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Character stats and attributes.[2][3]

  • Physical Damage Bonus.[4]
  • Physical Disable Modifier.[4]
  • Physical Critical Damage Bonus.[4]
  • Physical Skill Cooldown.[4]
  • Physical Critical Rate Bonus.[4]
  • Physical Evasion Bonus.[4]
  • Physical Accuracy.[4]
  • HP Regeneration.[4]
  • Physical Defense Mitigation.[4]

There will be diminishing returns on certain stats, but there won't be hard caps.[7]

Most stats are contested, which means you're kind of testing your rating versus other people's ratings. So you kind of figure out what the end result is... but we're not going to go for like hard caps for sure.[7]Jeffrey Bard


Health is a stat in Ashes of Creation.[8][5]

  • Players that are not in the same party or raid will not be able to see other player's health percentages or exact health bar values.[8][5]
  • A player's name plate will deteriorate to give an indication of how much damage they have taken.[8][5][9]

With regards to seeing another player's health: As you know their name plate will deteriorate or give you an indication of like hey they've taken damage they're significantly injured, but you're not going to get a percentage. You're not gonna get an exact bar value, unless you're in their party or in their raid.[5]Steven Sharif


Mana is a stat in Ashes of Creation.[10]

Stat growth

Stat growth proceeds in the following order:[11]

  1. The race "seeds" a player's base stats.[11]
  2. The primary archetype grows the base stats.[11]
  3. The secondary archetype (class) does not contribute to stat growth.[12] This is a revision of an earlier statement.[11]

Different races have different stat compositions. Those stats can be important, but we also don't want them to dictate any kind of meta for what classes are best used with different races.[13]Steven Sharif

Choice of profession does not affect a player's stats.[14]

Gear has approximately a 40-50% influence on a players overall power in the game.[15]

Stats on gear

Crafters will be able to assign different skills/abilities and stats on gear.[16][17]

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.[16]Jeffrey Bard

Not all armor sets will be the cookie cutter kind of set. They will have the influences from the crafter available in it, if it's a crafted set.[17]Steven Sharif

Gear is broken down into Core Stats and Additional Stats.[10]

Combat RNG

RNG elements pertain to combat relating to stats such as Critical hit, Evasion, Blocking chance.[6]

RNG is always going to play a role in Ashes of Creation whether that be in PvP or PvE, but one way to mitigate that is through the action system. The action system is going to be far less sort of dependent on those you know dice rolls and there'll be far more in your own hands. They won't ever completely eliminate that but it's a way for us to sort of reward skilled play versus sort of tactical strategies type play.[20]Jeffrey Bard


Different damage types are mitigated by the defensive stats (resistances) on different types of armor.[21]

  • There is also non-mitigated damage.[21]

There won't be any damage dampening due to differences in levels in either PvP or PvE.[26]

Damage numbers will not be so large as to be meaningless.[27]

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.[27]Steven Sharif


There will be elements (such as Air, Fire, Water, Lightning) in Ashes of Creation each with their own resistances.[22][23][24]

  • Other elemental influences may include Darkness, Light and Planar.[24]
  • Elements may have more influence in certain seasons and climates. For example, frost abilities may be stronger in winter. This affects both PvE and PvP.[28][29]
  • There may be ley lines and strong magical places in the world that change or alter the way spells work.[30]

We've discussed a little bit about how the seasons and biomes will react with different types of skills. Like if you have a fireball and it's summer it might be a little bit different. If it's winter and you have a frost ability it might be different.[29]Steven Sharif

We want to get a nice spread of abilities that that are influenced by what's going on your zone.[29]Jeffrey Bard

