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Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[2]

In Apocalypse, you land in a world on the brink of destruction. The only way out is to be the last one standing. It is an arena based game which will support a number of different game modes, including battle royale-style gameplay, castle sieges, and gigantic monster hordes! Not only is Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse an exciting standalone experience, but we're also using it to help test new tech and features for Ashes of Creation - the more you play, the closer we'll get to the final launch of our MMO. Not only that, but any rewards you earn in Apocalypse will carry over to the MMO as well! Our high fantasy setting, the vast array of gear and spells, and our massively destructible environments make for an experience unlike anything you’ve played. Hop in, stay alive, and win the glory.[3]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as Alpha-1 phase 1 and APOC)[5] will focus on the action side of combat.[6][7][8]

Apocalypse will be a free-to-play mode, so you won't even have to be a backer necessarily to play in it.[14]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is available for download on Steam.[15]

Steam really provides a great platform that reaches a lot of different users all of which you know exists in different demographics and interests; and it makes sense from a matchmaking game standpoint for a game like APOC to really funnel as many players as possible, because it gives us the most amount of data. It allows us to kickoff matches very regularly and it also introduces people who might not normally be introduced this early on to what Ashes of Creation is as a IP. As a MMORPG development it gives us access to those people. So that was really kind of what led us to you know change our minds with regards to our approach to steam with Apocalypse. With regards to the MMORPG, there are currently still no plans for the MMORPG to be on steam.[16]Steven Sharif


Release schedule

Our team is dedicated to providing the MMORPG we all have been waiting for. Thanks to our community’s incredible support, we successfully pinpointed critical systems in need of revision for Alpha One through the use of our Apocalypse testing ground. After taking the time needed to finalize these revisions, we are happy to announce that starting August 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM PDT the Divine Gateways will open once more for limited Apocalypse testing sessions. We can’t wait to hear your feedback on the updated performance, user interface, art iteration, and combat changes that you’ll see during this phase. We’ve learned a lot from our previous testing and we are using that knowledge to ensure smoother testing periods moving forward. Once we have successfully vetted our back-end changes with Apocalypse during August and September, we will have better insight for future dates involving Siege Mode, Horde Mode, and the highly anticipated MMORPG’s Alpha One. We hope you'll join us for this incredible journey![19]Steven Sharif

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse arena stress test (NDA).[20] September 7, 2018.[21]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (NDA lifted).[22] October 19, 2018.[22]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse open beta.[23] December 18, 2018.[24]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access.[25] September 24, 2019.[25]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[20] To be announced.[26][27]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[20] To be announced.[27]


Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing

Statistics from the December 2018 testing of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[28]
  • There were 86,000 registered logins from unique accounts.[29][30]
  • There were 16,000 daily active users (DAU).[31]
  • There were approximately 3 - 4,000 concurrent users each day.[32]

Testing of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse arena (battlegrounds/BR mode) will proceed as follows.[22][33]

Glorious Ashes Community, we are expanding our testing group this weekend to include all Alpha 2 backers. We will also be lifting the NDA for the Phase 1 Arena testing going forward. Testing tonight will be starting at around 6:30pm and will be running till Sunday evening. With intermittent maintenances during the tests. We are happy to announce the testing is going very well and we are collecting a lot of useful data. In the weeks moving forward we will begin to announce invites to all beta backers and all A0 testers, before eventually inviting all registered users.[22]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode testing schedules will be similar.[33]

  • Alpha-1 testers will test for the first month.[33]
  • Alpha-2 testers will be invited following that.[33]
  • All other backers will be invited afterwards.[33]
  • Finally, testing will be opened to all registered users.[33]

A2 will be invited for the br mode, then we will invite all backers, then all registered users. When the castle siege mode is implemented a1 will test alone for the first month, then we will follow the same invite schedule as the br. Same for horde.[33]Steven Sharif

Only Alpha-1 testers gain access to Alpha-1.[35]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse limited testing sessions

