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Vaelune character appearance options.[1]

There is a great variation that's going to be available from a character standpoint when creating your character, especially around the face. Whether it be the shape of the jawline, the cheeks, the ears, the nose, the lips. You know we want to provide a lot of options and an agency to the player to customize their character appearance.[1]Steven Sharif

Vaelune beard appearance options.[2]

We want there to be a lot of room for people to manifest their own identity, to role play how they want to from an appearance standpoint. There's going to be parameters within which you will be able to customize a character. We want the culture and the identity of the races to exist in a range that makes them easily identifiable from other players and other cultures. So, because of that, we have to have a spectrum you can exist on. There will be a lot of hair variants you can do, body art tattoos that you can apply. You'll be able to play with the scales of the facial structure, the bones, the height, width, the body fat percentage. You'll be able to add body hair on different parts of the body. If you want to have hair on your feet, you can dial that up.[3]Steven Sharif

Character appearance can be customized in the character creator (CC)[4] and via in-game salons/barbershops.[5]

  • Character models are focused on realism.[6]
  • A player will see a generic character before customization.[7]
  • Character designs will have influences from a wide range of cultures, such as European, African and Asian.[8]
  • Lolis will not be in the game.[9]

Sliders will offer flexibility in customization.[10] There will be limits to the amount of deformation possible for a character based on their race.[11]

  • Body type.[12][11]
    • Overweight, skinny, muscular.[13]
    • Body fat percentage.[3]
    • Bone structure.[3]
    • Height.[3]
      • You can't have a one inch tall character.[14]
    • Width.[3]
    • There will be "boobie sliders".[15][14]
      • The scale is not going to be ridiculous.[12]
    • Facial structure.[16][3]
      • Shape of the jawline/chin, cheeks, ears, nose, lips.[12][1]

Adjustments will allow a character to appear more feminine or masculine.[12]

  • These are relative to the character's race.[12]
    • Female Dwarven beards will not match that of the male. It will be more of a braided option that is not as voluminous.[3]

Character appearance is able to be saved to hard disc.[18]

A "default player appearance" may be automatically applied during sieges or other large scale battles to improve client-side performance.[19][20][21]

Gear appearance

Alpha-1 female plate armor 3D render.[22]

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.[22]Steven Sharif

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmutation/Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[23][24]

  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off by the player.[26]
    • A "default player appearance" may be automatically applied during sieges or other large scale battles to improve client-side performance.[19][20]

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.[27]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.[27]Jeffrey Bard

Character creator

Alpha-1 launcher/character selection.[35]

The character creator (or character customization screen) allows players to define the look of their character in Ashes of Creation.[37]

We're gonna have a wide array of character customization.[16]Steven Sharif

The goal is to have a character creator that is on par with if not much better than what BDO provided.[15]

If I had to give a comparison, I would use BDO as an example of what our Character Creation is going for.[38]Steven Sharif

A character's voice may be able to be selected from preset options.[39]

There is a chance that the character creator will be released early.[15][40]

Early access

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse may include an early access character creator.[40][41][42]

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.[42]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.[44]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse character appearance

Dünir dwarven appearance

Facial hair is characteristic of the Dünir, not the Niküa.[3]

Female Dwarven beards will not match that of the male. It will be more of a braided option that is not as voluminous.[3]

Tulnar appearance

Tulnar silhouettes.[45]

Tulnar is the only race with the capability to adjust racial appearance in a significant manner.[46]

  • Tulnar race does not have sub-types, instead, players will be able to customize the appearance of Tulnar characters.[47]
  • Players will have dials to adjust the reptilian, mammalian, humanoid, and other attributes of their Tulnar character in the Character creator.[48]
    • Mammalian Tulnar may have snout features, fur and inverted knees.[49]
    • Reptilian Tulnar may have more circular eyes and head shape, and scaly skin.[49]
  • Tulnar do not equal furries.[50]
    • There are bestial components that can be scaled up when creating a Tulnar character.[50]

Tulnar do not equal furries, but there are definitely some bestial components that you can scale up when you're creating your Tulnar character, so you could max that setting I guess. Whether or not that would give you what you would think of as a furry, I guess it's going to be up to your interpretation of what a Furry is.[50]Steven Sharif

Q: Will character creator allow us to make Tulnar that might look somewhat like Kobolds from Pathfinder or DnD?
A: I wouldn't say exactly, but there's definitely elements of Kobolds that you could incorporate in a character creator with the Tulnar, yes.[51]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic items

Cosmetic items allow players to customize their character in-game.[16]

  • Eye color.
  • Skin color.
  • Hair color.
  • Hairstyles.
  • Tattoos.
  • Scars.

