Animal husbandry

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Creatures tamable by Animal husbandry may fit creature templates with pre-defined behaviors.[1]

Animal husbandry is a profession within the Processing Artisan class.[2]

  • Animal husbandry will be an exploritative profession.[3]

Tamable creatures may fit creature templates with pre-defined behaviors.[1]

  • For example: A wolf or a dog may look different but may be balanced to the same templated behavior.

If you need to tame a giant beast for husbandry as an example, it will be nice to be able to handle yourself in combat should that beast want to eat you instead.[4]Steven Sharif

Breeding mechanics

Griffin concept art.[5]

These are some concept iterations of exactly how the animal husbandry profession's going to work as you create the offspring of different combinations of animals and you find and discover types of mounts. For example this Griffin: You will have the ability to open up an in-game character customization screen for the animals; and you'll be able to use certain dials to touch different aesthetic aspects of the actual animal's features: On its wings, on its head, its beak, its armor that's going to be present; the claws and talons. You will be able to actually make a unique representation of this mount, so you're just not a cookie cutter like everybody else.[6]Steven Sharif

Animal husbandry will have discoverable blends of breeding.[7]

  • Rare creatures can be captured and tamed to breed animals with specific traits.[8]
  • Special mounts such as Dragons are not breedable.[9]
  • Breeding will change the stats of the mount that is being bred.[10]
  • There is a form of genetics, but it won't be complex.[11] Genetic lines react to the type of mount or creature that has been captured or tamed.[3]

Animal husbandry and taming create unique mounts with unique abilities and stats.[12]

Animal husbandry involves a tree of its own that players get to discover via what pairings they choose... That's going to be a pretty fun aspect of creating rare mounts that haven't been seen in the world.[11]Steven Sharif

There are stages of development within breeding.[13]

  • Youngling stage: For mammals this relates to baby animals. For lizards (reptiles) this is an egg stage.[13]

A modified character creation system allows customization of Summoner pets and Animal husbandry.[6][13]

  • Changes at the Youngling stage affect the appearance of the animal at adulthood.[13]
  • During the Youngling stage there may also be quests for specific types of cosmetic features.[13]

There is a compendium of acceptable parameters for breeding, which isn't going to be known until players discover it.[14]

  • This discovery may be different for different players.[14]
  • Trial and error and exploration and discovery of certain breeding habits and different quests may grant access to slots in the compendium.[14]
    • This may grant access to specific types of mounts.[14]

There's definitely going to be odd combinations, whether it's a butterflyger, giraffealope I don't know, but there will be definitely caps that are present.[14]Steven Sharif

Pet progression

Some pets will be levelable and will have gear available to them.[15]

  • Combat pets will incorporate some of their owner's power in a way that keeps the power progression horizontal.[16]


Many species of mules will be breedable.[17]

  • There will be smaller mules.[18]


Hippogryph concept art.[19]

Hippogryphs are just one example of how our Animal Husbandry system will allow you to create a variety of creatures to utilize as pets and mounts. Whether you prefer the agile feline limbs of the gryphon or the strong steed-like hind legs of the hippogryph, you’ll be able to enjoy a diverse spectrum of breeding options within Ashes of Creation.[19]

Hippogryphs are mounts in Ashes of Creation.[19]

Since ancient times, the hippogryph has been a symbol of noble and majestic strength for numerous cultures. They are cunning and fiercely independent creatures. A rarity it is, for one to have the opportunity to get close enough without being torn apart by their piercing beaks and talons. However, those fortunate enough to form a bond with a hippogryph will find them to be loyal beings, almost to a fault. It is a sight to see a hippogryph and its rider leading the vanguard of a prestigious army. Such is the inspiration they bring.[19]

Underrealm resources

Resources will be different in the Underrealm.[20]

  • This will affect Farming and Animal husbandry professions.
  • Since players may only have one Freehold, they must choose their Artisan specializations accordingly if they wish to place it in the Underrealm.


See also