Armor characteristics

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Kaelar armor.[1]

You're not going to get one set of armor that's going to be situationally relevant for every encounter you might face- that's crazy- and as a result of that you're going to have to succeed in acquiring sets that are situationally relevant for the types of encounters you are intending to face.[2]Steven Sharif

Armor characteristics are in general determined by the "type" of armor (Light, Medium, Heavy).[3]

  • The stat values on armor can include both damage dealing and damage mitigation stats.[2]
Certain armor types are going to have certain type of predominant stat values. So there's going to be certain waterfall stats and/or certain primary attributes that are available on certain armor types; and then if you want to have the one that's not more prominently available- those will be rare to get- you'll have to elicit the services of a crafter who's very capable within that particular type of armor in order to get the non-traditional stats and/or waterfalls available. So there's still the ability to get whatever on these but they're going to be more predetermined for certain types of stats and waterfalls.[3]Steven Sharif
There'll be certain types of set bonuses granted across specific full sets or partial sets of armor types. There will be a similar function in how damage is mitigated based on the type of armor you're wearing and how that relates to physical or magical incoming damage. So that's something to keep in mind. It's going to be situational what type of adversarial foe am I facing and what armor is the best against that to mitigate damage.[3]Steven Sharif
You're going to have certain strengths and weaknesses of armor sets and those can be specced into by your opponents. For example, I might place some type of elemental enhancements on my weapon that horizontally changes my outgoing damage and that's going to reflect based on the opponent on my target opponent and what type of armor they have available to them to counter that.[3]Steven Sharif
We're playing a little bit with the idea of these universal skill sets, such as dodge, parry, block, active blocking, stuff like that; and progression within those areas. There is something to be said I think for incorporating itemization choice as part of that system as well; and how it might affect that system. That's something that I think is going to be coming up in the pitch phase here shortly from design as we implement those universal skills. So you can look out in the future for more information on that.[3]Steven Sharif

Light armor

Kaelar Level 20 robe set 3D render.[6]

This set is a level 20 set and this is not cosmetic. This is an in-game achievable armor set I believe.[6]Steven Sharif

Light armor (also referred to as Robes and Cloth armor).[7][8]

Medium armor

Level 10-20 crafted leather armor set 3D render.[12]

Leather gives you a blend between both worlds. It also will have different types of set benefits that aren't purely related to damage mitigation. So that could be outgoing skill damage, it could be critical chances, it could be some other waterfall stats that are associated with it. Our armors don't just boil down to damage type mitigation.[2]Steven Sharif

Medium armor (also referred to as Leather armor) can incorporate robe, chainmail, and plate, influences.[7][8][13]

  • May provide some benefits from light armor or heavy armor.[2]
  • May also include benefits that aren't purely related to damage mitigation, such as improved critical chance.[2]

Heavy armor

Tier 5 in-game earnable Kaelar plate armor 3D renders.[14]

Heavy armor is predominantly plate metal, but may incorporate other influences, such as leather.[13]

Armor types

Dünir tier 5 plate armor 3D render.[15] This render does not include any special effects as a result of enchanting.[16]

This is fully modeled and completed top grade armor and this is obviously a plate set that you're seeing. This is an armor set you can achieve in game.[16]Steven Sharif

Armor types in Ashes of Creation.

Class weapons and armor

Weapons and armor are not class locked, but certain classes are more efficient with certain types of weapons or armor.[24][25] Certain abilities require certain items to be equipped.[26]

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.[27]Steven Sharif
Q: We had stated that we were going to allow people to use any class combination, which would be both your archetypes together, being able to use any weapon. Do we see problems that could occur with that, for instance like a bow tank, or an orb tank or things like- will there be some strangeness there, or are there problems that you first are foreseeing in the future?
A: We're giving a lot of flexibility to the crafters in our game. They get to help define the stat block that a particular item, weapon, or gear has; and that stat block can be relevant to any particular class or archetype combination. So in that sense the idea is, no not to see any strangeness there or not to see any elements that would dissuade a person from that customization perspective.[28]Steven Sharif

