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Gem Bubbles are created by Gems to contain corrupted Gems, gemstones, and other objects, like Chaaaaps.

Function and Use

The Crystal Gems primarily use Gem bubbles to contain the gems of corrupted Gem Monsters and Gem shards, which are then warped back to the Burning Room in the Crystal Temple. Steven first demonstrated the ability to bubble objects (and to warp bubbled objects back to the Crystal Temple) in "Monster Buddies".

Bubbling prevents a Gem from regenerating after retreating to her gemstone, putting it into stasis. In addition, the Gem loses all sense of time that passes while bubbled, as evident by Peridot finishing her interrupted sentence in "Catch and Release" as soon as she regenerates and Bismuth going into a fighting stance almost immediately after reforming. However, bubbles typically appear to be fairly fragile, as Steven has popped them from inside and outside. In "Together Breakfast", Garnet has difficulty containing the Smoke Monster from the Evil Spirit Scroll, which quickly escapes once she is distracted. Nevertheless, they seem to be a stable and secure form of containment as long as they are not disturbed.

Bubble color usually syncs with the Gem who made it. Garnet's bubbles are magenta red, Pearl's are mint cream, Steven's/Rose's/Pink Diamond's are pink, Amethyst's are purple, Peridot's are lime green, Opal's are mint, Yellow Zircon's are olive green while in the light of the courtroom, and Yellow Diamond's are yellow.

Similar abilities

  • Steven can create a durable bubble shield, which seems to combine his bubbling and shield summoning abilities. This is proven in the episode "Bubble Buddies".
  • When Peridot summons her escape pod in "Jail Break", she is surrounded by a green bubble and then sinks into the floor.
  • Peridot's Limb Enhancers are capable of emitting a tractor beam with similar effects to a Gem Bubble, but they need a conscious effort to be sustained, unlike the natural ones.
  • Lapis Lazuli trapped the Rubies with creating water bubbles in "Back to the Moon".

Known Bubbled Objects





  • Opal has demonstrated the ability to quickly bubble large numbers of defeated Gem monsters with her explosive arrows.
  • It appears that active Gems can be bubbled too, as Steven is bubbled in "Monster Buddies".
    • In the same episode, it is also shown that non-Gem items can be bubbled, as Steven bubbled a bag of Chaaaaps.
  • Some bubbles with shades of purple can be seen on the background, indicating that either Amethyst or Sugilite has bubbled some Gems offscreen.
    • However, in the episode "Steven's Lion", Pearl orders Amethyst to bubble the Desert Glass upon its defeat, to which Amethyst replies saying "my kill, my keep."
    • It is confirmed in "Earthlings" that Amethyst can, in fact, bubble Gems, as she is seen bubbling Jasper.
  • The only Gem monsters that are fought but have not been seen bubbled are the Water Bear, Chrysocolla, Watermelon Tourmaline, and Ocean Jasper.
  • Multiple Gems can be placed in a single bubble, such as the multiple Gem shards in "Frybo" and "Secret Team", the fusion experiment Gems in "Nightmare Hospital", and Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst and Pearl in "Change Your Mind".
    • Opal's arrows bubbled each of the Big Bird's gemstones separately, despite (formerly) being one entity. However, this is most likely due to the sheer number of Gems.
  • As demonstrated in "Gem Drill" by the billions of shards that make up the Cluster, it is possible for Gems to bubble even when not in their physical form.
  • It is revealed in "Kindergarten Kid" that bubbles transport to wherever the Gem considers their "home".
  • Bubbles seem to be based in a mineralogy concept named bleb.



Click to view the gallery for Gem Bubbles.