Glorious Ashes community - the Divine Gateways are opening once more for limited Apocalypse testing sessions, and we need YOUR help to try out the latest changes! On Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11AM PDT to 11PM PDT, all registered users will be able to log in and play the Battle Royale mode of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse. Solo and Squad game modes will be available for play on our North American (East), European (Central), and Asian (Singapore) servers.[15]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing will resume on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11AM PDT to 11PM PDT.[15]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse stress test

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing participation.[36]

  1. First wave of invite emails were sent September 5, 2018.[37] Testing began September 7, 2018.[21]
  2. Second test wave was Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September 2018.[39]
    • 1,250+ testers as of September 13, 2018.[40][41]
  3. Third test wave invites sent Wednesday 19th September 2018.[42]
    • 3,000 additional testers expected.[42]
  4. All alpha-1 testers following that.[36]
    • All 10,000 Alpha-1 backers invited to the stress test.[34]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale mode

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale lobby screen.[43]

In Apocalypse you have a scene where you have a squad in, or are solo or whatever. That scene will eventually become your house. Your freehold, exactly; and you will earn furniture to place in that freehold and you can build out your house and what-not through special achievements.[44]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale victory screen.[45]

Why did we go with Battle Royale as the first testable arena mode? And the answer for that is honestly, as we're testing and getting people into matches on our servers and testing the replication among players in a battlefield; and making sure that tech is present and capable for hundreds of players on the battlefield: We wanted to have a game mode that was still fun for players to test in: An environment that was fun to test in.[46]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (also referred to as Alpha-1 phase 1 battlegrounds, Alpha-1 arena or BR mode)[5] is a Battle royale testing mode consisting of up to 100 players.[8][9]

  • This is a last man standing PvP combat mode.[47]
  • Weapons and armor found in the world have unique skills associated with them. These interact with the terrain from defensive, offensive and utility standpoints.[47]
  • Players can build buildings and structures such as watchtowers, defensive pillboxes and arcane structures.[47]
  • Everything in the world apart from rocks and trees is destructible.[48]

It's going to have a lot of high octane energy and activity. It's going to be very streamable. It's going to be no NDA. There's going to be a lot of different weapons and skills that were going to be testing. Each of the weapons and armor that you can find in the world are going to have unique spells and skills associated with them that interact with the terrain from a defensive standpoint, from a utility standpoint, from an offensive standpoint. It's going to be able for you to build buildings, complete structures, watchtowers and defensive pillboxes type structures: Arcane structures. You're going to have a lot of fun activity there.[47]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is available for download on Steam.[15]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale corruption storm

Corruption storm circle timings in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale.[49]

Time (mm:ss) Circle number Duration (mm:ss)
0:00 Game start
1:00 1 3:00
5:00 2 3:00
9:00 3 2:00
12:00 4 2:00
15:00 5 1:00
17:00 6 1:00
19:00 7 0:35
20:35 Game end

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges are an Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing mode that aims to test castle siege mechanics.[9]

The Castle Siege mode is another example of a playable slice of the MMORPG that Apocalypse is providing early testing for. While it’s a somewhat smaller scale experience than the one you’ll have in the MMO, the overall flow of taking and defending a castle will remain similar. There’s some additional systems you’ll see in the final product, like the influence of Nodes over the available defensive emplacements, the crafting and deploying of custom siege weapons, and the summoning of siege monsters. These are all things that we’ll be adding on top of this mode upon our release of Ashes of Creation.[52]Margaret Krohn

Siege equipment

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse siege equipment includes ballistas, trebuchets, battering rams and potentially traps and "powder keg" type weapons.[56]

  • Siege weapons available to the attacking side include Trebuchets and Battering Rams.[52]
  • Siege weapons available to the defending side include Ballistas and Traps.[52]
  • Siege weapons are deployable and piloted by players.[20]

