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Cosmetics provide a wide array of customization in Ashes of Creation.[2]

Artistic style

Ashes of Creation will have a higher graphical fidelity than most western games. It will not be too stylized or "cartoony".[3]

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.[3]Steven Sharif

Obtaining cosmetics

Some cosmetics can be obtained in-game:[5]

Achievements may unlock some cosmetics.[5]

Not all cosmetics are obtainable through in-game means. These will be purchasable through the cosmetic store.[5]

Cash shop cosmetics will be limited in quantity, limited in time for purchase. They will be unique, but you will also have extremely difficult to gain cosmetics in game as well as unique cosmetics that look great and better... There will be a lot of cosmetics that are achievable in the game because that is a very fun aspect of MMO play.[6]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic store

The Cosmetic store enables players to purchase Cosmetics for use in Ashes of Creation.[5]

We plan to include a shop for micro transactions. The shop will only include cosmetic items. Nothing in our shop will ever be pay to win as we believe this practice greatly hurts the MMORPG genre.[10]

All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[11] There will be no gifting mechanism for cosmetic items.[12]

I don't want cosmetic items that can be purchased from the marketplace to be transferable... because it is in a way a transfer of money for potentially something in-game.[12]Steven Sharif

Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[13]

I want to incentivize purchase in the cosmetic shop for sustainability of what expansions we have intended, since we are not a box cost. I want to incentivize purchase by offering limited items: limited time, limited quantity, so you have confidence that when you purchase them, they won't be offered later on in some other way. However, I want to make sure that equitable cosmetics both from a quantity and quality standpoint are achievable through in-game achievements. Time, effort should let you be happy with what you can accomplish.[13]Steven Sharif

Pre-order packs

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[7]

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][15]

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.[19]

  • 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.[9]
  • Skins earned in Apocalypse will be available to apply at certain tiers, levels and/or access points within the MMORPG.[9]

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.[9]Steven Sharif

These cosmetics reflect the lore of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse, which is set before the fall.[15]

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.[15]Steven Sharif

It would be like your ancestors kept these curios for you.[15]Jeffrey Bard

Examples of some Kickstarter rewards will be included in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[20]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse adventure paths

There will be adventure paths in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (Battle royale, Castle sieges, Horde mode).[18][19]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse signup gift

A cosmetic sign-up gift will be implemented during Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[23]

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.[23]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic items

Cosmetic items allow players to customize their character in-game.[25]

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

Cosmetic items that produce in-game cosmetic effects will also be available.[26]

  • Fireworks.
  • Picnics.
  • Camps.


Modular Cleric armor concept by Jeff Delierre and Keith Kovach.[27]

Dyes are a cosmetic item in Ashes of Creation.[5]

Dye usage

Dyes are normally one time use items that apply a cosmetic color change on certain items/gear.[29]

The Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding dyes are sets of unique colors that are not obtainable by players who did not participate in Crowdfunding. These dyes are not usable as normal dyes are. Instead they are used to override the color of another dye obtained in game.[30]

  • They are assigned to a character from a user's account management page.
  • They do not expire, so they may be used to continually override dye colors.
  • Once a dye has been overridden it becomes a bound dye to that character, so the colors cannot be sold for in-game benefit.
  • When an item is sold or transferred, color changes are reverted.

Dyeable items

Dyes only affect tagged portions of armor or cosmetic items.[31]

  • The dyeability of costumes depends on the specific costume.

Outside of wanting to keep maybe some identity from a lore perspective; for example if you have like a white lion's suit of armor, you may not want that white lion suit of armor to be black or blue. So, it's possible. It depends on the costume itself.[31]Steven Sharif

Seasonal cosmetics

There may be Seasonal cosmetics in Ashes of Creation.[33]

Armor appearance

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmutation/Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[34][35]

  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off.[37]

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

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.[38]Jeffrey Bard

Gear attachments

Attachments are able to be unlocked as flair pieces to armor to create a customizable look.[44]

  • There will be hundreds of attachments available ranging from a small clasp to the front plate of a breast plate.[44]

Items on back and belt

Pre-alpha Mage showing items worn on their belt.[45]

Items attached to a character's belt or back represent items they are in possession of. Players can set the appearance priority for the items they wish to show.[46][47]

There'll be a priority system behind that that'll determine... do I show the Bow if the Greatsword is unequipped or do I show the Polearm if the Greatsword is unequipped.[48]Jeffrey Bard

Backer only armor skin

All Kickstarter backers receive a unique armor skin set.[49]

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.[50]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.[51]Mat Broome

Empyrean level 20 (tier 3) plate armor.[52]
Kaelar level 20 (tier 3) plate armor.[53]

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.[50]Mat Broome

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will have three different armor themes: Plate, leather and robe.[51]

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.[51]Mat Broome

Character appearance

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.[56]Steven Sharif

Character appearance can be customized in the character creator (CC)[57] and via in-game salons/barbershops.[58]

  • Character models are focused on realism.[59]
  • A player will see a generic character before customization.[60]
  • Player can adjust their character to be overweight, skinny, muscular.[61]
  • Character designs will have influences from a wide range of cultures, such as European, African and Asian.[62]
  • Lolis will not be in the game.[63]

Sliders will offer flexibility in customization.[64]

  • Hair variants.[56]
    • Can add hair on different parts of the body.
  • Body art.[56]
  • Facial structure.[56]
  • Bone structure.[56]
  • Height.[56]
    • You can't have a one inch tall character.[65]
  • Width.[56]
  • Body fat percentage.[56]

Adjustments will allow a character to appear more feminine or masculine.[66]

  • Brow height.[66]
  • Chin.[66]
  • Hair.[66]
  • Facial hair.[67]
    • Female Dwarven beards will not match that of the male. It will be more of a braided option that is not as voluminous.[56]
    • Facial hair is characteristic of the Dünir, not the Niküa.[56]
  • Body type.[66]
  • There will be "boobie sliders".[65]
    • These are relative to the character's race.
    • The scale is not going to be ridiculous.

