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There will be player to player trading in Ashes of Creation.[2][3]

Q: Will Ashes of Creation have player-to-player trading? Will there be anything stopping me from gifting a friend that's fresh to the game a bunch of in-game money to help them get on their feet quickly?
A: There won't be anything to stop you from doing that.[2]Steven Sharif

Mailing items

Social messages sent via mail will be received instantly.[4]

From an item standpoint obviously we can't allow mailing to include any type of resource material or raw gatherable because those are central to the gameplay and transiting through the caravan system and economic regions. But it may be possible to send completed crafted items like you know gear, equipment, stuff like that. But it's something we're still discussing.[4]Steven Sharif

Purchases of anything other than materials and gatherables from integrated auction houses will be mailed to the purchaser.[7]

Player stalls

Niküan player stall concept art.[8]

If there were ever a cornerstone serving as the bedrock of Niküan trade, then this modest stall would be it. Stacked from floor to thatched roof with all manner of catch, it is prepped for a full day of commerce and trade. Here, haggling is not merely a suggestion, but a requirement.[8]

Player stalls (also called Kiosks and rental stalls) are rentable locations near the unique building in an Economic node[10] or in Marketplaces (the constructible building available for placement by mayors of any Town (stage 4) node or higher).[11]

All nodes do have the ability to spawn player stalls. If you're not an economic node and you don't have a market- that's essentially your unique building- then you can construct essentially what is I guess would be called a... marketplace; and that marketplace will then come with certain services and it will come with a certain number of stalls. The economic node as I recall has the ability to construct an auction house and the auction house serves through the economic means the ability to list and sell items and that comes with additional stalls as well for the players.[11]Steven Sharif

Renting a player stall enables players to sell items as well as provide repair and enchanting services, even when they are not online.[12]

  • Player stalls are rentable by node citizens.[13]
    • Player stalls may be utilized for a period of time based on the price paid to rent the stall.[12]
  • Player stalls are linked to a player's warehouse.[14]
  • Players are not able to be attacked or robbed while occupying their player stall inside the limits of a node.[15]
  • Player stalls do not require the attendance of the character or for that character to be online.[13]
    • An attendant NPC is assigned to the stall.[14][12] This may be an "image" of the player.[16]
  • Bulletin boards that list the items available in player stalls can be accessed from anywhere in the region.[16]
    • These give the location of the stall so players can travel there and purchase the items.
  • Stall sales are also listed in auction houses.[17]
    • This may no longer be accurate.[18]
  • Players are able to input required items for repair and also purchase required materials for that repair.[19]
  • Player stalls may still operate during node siege declaration. This is subject to testing.[20]

Personal shops

Certificates to place Personal shops (player-owned shops) may be purchased by citizens and non-citizens from Economic nodes.[18][15][22]

  • When a character creates a personal shop, a billboard pops up above them with a custom advertisement message for items or services available on that character's person. Purchasers can interact directly with the character to purchase these items or services.[23]

A player shop is where you have a certificate to essentially create a shop with your character and a little billboard will pop up above you as you sit down for that shop and advertise a custom message that you want say that has to sell things and/or services that are on your person. So players can then come up to you and they can interact with you. So you reside yourself to that shop.[23]Steven Sharif

Auction houses

Alpha-1 Auctioneer NPC.[24]

If a Node is the Vassal Node of an Economic Node, an Auctioneer NPC appears in that Vassal Node. The Auctioneer allows players to list non-resource/processed materials in the Parent Node’s Auction House, but players cannot bid on items from this Auctioneer. These resources and processed materials must be stored within an Economic Node in order to be listed in that Node’s Auction House. In order to bid, they must still travel to the Auction House in the Parent Node.[25]

Auction houses accompany unique node buildings in Economic nodes.[25]

Auction houses enable players to list items at the Economic node in which the auction house is located.[10]

  • A listing fee will be charged to list items in the auction house.[10]
  • Vassal nodes of the auction house node will be able to view items that are listed on that auction house, regardless of node type of the vassal node.[10]
    • This will be possible through an auctioneer emissary NPC in that node.[10]
    • Items cannot be listed in non-economic vassal nodes.[10]
  • Items listed are also visible in community boards (bulletin boards).[18]

