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Combat pets (also referred to as Item pets or Universal combat pets) may be tamed from certain creatures in the world.[1]

  • Combat pets will not increase a player's power and will require a sacrifice from the player.[2]
    • Power is delegated to the pet when it is summoned and returned to the player immediately when the pet despawns.[3]
  • Combat pets have a horizontal progression, not a vertical one.[2]
  • Combat pets are categorized by class and will adhere to a simple trinity structure (Tank/DPS/Support).[4]
  • Combat pets will also be categorized into different rarities.[4]
  • Combat pets may not be able to be summoned in certain dungeons, instances or other spaces.[5]

It will participate in combat. It will allow you different options sometimes, but it won't necessarily increase your power and... you'll be sacrificing something for it.[2]Jeffrey Bard

Combat pets are not the same as Summoner summons.[4]

Pet progression

Combat pets will be levelable and will have gear available to them.[6][7]

Animal husbandry

Rare Flailrunner[8] mount that can only be obtained via breeding two tamable creatures through the animal husbandry profession.[9]

Animal husbandry is meant to be a pretty diverse profession: One that has a significant importance because players in MMOs love their mounts and we wanted to do something unique in that regard.[10]Steven Sharif

Animal husbandry is a profession within the processing artisan class.[11]

Many animals that can be tamed and bred through the animal husbandry profession can be found in herds across the lands of Verra. These herds represent a gatherable resource, of sorts, that masters of the animal husbandry profession may then use to discover lesser-known species variants with untold powers and abilities. Mounts play a large role in Ashes of Creation, and animals like the horse are an early gateway into the unlimited possibilities that await those skilled in the arts of husbandry.[12]

Breeding mechanics

Gryphon concept art.[14]

These are some concept iterations of exactly how the animal husbandry profession's going to work as you create the offspring of different combinations of animals and you find and discover types of mounts. For example this Gryphon: You will have the ability to open up an in-game character customization screen for the animals; and you'll be able to use certain dials to touch different aesthetic aspects of the actual animal's features: On its wings, on its head, its beak, its armor that's going to be present; the claws and talons. You will be able to actually make a unique representation of this mount, so you're just not a cookie cutter like everybody else.[15]Steven Sharif

Animal husbandry will have discoverable blends of breeding.[16]

Animal husbandry and taming create unique mounts with unique abilities and stats.[21][22]

There is a compendium of acceptable parameters for breeding, which isn't going to be known until players discover it.[20][23] This discovery may be different for different players.[23]

  • Animals have a unique ID that is tied to the husbandry chart (compendium) that takes into account possible combinations between animals.[20] There will be odd combinations, but there will be limits to what is possible.[23]
  • Discovery of certain breeding habits and different quests may grant access to slots in the compendium.[23]
  • Players will be able to discover all possible combinations of genetic traits for breeding eventually, but there is an element of RNG associated with genetic parings.[24]

Animal husbandry involves a tree of its own that players get to discover via what pairings they choose... That's going to be a pretty fun aspect of creating rare mounts that haven't been seen in the world.[25]Steven Sharif

Genetic lines are based on the type of mount or creature that has been captured or tamed.[13]

  • The genetic system will involve trial and error to determine what yields or combinations are possible. This will incorporate an element of RNG.[20][23]
    • This may grant access to specific types of mounts.[23]
    • A dominant genetic trait might be discovered with a pairing or there may be a much smaller chance to unlock a specific breed of species.[20]
    • These chances are improved based on the player's advancement within the Animal husbandry profession.[20]

Each of these animals have a unique ID. There's going to be essentially this husbandry chart that takes into account potential combinations between animals that you have. So there's gonna be a little bit of obviously trial and error as players begin to explore this genetic system to determine what yields are possible; and those yields are obviously going to have an element of RNG to them as well. So you know you may pick up on a more dominant genetic trait within the pairing, or you may have a much smaller chance to unlock a specific breed of species; and then those chances obviously get augmented by your advancement within the Animal Husbandry profession. So a person who's more experienced in pairing of certain animals, and even the specific types of pairings, will increase their likelihood- their RNG chances of essentially birthing a unique mount; and being able then to sell those on an open auction. They can also be applied as certificates toward the construction of particular caravans as well.[20]Steven Sharif

There are stages of development within breeding.[26]

  • Youngling stage: For mammals this relates to baby animals. For lizards (reptiles) this is an egg stage.[26]

A modified character creation system allows customization of Summoner pets and Animal husbandry.[15][26]

  • Changes at the Youngling stage affect the appearance of the animal at adulthood.[26]
  • During the Youngling stage there may also be quests for specific types of cosmetic features.[26]

There's definitely going to be odd combinations, whether it's a butterflyger, giraffealope I don't know, but there will be definitely caps that are present.[23]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic pets

Cosmetic pets are available for purchase from the cosmetic store.[27]

See also