Character appearance is able to be saved to hard disc.[68]


Emoji adds additional flare either for chat or character representation.[25] Emoji packs were available in the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns at the Explorer level and above.[25]

There will be role-playing emoji such as dice rolling.[69]


Racial skins

Racial skins enable a player to change their character's racial appearance.[70][71]

  • Racial skins can be toggled on and off.[71]

Racial skins are not costumes. This means that armor and character customization is possible on these.[72]

  • Skin color customization.[73]
  • Racial skins appear along with any costume appearances.[74]

There may be plans to create other racial template skins, such as undead or werewolf (lycan) skins in future, but there is no commitment to do so.[75]

Freehold skins

Themed freehold skins were offered as Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding rewards and are sold through the cosmetic store.[76][77]

Caravan skins

Caravan skins ("Pimp my caravan") are available in the cash shop (cosmetic store).[78]

Ship skins

Ship skins apply to certain ship types.[79]

Mount skins

Mounts are obtained through an early quest that is available to players in starting areas.[80]

We kind of want mounts to be ubiquitous for people.[85]Peter Pilone

There are going to be classes of mounts; and you will be able to achieve skins in the game or you will be able to achieve different types of those classes and summon them.[83]Steven Sharif

We won't have mounted combat, but we will have mounted abilities.[84]

Pet skins

Cosmetic pets are available for purchase from the cosmetic store.[8]

Cute small pets were a Kickstarter stretch goal.[86]

Guild hall skins


Costumes are available for purchase from the cosmetic store.

  • Costumes are not gender locked.[88]


Accessories are cosmetic skins purchasable from the cosmetic store.[8]

Housing decorations

Housing decorations are available for purchase from the cosmetic store.

See also


  1. Ashes of Creation Store: Colonial Costume.
  2. Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:52).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:17:43).
  4. Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:28:08).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 cosmetics obtaining.png
  6. Livestream, 9 July 2018 (55:20).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 cosmetic skins.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Livestream, 6 December 2018 (41:43).
  10. kickstarter microtransactions.png
  11. cash shop non tradable.jpg
  12. 12.0 12.1 Interview, 11 May 2018 (32:36).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (58:29).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (38:47).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Livestream, 27 September 2018 (27:27).
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 Livestream, 6 December 2018 (33:55).
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  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 2018-12-08 Newsletter.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Livestream, 6 December 2018 (26:12).
  20. in-game-cosmetics-2018-8-8.png
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Livestream, 6 December 2018 (51:20).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, 6 December 2018 (1:00:52).
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Ashes of Creation Forum post
  24. cosmetic-gift.png
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:49).
  26. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (32:14).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Livestream, 28 July 2017 (9:47).
  28. craftable dye.jpg
  29. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (3:04).
  30. dyes.png
  31. 31.0 31.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (18:48).
  32. Video, 22 December 2016 (0:01).
  33. Seasonal cosmetics.png
  34. Interview, 24 August 2018 (5:28).
  35. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (22:33).
  36. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (53:43).
  37. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (50:29).
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (19:51).
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  40. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (54:56).
  41. helmet.jpg
  42. Sparkly.jpg
  43. Livestream, 3 September 2017 (48:56).
  44. 44.0 44.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (3:34:46).
  45. Video, 7 February 2017 (0:22).
  46. belt items.jpg
  47. stevenclarification.png
  48. Livestream, 4 June 2018 (19:48).
  49. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  50. 50.0 50.1 Livestream, 17 August 2018 (20:19).
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Livestream, 17 August 2018 (22:59).
  52. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (22:33).
  53. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (22:58).
  54. Livestream, 16 October 2017 (15:18).
  55. Ashes of Creation - The visuals.
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 56.3 56.4 56.5 56.6 56.7 56.8 56.9 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (13:39).
  57. Livestream, 8 may 2017 (47:35).
  58. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (51:19).
  59. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (11:21).
  60. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:04).
  61. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:27).
  62. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (12:39).
  63. Lollis.jpg
  64. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (13:13).
  65. 65.0 65.1 Livestream, 24 May 2017 (48:45).
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4 Livestream, 22 May 2017 (54:32).
  67. beards.jpg
  68. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (28:22).
  69. Livestream, 22 May 2017 (58:51).
  70. Livestream, 12 May 2017 (1:04:04).
  71. 71.0 71.1 cosmetic skins.jpg
  72. Kickstarter 12k+ backers.
  73. character colors.jpg
  74. costumes and skins.jpg
  75. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (4:47).
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  77. Summer Warrior of Old.png
  78. Pimp your caravan.jpg
  79. Cygnus.png
  80. 80.0 80.1 kickstarter mounts.png
  81. racial mounts.jpg
  82. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (34:08).
  83. 83.0 83.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (51:49).
  84. 84.0 84.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (12:34).
  85. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (20:32).
  86. cute small pets.png
  87. Ashes of Creation Store: Vestments of the Runecarvers.
  88. costume-gender.png