Racial weapons and armor

Armor racial appearances in early Alpha-1.[29]

Violet light and myself are wearing exactly the same armor set right: Same stats, same everything, but it drops for her it looks one way, it drops for me it looks another way; and... a small part of that is gender, but then the other part of it is race. So because I was a Vaelune in that playthrough my armor was in the Vaelune style; and when she picked it up it was in the elven style because she was an elf. So that kind of gives you an example of sort of the breadth of looks that we're going for and how we kind of try to capture like who you are as as a character and kind of allow you to kind of build your look that way.[30]Jeffrey Bard

Dünir and Empyrean racially styled armor concept art by Keith Kovach.[31]

We have essentially sets that exist across all races; and each race that dons those armor sets is going to have their own racial influence on the presentation of those particular sets. So that's something that's unique in how each of the races get diversified.[32]Steven Sharif

Weapons and armor are not race locked, but armor will take on a racial appearance.[32][33][34]

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.[35]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.[35]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.[36]Steven Sharif

Gear sets

Empyrean tier 1 (level 10) early Alpha-1 leather armor non-cosmetic set 3D renders.[37]

We're going relatively traditional in the gear access points by being driven by level tier that players will have access to. So as you advance in your adventuring class you will begin to unlock the ability to equip gear of a higher level.[38]Steven Sharif

Empyrean tier 2 (level 20) early Alpha-1 leather armor non-cosmetic set 3D renders.[39]

Gear sets (also known as tier sets) are a part of Ashes of Creation.[38][40]

  • Different tiers of gear are accessible based on a character's level.[38][40]
  • Players gain bonuses depending on the number of pieces of the set they have equipped.[38][40]
    • An overarching set effect is granted to wearers of exclusively one type of armor, for example: all cloth, or all plate.[4]
    • Certain set bonuses may trade off core gear stats.[41]
    • There may be set bonuses that members of certain communities will obtain based on gear set type.[40]
  • There are passive abilities that can be chosen to become more adept with certain set types.[40]
  • There will be viable non-set builds.[41]
  • Racial appearance of gear sets is tied to the character model of that race.[36]
  • It may be possible to store and swap gear sets with a single button press when out of combat.[42]

Approximately 49 unique gear sets are obtainable in Alpha-1 from crafting, quests, drops and exploration.[43]

Best-in-slot armor

See also


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  4. 4.0 4.1 Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:02:08).
  5. Livestream, July 25, 2020 (53:08).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Livestream, August 28, 2020 (2:00:09).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Interview, July 28, 2020 (49:35).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Livestream, July 18, 2017 (32:10).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Livestream, May 26, 2017 (53:10).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:02:44).
  11. Livestream, 2018-04-8 (AM) (32:15).
  12. steven-little-leak.png
  13. 13.0 13.1 Livestream, October 16, 2017 (15:11).
  14. Livestream, July 30, 2021 (1:07:03).
  15. Steven Sharif Twitter.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Livestream, January 28, 2022 (56:12).
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  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Livestream, February 9, 2018 (7:31).
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  20. Livestream, February 9, 2018 (15:01).
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  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, July 28, 2017 (31:30).
  23. belt items.jpg
  24. weapon augments.png
  25. class weapons.png
  26. Livestream, February 9, 2018 (47:05).
  27. Livestream, May 4, 2018 (45:37).
  28. Livestream, June 30, 2022 (55:31).
  29. Video, September 30, 2020 (2:44).
  30. Livestream, September 30, 2020 (47:47).
  31. Livestream, July 26, 2019 (54:06).
  32. 32.0 32.1 Livestream, March 31, 2022 (4:57).
  33. Livestream, May 26, 2017 (44:11).
  34. Livestream, May 26, 2017 (20:46).
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Podcast, August 4, 2018 (53:43).
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  39. Livestream, November 30, 2020 (49:35).
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  45. Livestream, May 5, 2017 (14:45).
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  47. Livestream, March 31, 2022 (1:19:41).