Elemental skills

The idea behind magic is you're manipulating the elements. They don't just have to be fire, ice, water and air. They can be darkness, they can be light, they can be planar; a lot of different types of "elemental influences".[24]Steven Sharif

info-orange.pngThis section contains information from early testing phases. It will be updated as soon as new information is made available.
Skill Icon Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3
Fireball Fireball Icon.jpg Throws a fireball at your target. Deals instant damage.[31] Becomes a burn (damage over time).[32][33][34] Area of effect around the target.[32][33]
Flame line flame line icon.png Shoot an arrow that leaves behind a trail of flames.[35] Arrow explodes upon reaching the end of its distance.[35] Enemies take burning damage for entering the flames.[35]
Lava Storm Lava Storm Icon.jpg Creates a field of lava at the selected location. Deals additional damage in the center of the ability. Deals area damage around the caster upon cast.[36][37] Increased damage. Increased duration.[36][32] Increased damage. Increased duration.[36][32]
Lightning Bolt Lightning Bolt Icon.jpg Shoots forward a beam of lightning that damages enemies in a line in front of you.[38] Adds damage over time to targets hit.[39] Chains to nearby enemies that are not hit. Anyone who is outside the line has a chance to get a bolt jump to them.[39]
Meteor Storm Meteor Storm Icon.jpg Summons forth a Meteor Storm, dropping 3 meteors in the target location. Each meteor deals large area damage upon impact.[40] Increase damage and number of impacts. Stun enemies as they are hit.[32] Increase damage and number of impacts. Stun enemies as they are hit.[32]

Gear progression

Weapons will have their own progression paths and their own applicable types of skills.[42][43]

Q: Are weapons balanced towards a proficiency system (i.e. the longer I use a sword, the better my damage will be), or will it be a normal RPG stat system with no long-term scaling?
A: We will not be using a proficiency system as described, but players will have passives available in their skill tree that will increase effectiveness of certain weapons. Becoming a master of swords will be something that is possible, just not in that particular manner.[45]Sarah Flanagan

Ashes of Creation is all about providing many progression paths... The reason why we don't like the term endgame is because with the amount of progression that's available with the amount of diversity and player agency that that impacts the world... We kind of want the the weapon system and add an element of that as well... You can determine special effects that proc from currently the combo system right; you can determine ancillary effects that proc based on enchantment types; you can power stone weapons to add different either elemental types of damage and/or energy that kind of play rock paper scissor with player defenses ... and then you can skill tree out how those effects that are granted ... you can make them better you can branch them off into a different direction.[44]Steven Sharif

Gear enhancement

Gear enhancements (power stones/runes) can be applied to weapons to add elemental or energy types of damage.[44][46]

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 kind of thing.[46]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.[48]Steven Sharif


There are two types of enchantments for items: Vertical and horizontal.[50]

When it comes to over-enchanting things, what we're going to do likely is have a safety- and this is something obviously it needs to be tested- but we're going to have a safety period of enchantment you know like in Lineage 2 I think you could enchant plus four or something. And so we're gonna have a similar system where you can enchant safely and then when you start to take risks, that percentage of potentially damaging your item either through the decay system or completely disabling it through the destruction system will be a risk that's present.[52]Steven Sharif

  • Horizontal enchantments are more situational. For example: I'd like my sword to do force damage instead of holy damage because the monsters I tend to fight are incorporeal.[50]
    • This doesn't make the item more powerful, but instead more applicable to different situations, and less so to others.[50]
    • This type of enchanting assumes no risk, just time and effort.[50]

Enchanting services are sold at player stalls.[54]

Enchanting does not increase an item's level requirement.[47]

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.[47]Steven Sharif

Power creep

Power creep is a balance issue... When it comes to gear progression specifically, the idea is to create an open market that is not heavily dependent on soulbound items; and having many item sinks and gold sinks within that economy that allows for the potential degradation and loss of assets within that closed economy; and not introduce items from the market that companies put in from a pay-to-win perspective or from a pay-to-convenience perspective that undermines the economy that players have built. That is a huge mistake that companies have made in the past and that lends to the imbalancing of what designers maybe have actually balanced well.[55]Steven Sharif


We like to really refer to ourselves as a PvX game, because in those systems of PvP, PvE, crafting they're all intertwined: They're interdependent on each other... Our system of development really requires some interdependence there between those things. You're going to need a crafter to give you the best items. You're going to need PvPers to secure cities and castles. You're gonna need PvErs to take down those world bosses for those materials to craft.[56]Steven Sharif

