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Alpha-2 Cleric gameplay in The Ruins of Thanalas.[2]

That was super easy. Either that or I'm just a literal god of a healer![3]Steven Sharif

Cleric4.PNG Cleric is an archetype in Ashes of Creation.[4]

In a world often fraught with peril, a Cleric is never wanting for friends. They can protect their allies in a number of ways, and when necessary, snuff the life out of others. As masters over the very essence of vitality, they can sense the broken and corrupted... The strands of this essence connect everything and everyone. Clerics find themselves particularly attuned to the threads that channel life and motive energy. By reinforcing these tendrils, they can heal and even resurrect those that have been wounded. By tearing them, they can steal energy from their foes, turning their enemies’ powers against them amid the frenzied heat of battle.[5]

  • In Ashes of Creation a Cleric's powers are not directly imbued by the gods. Instead, their powers are tied intrinsically to the use of manipulation of The Essence as a as a source of magic.[6]
One of the probably biggest delineations from your standard trope in MMORPGs is that the Cleric does not receive their powers from a divine source. At least not in the sense that is standard. It is still something that is tied intrinsically to the use of manipulation of the Essence as a source of magic. Now, the source of that Essence is up to question: There are some claims about it that might apply a divine interaction, but generally it's not as though you're being imbued by these powers from the gods and that the gods can take them away should you step out of line in your alignment.[6]Steven Sharif
Overhealing indicated by a blue temporary health bar overlay on a player's health bar.[7][8]
No one is going to fill the role of a primary healer other than the healer archetype; but there will be secondary class options that you can select, which will provide you with some level of sustainability under restoration, most of that will be centralized to yourself, especially in the case of a Paladin.[9]Steven Sharif
Q: Will AoE and action heals also heal raid and alliance members?
A: Depending on the type, if it's a templated AoE, yes it would heal any non-combatants essentially.[13]Steven Sharif
You cannot heal enemy mobs. There's just really not a a relevant use-case for that when it comes to the design mechanics of such a thing, other than its primary use, which would be to grief other players.[14]Steven Sharif
  • Certain healing abilities, such as Communal Restoration, can overheal. This is indicated by a blue temporary health bar overlay on top of a player's health bar.[7][8] If the temporary health points expire without being consumed they do not count as effective heals.[7]
Q: Do you plan to add any sort of counters for healing? For example, a debuff that applies a reduced healing effect or maybe even cause damage upon healing?
A: Ashes aims to be a more difficult leveling experience than perhaps we have been accustomed to over the past decade of MMO gameplay. And with that in mind, when it comes to balancing during Alpha-2 and thereafter, there is not going to be an overage of healing that's available. We will tune those things. We'll have an opportunity to balance those things... Some of the debuff options that the fighter class has within their class kit are debuffs that can reduce received healing on the target.[15]Steven Sharif

Cleric classes

Class Primary Secondary
Apostle Cleric Tank
High Priest Cleric Cleric
Oracle Cleric Mage
Protector Cleric Ranger
Scryer Cleric Bard
Shadow Disciple Cleric Rogue
Shaman Cleric Summoner
Templar Cleric Fighter


Restoration. Enhancement. Debilitation. Clerics keep their team in the fight by bolstering their combat abilities and cursing their enemies. Far from simply supporting their allies through healing, a Cleric is also capable of wielding destructive force in the face of danger.[5]