With regards to alpha one phase one however in the castle siege system... what will happen is static siege equipment that's placed in the map for the attackers to utilize that will present at focal points of PvP in the match where defenders will know where to target a specific area on the field in order to attack. [57]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode is an Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing mode where 50 players defend a city against waves of incoming NPCs and player controlled monsters.[8][6][20]

  • Each wave is more difficult than the last.[20]
  • Between waves, players collect experience, money and weapons to take back to their hold to defend against the next wave.[9]
  • Monster coins enable players to join the game as part of the horde.[20]

Horde mode will include adaptive AI boss mechanics.[6] Rewards are obtained dependent on progress against these NPCs.[58]

Horde mode will absolutely include boss mechanics, so some of the ideas behind that is going to have a wave mode of a variety of NPCs will likely include some achievable cosmetics as well in that mode depending on how far you can get and those cosmetics will include pets of the NPCs that you face, so like a little miniature version of the NPC's and we'll update those as well, that you'll have in the MMO.[58]Steven Sharif

Horde mode is specifically for testing.[58]

It's a way that we thought it would be kind of fun to implement AI mechanics that we're looking to implement. Testing the you know the blackboard for the AI. Being able to have variable types of NPCs that have roles whether it be like a sniper, ranged, melee, boss, heroic you know kind of different AI focuses for those monsters during interesting situations.[58]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse group sizes

Group sizes in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[59]

There will be an option in the lobby where you are capable of joining a guild based match that you can link parties together up to a maximum of twenty individuals.[59]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse combat

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is based on action combat.[6][7][8]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse combat targeting

Action combat in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes a targeting reticle.[62]

  • A hot key can be used to toggle reticle mode on and off.[62]
  • Left mouse click is used for basic weapon attacks.[63]
  • Right mouse click is used as a "focus" button. It can also be used to activate root motion attacks for melee.[63]
  • Combat targeting uses hitbox registration in three separate regions: Upper body, lower body and head.[64]
  • Certain weapons and skills have ADS (Aim Down Sights) functionality.[65][66]

There will be aim down sights. You may have seen it that you can aim down sights on weapons; and there will be scopes on like crossbows and stuff that - arcane scopes - that you can use.[65]Steven Sharif

Some spells do have ADS. There's a long-range meteor blast that can be used from one of the spell books; and that has an arcane zoom in. It lets you zoom into a target.[66]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 will test hybrid action/tab combat.[6][67]


The Ashes of Creation MMORPG will have a time-to-kill (TTK) of around 30 seconds to a minute.[68]

In the MMORPG we really don't want to see any one-shots. The time-to-kill needs to be strategic and tactical.[69]Steven Sharif

Headshot mechanics

Headshot mechanics will be implemented in Ashes of Creation based on testing.[69]

  • If headshots are implemented, they will be along the lines of a higher critical chance.[69]

The idea behind headshot in the MMORPG is that, if we do implement headshots - part of this testing is to determine if we will - but if we were to implement headshots it will be along the lines of a higher critical chance. So basically hitting a skillshot on the head will increase significantly the opportunity for that damage to be critical. Will they one-shot? Absolutely not.[69]Steven Sharif

Headshots in action combat are equivalent to a critical hit in tab targeted combat.[70]

  • Players relying on tab skills will have a fixed critical hit chance every time they use an ability or weapon.[70]
  • Players using action-based skills are going to rely on getting a head shot or hitting a critical spot on the opponent.[70]

So if you take a look at like kind of what a head shot represents: A head shot is basically a critical hit; and players who are relying on tab skills will have that critical hit chance baked into their character. They will have that fixed chance every time they use an ability or use a spell or swing a weapon; and then somebody who is kind of preferring you know action based, in order to get that crit, they're not gonna be relying necessarily on their stats they're gonna be relying on whether they get a headshot or not, or are able to hit that critical spot on that character. So that's kind of the direction that we're going in that way. Again, it's gonna be hybridized so there's gonna be a little bit of both happening in both places.[70]Jeffrey Bard

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse active blocking

The Paladin's Might shield in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse has its own hit box with hit points (HP). It can actively block projectiles.[71]

