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A player's primary weapon is equipped in their mainhand slot.[1][2][3][4][5]

List of weapons

info-orange.pngThis section contains information from Alpha-1 testing. It will be updated when new information is made available.
Item Icon Source Rarity Level requirement Set
Arcane Tome SpellbookIcon.png Crafted items Rare 12
Bludgeonbane MaceIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Carphin Daggers [[]] [[]] Carphin
Carphin Wand Wand 1.png [[]] [[]] Carphin
Chipped Greataxe GreataxeIcon.png Vendor Poor 2 Chipped
Chipped Greatsword GreatswordIcon.png Vendor Poor 2 Chipped
Chipped One-Handed Axe OneHandedAxeIcon.png Vendor Poor 2 Chipped
Crystalized Blood Hammer Crafted items [[]] Crystalized Blood
Crystalized Blood Sword CrystalizedBloodSwordIcon.png Crafted items Rare Crystalized Blood
Dull Greatmace GreatmaceIcon.png Vendor Common 5 Dull
Dull One-Handed Axe OneHandedAxeIcon.png Vendor Common 5 Dull
Dull One-Handed Mace MaceIcon.png Vendor Common 7 Dull
Eldritch Executioner GreatswordIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15 Eldritch
Equilibrium GreatmaceIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Glacius OneHandedSwordIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Greatblade GreatbladeIcon.png [[]] Common
Greatstaff GreatstaffIcon.png [[]] Common
Greatsword of Briarhome Crafted items [[]] Briarhome
Hammer of Koryn HammerOfKorynEpicIcon.png [[]] Epic
Headlopper HalberdIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Iron Longsword GreatswordIcon.png Crafted items, Quest rewards Common 1 Iron
Iron Wand 45180dea-dd3e-497e-94ae-93af57b2e6b7-0.png Crafted items, Quest rewards Common 1 Iron
Lava Forged One-Handed Sword d8097cb1-34c8-4312-933f-3040305645b6-0.png Quest rewards Rare 12 Lava Forged
Lava Forged Wand d36dda14-5a9e-4744-8715-9f7c471b0105-0.png Quest rewards Rare 8 Lava Forged
Longbow of Briarhome RareLongbowIcon.png Drop Rare Briarhome
Lorica Vindicta Mace LoricaVindictaMaceIcon.png [[]] Common Lorica Vindicta
Mace of Briarhome HeroicMaceIcon.png Crafted items Heroic Briarhome
Nightblade Heroic Nightblade Icon.png Crafted items Heroic
Quill Of The Tundra WandIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Ranseur Of Malice LongspearIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Replica Of Dignitas GreataxeIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Scepter of Briarhome Crafted items [[]] Briarhome
Sharpened Greatsword SharpenedGreatswordIcon.png Crafted items Rare Sharpened
Sharpened One-Handed Sword 77226313-9678-43f1-8fd8-e298344dfcaa-0.png Quest rewards Uncommon 5
Shortbow of Briarhome RareShortbowIcon.png Drop Rare Briarhome
Silver Guardian OneHandedSwordIcon.png [[]] Rare 10
Sons of Fortune Wand Sons of Fortune Wand Icon.png [[]] Rare 10 Sons of Fortune
Spire Of Illusion StaffIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Sword of Briarhome RareSwordIcon.png Drop Rare Briarhome
Tome Of The Tundra SpellbookIcon.png Quest rewards Epic 15
Tundra's Torment HalberdIcon.png Crafted items Epic 15
Worn Mace a86487cc-9e86-4b71-a1b0-298eece25e6c-0.png Vendor Poor 1 Worn

Basic attacks

Basic attacks are triggered for the equipped primary weapon by pressing Q or left-clicking the mouse (these buttons can be re-bound by the player).[1][2][3]

  • Players can select which weapon they wish to use as their primary weapon for basic attacks.[1][2][4]
  • Different weapon types have different basic attacks.[10][11]
  • Weapons with projectile attacks are capable of blind firing without having a target.[12]
    • If the player is in action camera mode and their reticle is over a target, they will be able to soft lock onto that target, causing projectiles to home to targets who are within the correct range/angle.[12]
When you have your weapon and you utilize a basic attack, you can blind fire that weapon, if it has a projectile associated with it, without having to have a target. In addition, if your reticle in action camera mode is over a target, you will have a soft target lock and projectiles will home to that target if within the right angle of direction.[12]Steven Sharif
Skill Icon Base skill
Longbow basic attack Bow basic attack.png A slower, powerful, longer range basic ranged attack. Tapping the basic attack button will shoot normally. Holding the basic attack button will charge the shot (and root the player) to cause added damage.[15][10][11]
Shortbow basic attack Copper Shortbow Icon.png A fast, low power, short range basic ranged attack. Holding down the basic attack button will repeatedly fire.[10][11]