  • There will be a healthy combination of healing and offensive spells available to allow a Cleric to level and progress as a solo player. It's left to the player to decide whether they will spec into more solo or support-oriented group-focussed gameplay. Choice of a secondary archetype will enable further customization in this respect.[17][18]
There's going to be a significant amount of offensive capability for the Cleric because we don't want to create that dynamic where cleric as a support class is inoperable without a companion or a party to go with. We want that Cleric to still be able to survive on their own: to be able to level and progress as a solo player.[18]Steven Sharif
info-orange.pngThis section contains potentially outdated information from Alpha-1 testing.
Skill Icon Source Description
Barrier Barrier.png Alpha-2 Sacrifice 25% of your maximum health to place a health shield on target ally for 10 seconds. Does not stack.[19][20]
Bless Weapon Bless Weapon.png Alpha-2 Imbues your target's weapon with radiant light, causing each of their weapon combo attacks to deal additional radiant damage and applies a mana regeneration buff to the caster. Each hit extends the duration of the mana regeneration buff, up to a maximum of 15 seconds. Has a 10% chance to proc bonus radiant damage and apply a stack of Burning to the target.[21][22]
Castigation CastigationIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Lashes your target with holy energy whip, dealing direct damage and restoring health and mana to yourself over time.[23][24][25][26]
Chains of Restraint Chains of Restraint Icon2.png Alpha-2 Call forth spectral chains in a target area that stagger enemies within or stun enemies already under the staggered effect, then leave behind an area that deals radiant damage each second over 8 seconds.[27][28]
Communal Restoration Communal Restoration Icon2.png Alpha-2 Restore health to all party members in range instantly, plus additional healing over time. Allies under the HoT also receive +10% maximum health for its duration.[7][29] This can overheal.[7]
Condemn Condemn.png Alpha-2 Stun target enemy for 3 seconds.[3][30]
Consecrating Wave Consecrating Wave.png Alpha-2 Send forth a cone of radiance that deals radiant damage to all enemies while healing the ten nearest allies.[31][32]
Defiant Light Defiant Light.png Alpha-2 Heal target ally for 50% of their maximum health over 10 seconds. If that target would receive fatal damage while under this effect, this effect is consumed and prevents that target's death, healing them for 25% of their maximum health instead.[33][34]
Deliverance Deliverance.png Alpha-2 Held ability: Charges up healing energy that heals a target ally upon release, scaling in power the longer it is charged and the more % missing health of the target.[35][36]
Devotion DevotionIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Launch an orb of energy into the air that will fall upon your target, healing them.[37][24][38][26]
Divine Censure DivineCensureIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Hurls a radiant spear at the target, dealing damage.[39][24][40][26]
Divine Flare Divine Flare.png Alpha-2 Place a targeted area heal on the ground that heals all targets within after several seconds. Total healing is split between all targets hit.[41][42]
Divine Infusion Divine Infusion.png Alpha-2 Consume Divine Power to instantly complete the remaining cast time of any healing spell currently being cast. The amount of Divine Power consumed is proportional to the amount of cast time remaining upon activation.[43][44][45][46]
Divine Light DivineLightIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Heals your target with a flash of light. Reduces the cooldown of Devotion and Radiant Burst.[47][24]
Flash Cure Flash Cure.png Alpha-2 Instantly heal target ally. This may be used during other ability activations.[48][49]
Healing Touch Healing Touch.png Alpha-2 Heal target ally in melee range for a large amount of health.[50][51]
Judgment Judgment Icon2.png Alpha-2 Cast a heal on target ally for a large amount of health. If this is cast on an enemy, it instead deals radiant damage to the target and applies 2 stacks of Burning.[52][53]
Mend Mend.png Alpha-2 Instantly launch a healing projectile toward target ally. Each charge of this ability consumed after the first has no mana cost, and restores an increasing amount of mana to the caster based on the number of missing charges. Consecutive uses of the ability will gain bonus healing.[54][55]
Radiant Burst RadiantBurstIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Heals allies around you in a wide area for a large amount.[56] Stacks up to 3 times.[24]
Regeneration RegenerationIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Bathe your target with restorative energy that heals them over time.[57][24]
Resplendent Beam Resplendent Beam.png Alpha-2 Held ability: Fire a beam of healing energy toward a target ally. Charging this spell allows the beam to bounce to up to 5 additional friendly targets closest to the original target, based on how long it was charged. The amount of healing is reduced for each subsequent target.[58][59]
Resurrection ResurrectionIcon.jpg Alpha-1 Resurrects a dead ally with 25% health and 15% mana.[60][24][61][26]
Smite Smite.png Alpha-2 Smite your target, dealing instant damage and applying a stack of Burning to target enemy. Has no cast time and deals increased damage if activated within melee range of the target. This attack always critically hits on targets under the effect of Condemn.[3][62]
Soothing Glow Soothing Glow.png Alpha-2 Apply a healing over time effect to target ally. Reapplying this effect extends its duration on the target by its base duration value.[63][64]
Wings of Salvation Wings of Salvation.png Alpha-2 Sprout phoenix-like wings and leap to target ally, then grant a small amount of temporary health to that target on arrival.[65][66] An ally is defined as any non-combatant player or non-mob NPC.[67]

Cleric skill upgrades

- None -

Cleric augments

Classes with Cleric as a secondary archetype are able to choose between life or death augments.[11][12]

