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

Obtaining cosmetics

Some cosmetics can be obtained in-game:[3]

Achievements may unlock some cosmetics.[3]

Not all cosmetics are obtainable through in-game means. These will be purchasable through the cosmetic store.[3]

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.[4]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic store

The Cosmetic store enables players to purchase Cosmetics for use in Ashes of Creation.[3]

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.[6]

All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[7] There will be no gifting mechanism for cosmetic items.[8]

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.[8]Steven Sharif

Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[9]

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.[9]Steven Sharif

Pre-order packs

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[5]

Cosmetic items

Cosmetic items allow players to customize their character in-game.[10]

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

Cosmetic items that produce in-game cosmetic effects will also be available.[11]

  • Fireworks.
  • Picnics.
  • Camps.


Modular Cleric armor concept by Jeff Delierre and Keith Kovach.[12]

Dyes are a cosmetic item in Ashes of Creation.[3]

Dye usage

Dyes are normally one time use items that apply a cosmetic color change on certain items/gear.[14]

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.[15]

  • 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.[16]

  • 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.[16]Steven Sharif

Seasonal cosmetics

There may be Seasonal cosmetics in Ashes of Creation.[18]

Armor appearance

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[19]

  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off.[21]

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.[22]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.[22]Jeffrey Bard

Items on back and belt

Pre-alpha Mage showing items worn on their belt.[28]

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.[29][30]

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.[31]Jeffrey Bard

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.[34]Steven Sharif

Character appearance can be customized in the character creator (CC)[35] and via in-game salons/barbershops.[36]

  • Character models are focused on realism.[37]
  • A player will see a generic character before customization.[38]
  • Player can adjust their character to be overweight, skinny, muscular.[39]
  • Character designs will have influences from a wide range of cultures, such as European, African and Asian.[40]
  • Lolis will not be in the game.[41]

Sliders will offer flexibility in customization.[42]

  • Hair variants.[34]
    • Can add hair on different parts of the body.
  • Body art.[34]
  • Facial structure.[34]
  • Bone structure.[34]
  • Height.[34]
    • You can't have a one inch tall character.[43]
  • Width.[34]
  • Body fat percentage.[34]

Adjustments will allow a character to appear more feminine or masculine.[44]

  • Brow height.[44]
  • Chin.[44]
  • Hair.[44]
  • Facial hair.[45]
    • Female Dwarven beards will not match that of the male. It will be more of a braided option that is not as voluminous.[34]
    • Facial hair is characteristic of the Dünir, not the Niküa.[34]
  • Body type.[44]
  • There will be "boobie sliders".[43]
    • 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.[46]


Emoji adds additional flare either for chat or character representation.[10] Emoji packs were available in the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns at the Explorer level and above.[10]

There will be role-playing emoji such as dice rolling.[47]

Alpha-1 cosmetics

Examples of some Kickstarter rewards will included in Alpha-1.[48]


Racial skins

Racial skins enable a player to change their character's racial appearance.[49][50]

  • Racial skins can be toggled on and off.[50]

Racial skins are not costumes. This means that armor and character customization is possible on these.[51]

  • Skin color customization.[52]
  • Racial skins appear along with any costume appearances.[53]

There may be plans to create other racial template skins, such as undead or werewolf skins in future, but there is no commitment to do so.[54]

Freehold skins

Themed freehold skins were offered as Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding rewards and are sold through the cosmetic store.[55][56]

Caravan skins

Caravan cosmetics ("Pimp my caravan") are available in the cash shop (cosmetic store).[57]

Ship skins

Ship skins apply to certain ship types.[58]

Mount skins

Mounts are obtained through an early quest that is available to players in starting areas.[59]

We kind of want mounts to be ubiquitous for people.[64]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.[62]Steven Sharif

We won't have mounted combat, but we will have mounted abilities.[63]

Pet skins

Cosmetic pets were available for purchase during the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns, during PAX West 2017 and PAX East 2018; and are currently available in Pre-order packs on the cosmetic store.

Guild hall skins



Housing decoration

Players may decorate their player housing and other types of buildings.[66]

  • Furniture and artwork may be freely placed within player housing.[67]
  • Prized items such as achievements and trophies may be displayed.[68]
  • Characters will be able to interact with furniture items such as sit in chairs and lay in beds.[69]

Crowdfunding mounts

Kickstarter/Summer crowdfunding mount rewards are obtained and utilized by applicable backers in the following way:[59]

  1. Basic mounts are obtained through an early quest that is available to all players in starting areas.
  2. Players assign cosmetic skins to a character on their account from the account management page.
  3. The skin can then be applied the appearance of the mount that was earned in game.
    • This does not remove the skin itself. It can be applied again to any other applicable mount in the future.
    • Players may remove the skin from a character and assign it to another character on their account.
    • Skins can only ever be active on one character and one mount.

The Dawnbreaker mount skin is used in a similar fashion as described, but is only applicable to a certain class of mounts. Aquatic mount skins, like the Tidesnapper, are also used in a similar fashion, but are only applicable to the aquatic class of mounts.[59]

See also


  1. Ashes of Creation Store: Colonial Costume.
  2. Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:52).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 cosmetics obtaining.png
  4. Livestream, 9 July 2018 (55:20).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  6. kickstarter microtransactions.png
  7. cash shop non tradable.jpg
  8. 8.0 8.1 Interview, 11 May 2018 (32:36).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (58:29).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:49).
  11. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (32:14).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Livestream, 28 July 2017 (9:47).
  13. craftable dye.jpg
  14. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (3:04).
  15. dyes.png
  16. 16.0 16.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (18:48).
  17. Video, 22 December 2016 (0:01).
  18. Seasonal cosmetics.png
  19. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (22:33).
  20. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (53:43).
  21. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (50:29).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (19:51).
  23. oversized.jpg
  24. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (54:56).
  25. helmet.jpg
  26. Sparkly.jpg
  27. Livestream, 3 September 2017 (48:56).
  28. Video, 7 February 2017 (0:22).
  29. belt items.jpg
  30. stevenclarification.png
  31. Livestream, 4 June 2018 (19:48).
  32. Livestream, 16 October 2017 (15:18).
  33. Ashes of Creation - The visuals.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 34.6 34.7 34.8 34.9 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (13:39).
  35. Livestream, 8 may 2017 (47:35).
  36. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (51:19).
  37. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (11:21).
  38. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:04).
  39. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:27).
  40. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (12:39).
  41. Lollis.jpg
  42. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (13:13).
  43. 43.0 43.1 Livestream, 24 May 2017 (48:45).
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 Livestream, 22 May 2017 (54:32).
  45. beards.jpg
  46. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (28:22).
  47. Livestream, 22 May 2017 (58:51).
  48. in-game-cosmetics-2018-8-8.png
  49. Livestream, 12 May 2017 (1:04:04).
  50. 50.0 50.1 cosmetic skins.jpg
  51. Kickstarter 12k+ backers.
  52. character colors.jpg
  53. costumes and skins.jpg
  54. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (4:47).
  55. Warrior of Old.png
  56. Summer Warrior of Old.png
  57. Pimp your caravan.jpg
  58. Cygnus.png
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 kickstarter mounts.png
  60. racial mounts.jpg
  61. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (34:08).
  62. 62.0 62.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (51:49).
  63. 63.0 63.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (12:34).
  64. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (20:32).
  65. Ashes of Creation Store: Gateway mantle.
  66. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (26:22).
  67. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (29:54).
  68. Livestream, 5 May 2017 (30:53).
  69. Livestream, 22 May 2017 (56:31).