Player flagging/corruption

Player corruption is expected to be implemented in Alpha-1.[72]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse combat animations

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse combat animations are work-in-progress.[74]

The follow-through on some of the root animations and attacks feel a little floaty. A little sticky, yeah. So we are adjusting that as it is. Over the past month we've also seen feedback on the hitscan related to melee weapons and we've adjusted that into a cone.[74]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse class kits

Six classes will be present in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[75]

These classes relate to the trinity of classes: Tank, DPS and Support.[75][76]

  • Weapon skills are applied to augment a class' base skills.[53]
  • Base class skills may be able to be selected from a host of available skills for that class based on a player's progression within that season.[53][77]

We had a little bit of an idea that we're going to explore with regards to each of the classes having a range of skills and abilities that players can customize that skill kit based on their progression within a season, let's say; and that progression can be gained from any of the modes and it would grant you the ability to kind of customize that skill kit for the before the siege mode or the horde mode. But that's something that might come at a later date.[77]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse classes only apply to Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[78]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse healing

Healing in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will be reticle based (action targeted).[79]

We have a few design theories on action combat and healing to began with phase one. Part of that will be the implementation of a class system into the castle siege and horde mode of phase one. Those will be kits that play out as skills available from an action perspective. You'll be able to target in proximity, basically so positioning is going to matter. Importantly, for healers being close to the individual party members you wish to heal. Additionally, you'll have reticle based healing methods. This would be a template that could be launched in that direction as a pulse of heels or augments. So there's a lot of different systems are playing with that you'll see more of when we get to those when we get to the castle siege system and the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[79]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse progression

The first chapter of Apocalypse is The Exodus. It takes part in the initial stages of the fall and sets the scene for upcoming chapters.[82]

You're going to have an adventuring path and that adventuring path is going to come with weekly quests and daily quests that you can participate in that will be available for the Castle sieges for the Horde and for the Battle Royale; and as you complete these quests you're going to gain experience; and right now you have up to 50 levels, which matches the intended cap for Ashes of Creation. Fifty levels of the adventure path that you can advance in; and as you advance in each of these levels you're going to be unlocking certain assets, such as these weapon skins. Now the great thing about player's progress in Apocalypse is that you will share the same account from Apocalypse to Ashes of Creation the MMORPG and anything that you earn in Apocalypse will be in Ashes of Creation the MMORPG- a unique as a skin exactly: A skin that you will have access to for helping us test write Apocalypse and preparing these different Alpha and Beta stages for Ashes of Creation.[84]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore

Divine gateway in the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (BR mode) staging area.[85]

This lobby area where you see players load into- this is unfinished- but this will be one of the capital cities that you are about to enter through the great divine gateways... You're trying to flee; and in this particular game mode you are a part of some unlucky few who didn't quite make it out. And unfortunately after entering the great divine gateway fell back to the planet.[85]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore takes place during the exodus from Verra.[85][86] [87]

  • Some unlucky citizens didn't quite make it through the gateways in time and fell back to the planet to fight for survival.[85] This underpins the battle royale mode.[86]
  • Certain citizens are fighting for control over Castles that they believe to be last bastions of defense against the forces of corruption. This underpins the castle siege mode.[86]
  • The last stand against the forces of corruption takes place in the horde mode.[86]

Initially you're playing the Battle Royale you're a part of the last group of survivors to try to leave Verra. And as you're leaving you get cut off. The slipstream ends and you start falling back to the planet. Now the activities that occur and the fighting amongst yourselves is a result of the influence of corruption: Corrupting your soul basically; and as we move into the Castle Siege mode that's where you see the survivors now trying to seek refuge in some of the last defendable bastions of of society. So you're kind of fighting over those for your families and your friends to get into that keep to try to ride out the storm so to say; and that's what the Castle Siege is predicated on. Then moving into the Hordes is this is now the final showdown. How long can you last? And that's kind of the narrative behind Apocalypse as a whole.[82]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore is split into chapters. Currently every ten weeks a new chapter will be released.[82]