Data relating to auction houses, such as price history, volumes, average prices, may be available to players via a mayor-constructed service building in their node.[27]

That's probably how it's going to be surfaced... Your your mayor is going to have to build it for you.[27]Jeffrey Bard

Escrow system

An escrow system is planned to prevent griefing in the crafting system.[28]

We're going to have a UI... you're gonna put the resources in or they're gonna put the resources in. It'll be like an escrow system and then once [the job] is complete you'll get the item they'll get the money.[28]


Nodes advance to the first stage quickly. This enables NPC services such as vending or banking items.[29]

Account management

Ashes of Creation web site design preview (WIP).[32]

Cosmetics can be reassigned to other characters (alts) within an account but can only be active on one character at a time.[33][34][35]

  • There will likely be a cooldown for reassigning cosmetics between characters.[33]


Storage points exist at warehouses within nodes and in chests (storage containers) that can be placed in freeholds and static in-node housing.[38][39]

Player housing storage

Chests are a type of furniture that provides localized storage within a specific house.[41][39][42]

Gear binding

There may be some gear binding (BoE or BoP) but it will be an exception rather than the rule, as this doesn't facilitate the objectives for the economy.[49]

A lot of what we experienced in games that usually come before us is that many things are account bound and they're soulbound to your character... Instead very little here is character bound. Very very little. The vast majority of gear- yes you will get quest related gear as rewards- but it won't be let's say one set in one dungeon and you must run the dungeon over and over. Instead we want to really emphasize the reliance on the economy and crafters and gatherers and processors to support a majority of the gear structure in-game, combined with that of world raid bosses and dungeon bosses; not a repetitive quest line through a single dungeon.[51]Steven Sharif

Security systems

Security systems will be in place to combat cheating, exploiting, botting, gold selling, item duplication and other things that affect the economy starting from Alpha-0.[52][53][54]

  • These systems collect user data and flag abnormal activities for inspection. This combined with player reporting functions generates a live "heat map" that draws attention to unusual behavior.[54]
  • Players caught cheating will be banned.[54]

Trade agreements

Node governments can enter into trade agreements with other nodes. Each node entering into the agreement can designate caravans with materials to be sent to the other; improving the economy of both nodes. This gives experience to all involved, contributes to the node’s growth and helps to construct buildings.[55]

Mercenary guilds will be a viable way forward for different organizations. I think there will be a lot of business to be had with that; and one of the systems in our trade agreements is creating an escrow for those particular type of arrangements that we're looking into.[56]Steven Sharif

Trade routes

Mayoral caravan launched by a mayor to establish a trade route with another node.[57]

Trade routes in Ashes of Creation refer to.

From a diplomatic standpoint the ability for the mayor or citizens to set up NPC routed trade routes between nodes as a trade agreement or as a diplomatic process.[58]Steven Sharif
For example: this node over here might have access to cotton as a resource and when that node processes that cotton it might be some very nice type of linen that only that node, or very rarely nodes would have access to. So when you initiate a trade route, you're bringing its supplies that the mayor has requested because they're trying to build, let's say a specific type of service building, or they're trying to unlock a blueprint that they have access to now to build up their node.[58]Steven Sharif


Caravans facilitate the transfer of goods for players wishing to turn a profit.[62]

The caravan system is an open world PvP system that revolves around opportunity and risk. Caravans facilitate the transfer of goods for players wishing to turn a profit.[62]

  • Caravans can transport goods for more than one player.[66]

Death penalties do not apply to objective-based events (such as caravans, guild wars, and node sieges).[68]

Caravan types

There are different types of Caravans in Ashes of Creation.[70][57]

The caravan system is another very big part of the node system. They are the main driver of economic activity and there is a bunch of different types of caravan.[57]Jeffrey Bard

Naval caravans

Alpha-1 Niküa naval caravan 3D render.[71]

