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Armor types in Ashes of Creation.

Armor characteristics

Light armor

  • Lighter armor is more mobile than heavier armor.[8]

Heavy armor

  • Heavy armor typically has more HP than lighter armor.[8]
  • Heavy armor is geared towards physical damage mitigation.[9]
Armor passives Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3
Cloth armor (passive) Increases armor given by cloth armor.[10] Further increases armor given by cloth armor.[10] Bonus mana for each piece of cloth armor.[10]
Heavy armor (passive) Increases armor given by heavy armor.[11] Further increases armor given.[11] Each piece of armor added gives health percentage bonus to the tank.[11]
Light armor (passive) Increases armor given by light armor.[12] Further increases armor given by light armor.[12] Each piece of light armor increases damage.[12]
Medium armor (passive) Increases armor given by medium armor.[13] Further increases armor given by medium armor.[13] If medium armor worn in all slots gives a balance of health and mana less than the health given.[13]

Armor skills and stats

Crafters will be able to assign different skills/abilities and stats on armor.[14]

Not all armor sets will be the cookie cutter kind of set. They will have the influences from the crafter available in it, if it's a crafted set.[14]Steven Sharif

Class weapons and armor

Weapons and armor are not class locked, but certain classes are more efficient with certain types of weapons or armor.[15][16] Certain abilities require certain items to be equipped.[17]

Weapons are intended to be somewhat agnostic in the sense that you can find a way for a weapon to be utilized by different classes. Not just the rogue is going to be able to use daggers. Because if you restrict equipment through that, it makes the economy more difficult to have sustainability across the market of items.[18]Steven Sharif

Racial weapons and armor

Weapons and armor are not race locked, but armor will take on a racial appearance.[19][20]

The customization of equipment per race is really focused on Armor sets not Weapon props. Weapon props will, from a model standpoint, will translate pretty one-to-one across the races.[21]Steven Sharif

Let's say for example you have the Eagle set or something, right: The Eagle set has in art, it has a thematic design that's going to include certain attachments to the armor. It's going to include color palette and theme. It's going to have some aspects to it that define it as the Eagle set, right. When a Elf wears the Eagle set or when an Orc wears the Eagle set, you obviously have two different cultures there; and you don't want to stomp out that culture by assigning a de facto 'This is the Eagle set and this is how it looks on everybody.' What we want to have is cultural influences play a role in showing how that set looks.[21]Steven Sharif

When you say, what if I'm an Orc but want to look like an Elf and I want my Eagle set to be the Elf representation? Well the issue becomes there that you know Orcs have a different organic model. You know, their body is different than that of the Elf. So, from a scope-creep standpoint, it's one thing to add different influences that represent the cultures that are donning the armor; it's another thing to adapt each influence as a matrix that can be worn pretty much by everything. From a scope perspective, that's a very difficult task for the character artists to kind of tackle. So instead what we've done is, in order to facilitate a variety of cultural representation between the races but allow for the sharing of assets like different armor sets, we give different representations of those armor sets to each race.[22]Steven Sharif

Gear slots

There are 16 gear slots in Ashes of Creation:[23]


Gear will have appearance slots (Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[24]

  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off.[25]

I'm more of the mind that it wouldn't really serve a purpose to have bikini plate armor, just in like reality, if you're going to have armor, it should be protective. I think from a fashion statement is enjoyable for some people, but it's a kind of an immersive issue.[26]Steven Sharif

We're going for kind of a more realistic look; not necessarily realistic setting, but we want our characters to have weight and kind of feel like they're there.[26]Jeffrey Bard

Dyeable items

Dyes only affect tagged portions of armor or cosmetic items.[31]

  • The dyeability of costumes depends on the specific costume.

Outside of wanting to keep maybe some identity from a lore perspective; for example if you have like a white lion's suit of armor, you may not want that white lion suit of armor to be black or blue. So, it's possible. It depends on the costume itself.[31]Steven Sharif

Backer only armor skin

All Kickstarter backers receive a unique armor skin set.[32]

Gear sets

Gear sets (also known as tier sets) are a part of Ashes of Creation.[24]

  • Players gain bonuses depending on the number of pieces of the set they have equipped.
  • There are passive abilities that can be chosen to become more adept with certain set types.
  • There may be set bonuses that members of certain communities will obtain based on gear set type.
  • There are tiers of gear that players can access based on their level.
  • There will be viable non-set builds.[33]
  • Certain set bonuses may trade off core gear stats.[33]
  • Racial appearance of gear sets is tied to the character model of that race.[22]