Weapon use combo system

Work-in-progress Alpha-2 weapon attack combo customization.[16]

In addition to the later hits in the combo doing additional damage, you also unlock proc effects. So, on your fifth hit you unlock the special fifth hit, which gives you 10% bonus critical strike chance, which you just proc there; and then the sixth hit you unlock the special six hit which gives you arrow storm which causes your next I believe, 10 attacks to fire an additional arrow at the target.[17]Brian Ferguson

Alpha-2 Mage demonstrating a Frostbolt, Lightning Strike, and Wand weapon attack combo.[18]

This is a single Target projectile attack that applies two stacks of Chilled to the enemy; and then after that hit him with a few wand attacks. Now you'll see that you've gotten a Frozen status effect on him and then he timed that really well there... in that very last frame you'll see that he hit him with a lightning effect... So that's a good way to get your burst damage if you're rotating your spells and your elements the correct way.[18]Keenan Reimer

A weapon use combo system (also referred to as Weapon attack combo, Weapon combo, Combo system[19], and Weapon use ability[20]) is utilized instead of a traditional auto-attack ability in Ashes of Creation.[21][19][22]

Let's say for example you're using a two-handed warhammer or something and you have a number of weapon combos that play animation style based on how many combos deep you go into an attack with that warhammer. So the first is going to be like a forward swing. Second is going to be a back swing. The third is going to be swing down and the fourth is going to be some twirl that you do; and that's what we call the combo animation montage.[3]Steven Sharif
  • The number of steps and passive effects that trigger during weapon combos can be customized in the weapon skill tree.[16][23]
We wanted to have a combo length progression available to players so that certain builds could have longer weapon combos and other builds can have shorter weapon combos with more passive effects.; and this has been the result of our exploration. So, when you start out you've got a pretty quick four-hit combo, but whenever you unlock the additional hits you get the fifth and sixth hits, which are at approximately 50% to the overall combo length. But we found that that gave a pretty satisfying floor and ceiling to how long the combo can be.[16]Brian Ferguson
Depending on what your class skill choice has been those are going to have synergy effects with the weapon skill tree. So my skill called spin-to-win might do 30 additional damage on a staggered target. So I see when my proc occurs with the stagger effect on my first swing, like for me as a player I might be only interested in landing that first swing, so every now and then I'm gonna swing once and then I'm gonna use a skill and then I'm gonna come back and swing again because that'll play my first swing montage, because it's been interrupted. So I won't move to the second one because I'm really just wanna hit that stagger effect. So that's going to be how my rotation lines up. However I might have some skill that on a stun target it might be an immediate cast and it's like some power you push or power hit; and that does- it knocks back a stun target. So if the target's stunned when this skill plays, it has an added effect of knock down and now they're gonna get knocked down for an additional two seconds. Now I might spec into that and as a result I want to finish through: swing, swing, and then knock down. So I get my chance at stunning that target with that weapon skill.[3]Steven Sharif
You may have items or set bonuses that change at what level those proc occurs. So I may have a full set of battle armor that changes all third hit combo procs to second hit requirements and now I have a chance not only on my second hit to land that tapering slow but I also have a chance to land my one second stun proc because I have the full set that changes my weapon progression. So that's the way itemization works with your weapon skill tree, is you can enhance when those weapon skill trees become available in your combat montage and that can be a relevant factor in how your skill rotations come to play; and mixes with your weapon attacks.
  • Weapon skill choices and rotations will vary based on whether the player is more focused on PvP or PvE.[3]
Right now some people might just say, "I don't care at all about my weapon attacks. I'm not going to invest a lot of points into that. And if I do, it's going to be primarily PvE focused where I'm more comfortable using just swinging my weapon, and I may not use them as much in PvP. I'm just going to be focused on skill rotations." That's okay, but the reason for those skill montages- back to your question- is they have a very relevant role in when certain procs come online from a weapons skill tree perspective.[3]Steven Sharif
  • Using a skill/ability other than a basic attack will in general reset the combo.[13]
    • The developers are considering specific abilities that might be able to be used without resetting the combo system.[13]
It acts similar in the sense of the core loop of what an auto attack is so to speak; where typically your other skills have a cooldown period, they have a rotation or whatever: Our combo system is a repeatable skill effect that you can continually attack with but it's a little bit more involved than what a traditional auto attack is; and it has components from a from an advancement standpoint when it comes to the types of procs that your weapon can have during that combo system... It's not going to have the quick time event that you guys saw early on in PAX and gave great feedback on, but it is going to have development with regards to the power of the weapon the type of weapon you're using, the additional proc effects that you can skill into: Those types of things are going to make it a little bit more complex of a system capture.[19]Steven Sharif

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