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The Ultimate Guide to Duolingo Gems & Lingots

Wondering what the heck you’re supposed to do with gems or lingots or what they’re for? This is the Ultimate Guide to everything you need to know about gems and lingots including what they are, how to spend them, and how to earn them (including a few hacks to earn more gems than ever!)

Duolingo Lingots vs Gems: What are they?

Lingots and gems are both virtual currencies in Duolingo.

However, lingots are the currency used on the Desktop version of Duolingo, and gems are only used on the mobile application. Lingots are red and Gems are blue.

Lingots used to be used on the mobile app as well, but Duolingo changed the currency to gems. Also, it’s important to note that if you buy something on the desktop version of Duolingo with lingots, then that purchase transfers over to the mobile version as well.

You can see the amount of Lingots that you have when you log in to your Duolingo account on a desktop computer. The number is up in the right corner of the screen.

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lingots on the dsektop version of Duolingo

To see the amount of gems you have, you will need to be on the Duolingo application on your phone. Click on the shop icon on the bottom right of the screen.

On that tab, you should be able to see the amount of gems you have in the top right corner.

gems on the Duolingo shop

What are Gems for & how to spend Gems

Gems are used to buy different things within the Duolingo app. If you’re wondering what to do with your gems, how to spend them and what to buy with gems, this section is for you!

Use Gems to Refill Your Health

The most common way (and the way you will likely use the most often) to spend your gems is to use them to refill your health when you have made more than 5 mistakes.

Once you have run out of hearts during a lesson on Duolingo, it will give you the option to use gems to buy back 5 more hearts and continue with the lesson.

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refill your hearts and health with duolingo gems

If you have at least 450 gems saved up and you don’t want to repeat the lesson, then you can buy the gems right away.

However, if you don’t have enough gems or if you don’t mind redoing the lesson, you can exit out of the lesson (even though it will make Duo cry). Just click the “end session” button.

end duolingo lesson session

After that you can then go refill your health in the shop for cheaper.

buy a heart refill for 350 gems

If you are out of hearts, you can refill them for only 350 gems in the shop which is 100 gems cheaper than buying it in the middle of a lesson.

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To Buy Bonus Skills

Bonus Skills are extra lessons that you can buy with gems. Not every language has them, but you can check if yours does by going to the shop and seeing if they are available to buy.

If they are available, this should be your first purchase using your gems.

The Bonus Skills are usually called “Flirting” and “Idioms.”

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buy bonus skills with duolingo gems

Use Gems to Buy Streak Freezes & Wagers

The next most popular way to spend your gems is by buying streak freezes and wagers. A streak freeze allows your streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity, according to Duolingo.

So if you are trying to use Duolingo every day, but you know that you won’t be able to use it for just one day, you can buy a streak freeze with gems and it won’t count against your streak of days.

buy a streak freeze or double or nothing with gems

Another way you can spend your gems on Duolingo is by betting Duolingo that you will maintain your streak.

This is called a Double or Nothing wager that you can buy for 50 gems. If you can maintain a streak for 7 days, you get 100 gems.

This is also a great way to earn gems if you are consistent with using Duolingo every day!

Spend Your Extra Gems on Outfits for Duo

If you have way too many gems on Duolingo, you can spend them on a crazy outfit for Duolingo! Since I make way too many mistakes on Duolingo, I always need every gem that I earn and have never actually done this.

However, feel free to spend your gems on a luxurious new fit for Duo! lol

buy duo outfits with gems on duolingo

What are Lingots for & How to Spend Lingots

You can basically buy the same things as you can on the Duolingo app, however, you will be buying them with lingots and on the desktop version of Duolingo.

duolingo lingots on the duolingo website

Buy Streak Freezes and Wagers with Lingots

You can buy power-ups like streak freezes for 10 lingots and you can wager with Duolingo for only 5 lingots. This is why I usually do the Double or Nothing wager on the desktop site instead of app since it is a lot cheaper and I have way more lingots than gems!

You don’t lose health on the website (this is one of the tips that most users don’t know!) so it’s much easier to save up lingots than gems.

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buy streak freezes or double or nothing wagers with lingots on the desktop site

Give Lingots in the Duolingo Forums

One way that you can spend lingots is to actually give them to other users! If you have a question or just want to hang out around other people who are obsessed with Duolingo (like me!) you can head to the Duolingo Forum.

give lingots to users on the duolingo forum

You can give a lingot to anyone who comments in the forum. If you like what they said or if they’ve accomplished something cool, or if they’ve taught you something new about Duolingo, give them a lingot to thank them!

