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Equipping the Titanbark gear set in Alpha-2.[2]

We're going relatively traditional in the gear access points by being driven by level tier that players will have access to. So as you advance in your adventuring class you will begin to unlock the ability to equip gear of a higher level.[3]Steven Sharif

Gear sets (also known as tier sets) are a part of Ashes of Creation.[4][3][5]

Q: How often will armor be part of an entire armor set with other cosmetically matching pieces versus unique armor pieces that don't match or go along with anything else in the game?
A: There is a balance of both set pieces and non-set pieces and usually you're going to see at higher grades within a tier are going to be more predominantly set driven; and the lower interstitial power levels of the gear for that tier are the potentially bespoke pieces; and obviously those pieces are catered around a number of different interactions, such as ones you get from quests, ones that you get from drops, ones that you can craft, ones that you get from legendary bosses, ones that you get from guild-oriented tasks, or in-game favor and unique currencies. So there's different types of acquisition models and each of them has a spattering of either bespoke pieces or set-oriented pieces; and there are even varying levels of set pieces as well. So you might have a full eight piece set, or a three-piece set, or a five piece set, depending on where it lives within the tier.[4]Steven Sharif
  • Players gain bonuses depending on the number and tier of pieces they have equipped.[4][3][5]
    • An overarching set effect is granted to wearers of exclusively one "type" of armor, for example: all cloth, or all plate.[6]
    • There may be set bonuses that members of certain communities will obtain based on gear set type.[4][5]
    • Set bonuses will not provide new abilities, but certain higher-end weapons and armor will have active abilities, but the intention is that these abilities will not radically redefine the way an archetype is played.[7]
info-orange.pngSome of the following information has not been recently confirmed by the developers and may not be on the current development roadmap.
  • Certain set bonuses may trade off core gear stats.[13]
  • There are passive abilities that can be chosen to become more adept with certain set types.[5]
  • There will be viable non-set builds.[13]

List of gear sets

Dünir tier 5 plate armor 3D render.[14]

This is fully modeled and completed top grade armor and this is obviously a plate set that you're seeing. This is an armor set you can achieve in game.[15]Steven Sharif

In-game achievable gear sets.[12][3][5]

Item rarities

Item rarities in Ashes of Creation.

Armor weights

Kaelar armor.[23]

You're not going to get one set of armor that's going to be situationally relevant for every encounter you might face- that's crazy- and as a result of that you're going to have to succeed in acquiring sets that are situationally relevant for the types of encounters you are intending to face.[24]Steven Sharif

Light, medium, and heavy armor weights have different characteristics.[25]

  • The stat values on armor can include both damage dealing and damage mitigation stats.[24]
Certain armor types are going to have certain type of predominant stat values. So there's going to be certain waterfall stats and/or certain primary attributes that are available on certain armor types; and then if you want to have the one that's not more prominently available- those will be rare to get- you'll have to elicit the services of a crafter who's very capable within that particular type of armor in order to get the non-traditional stats and/or waterfalls available. So there's still the ability to get whatever on these but they're going to be more predetermined for certain types of stats and waterfalls.[25]Steven Sharif
There'll be certain types of set bonuses granted across specific full sets or partial sets of armor types. There will be a similar function in how damage is mitigated based on the type of armor you're wearing and how that relates to physical or magical incoming damage. So that's something to keep in mind. It's going to be situational what type of adversarial foe am I facing and what armor is the best against that to mitigate damage.[25]Steven Sharif
You're going to have certain strengths and weaknesses of armor sets and those can be specced into by your opponents. For example, I might place some type of elemental enhancements on my weapon that horizontally changes my outgoing damage and that's going to reflect based on the opponent on my target opponent and what type of armor they have available to them to counter that.[25]Steven Sharif
We're playing a little bit with the idea of these universal skill sets, such as dodge, parry, block, active blocking, stuff like that; and progression within those areas. There is something to be said I think for incorporating itemization choice as part of that system as well; and how it might affect that system. That's something that I think is going to be coming up in the pitch phase here shortly from design as we implement those universal skills. So you can look out in the future for more information on that.[25]Steven Sharif

Light armor

Kaelar Level 20 robe set 3D render.[27]

This set is a level 20 set and this is not cosmetic. This is an in-game achievable armor set I believe.[27]Steven Sharif

Light armor (also referred to as Robes and Cloth armor).[28][29]