  • Chapter 1 is called The Exodus. It takes part in the initial stages of the fall and sets the scene for upcoming chapters.[82]

What happened before you came back? What did your ancestors have to go through? What did these civilizations have to endure? ... You get to experience the world of Ashes of Creation. You get to take a peek under the hood of the art assets and the style that that art will be when you play the game; and at the same time while you're doing all of that and we're hitting the servers with as many people as possible, we are continuing production and implementing new art; and we are updating those those chapters of this story; and that's what each season so speak is called for us is a chapter. In fact the first chapter of Apocalypse will be titled the Exodus. So chapter one is the Exodus and players will have an opportunity to earn unique rewards in each chapter. So that chapter's period of time is roughly ten weeks- between eight and twelve. We'll see how those go, but right now it's set for ten weeks; and every ten weeks you're going to see an introduction of new content.[82]Steven Sharif


Ashes of Creation Apocalypse quests

Questing in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse contains lore that gives insight to the happenings on Verra during the fall.[82]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse adventure paths

There will be adventure paths in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (Battle royale, Castle sieges, Horde mode).[4][84]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse cosmetic rewards

Progression and experience tracking for participation in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing will entitle players to achieve unique cosmetic rewards. These earned rewards will carry over in player's accounts to live launch.[14][94]

One of the ways we want to give back to the Community in participating in this testing is allowing for progress, quests, achievements rewards to be gained in Apocalypse... You will have rewards and quests and achievements that you and your participation and your performance in that game, whether it be the Castle Siege, the Horde Mode or the Battle Royale will earn you cosmetics. There will be costumes. There will be mounts to earn. There will be housing and furniture. There will be emotes. There will be weapon variants. A lot of these are what we have in production for our project Ashes of Creation, we apply some variants and skins for and make them only available through participating in helping us test these different game modes. And they will carry over to your account on the MMORPG.[14]Steven Sharif

The account used for Apocalypse is the same account used for the MMORPG. Unique skins earned in Apocalypse will be added to the MMORPG as rewards for helping to prepare for the Alpha and Beta stages of Ashes of Creation.[84]

  • Cosmetic skins are only be able to be applied to things that have already been earned, crafted or found within the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[96]
  • Skins earned in Apocalypse will be available to apply at certain tiers, levels and/or access points within the MMORPG.[96]

So it's not that you'll be able to equip necessarily an item at level one. These are all cosmetic skins. Again we are not about the pay-to-win or pay-to-convenience life. What we want to do instead is as you earn, craft, or find equipment in the MMORPG, these skins that you've earned in Apocalypse will be available at certain tiers, levels and/or access points. So for example, we have different grades of mounts right. We have the base one land mounts. We have the the Royal mounts. We have the flying mounts if you're a mayor or King or Queen. We have legendary mounts. These classes of mounts will have available skins associated with those particular classes... If you have the Ramstider skin that you've earned from Apocalypse, you'll be able to apply that to your first land mount, which will probably be earned within the first five levels you'll earn a land mount. However if you have let's say for example the Griffin, which will be a glideable mount. I'm sorry what's the name of the what's the name of the night one. The midnight- is the midnight bird or something like? The Night Hunter. I think that's it. If you have that skin you'll only be able to apply that skin to a Royal mount so you'll still have to earn these things. Remember our position is that of: You need to earn these things in Ashes first. They're not purchasable or earned outside in Apocalypse and you're granted that immediately. These are skins that you apply to the things you earn in Ashes.[96]Steven Sharif

These cosmetics reflect the lore of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse, which is set before the fall.[94]

One thing that we announced to our alpha one backers that I know they love clarity on is that we'll also be including progression and experience tracking for participation and testing that will entitle them to some unique cosmetics as well that reflect on the lore of this setting, which is before the fall. So you'll be able to acquire some armors that reflect some of the ancient cultures of Verra that you will earn and hold for live launch.[94]Steven Sharif

