and a finger screen, as well as allowing Peridot to scale walls or use her fingers to rotate (similarly to a helicopter) and fly away.
- Aquamarine uses a wand in her fights. Although disguised in her hair, Aquamarine's navy blue bow can unfold and straighten into a wand which has tractor beam-like powers similar to those of Peridot's Limb Enhancers. This weapon is so potent it can stun multiple enemies at once as well as large fusions such as Alexandrite. This weapon is not summoned but rather carried on her person.
- Garnet, Steven, and Pearl have been shown to summon weapons of different sizes, while Amethyst has the ability to alter the number of tails at the end of her whip.
- Gem Weapons are modifiable, as shown by Bismuth when she gave each of the Crystal Gems, with the exception of Steven, upgrades to their weapons.
- Pearl's spear takes on the form of a trident.
- Garnet's gauntlets are given spiked brass knuckles.
- Amethyst's whip gains a "morning star" at the end of each of its tails.
- The episode "Bubbled" reveals that different Gems of the same type can have different Gem Weapons, as the Crystal Gem Ruby and "Eyeball" Ruby have different weapons, a gauntlet and a chisel knife, respectively.
- Some Fusion Gems (like Stevonnie, Alexandrite, and Malachite) have not been shown to have their own unique weapons, but instead, share the arsenal of the Gems that compose them. Stevonnie has Steven's shield, and Malachite has Jasper's crash helmet and Lapis Lazuli's hydrokinesis and water wings. Alexandrite has even been shown to summon the weapons of her components' fusions.