Medium armor

Level 10-20 crafted leather armor set 3D render.[33]

Leather gives you a blend between both worlds. It also will have different types of set benefits that aren't purely related to damage mitigation. So that could be outgoing skill damage, it could be critical chances, it could be some other waterfall stats that are associated with it. Our armors don't just boil down to damage type mitigation.[24]Steven Sharif

Medium armor (also referred to as Leather armor) can incorporate robe, chainmail, and plate, influences.[28][29][34]

  • May provide some benefits from light armor or heavy armor.[24]
  • May also include benefits that aren't purely related to damage mitigation, such as improved critical chance.[24]

Heavy armor

Tier 5 in-game earnable Kaelar plate armor 3D renders.[35]

Heavy armor is predominantly plate metal, but may incorporate other influences, such as leather.[34]

Damage mitigation

  • Damage numbers will not be so large as to be meaningless.[37]
We don't see the need to have these enormous numbers that are really start to lose meaning. That seems to be an innate design issue with other games as they try to balance the damage output in PvP and in PvE; but our design system allows for a more manageable damage protocol for PvE and PvP to be shared; and those damage protocols relate more to lower numbers.[37]Steven Sharif
  • Death by fall damage is possible.[39]
    • Fall damage that occurs while mounted will be first applied to the mount; and if the mount dies as a result, then the remaining damage may overflow onto the player, but this will be determined based on testing.[39]


Different damage types are mitigated by the defensive stats (resistances) on different types of armor.[31]

Certain damage types will be strong or weak against certain enemy types. So you'll have to be somewhat smart about who you're bringing where, or what abilities or specs. Obviously, you'll be able to do the content, but you'll have an easier time with certain contents if you're using a certain spec over others.[40]Tradd Thompson
  • Players will be able to counter resistances with resistance penetration stats.[47]
When there's a lot of different complexity that exists between the multi-layered interactions of damage mitigation, resistances, damage penetration... those things stack up over time and there's an opportunity for that subtlety to be more expressed when the receiving target is, let's say, weak to that or... chosen not to spec into any resistances against that. That keeps things fresh and it also keeps a healthy level of itemization progression that's necessary for the player as well.[48]Steven Sharif
  • There is also non-mitigated damage.[31]
Not every monster is going to have unique resistances. They'll share groups of types of resistances based on whether that monster is a particular elemental affinity or a particular heavy armor, particular weapon type, stuff like that. So there will be resistances groups that are shared by certain types of monsters and their location and as it relates to their lower background and stuff like that.[47]Steven Sharif

Best-in-slot gear

What is considered best-in-slot is based on a character's role and the type of encounter they are facing.[50][51]

  • The goal is to not have overarching best-in-slot items that are meta for all situations.[50]

Crafted items

Crafting UI. Alpha-1 screenshot. Image credit: Guild:Overlord

Crafted items (also referred to as Completed items, Finished goods, or Final products) are items produced by crafter artisans using crafting stations.[55][56][57][52][58][59]

Crafted gear in the game is the best gear... One thing that I'm not a fan of is that you develop a crafting system in a game and you've spent a lot of time making this from a material and resource perspective. All the tables that you can receive, all the connectivity in the economy and how crafting is associated with the game; and then you undermine the crafting entirely by presenting a separate route of gear acquisition that is on-par with the crafting efforts. So here you have these people who are acquiring all of the resources getting, all the recipes, leveling up their professions and then everything they make is less or equal to anything you could just have chosen the easier path of and gone down the questing and received the best gear. So what we do focus on is that crafters make the best shit. Excuse me, the best things.[52]Steven Sharif
That plays into our crafting system in and of itself. The idea is for those stats to be variables that can be dictated based on the mastery level of the particular crafter; and the higher they become a master of those professions, whether it be for armor or for weapons or for accessories, they're going to have some agency and put their mark on essentially what items they're introducing into the economy.[66]Steven Sharif
We believe that every item that exists in the world should in some way reflect its creator. As such, there will be extreme versatility in our crafting system – giving crafters the ability to create unique items that represent their strengths and weaknesses.[70]