It would be like your ancestors kept these curios for you.[94]Jeffrey Bard

Examples of some Kickstarter rewards will be included in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[97]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse signup gift

A cosmetic sign-up gift will be implemented during Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[98]

As we prepare for the Alpha One Phase 1 deployment, we will be implementing the cosmetic gift for all regions upon sign up, and to all currently registered accounts.[98]Steven Sharif

Weapons and armor

Weapons and Armor are tied to skills in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[100]

  • Swapping between weapons will allow players to access the different skills on their hotbar.[100]
  • Certain armor pieces have utility and defensive skills, such as like Camouflage, Polymorph and Battlefield wall.[100]
  • Weapons are tied to one specific skill in early testing, but this may change.[101]

Weapons will have skills associated with them and they'll will rest on a hot bar and you can swap between the weapons on the hot bar and that'll allow you to access the different skills. Additionally the breastplate, the leggings: Those also have skills associated with them those are more utility and defensive abilities, such as like camouflage, polymorph, battlefield wall; that kind of stuff. Those are on the armor pieces and then they are associated with right now the VC hotkeys for their abilities.[100]Steven Sharif

Right now weapons are tied to one specific skill; and you know that's just again because we're so early in alpha 1; but well probably be changing that as we continue to iterate and test.[100]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse item rarities

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapons and abilities get better with each tier.[102]

  1. Blue – uncommon.[103]
  2. Yellow – rare.[103]
  3. Red – legendary.[103]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapons

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapons each have an associated ability. Each weapon has three different tiers.[102] Ranged weapons are currently hitscan based, with the exception of Nightfall, which is projectile-based. Melee weapons are currently cone hitscan based.[104]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapon skills

Skill Icon Rank 1
Alacrity Alacrity Icon.png For the duration of this stance, your successful attacks will increase your run speed.[105]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Bolt of Revealing Bolt of Revealing Icon.png After activating this spell, the next bolt you fire will reveal all characters hidden by terrain, structures, or invisibility in its area of effect.[106]
  • Duration: 10 sec
  • Cooldown: 20 sec
Chain Lightning Chain Lightning Icon.png Activate to charge your attacks with lightning - each hit can then arc between foes, dealing damage to each one.[107]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Chaos Meteor Chaos Meteor Icon.png Summon a meteor.[108] Comes with an ADS (Aim Down Sights) capability.[66] When Chaos Meteor explodes, it breaks into 2-5 magical shards, each of which has a random effect across a very large area.[109]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Crimson Blast Crimson Blast Icon.png This spell will invoke a destructive cone of force and flame at enemies in front of you.[110]
  • Duration: 1 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 8 Sec.
Darkness Darkness Icon.png When activated, your next arrow will explode in a cloud of darkness on impact.[111]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 20 Sec.
Divine Light Divine Light Icon.png For the duration of this spell, your attacks will mark your foes with a divine light that can be seen for miles.[112]
  • Duration: 15 sec
  • Cooldown: 30 sec
Divine Protection Divine Protection Icon.png For the duration of this stance, you will take cover benind your shield's enhanced protection.[113]
  • Duration: 10 sec
  • Cooldown: 10 sec
Fire Potion Generates a fire explosion.[114]
Frost Potion Frost Potion Icon.png Swap your explosive potion for a potion of frost. It will burst on the first bounce, leaving an area of bitter cold that slows your enemies.[115]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 30 Sec.
Hemorrhage icon hemorrhage.png For the duration of this stance, any hit will apply a debuff to your enemies, dealing damage to them with every step they take.[116]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Lifesteal Lifesteal Icon.png For the duration of this stance, your successful attacks will steal life from your foes, and render it unto you.[117]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Miasma Miasma Icon.png After you activate this spell, your next arrow will summon a dark miasma that clings to any foes that touch it, dealing damage over time.[118]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Silence Silence Icon.png Applies a debuff that prevents your opponent from being able to use spells.[119]
  • Duration: 10 sec
  • Cooldown: 10 sec
Stamina Drain Stamina Drain Icon.png For the duration of this stance, your attacks will drain your opponent's stamina and stop their stamina regen for 5 seconds.[120]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Stillblade ability Stillblade Icon.png For the duration of this stance, your attacks will slow your opponent's movements.[121]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 10 Sec.
Warp Space Warp Space Icon.png For the duration of this spell, any successful hit will swap your location with that of your target.[122]
  • Duration: 10 sec
  • Cooldown: 10 sec

