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Icon Archetype Type.[1] Role.[2]
bard icon.png Bard Arcane Support
cleric icon.png Cleric Arcane Support
fighter icon new.png Fighter Martial Damage
mage icon.png Mage Arcane Damage
ranger icon.png Ranger Martial Damage
rogue icon new.png Rogue Martial Damage
summoner icon.png Summoner Arcane -
tank icon.png Tank Martial Tank

Ashes of Creation has the traditional trinity of Tank, DPS (damage dealers) and Support (healer or non-healer) roles.[3][2][4]

We have our eight base archetypes; and the trinity is a pretty strong influence with regards to the eight base classes. However the area in which we actually begin to play with that line between the trinity is in the secondary classes that you can pick. That's where we begin to blend those spaces and allow people a little bit of influence over their role and whether or not they fit perfectly within a particular category within the trinity.[5]Steven Sharif


Balancing in Ashes of Creation is group focused not based on 1v1 combat.[6][7]

There will be match ups in 1v1s where one class will be superior to another; and that application should be a rock-paper-scissors dynamic. We want there to be counter-play between the different classes... Instead it's going to be a group focused balance, where as long as you have the diversity of classes present, that's going to be an equal level playing field. It's going to be very dependent on skill and strategy.[7]Steven Sharif
From an engagement or encounter perspective, obviously we do a finger-in-the wind kind of balance pass, but a lot of that stuff from our encounters team doesn't get done until populations are in place and those encounter designs get a little bit more time to bake.[9]Steven Sharif

The sixty four (64) classes are partitioned into eight primary archetypes. Balancing of active skills only relates to these eight primary archetypes.[6][10]

  • There are four primary groups of augments assigned to each base archetype. Balancing of augments relates to the four augment groups for each of the eight archetypes.[11][12][13][10][14]
Even though augments do radically change the way your active skills provide you abilities, there's still a primary focus on the base archetype itself and not the 64 whole classes.[6]Steven Sharif
We're not really talking about 64 true classes, we're talking about eight classes with 64 variants... There isn't as much variance between the 64 classes as you might expect. It's not like there are you know 64 different versions of... radically different classes.[6]Jeffrey Bard
Certain archetypes are capable of moving the gap between their counterpart per-se. If I am a Tank archetype and a Mage is my counter, I can take a Mage secondary and kind of bridge the divide slightly; and then move my identity that direction ever so slightly.[15]Steven Sharif

Class abilities

Alpha-1 preview primary skills.[16]

If from the eight archetypes whatever you choose as your secondary, you're going to receive a choice of augments that relate to some core ideal of that class. You know like a tank is about controlling the battlefield, is about surviving. The mage is about dealing damage and elements and ability in AoEs. The rogue is going to be about stealth and critical damage. So those augments are going to to play towards those identities.[17]Steven Sharif

The idea behind the system is that you're kind of skirting the line through these augmentations of your role, right. We have the traditional holy trinity that's present in class designs for MMOs and it's often that those either are not deviated at all or completely deviated from entirely. The augment is to kind of offer a balance between that where you still maintain the semblance of that trinity system while offering the opportunity to customize your play experience towards one of the other angles in the triangle.[18]Steven Sharif

Primary skills (class abilities) are based on a player's archetype.[19] Players can personalize their primary skills with augmentation from a secondary archetype.[13][19][20]

The design behind augments is to not just change the flavor so that it reflects the secondary archetype, but it also fundamentally changes the core components of a skill.[21]Steven Sharif
There's going to be a certain threshold at which you can no longer augment your active abilities based on the decisions you've augmented previous abilities, so you'll have to pick and choose which ones you want to apply the augments towards.[23]Steven Sharif
  • Choosing the same primary and secondary archetype increases focus on that archetype.[25]
  • Augments to primary skills will fundamentally change the way the ability works: Adapting what the ability once did to incorporate the identity of the secondary archetype.[26]
  • Changing the augmentations on your skills will require you to go to a NPC in a Village node or higher.[28]
  • Some spell colors and general FX change based on augments.[29]
    • Active skills could look totally different after an augment gets applied.[30]

Primary skills in Alpha-2 are expected to be very different to those in Alpha-1.[33]

The ability list in Alpha One is nowhere near what the ability list will be, especially from like a level/progression standpoint. So you can expect it to be incredibly different.[33]Steven Sharif

Skill points

Alpha-1 preview skills user interface.[34]

This is where players allocate skill points into either their active skills, their passive abilities- which can augment their usage of weapons and armors and health regeneration and passive stats and stuff like that-- but on the weapons side of things, that's where you will spec into certain types of procs based off of weapon groupings. So we've talked a little bit about this in the past: If you have a dagger, daggers might have a chance to proc a bleed on your weapon attack and that would synergize with an active skills' ability like let's say Backstab that does additional damage if the target is under a bleed effect. Now we have said in the past that players will be able to allocate skill points into their active skills that are more geared towards either action combat or tab targeting.[35]Steven Sharif

Players receive skill points as they level. These can be used to level up skills (increase their rank) within their active, passive or combat/weapon skill trees.[36][37][38][39]

  • It will not be possible to max all skills in a skill tree.[39]
  • In terms of skill progression, players can choose to go "wide" and get a number of different abilities, or go "deep" into a few specific abilities.[40]
  • Players are able to reset and reallocate their skill points.[41]
  • Augments do not cost skill points.[24] It was previously stated that certain augments will have more expense required on the skill point side.[23]
Making active skills capable of receiving additional skill point allocations and unlocking additional features so that from a player agency standpoint it's going to be up to you whether or not you want to be more diverse but less depth- wider and not taller, in some of these skill choices. Or if you want to be very very tall, that's going to be something that is up to the player in that regard.[42]Steven Sharif