Stats on gear

Crafters will be able to assign different skills/abilities and stats on armor.[14]

Not all armor sets will be the cookie cutter kind of set. They will have the influences from the crafter available in it, if it's a crafted set.[14]Steven Sharif

Gear enhancement

Gear enhancements (power stones/runes) can be applied to weapons add elemental or energy types of damage.[34][35]

We are very likely going to have a rune system and then we'll have the ability to sort of enchant weapons outside of that too... That's not always going to be like a vertical progression... Some of it's going to be giving up something to get something else; so maybe I do less physical damage but more magical damage, that kind of thing.[35]Jeffrey Bard


Enchanting services are sold at player stalls.[36]

There are two types of enchantments for items: Vertical and horizontal.[39]

  • Vertical enchantments are a power progression for a crafted item. More damage or mitigations, added effects or bonuses.[39]
    • Vertical enchantments include risks.
  • Horizontal enchantments are more situational. For example: I'd like my sword to do force damage instead of holy damage because the monsters I tend to fight are incorporeal.[39]
    • This doesn't make the item more powerful, but instead more applicable to different situations, and less so to others.
    • This type of enchanting assumes no risk, just time and effort.

Legendary items

Discovery of legendary items will unlock further chapters of the Lore.[40]

There are absolutely legendary items and they're not items that are attained easily nor are they granted out in a volume. There might even be items that are single items that will exist on the server at any given time.[41]

A legendary weapon is easily distinguished by its visual appearance.[42]

It will be a very ornate and detailed weapon, more so than any other weapon or piece of equipment in the game. It will also include some awesome looking effects that won't too gaudy, you know they won't be too bright and shiny so that it doesn't look good, but they will be subtle and people will notice it and know wow that guy has this weapon.[42]Steven Sharif

Obtaining a legendary item will not be RNG based. It will entail obtaining construction components from various progression pathways.[42]

The amount of effort needed and interdependencies across the different types of players – between raiders and PvPers and crafters and even role players and the taverns and businesses: the processors and gatherers – all of those systems will likely have a component that lends toward creating or crafting that legendary item... We want to stay away from the highly RNGd system, and instead take our multiple progression paths that we are offering the players and put the construction components for achieving these legendary items within them so it encourages communities to work together because it's going to be difficult for just one person by themselves to gather everything. Not to say that they couldn't in an economic sense, by buying those components, that's possible. But achieving them from a time investment standpoint we want it to be considerably less RNG focussed.[42]Steven Sharif

Legendary items are not intended to be temporary.[43]

The fact there is only one of them... or very very few of them depending on what it is. I think that in and of itself is a balance component right and you need to make sure that the players who are striving for those legendary things and who are devoting the time energy, resources in order to achieve them are accurately rewarded... We do not intend on having legendary items that are temporary.[43]Steven Sharif


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Livestream, 28 July 2017 (9:47).
  2. 2.0 2.1 helmet.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Livestream, 9 February 2018 (7:31).
  4. Livestream, 22 May 2017 (51:00).
  5. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (15:01).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Livestream, 28 July 2017 (31:30).
  7. belt items.jpg
  8. 8.0 8.1 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (53:10).
  9. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (32:15).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (43:44).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (29:41).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (47:55).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (38:04).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Podcast, 4 August 2018 (59:58).
  15. weapon augments.png
  16. class weapons.png
  17. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (47:05).
  18. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (45:37).
  19. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (44:11).
  20. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (20:46).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Podcast, 4 August 2018 (53:43).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Podcast, 4 August 2018 (55:17).
  23. Livestream, 28 July 2017 (24:54).
  24. 24.0 24.1 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (22:33).
  25. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (50:29).
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (19:51).
  27. oversized.jpg
  28. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (54:56).
  29. Sparkly.jpg
  30. Livestream, 3 September 2017 (48:56).
  31. 31.0 31.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (18:48).
  32. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  33. 33.0 33.1 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (56:07).
  34. Livestream, 4 June 2018 (1:11:19).
  35. 35.0 35.1 Livestream, 4 June 2018 (21:37).
  36. Livestream, 17 May 2017 (58:55).
  37. Rng crafting.jpg
  38. Livestream, 5 May 2017 (20:41).
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 enchanting.png
  40. Livestream, 19 May 2017 (44:18).
  41. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (38:08).
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (55:49).
  43. 43.0 43.1 Livestream, 9 July 2018 (25:34).
  44. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (51:49).