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapon variants

Basic Axe.png Hallowed Axe.png Arcanic Axe.png Pyroclastic Axe.png Eldritch Axe.png
Basic axe.[123] Hallowed Bronze Axe.[124][125] Arcanic Bronze Axe.[126][125] Pyroclastic Bronze Axe.[127][125] Eldritch Bronze Axe.[128][125]
Basic Thundering Mace.png Hallowed Thundering Mace.png Arcanic Thundering Mace.png Pyroclastic Thundering Mace.png Eldritch Thundering Mace.png
Thundering Mace.[129] Hallowed Mace.[130][131] Arcanic Mace.[132][131] Pyroclastic Mace.[133][131] Eldritch Mace.[134][131]

Weapon use ability status

A revised weapon use combo system may be present in Alpha-1.[11]

The weapon use ability that was originally shown at PAX West 2017 was reduced to a basic form in Alpha-0.[135]

It's got a little bit of a cadence to it: you can tap, you can generate focus; and so from here we'll look at ways in the future to take that and make it more interesting and more fun and more engaging.[135]Akil Hooper

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse armor

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse armor comes with associated skills/abilities.[85] There are two types of armor: Upper and lower body.[137]

Armor grants damage mitigation.[85]

What you're seeing currently in the Battle Royale feature of Apocalypse is you find armor and that gives you an armor pool and then you can regenerate your armor. What we're going to be experiencing in the castle siege form is each class will have a set amount of armor that they join the match with that's already full and a set amount of health that's already full. Upon losing armor you can either have your armor replenished by an Engineer or there there may be ability for you to find items that are in the world or there could be objectives that replenish armor for the entire team, such as one of the buffs for taking a control point.[138]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse armor skills

Skill Icon Rank 1
Arcanic Power Arcanic Power Icon.png Channel raw arcane energies to instantly knock nearby foes back, deal damage, and give yourself some breathing room.[139]
  • Duration: 1 sec
  • Cooldown: 30 sec
Blink Blink Icon.png Activate to instantly teleport yourself a short distance forward.[140]
  • Duration: 1 sec
  • Cooldown: 30 sec
Bulwark Bulwark Icon.png This spell will instantly summon a wall a short distance in front of the caster. Perfect for deploying as a cover![141]
  • Duration: 10 Sec.
  • Cooldown: 60 Sec.
Catfall Catfall Icon.png Activate to grant yourself exceptional jumping abilities, silent moving, and protection from falling damage for the duration.[142]
  • Duration: 30 sec
  • Cooldown: 30 sec
Dark Pact Dark Pact Icon.png For the duration of this spell, you will be immune to the effects of the corruption storm.[143]
  • Duration: 10 sec
  • Cooldown: 45 sec
Icy Steps Icy Steps Icon.png With this spell you will leave icy trails behind you, which will snare and slow your enemies.[144]
  • Duration: 20 sec
  • Cooldown: 30 sec
Invisibility Invisibility Icon.png This spell turns you invisible for the duration, though it will cancel upon attacking, or through the use of any other spells.[145]
  • Duration: 60 sec
  • Cooldown: 120 sec
Polymorph Polymorph Icon.png Transform yourself into a harmless inanimate object, and disappear into the local terrain. Will cancel on movement or attack.[146]
  • Duration: 30 sec
  • Cooldown: 45 sec

Mana-forged armor

Mana-forged armor sets may be achievable in the Ashes of Creation MMO.[147]

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![149]Margaret Krohn

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse modular armor

Kaelar base level Ashes of Creation Apocalypse robe set.