Cosmetic items that produce in-game cosmetic effects will also be available.[52]


Emoji adds additional flare either for chat or character representation.[16] Emoji packs were available in the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns at the Explorer level and above.[16]

There will be role-playing emoji such as dice rolling.[53]

Character page

A character web page (character sheet) will be available closer to live launch that shows the following:[54]

  • What a character looks like.[54]
  • Achievements and server firsts.[54]
  • Info on a player's class.[54]
  • Character's back story via journal entries (that are shared publicly by the player).[55][56]
  • Traits can be applied that describe a character's history.[56]

You will have a unique homepage for each character and that homepage will be able to be customized by the user to display unique information. It will have a small out-of-game RPG component where you can construct background and traits and stuff like that.[56]Steven Sharif

The character page will be accessible in game by opening a browser through the UI.[55]

That's part of the character sheet desire for us which hopefully will be accessible in game as well by opening a browser through our UI where you can get back history of a character that that character has input themselves into journal entries that they may choose to share with others... For role play perspective we want people to be in depth with their characters.[55]Steven Sharif

The player can manage what info is shown on the character page.[54]


Ashes of Creation will have a higher graphical fidelity than most western games. It will not be too stylized or "cartoony".[57]

We can push the limits a little bit on the graphical fidelity, especially using Unreal Engine 4... My desire was not to see very cartoony games. I'm not a big fan of highly stylized art.[57]Steven Sharif

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Livestream, 30 April 2020 (46:51).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ashes of Creation Twitter.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (13:39).
  4. Livestream, 8 may 2017 (47:35).
  5. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (51:19).
  6. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (11:21).
  7. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:04).
  8. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (12:39).
  9. Lollis.jpg
  10. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (13:13).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Livestream, 30 April 2020 (1:10:46).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Livestream, 22 May 2017 (54:32).
  13. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:27).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, 24 May 2017 (48:45).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Livestream, 25 July 2020 (1:11:52).
  16. 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:49).
  17. beards.jpg
  18. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (28:22).
  19. 19.0 19.1 Livestream, 25 July 2020 (54:10).
  20. 20.0 20.1 Livestream, November 22 2019 (1:08:05).
  21. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (1:07:51).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, 29 May 2020 (50:20).
  23. Interview, 24 August 2018 (5:28).
  24. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (22:33).
  25. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (53:43).
  26. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (50:29).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (19:51).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Reddit Q&A, 8 January 2019.
  29. oversized.jpg
  30. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (54:56).
  31. Livestream, 28 July 2017 (9:47).
  32. helmet.jpg
  33. Sparkly.jpg
  34. Livestream, 3 September 2017 (48:56).
  35. steven-launcher-leak.png
  36. steven-ren'kai-leak.png
  37. Livestream, 30 June 2017 (09:43).
  38. character creator BDO.png
  39. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (53:40).
  40. 40.0 40.1 Livestream, 26 July 2019 (1:10:44).
  41. 41.0 41.1 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (1:05:10).
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (40:31).
  43. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  44. Interview, 8 August 2018 (30:51).
  45. Livestream, 30 May 2017 (16:51).
  46. Livestream, 28 July 2017 (20:17).
  47. Livestream, 30 June 2017 (15:10).
  48. Livestream, 23 August 2017 (31:29).
  49. 49.0 49.1 Interview, 15 April 2019 (20:15).
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (3:12).
  51. Interview, 22 April 2019 (58:20).
  52. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (32:14).
  53. Livestream, 22 May 2017 (58:51).
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 54.3 54.4 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (13:59).
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Interview, 8 August 2018 (28:50).
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Interview, 24 August 2018 (6:30).
  57. 57.0 57.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:17:43).
  58. Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:28:08).