List of crafted items

info-orange.pngThis section contains information from Alpha-1 testing. It will be updated when new information is made available.
Item Icon Item type Rarity Level requirement Set
Arcane Tome SpellbookIcon.png Spellbook Rare 12
Bludgeonbane MaceIcon.png Mace Epic 15
Cloth Belt of Dark Fortunes EpicClothBeltIcon.png Belt Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Boots of Dark Fortunes EpicClothBootsIcon.png Boots Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Epaulettes of Dark Fortunes EpicClothShouldersIcon.png Shoulders Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Gloves of Dark Fortunes EpicClothGlovesIcon.png Gloves Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Hood of Dark Fortunes EpicClothHelmIcon.png Helmet Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Leggings of Dark Fortunes EpicClothLegsIcon.png Pants Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Robes of Dark Fortune EpicClothChestIcon.png Chest armor Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Cloth Sleeves of Dark Fortune EpicClothBracersIcon.png Wrists Epic 15 Dark Fortunes
Crystalized Blood Hammer Hammer Crystalized Blood
Crystalized Blood Sword CrystalizedBloodSwordIcon.png Sword Rare Crystalized Blood
Demonic Offering Aegis ShieldIcon.png Shield Epic 15
Eldritch Executioner GreatswordIcon.png Sword Epic 15 Eldritch
Eldritch Lightguard ShieldIcon.png Shield Rare Eldritch
Equilibrium GreatmaceIcon.png Mace Epic 15
Glacius OneHandedSwordIcon.png Sword Epic 15
Greatsword of Briarhome Greatsword Briarhome
Headlopper HalberdIcon.png Halberd Epic 15
Imposing Plate Belt PlateBeltIcon.png Belt Rare 9 Imposing
Iron Longsword GreatswordIcon.png Sword Common 1 Iron
Iron Wand 45180dea-dd3e-497e-94ae-93af57b2e6b7-0.png Wand Common 1 Iron
Lava Forged Defender LavaForgedDefenderIcon.png Shield Rare Lava Forged
Mace of Briarhome HeroicMaceIcon.png Mace Heroic Briarhome
Plate Belt of Dragons Protection PlateBeltIcon.png Belt Legendary 15 Dragon's Protection
Plate Boots of Dragons Protection PlateBootsIcon.png Boots Legendary 15 Dragon's Protection
Plate Cussies of Dragons Protection PlatePantsIcon.png Pants Legendary 15 Dragon's Protection
Plate Gauntlets of Dragons Protection PlateGlovesIcon.png Gloves Legendary 15 Dragon's Protection
Quill Of The Tundra WandIcon.png Wand Epic 15
Ranseur Of Malice LongspearIcon.png Spear Epic 15
Replica Of Dignitas GreataxeIcon.png Axe Epic 15
Scepter of Briarhome Scepter Briarhome
Sharpened Greatsword SharpenedGreatswordIcon.png Sword Rare Sharpened
Shield of Briarhome Shield Briarhome
Spire Of Illusion StaffIcon.png Staff Epic 15
Transcendent Plate Helm PlateHelmIcon.png Helmet Legendary 15 Transcendent
Tundra's Torment HalberdIcon.png Halberd Epic 15

Skills and stats on gear

Crafters will be able to assign different skills/abilities and stats on gear.[63][64]

Crafters will be able to 'rejigger' stat blocks; and there will be a couple of other ways to move things around to create both the look and the stat block that you're looking for. It's not always going to be easy. There will be a lot of challenges involved with that. But the goal is to give you guys the option to customize your gear the way you want them to be.[63]Jeffrey Bard

Not all armor sets will be the cookie cutter set. They will have the influences from the crafter available in it, if it's a crafted set.[64]Steven Sharif

Gear is broken down into Core Stats and Additional Stats.[71]

Gear enhancement

Gear enhancements (power stones/runes) can be applied to weapons to add elemental or energy types of damage.[72][73]

We are very likely going to have a rune system and then we'll have the ability to sort of enchant weapons outside of that too... That's not always going to be like a vertical progression... Some of it's going to be giving up something to get something else; so maybe I do less physical damage but more magical damage, that thing.[73]Jeffrey Bard

It's not as though you're going to necessarily acquire these once and then you're set for your PvP enchantments, but instead you'll have to continually perform month after month in order to keep having those slotted enchantments.[75]Steven Sharif


Enchanting is not an artisan profession in its own right. Scribes create scrolls that can be utilized by different professions to create enchantments relating to that profession.[77][78]

You don't really push a particular item's level requirement or the identity of that item. You can enhance it, you can add enchantments to it, but it's still the item it is.[74]Steven Sharif