ve Objects
Food & Beverages Bagel SandwichBeastChaaaapsCheese BallsColonel Kernel's Classic Creamed CornCookie CatDog-NutDrink UpDurian JuiceFantastic FriesFry BitsGuacolaHynes KetchupLion LickersMargarineNut-DogPizza BagelPop-PopPotato ChipsSadie's LunchesSpicy PretzelsSugar Shock Shut DownTogether BreakfastUbeWaflWhip It UpYummy Apple Juice
Magical Items Crystal Heart • Data Stones • Diamond Aura BottlesEternity ChaliceEvil Spirit ScrollFire SaltGarnet's GogglesGem BubblesGem PedestalsGem ShardsGemstonesGeode • Harmony Core • The HourglassLight PrismThe MirrorMoon Goddess StatueObeliskOld Book GemThe Perils of PweepweeShooting StarVolatile GemsWailing StoneWarp Pad
Musical Instruments Amethyst's DrumsConnie's ViolinGarnet's KeytarGreg's GuitarPearl's ViolinSteven's UkuleleWarp Whistle
Weapons The Axes of AgesBreaking PointConnie's SwordGem DestabilizerGem RejuvenatorGem WeaponsLaser Light CannonPearl's SwordsQuartizine TrioRose's Sword
Holding Items Cheeseburger BackpackHot Dog Duffel BagRose's ScabbardRose's Treasure ChestTiger Millionaire's Suitcase
Vehicles Earth: Andy's Plane • Dondai SupremoGreg's VanHandmade SpaceshipInflatable RaftJenny's CarHot 2 TotOnion's Moped • Steven's BikeS.S. MiseryThe Universe Mach 3

Homeworld: Aquamarine's ShipAttack PodDestiny DestroyerDiamond Palanquins (Blue Diamond's PalanquinPink Diamond's Palanquin) • Diamond Ships (Blue Diamond's ShipPink Diamond's ShipWhite Diamond's ShipYellow Diamond's Ship) • Emerald's Personal Shuttle • Escape PodGem Warship • Hessonite's Warship • Homeworld Dropship (Ancient Gem Colony Ship) • Roaming Eye
Crystal Gems: Gem DrillGem Sloop
Off Colors: Sun IncineratorStar Skipper

Rides The AppalachianHyper SpaceJelly JigglerThe TeacupsTsunami
Games Citchen CalamityGolf Quest Mini

Arcade Games: Chrono Panic 4Meat Beat ManiaPunch BuddyRace RushRoad KillerSkee BallTeens of RageVirtua Teens of RageWhacker ManWhacker Man Jr.

TV Shows Camp Pining HeartsCanine CourtCrying Breakfast Friends!I Can't Believe My Stepdad's My SwordKoala PrincessLi'l ButlerUnder the Knife
Books BrigandBuddy Buddwick's JournalCarrion Amongst The CloverFOINEHow to Talk to PeopleNOICEThe No Home BoysPassions of XanxorPretty HairstylistThe Spirit Morph Saga (The Unfamiliar Familiar)
Movies Dogcopter 3Evil Bear 2: Bearly Alive • Lonely Blade (Lonely Blade IVLonely Blade V)
Toys Bass Fish Toy • Water GunMinor Toys

Plush Toys: Master of Ceremonies Bear Bear • M.C. Bear Bear • Mr. Queasy • Peridot's Alien • Playful KittySir Bearington
Action Figures: B.O.Y.S.G.A.L.S. (Explorer Gal) • G.U.Y.S. (Dave Guy • Ranger Guy)
Props: Cluster PuppetGiant Cellphone PropJungle BucksWall Street Newspaper Prop

Machines Crystal Gem Machines: Pearlbot
Homeworld Machines: Gem SatelliteRed EyeInjectors (Attack InjectorsSpinel's Injector) • Shattering RobonoidsShell
Peridot's Machines: Crystal Gems: Attack DronesPeribotVisor Robonoids
Homeworld: Robonoids (Flask RobonoidsHand RobonoidPlug Robonoids)
Other Machines: Harmony Core Sentries • Robot Shooty Thing
Misc. Items Aquamarine's WandThe Armor of the FallenBeach City StageBlue Diamond's Personal EffectsConnie's Glow BraceletChalkboardCurrencyDiamond CommunicatorDuct TapeFryboGiant PennyGreg and Rose's PictureGreg's Music CollectionG.U.Y.S. DispenserHarpoon GunThe Heretic's AnguishLimb EnhancersLubitz Cardioid Condenser 680Metal MuttMr. Universe ShirtNietzche's BreakdownOld Gem PaintingOnion's Birthday TapePearl's TreePeridot's Voice RecorderPink Diamond's Personal EffectsPink Pearl's Ribbon WandReplicator WandRonaldo's PhoneRose Quartz's Video TapeRose's Battle FlagRose's PaintingSea PalsSpace Train to the CosmosSteven's Birthday SuitSteven's MugSteven's PhoneSteven's TVSteven's Video Game SystemsTag Team BeltTelescopeTemple GateTubeTubeT-Shirt CannonVIP(IZZA)Weirdstar.StreamYellow Diamond Signal Flare