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I haven't fought the Crab King yet but I plan to and everyone I encountered, friends, acquintences or youtubers that have fought with it recommend socketting 8 purple gems and one pearl. However one look at this table in the wiki tells me to instead make a different combination to avoid buffing him too much. Specifically placing just one gem of colors: Red, Purple, Yellow, Orange and Green seem to not change his stats at all if I'm interpreting the table correctly. As such, even assuming that people are right with "Number of Geysers" being his most manageable aspect to buff, logic says that you should Socket: 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange, 1 Green, Pearl's Pearl and 4 Purple Gems. In fact, for most gems, there doesn't seem much of a difference between levels 2 and 3 either. Thus by gambling a little bit with other stats, you can further decrease the geyser amount. For instance, the table says that if I socket 2 and 3 red gems, it'll only add 3000 health to his base 2000 HP. Thus, if 3000 more health won't be a big deal for you, the combination 3 Red, 3 Purple, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange, 1 Green (Especially in instances where Pearl's Pearl isn't available anymore). If you don't want to deal with the 3K health boost, you can theoratically add, 2 more Yellow or 2 more Green gems in place of the additional 2 red ones but I can't really comment on the difficulty that comes with decreasing its freeze timer by 1 second or increasing the imposing claws by 1. As such, I really cannot understand the tunnel vision behind the 8 Purple 1 Pearl strategy. Either this table is wrong or people (or me) are missing something important. I'll try the fight with 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange, 1 Green, and 5 Purple Gems unless there's a catch that I'm missing here. Side question: Why is the table going up to 11 gem count if you can only place 9 gems? Again, am I missimg something here or were hackers able to drill 2 more holes into the Crab Kimg just to see what happens?