8 Ways to Earn Gems in Duolingo

Here are all the Duolingo Gems hacks that can help you get more Gems for free!

1. Double or Nothing Wager

If you are willing to be super consistent with Duolingo (which I can NEVER do…whoops) then you can make a lot of money gems with the Double or Nothing wager!

You spend 50 gems to bet that you will use Duolingo for 7 days straight. If you can do it, you will get 100 gems back!

buy streak freezes or double or nothing wagers with duolingo gems

2. Open a Free Chest of Gems (Watch an Ad)

Every hour, you can go to the Shop tab on the Duolingo app to open a new “free chest of gems.”

You have to watch a short ad and then you are rewarded with gems! If you want to earn a lot of gems quickly, you can set a reminder on your phone to check every hour and you’ll have a ton of gems in no time.

earn gems by watching an ad on duolingo

3. Comment in the Duolingo Forum

In the Duolingo Forum, if you like something that someone has said then you can gift them one of your lingots. This is a very unique way to earn lingots that not many casual users of Duolingo know about.

To find the Duolingo Language Forums, just click on the “Discuss” tab in the desktop version of Duolingo.

If you want to earn lingots, spend a bit of time reading comments in the forum.

Usually, the comments that earn the most amount of lingots are the ones that are detailing their progress with Duolingo and stating what they’ve done to accomplish something.

For example, how long it took them to earn their Golden Owl and what their study plan was to achieve that.

You could post your excitement about finally achieving something, like getting your Golden Owl or getting to a certain level in Duolingo, and then state something that would help someone else to do what you’ve done.

4. Finish a Skill

Every time you earn a new crown in a skill, you earn 50 gems. You can also choose to watch an ad to earn another 50 gems! However, if you choose to test out of a skill level, then you won’t earn any gems.

earn gems by finishing a skill on duolingo

5. Earn Gems by Achieving Your Daily Goal

You have a chance every day to earn gems just by completing your daily goal. (If you don’t know what that is or how to change it, read this post here!)

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I have my daily goal set at the most difficult setting, so I have to earn 50 XP in order to get my gems for the day. If you want to earn gems faster and with less work, change your daily goal to a lower setting.

earn gems by reaching your daily goal on duolingo

6. Finish a League in the Top 3 Places

One of the more difficult ways to earn gems on Duolingo is by finishing in the top 3 users in a Duolingo League. It’s not easy, but setting this as a goal could really motivate you to earn a lot of XP quickly as well as earning some gems along the way!

earn gems by placing in the top 3 in a league
I’ve fallen from grace ): from almost making it to the Diamond league to here…I’m embarrassed lol

7. Maintain a Streak

You can earn gems by simply maintaining your streak on Duolingo! You can earn double by doing the Double or Nothing wager AND just keeping your streak.

wildfire Achievement for Duolingo streaks
My highest streak is 51 days! Next goal: a 75 day streak!

8. Earn an Achievement

Everytime you earn an achievement, you can go into your profile on the Duolingo app and open a chest of gems! You usually earn about 25 gems per achievement earned.

earn gems by earning an achievment on duolingo

How to Earn Lingots in Duolingo

You can earn lingots in all the same ways that you earn gems, except for the fact that you would earn them on the desktop and not on the mobile application.

You earn 1 lingot each time you level up, 2 lingots for finishing a new skill, and 1 lingot for every 10 day streak you maintain!

what is a lingot on duolingo

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Monday 23rd of May 2022

Hello How can I gift my gems to somebody else please? Cheers Maria


Friday 6th of May 2022

I'm trying to find the answere to my question; "how many gems does it cost for one timer boost?"

wilma cairns

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

I had 1800 gems and 1000 of them have disappeared .WHY?

Debra Bean

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Why do I earn different amounts of gems from day to day when I achieve my daily goal? Sometimes 6, sometimes 12, sometimes other amounts?


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

The cheapest way to earn Hearts in the app is to click on the heart at the top of your home page. A menu appears with 3 options - 2 involve paying for them in gems AND 1 lets you earn a heart by completing a lesson (an easy one with NO heart penalties, plus you get XP for completing it AND a heart). At the end of the lesson, there's often an option to earn another heart by listening to an ad - that's a no-brainer! A couple of rounds of that process, and you're "healthy" again!