Any class that's going to choose Cleric as a secondary class will have the ability to pick from those augments to influence their skills to affect the life of others around you.[11]Steven Sharif

Cleric timeline

The Cleric archetype is expected to be present at the start of Alpha-2.[71]


Archetype list

Icon Archetype Type.[74] Role.[75] Resource.[76][77]
Bard2.PNG Bard Arcane Support -
Cleric4.PNG Cleric Arcane Support Divine Power
Fighter2.PNG Fighter Martial Damage Combat Momentum
Mage3.PNG Mage Arcane Damage -
Ranger3.PNG Ranger Martial Damage -
Rogue2a.PNG Rogue Martial Damage -
Summoner3a.PNG Summoner Arcane - -
Tank1.PNG Tank Martial Tank Courage

See also


  1. Video, July 28, 2023 (46:13).
  2. Video, July 28, 2023 (43:10).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Video, July 28, 2023 (29:23).
  4. Archetype breakdown.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blog: The Gift of Life - Cleric Alpha One Preview.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Livestream, July 28, 2023 (1:21:33).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Video, July 28, 2023 (16:02).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Video, July 28, 2023 (33:49).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Livestream, December 2, 2022 (1:02:54).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Livestream, July 25, 2020 (58:38).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Interview, May 11, 2018 (51:11).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Livestream, October 31, 2018 (47:18).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Livestream, July 28, 2023 (59:33).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, December 2, 2022 (1:01:15).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Interview, September 10, 2023 (9:52).
  16. Livestream, May 26, 2017 (19:03).
  17. Livestream, July 28, 2023 (1:24:11).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Livestream, July 28, 2023 (1:07:30).
  19. Video, July 28, 2023 (19:50).
  20. Barrier Info Panel.png
  21. Video, July 28, 2023 (14:03).
  22. Bless Weapon Info Panel.png
  23. a1castigation.png
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 toast-keybinds-skills.png
  25. Video, November 1, 2020 (0:33).
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 alpha-1-cleric-spells.png
  27. Video, July 28, 2023 (20:50).
  28. Chains of Restraint Info Panel.png
  29. Communal Restoration Info Panel.png
  30. Condemn Info Panel.png
  31. Video, July 28, 2023 (17:32).
  32. Consecrating Wave Info Panel.png
  33. Video, July 28, 2023 (22:12).
  34. Defiant Light Info Panel.png
  35. Video, July 28, 2023 (7:34).
  36. Deliverance Info Panel.png
  37. a1devotion.png
  38. Video, November 1, 2020 (1:09).
  39. a1divinecensure.png
  40. Video, November 1, 2020 (0:51).
  41. Video, July 28, 2023 (18:26).
  42. Divine Flare Info Panel.png
  43. Video, July 28, 2023 (25:36).
  44. Divine Infusion Info Panel.png
  45. Video, May 31, 2023 (16:58).
  46. Divine Power Buff Description.png
  47. a1divinelight.png
  48. Video, July 28, 2023 (10:03).
  49. Flash Cure Info Panel.png
  50. Video, July 28, 2023 (23:28).
  51. Healing Touch Info Panel.png
  52. Video, July 28, 2023 (15:15).
  53. Judgment Info Panel.png
  54. Video, July 28, 2023 (5:16).
  55. Mend Info Panel.png
  56. a1radiantburst.png
  57. a1regeneration.png
  58. Video, July 28, 2023 (12:04).
  59. Resplendent Beam Info Panel.png
  60. a1resurrection.png
  61. Video, November 1, 2020 (0:55).
  62. Smite Info Panel.png
  63. Video, July 28, 2023 (9:22).
  64. Soothing Glow Info Panel.png
  65. Video, July 28, 2023 (24:03).
  66. Wings of Salvation Info Panel.png
  67. Video, July 28, 2023 (24:16).
  68. steven-cleric-augments.png
  69. 69.0 69.1 Livestream, July 25, 2020 (1:41:46).
  70. Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (11:27).
  71. Interview, July 9, 2023 (1:11:29).
  72. Interview, October 17, 2020 (53:50).
  73. Newsletter, 2018-08-7
  74. Interview, July 29, 2020 (49:53).
  75. Group dynamics blog.
  76. Livestream, April 28, 2023 (1:02:04).
  77. steven-class-resources.png