Gear appearance

Alpha-1 female plate armor 3D render.[80]

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.[80]Steven Sharif

Gear is intended to be realistic in appearance.[81][82]

  • There will not be "oversized" weapons.[83]
  • Armor will not be overly sexual in appearance.[82]
    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 an immersive issue.[81]Steven Sharif
    • Some armor and costumes will be more revealing than others, but there will not be nudity in the game.[84]
    There might be sliders, but there are not gonna be naked sliders.[84]Steven Sharif

Armor will take on a racial appearance.[85] Weapons will scale in size based on race.[86]

Each race is getting its custom geo pieces, which then will share thematic components such as color palette, attachments, design filigree. Those types of things will get shared across the geo but generally you're going to see unique races with unique geo.[87]Steven Sharif

  • Cosmetics can be used by all races but there may be slight variations to make them work with the body builds of each race.[88]

Players can change gear colors using dyes.[89][90]

Helmet display can be toggled on and off.[91]

  • Hair will likely be masked if helmet display is toggled on.[92]

Particle effects are used to denote the importance and rarity of some weapons.[93]

Crafters are able to influence what their crafted items will look like.[63][67]

Weapons are able to be sheathed.[94][95]

Appearance slots/Transmogs

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmutation/Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[97][5]

  • There are rules when applying cosmetics to specific items, unlike costumes, which don't have level restrictions.[98]
  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off on their character by the player.[99]
  • A "default player appearance" may be automatically applied during sieges or other large scale battles to improve client-side performance.[100][101]
Cosmetics, whether purchased from the shop or earned in game, are an important component of MMORPGS I personally enjoy; and there's a lot of collectors out there who spend a great deal of time either in-game achieving these things or spend money purchasing them from the cosmetic only marketplace; and we don't want to demean or reduce that achievement or that expenditure. So it's going to be situational where the default appearance will be applied and can be activated.[100]Steven Sharif


Attachments are able to be unlocked as flair pieces to armor to create a customizable look.[102]

  • There will be hundreds of attachments available ranging from a small clasp to the front plate of a breast plate.[102]

Racial weapons and armor

Armor racial appearances in early Alpha-1.[103]

Violet light and myself are wearing exactly the same armor set right: Same stats, same everything, but it drops for her it looks one way, it drops for me it looks another way; and... a small part of that is gender, but then the other part of it is race. So because I was a Vaelune in that playthrough my armor was in the Vaelune style; and when she picked it up it was in the elven style because she was an elf. So that gives you an example of sort of the breadth of looks that we're going for and how we try to capture like who you are as as a character and allow you to build your look that way.[104]Jeffrey Bard

Dünir and Empyrean racially styled armor concept art by Keith Kovach.[105]

We have essentially sets that exist across all races; and each race that dons those armor sets is going to have their own racial influence on the presentation of those particular sets. So that's something that's unique in how each of the races get diversified.[106]Steven Sharif

Weapons and armor are not race locked, but armor will take on a racial appearance.[106][107][108]

The customization of equipment per race is really focused on Armor sets not Weapon props. Weapon props will, from a model standpoint, will translate pretty one-to-one across the races.[85]Steven Sharif
Let's say for example you have the Eagle set or something, right: The Eagle set has in art, it has a thematic design that's going to include certain attachments to the armor. It's going to include color palette and theme. It's going to have some aspects to it that define it as the Eagle set, right. When a Elf wears the Eagle set or when an Orc wears the Eagle set, you obviously have two different cultures there; and you don't want to stomp out that culture by assigning a de facto 'This is the Eagle set and this is how it looks on everybody.' What we want to have is cultural influences play a role in showing how that set looks.[85]Steven Sharif
When you say, what if I'm an Orc but want to look like an Elf and I want my Eagle set to be the Elf representation? Well the issue becomes there that Orcs have a different organic model. You know, their body is different than that of the Elf. So, from a scope-creep standpoint, it's one thing to add different influences that represent the cultures that are donning the armor; it's another thing to adapt each influence as a matrix that can be worn pretty much by everything. From a scope perspective, that's a very difficult task for the character artists to tackle. So instead what we've done is, in order to facilitate a variety of cultural representation between the races but allow for the sharing of assets like different armor sets, we give different representations of those armor sets to each race.[8]Steven Sharif


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