You can kind of start to see like some of the components that we put together that we can mix and match and kind of make new armors from. This is kind of like the base chassis for all of that.[150]Jeffrey Bard

This is what we call our t-shirt and pants. So this gives you a perfect example of just how the most basic you'll ever look in alpha. So even our most basic look, we're really trying to bring it and put a lot of detail in it.[151]Mat Broome

Empyrean level 20 (tier 3) plate armor.[152]
Kaelar level 20 (tier 3) plate armor.[153]

Your base look for the character can be pretty boring, but what Steven gave us a challenge with from day one was to make sure even the base look, the t-shirt and pants, looked amazing... This is your zero character, if you will... Then you can go in and customize everything from the shoulder pads to the elbow pads, the belt that goes around them; do you want duel belts, you want to harness the clothes in the front. So every piece you see on here you can actually customize that at the front end. So what we do is we scale that up from zero, ten and twenty... We scale it up and we customize it; and then I want to really stress that each one of those looks as you progress is different. We're not just repurposing the same armor pieces. We're making unique sets that complement each other as you progress.[150]Mat Broome

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will have three different armor themes: Plate, leather and robe.[151]

You can actually have three different types of themes: You have plate, you'll have leather and you'll have robe. So for every armor set that we're showing at each one of those tiers, you're actually gonna have nine unique looks to pick from.[151]Mat Broome

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse potions

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse player housing

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse players can establish Player housing and save Furniture arrangements for use in the full game.[12][14]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse character creator

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse may include an early access character creator.[154][12][155]

As we develop our character creation screen we'll implement that into arena mode. So can create characters there, save those characters. When you make a character in Ashes you can port over that save.[155]Steven Sharif

I would like to have the option for players to go in spend time, create characters save that character and then have it available in their suite their character creation suite as an option to preload at launch that they can take that's those settings and launch the character. I would love for there to be community rewards and competitions for the best made characters that we could do like a monthly kind of thing around and/or additionally I'd like for there to be implementation of housing and a housing suite that you can save your furniture load out as well for building out the interior of housing. I don't know if we'll be able to get to that. It is a cherry on top of the icing. And we'll see how the schedule looks with that regard.[156]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse system requirements

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse minimum system specification.[157][2]

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 3.3GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon 6870 HD with 1GB and DirectX 12
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 11 GB available space

Recommended specification.[157][2]

  • Operating system: Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz / AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 Fury with 4GB and DirectX 12
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 16 GB available space

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse user interface

The Ashes of Creation user interface (UI) is built with customization in mind.[159]

The UI will be very adaptable for many play styles.[160]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse mini map

There is an in-game mini map and compass user interface in Alpha-1.[161][162]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse camera settings

The Ashes of Creation Apocalypse camera is a tied third-person view, over the shoulder, for the purposes of reticle specific zoom options and aim-down-sights. This is solely intended for the current action combat.[163]

The idea behind our hybrid system is going to obviously be customizable from a traditional higher up third-person view that is seen in MMORPGs; and then to have that customizable so that more action-oriented players might be able to come in closer to the character and have more feasibility there.[163]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse hotkeys

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse gameplay settings.

Players are able to customize their keyboard control scheme.[164]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse controller support

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse may have controller support.[167]

Controller support will likely be something we work on closer to launch.[169]Steven Sharif

Destructible environments

Destructible environments will be a core element of how players interact with the world, in both Ashes of Creation Apocalypse and Ashes of Creation the MMORPG.[170]

Not just in APOC where we want a completely destructible environment, but also in the MMORPG when it comes to Dungeons and traversing certain areas. We want destruction to be a very core element of how players make their way through the world.[170]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse easter eggs

There is a sandal out there. We will also have prizes and achievements for finding the sandal.[171]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse videos

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse screenshots

Community guides

See also

External links


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