Ashes is a comprehensive game. It is not a PvP focused or a PvE focused, it is a comprehensive PvX game and as a result these systems are all interconnected and have to coexist with one another with certain types of mechanisms that can provide that give and take, that push and shove.[57]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation is a PvX game. Players will naturally encounter both PvP and PvE elements.[57][58][59] It is unlikely that a player could purely focus on just PvP or just PvE.[59]

We're very clear with our objective and philosophy on the game and we understand that they may not appeal to everybody. But you know it is an important reciprocal relationship between the content that's related to PvE and the content that's related to PvP and they feed off of each other. They're catalysts for change: Their progression, their development. It's things that people can value when they see something earned and they see something lost. That elicits an emotional response from the player: That they've invested time in to either succeed or fail; and PvP allows for that element to be introduced into gameplay. And we're very clear that is our objective: That risk versus reward relationship, that achievement-based mentality. Not everybody's going to be a winner and that's okay.[62]Steven Sharif

See also


  1. Livestream, 28 August 2020 (1:15:02).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Livestream, 30 January 2020 (25:39).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Livestream, 9 February 2018 (7:31).
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 Livestream, 28 August 2020 (15:21).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Livestream, 30 January 2020 (1:40:48).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Livestream, 30 May 2017 (16:25).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Livestream, 26 March 2021 (1:02:08).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Livestream, 25 July 2020 (1:33:37).
  9. steven-health-nameplate.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 Livestream, 28 August 2020 (1:14:54).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Livestream, 18 July 2017 (35:58).
  12. Livestream, November 22 2019 (1:4:56).
  13. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (25:52).
  14. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (37:25).
  15. Interview, 19 July 2020 (53:59).
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Livestream, 30 November 2020 (1:05:22).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Podcast, 4 August 2018 (59:58).
  18. steven-crafting-stats.png
  19. Livestream, 22 December 2020 (1:15:01).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Livestream, 6 December 2018 (48:52).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Interview, 18 July 2020 (1:02:44).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Interview, 18 July 2020 (1:05:04).
  23. 23.0 23.1 Livestream, 24 May 2017 (27:47).
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (26:19).
  25. steven-holy-radiant.png
  26. Livestream, 25 July 2020 (1:34:55).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Interview, 24 August 2018 (1:45).
  28. Livestream, 30 September 2020 (1:04:56).
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Livestream, 1 June 2017 (20:23).
  30. Livestream, 26 June 2020 (1:32:16).
  31. Video, 23 December 2020 (0:31).
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 Blog: Blazing the way - Mage Alpha One Preview.
  33. 33.0 33.1 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (38:35).
  34. PAX West 2017 Mage poster.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (46:52).
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Video, 22 December 2020 (7:36).
  37. Video, 23 December 2020 (1:29).
  38. Video, 23 December 2020 (0:40).
  39. 39.0 39.1 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (39:15).
  40. Video, 23 December 2020 (1:46).
  41. Livestream, 30 May 2019 (58:28).
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Livestream, 30 January 2020 (1:28:40).
  43. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (45:37).
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 44.5 Livestream, 4 June 2018 (1:11:19).
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 February 8, 2019 - Questions and Answers.
  46. 46.0 46.1 Livestream, 4 June 2018 (21:37).
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Livestream, 26 March 2021 (1:15:57).
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 48.4 Interview, 18 July 2020 (14:22).
  49. Interview, 18 July 2020 (16:34).
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 enchanting.png
  51. Rng crafting.jpg
  52. 52.0 52.1 Interview, 29 July 2020 (15:04).
  53. Livestream, 5 May 2017 (20:41).
  54. Livestream, 17 May 2017 (58:55).
  55. Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:53:52).
  56. Video, 16 April 2018 (1:32).
  57. 57.0 57.1 Podcast, 11 April 2021 (38:31).
  58. 58.0 58.1 Livestream, 12 May 2017 (24:52).
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (33:25).
  60. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (14:05).
  61. pvx stats.png
  62. Livestream, 1 June 2017 (37:39).