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2nd Sword Division non-cosmetic gear set 3D renders. 3D model by Keith Kovach.[1]

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.[2]Steven Sharif

Equipping the Titanbark gear set in Alpha-2.[3]

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.[4]Steven Sharif

Gear sets (also known as tier sets) are a part of Ashes of Creation.[5][4][6]

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.[5]Steven Sharif
  • Players gain bonuses depending on the number and tier of pieces they have equipped.[5][4][6]
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  • There are passive abilities that can be chosen to become more adept with certain set types.[6]
  • There will be viable non-set builds.[12]

Set bonuses

Players gain bonuses depending on the number and tier of pieces they have equipped.[5][4][6]

  • An overarching set effect is granted to wearers of exclusively one "type" of armor, for example: all cloth, or all plate.[13]
  • There may be set bonuses that members of certain communities will obtain based on gear set type.[5][6]
  • 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.[14]
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  • Certain set bonuses may trade off core gear stats.[12]

List of gear sets

Alpha-2 in-game achievable Carphin robe gear set 3D turntable. 3D model by Emanuel Gonzalez.[15]

A lot of games that I've been a player of, the cosmetics look better. They incentivize you to acquire the cosmetics because they always look way better than what's achievable in-game. This is our attempt to create parity in that regard.[15]Steven Sharif

In-game achievable gear sets.[15][11][4][6]

Item rarities

Item rarities in Ashes of Creation.

Armor weights

Kaelar armor.[24]

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.[25]Steven Sharif

Light, medium, and heavy armor weights have different characteristics.[26]

  • The stat values on armor can include both damage dealing and damage mitigation stats.[25]
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.[26]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.[26]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.[26]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.[26]Steven Sharif

Light armor

Kaelar Level 20 robe set 3D render.[28]

This set is a level 20 set and this is not cosmetic. This is an in-game achievable armor set I believe.[28]Steven Sharif

Light armor (also referred to as Robes and Cloth armor).[29][30]

Medium armor

Level 10-20 crafted leather armor set 3D render.[34]

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.[25]Steven Sharif

Medium armor (also referred to as Leather armor) can incorporate robe, chainmail, and plate, influences.[29][30][35]

  • May provide some benefits from light armor or heavy armor.[25]
  • May also include benefits that aren't purely related to damage mitigation, such as improved critical chance.[25]

Heavy armor

Tier 5 in-game earnable Kaelar plate armor 3D renders.[36]

Heavy armor is predominantly plate metal, but may incorporate other influences, such as leather.[35]


Different damage types are mitigated by the defensive stats (resistances) on different types of armor.[32]

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.[37]Tradd Thompson
  • Players will be able to counter resistances with resistance penetration stats.[44]
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.[45]Steven Sharif
  • There is also non-mitigated damage.[32]
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.[44]Steven Sharif

Best-in-slot gear

A design goal for Ashes of Creation is to not have overarching best-in-slot items (BiS) that are meta for all situations.[47]

There's still going to be customization within realms for your archetype that you will want to spec into, knowing you're going into a certain fight, or into a certain raid, or into a certain war, or whatever it may be: and you may want to spec specifically and gear specifically and have people set up in a way that makes the most sense for that.[49]Margaret Krohn

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.[53][54][55][50][56][57]

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.[50]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.[63]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.[68]

List of crafted items

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Item Icon Item type Rarity Level requirement Set
Apprentice Herbalism Sickle Novice Herbalism Sickel Icon.png Tool Common Apprentice
Apprentice Lumberjacking Axe Novice Lumberjacking Axe Icon.png Tool Common Apprentice
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
Crude Herbalism Sickle CrudeHerbalismSickleIcon.png Tool Common
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
Journeyman Lumberjacking Axe Novice Lumberjacking Axe Icon.png Tool Common Journeyman
Lava Forged Defender LavaForgedDefenderIcon.png Shield Rare Lava Forged
Mace of Briarhome HeroicMaceIcon.png Mace Heroic Briarhome
Master Lumberjacking Axe Novice Lumberjacking Axe Icon.png Tool Common Master
Night Blade Heroic Nightblade Icon.png Sword Heroic
Novice Herbalism Sickle Novice Herbalism Sickel Icon.png Tool Common Novice
Novice Lumberjacking Axe Novice Lumberjacking Axe Icon.png Tool Common Novice
Novice Mining Axe Novice Mining Axe Icon.png Tool Common Novice
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 Greatsword Rare Sharpened
Shield of Briarhome Shield Briarhome
Spire Of Illusion StaffIcon.png Staff Epic 15
Stormcaller's Axe Stormcaller's Axe Icon.png Axe Rare
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.[61][2]

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.[61]Jeffrey Bard
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Gear is broken down into Core Stats and Additional Stats.[69]

Gear enhancement

Gear enhancements are possible both during and after an item is crafted.[70][71]

There is a combination of systems that take an item to its max potential. Players will need to contribute in a certain number of these systems to reach max. Some of the systems are an either/or situation.[70]Kory Rice
The contribution of materials to crafting an item results in advancing the rarity of that item. Now, that doesn't exclude players who don't have the legendary or the higher quality contributed resources from progressing their common item up the rarity tree through enchantments such as scroll enchanting or through tempering the gear. Both of those can affect the quality and the rarity of the gear that you produce, but by contributing the resources during the crafting process you are getting a head start with the higher quality item and now are less dependent on those other avenues to achieve that, which might be again a different vertical space of progression that you don't have as good of access to.[71]Steven Sharif
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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.[81][82]

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.[84]Steven Sharif


See also


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