Caravans are capable of transitioning from land to naval caravans. So if you start out as a land-based Caravan and you move to the coast and you want to move into the water there's gonna be a little transition period there; it's gonna be a little construction kind of site: You're not gonna have to do anything it's just gonna be a timer right so that you can't quickly move between land and water. It's gonna be probably in the matter of you know a minute to two minutes. There's a little bit of vulnerability in that regard.[72]Steven Sharif

Naval caravans (Trade ships) are part of Ashes of Creation naval content.[73] Naval caravans allow the transportation of trading goods.[74]


See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Livestream, 15 May 2017 (10:32).
  3. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (46:56).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Livestream, 29 January 2021 (1:14:53).
  5. Video, 6 September 2018 (3:53).
  6. Livestream, 9 July 2018 (50:16).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 steven-ah-purchases.png
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ashes of Creation Instagram, 19 August 2020.
  9. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (1:00:57).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Livestream, 30 May 2019 (1:26:16).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Interview, 8 July 2020 (55:05).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (16:36).
  13. 13.0 13.1 steven-player-stalls-shops-online.png
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, 30 October 2020 (1:04:59).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (59:39).
  16. 16.0 16.1 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (35:16).
  17. steven-player-stalls-shops.png
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 Livestream, 31 July 2020 (1:34:06).
  19. player stall repair.png
  20. Livestream, 30 October 2020 (1:06:09).
  21. Ashes of Creation Store: Confectioner’s Delight.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 steven-player-shops-placement.png
  23. 23.0 23.1 Livestream, 30 October 2020 (1:03:52).
  24. Livestream, 28 March 2020 (1:04:49).
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Know Your Nodes: Economic Node Type.
  26. economic-metro-linking.png
  27. 27.0 27.1 Livestream, 26 March 2021 (1:15:03).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (32:22).
  29. Npc vending.jpg
  30. 30.0 30.1 Livestream, 28 June 2019 (1:23:31).
  31. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (23:18).
  32. Livestream, 29 January 2021 (46:48).
  33. 33.0 33.1 steven-cosmetic-reassignment.png
  34. 34.0 34.1 Kickstarter item application.jpg
  35. 35.0 35.1 kickstarter mounts.png
  36. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (18:10).
  37. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (41:45).
  38. Interview, 6 December 2018 (20:30).
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 Video, 31 May 2020 (47:32).
  40. 40.0 40.1 Livestream, 25 June 2021 (22:34).
  41. 41.0 41.1 Livestream, 30 July 2021 (1:14:33).
  42. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (10:54).
  43. 43.0 43.1 Livestream, 26 June 2020 (51:58).
  44. steven-personal-storage-access.png
  45. Livestream, 30 April 2020 (1:14:44).
  46. Interview, 8 July 2020 (57:46).
  47. personal caravan launch points.png
  48. Livestream, 30 April 2021 (1:14:49).
  49. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (13:06).
  50. 50.0 50.1 Interview, 18 July 2020 (52:57).
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Interview, 24 August 2018 (4:15).
  52. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (38:35).
  53. Massively OP, 1 June 2017
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 Livestream, 9 February 2018 (20:40).
  55. City hall.
  56. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (18:59).
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 57.4 57.5 Video, 15 July 2019 (2:12).
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 58.3 Podcast, 29 September 2021 (8:38).
  59. Livestream, 17 May 2017 (30:53).
  60. Kickstarter - We Just Broke $1,500,000!
  61. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (1:03:35).
  62. 62.0 62.1 About Ashes of Creation.
  63. Video, 16 July 2019 (0:00s).
  64. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (45:20).
  65. Interview, 20 January 2017 (4:19).
  66. Interview, 11 May 2018 (28:21).
  67. flagging.jpg
  68. Livestream, 22 December 2020 (1:13:51).
  69. Ashes of Creation Store: Ramstone Hauler.
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 Livestream, 28 July 2017 (19:43).
  71. Livestream, 30 April 2020 (56:58).
  72. 72.0 72.1 72.2 72.3 Livestream, 30 April 2020 (58:05).
  73. Livestream, 23 August 2017 (28:22).
  74. 74.0 74.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (15:46).
  75. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (1:28:38).