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Dünir tier 5 plate armor 3D render.[1] This render does not include any special effects as a result of enchanting.[2]

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.[2]Steven Sharif

Armor types in Ashes of Creation.

Armor characteristics

Kaelar armor.[10]

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.[11]Steven Sharif

Armor characteristics are in general determined by the "type" of armor (Light, Medium, Heavy).[12]

  • The stat values on armor can include both damage dealing and damage mitigation stats.[11]
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.[12]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.[12]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.[12]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.[12]Steven Sharif

Light armor

Kaelar Level 20 robe set 3D render.[15]

This set is a level 20 set and this is not cosmetic. This is an in-game achievable armor set I believe.[15]Steven Sharif

Light armor (also referred to as Robes and Cloth armor).[16][17]

Medium armor

Level 10-20 crafted leather armor set 3D render.[21]

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.[11]Steven Sharif

Medium armor (also referred to as Leather armor) can incorporate robe, chainmail, and plate, influences.[16][17][22]

  • May provide some benefits from light armor or heavy armor.[11]
  • May also include benefits that aren't purely related to damage mitigation, such as improved critical chance.[11]

Heavy armor

Tier 5 in-game earnable Kaelar plate armor 3D renders.[23]

Heavy armor is predominantly plate metal, but may incorporate other influences, such as leather.[22]

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


Alpha-1 female plate armor 3D render.[37]

We want to be realistic with the application of particular types of armor, such as plate armor. In this regard for the different sexes there's a fine line that has to be drawn between accentuating the form of the sex as well as making it somewhat realistic and actually applicable to the environment.[37]Steven Sharif

Gear is intended to be realistic in appearance.[38][39]

  • There will not be "oversized" weapons.[40]
  • Armor will not be overly sexual in appearance.[39]
    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.[38]Steven Sharif
    • Some armor and costumes will be more revealing than others, but there will not be nudity in the game.[41]
    There might be sliders, but there are not gonna be naked sliders.[41]Steven Sharif

Armor will take on a racial appearance.[35]

Each race is getting its custom geo pieces, which then will share thematic components such as color palette, attachments, design filigree. Those types of things will get shared across the geo but generally you're going to see unique races with unique geo.[42]Steven Sharif

  • Cosmetics can be used by all races but there may be slight variations to make them work with the body builds of each race.[43]

Players can change gear colors using dyes.[44][45]

Helmet display can be toggled on and off.[3]

  • Hair will likely be masked if helmet display is toggled on.[46]

Particle effects are used to denote the importance and rarity of some weapons.[47]

Weapons are able to be sheathed.[48]

Crafters are able to influence what their crafted items will look like.[49][50]

Appearance slots/Transmogs

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmutation/Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[51][52]

  • There are rules when applying cosmetics to specific items, unlike costumes, which don't have level restrictions.[53]
  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off by the player.[54]
  • A "default player appearance" may be automatically applied during sieges or other large scale battles to improve client-side performance.[55][56]
Cosmetics, whether purchased from the shop or earned in game, are an important component of MMORPGS I personally enjoy; and there's a lot of collectors out there who spend a great deal of time either in-game achieving these things or spend money purchasing them from the cosmetic only marketplace; and we don't want to demean or reduce that achievement or that expenditure. So it's going to be situational where the default appearance will be applied and can be activated.[55]Steven Sharif

Gear sets

Empyrean tier 1 (level 10) early Alpha-1 leather armor non-cosmetic set 3D renders.[57]

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.[58]Steven Sharif

Empyrean tier 2 (level 20) early Alpha-1 leather armor non-cosmetic set 3D renders.[59]

Gear sets (also known as tier sets) are a part of Ashes of Creation.[58][52]

  • Different tiers of gear are accessible based on a character's level.[58][52]
  • Players gain bonuses depending on the number of pieces of the set they have equipped.[58][52]
    • An overarching set effect is granted to wearers of exclusively one type of armor, for example: all cloth, or all plate.[13]
    • Certain set bonuses may trade off core gear stats.[60]
    • There may be set bonuses that members of certain communities will obtain based on gear set type.[52]
  • There are passive abilities that can be chosen to become more adept with certain set types.[52]
  • There will be viable non-set builds.[60]
  • 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.[61]

Approximately 49 unique gear sets are obtainable in Alpha-1 from crafting, quests, drops and exploration.[62]

List of gear sets

info-orange.pngThis section contains information from Alpha-1 testing. It will be updated when new information is made available.

Best-in-slot armor

Mana-forged armor

Mana-forged armor sets may be achievable in the Ashes of Creation MMO.[67]

Verra will be filled with many sets of armor, each set uniquely carved into the history of the world. Mana-forged sets are distinctly vibrant with luminescent magic, pulsating across the body of its hero. We hope you enjoy them, and look forward to many more glimpses into the armors of Verra, waiting for their champions![69]Margaret Krohn

Regalia of the Iron Lion

The Iron Lion is a fairly new order, one formed out of a desire to control the unknowable. With the rediscovery of the old world, many Kaelar wondered what lay beyond, considering the incredible power the divine gateways represented. To this end, the Iron Lion focuses not only on martial combat, but also on the art of dampening magic. Without such knowledge, establishing a foothold may be all but impossible - rampant magic is an unpredictable, and many times lethal, complication in any sortie. Due to this, the Iron Lion puts forth significant effort in studying and learning about the magics they come across, hoping to minimize the dangers they pose.[70]

Legendary items

There is a small RNG chance of looting rare and legendary items or crafting materials from mobs based on the level, status and type of mob. This also applies to harvesting resources with a gathering profession.[71]

At each stage from Gatherer to Processor to Crafter you are required to have certain prerequisites before those elite types of materials can be essentially gathered, processed, or crafted.[73]Steven Sharif

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.[74]Steven Sharif

Certain legendary items may be limited to one per server at any given time.[77][78]

  • If the player character leaves the server then the item will become available for acquisition through whatever means it was acquired previously.[77]

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.[78]

A legendary weapon is easily distinguished by its visual appearance.[74]

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.[74]Steven Sharif

Legendary items are not intended to be temporary.[79]

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.[79]Steven Sharif

info-orange.pngSome of the following information has not been recently confirmed by the developers and may not be on the current development roadmap.

Discovery of legendary items will unlock further chapters of the Lore.[81]

See also


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