Best-in-slot items


  • Increasing difficulty ratings inspire more of a traditional vertical power progression that is common in other MMOs.[47]
Oftentimes you just have a very vertical power scale and that determines chase, but when you have a variety of relevance across certain types of adversaries and that variety changes over time because of player activity- and then that affects the economy and the crafter system and who was producing what for what demand- and everything gets shaken up. That's a very kind of fun environment to exist in. It presents a more dynamic situation rather than a quote-unquote cookie-cutter type selection.[47]Steven Sharif
  • The intricacies of how nodes interact with predicates in the world means that it may be possible but difficult to achieve meta server builds.[48]
Q: Do you have any concerns on players eventually discovering a meta server build with nodes due to players heading to specific nodes and regions because they find that content more enjoyable; and if so how would you go about getting players to shift around the world to break up the meta?
A: I think it's interesting if players have a concerted effort across a server to interact with one another, learn from their actions, mistakes, successes, and effectuate that on the server. That's interesting, but I don't believe we'll see a meta form. I think that the intricacies are too great when it comes to how predicates are formed in order to elicit world state changes.[48]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse class kits

Six classes will be present in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[49]

These classes relate to the trinity of classes: Tank, DPS and Support.[49][50]

  • Skills/abilities are not tied specifically to weapons in castle siege mode.[51]
    • It was previously stated that weapon skills are applied to augment a class' base skills.[52]
  • Base class skills may be able to be selected from a host of available skills for that class based on a player's progression within that season.[52][53]

We had a little bit of an idea that we're going to explore with regards to each of the classes having a range of skills and abilities that players can customize that skill kit based on their progression within a season, let's say; and that progression can be gained from any of the modes and it would grant you the ability to kind of customize that skill kit for the before the siege mode or the horde mode. But that's something that might come at a later date.[53]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse classes only apply to Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[54]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse healing

Healing in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will be reticle based (action targeted).[55]

We have a few design theories on action combat and healing to began with phase one. Part of that will be the implementation of a class system into the castle siege and horde mode of phase one. Those will be kits that play out as skills available from an action perspective. You'll be able to target in proximity, basically so positioning is going to matter. Importantly, for healers being close to the individual party members you wish to heal. Additionally, you'll have reticle based healing methods. This would be a template that could be launched in that direction as a pulse of heels or augments. So there's a lot of different systems are playing with that you'll see more of when we get to those when we get to the castle siege system and the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[55]Steven Sharif

See also


  1. Interview, July 29, 2020 (49:53).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Group dynamics blog.
  3. Podcast, April 11, 2021 (13:30).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Livestream, May 22, 2017 (46:04).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Interview, October 20, 2018 (2:40:16).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Livestream, October 30, 2020 (33:26).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Podcast, April 23, 2018 (59:28).
  8. Livestream, May 28, 2021 (1:13:05).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Livestream, December 2, 2022 (1:05:51).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Interview, October 20, 2018 (2:40:17).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Podcast, September 29, 2021 (30:04).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Livestream, June 25, 2021 (1:05:01).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:05:04).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, February 9, 2018 (41:56).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Podcast, April 23, 2018 (1:01:01).
  16. toast-keybinds-skills.png
  17. Livestream, October 16, 2017 (1:00:44).
  18. Interview, August 8, 2018 (22:27).
  19. 19.0 19.1 progression.png
  20. class secondary.png
  21. Livestream, July 25, 2020 (1:47:55).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, December 17, 2019 (1:13:14).
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:07:06).
  24. 24.0 24.1 Forums - Livestream Q&A 2022-08-26.
  25. class same.png
  26. February 8, 2019 - Questions and Answers.
  27. Livestream, July 26, 2019 (1:09:22).
  28. Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (20:45).
  29. augmentcolors.png
  30. Interview, May 11, 2018 (53:15).
  31. Livestream, November 19, 2021 (50:38).
  32. Video, September 30, 2022 (17:00).
  33. 33.0 33.1 Livestream, September 24, 2021 (1:18:06).
  34. Livestream, June 25, 2021 (23:08).
  35. Livestream, August 28, 2020 (1:12:50).
  36. Interview, July 29, 2020 (55:44).
  37. Interview, July 19, 2020 (53:59).
  38. Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:07:51).
  39. 39.0 39.1 Livestream, July 28, 2017 (19:05).
  40. Livestream, November 16, 2017 (30:02).
  41. Interview, July 29, 2020 (54:44).
  42. Livestream, August 28, 2020 (1:19:24).
  43. Livestream, June 30, 2022 (1:18:55).
  44. Livestream, May 10, 2017 (14:45).
  45. Livestream, May 29, 2020 (1:33:11).
  46. Livestream, March 31, 2022 (1:19:41).
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 Podcast, April 11, 2021 (54:35).
  48. 48.0 48.1 Livestream, April 7, 2023 (1:15:02).
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Livestream, January 11, 2019 (41:20).
  50. Interview, October 20, 2018 (11:38).
  51. Livestream, November 22, 2019 (59:37).
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 Interview, August 17, 2018 (8:16).
  53. 53.0 53.1 Livestream, January 11, 2019 (58:40).
  54. Reddit Q&A, 2019-01-8.
  55. 55.0 55.1 Interview, August 8, 2018 (19:40).
  56. 56.0 56.1 Interview, August 17, 2018 (12:05).
  57. 57.0 57.1 Interview, December 6, 2018 (2:04).