Artisan classes

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Artisan classes allow a player to specialize in one or more of the following skill trees.[1]

Within each of these three artisan classes lies different professions.[2]

A character may only master one of the three parent artisan classes.[2]

  • It is possible to master multiple professions (but not all) within this mastered artisan class.[4][2][5]

Artisan classes and their professions are not affected by a character's race, religion, or class.[6]

Crafting and gathering is a very important component of the economy that players will have direct control over. Whether you wish to build a sprawling plantation around your house, or wish to travel the vast wilderness in search of treasure and resources.[9]

The crafting systems and artisanship in general is pretty complex.[10]Steven Sharif


Gathering in the Alpha-1 early preview.[12]

Gathering is one of the artisan classes in Ashes of Creation.[13][1]

Certain low level gatherables will have a tiered progression into higher level crafting. So for example you know if I'm gathering... leaves of the blue petal flower to craft a pigment that's going to be used in the development of a tunic that I can wear at level one, then I may need to collect those in order to craft the pigments to craft a greater pigment that might be present in the in the crafting of a higher level item. So it's going to be kind of a tiered progression so that materials have relevancy throughout the different levels of of crafting; and that's important from an economic stability standpoint. You need to have layered demand from a supply standpoint so that players who are interested in collecting and gathering those materials still are relevant when the later level items are crafted.[16]Steven Sharif

Gathering professions

Artisan tools

Gathering artisan classes require the creation and use of harvesting tools that enable the gathering of resources.[14][15]

  • Progression in the gathering artisan class unlocks higher level harvesting tools that enable gathering of higher level resources.[18]
  • Tools will have durability and tool lifespans.[19][20]
    • The amount of usages of a gathering tool increases as the gatherer becomes more proficient in the gathering artisan tree.[19]
    • Tools may become non-repairable, requiring re crafting.[20]
  • Artisans will not need to rely on other trees in order to make their tools.[14]

Tools do advance within the artisan tree, so your ability to either gather, process or craft will require the equivalent tools necessary at that stage of crafting in order to accomplish the task at hand. So, you could not mine copper and mithril with the same tool.[15]Steven Sharif

Processing requires blueprints for the construction of buildings that are needed to process resources.[14]


Furnace that can be placed on a freehold.[21]

Processing is one of the artisan classes in Ashes of Creation.[21]

Processing requires blueprints for the construction of buildings that are needed to process resources.[14]

Processing professions

Freehold professions


Alpha-1 Forge concept art.[25]

Crafting and gathering is a very important component of the economy that players will have direct control over. Whether you wish to build a sprawling plantation around your house, or wish to travel the vast wilderness in search of treasure and resources. There are many tools available to the crafters of our world. Regardless of how you gather your resources, 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.[9]

Crafting is one of the artisan classes in Ashes of Creation. It is a driving force for the game economy.[26]

Anything that you want to bring into existence in the world is going to be built by players: Whether that is Ships, Siege engines, Weapons, Armor, etc.[29]Jeffrey Bard

There will not be a labor or energy system in Ashes of Creation.[30]

There is no labor or energy system in Ashes. However, that's not to say that crafting will not be difficult. Crafting is very difficult; but it is because it is difficult that it will be very rewarding as well.[30]Steven Sharif

Crafting professions


Crafting in Ashes of Creation is recipe based, not RNG based.[32][33]

  • Within a crafting recipe, there are dials (based on artisan specialization) that are used customize crafted items, such as:[34]
    • Increasing one stat at the expense of another.[35]
    • Making an item more magical versus more physical.[35]

I think Star Wars Galaxies had a great crafting system... The resource gathering and the crafting system altogether as a whole really was I think way beyond its time. That's kind of the direction we want to go, where there's choices to be made in the crafting system and those choices change what you end up with... It's not just about doing X recipe to get Y item. You know, there's actually thought involved in it and there is you know a market to be captured based on those decisions.[36]Jeffrey Bard

Artisan mastery

Ambachtsklassen staan niet toe dat een character een meester in alles kan worden.[37] Een speler moet voor elk character een pad kiezen in de ambachtsvaardigheidsboom.[38] Het vertakken in specifieke paden staat de speler toe om zich te specialiseren in bepaalde vakgebieden. Dit moedigt een spelers inderdependentie aan, wat op zijn beurt de ambachtservaring verrijkt.[39]

Wanneer we refereren naar het niet-zijn van meesters van alles, betekent dat niet dat je geen meester kunt zijn binnen jouw eigen ambachtstype. Dit type kan maker, verzamelaar of verwerker zijn. Je zult een meester zijn van een van die drie, je zult geen meester zijn van de andere twee.[41]Steven Sharif

Artisan supply chain

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Artisans within Ashes of Creation must choose a path in their artisan skill tree. This inter-dependency establishes a supply chain from raw materials to finished product.[42][35] Each stage of the chain may require caravans to transport goods from one artisan to another.[43]

  1. Obtaining raw materials:[44]
  2. Refining the raw materials with the Processing profession.[35]
  3. Crafting the finished product using its crafting recipe.

As a crafter you're going to want to know where certain recipes can be fulfilled; which nodes have the capability of creating what you've processed material that you've gathered for; and then you're going to want to plan out your route to either transit the goods there or make sure that you're situated in the area so that you can go out collect and build in that area as well. So there's a lot of planning that's going to be necessary.[47]Steven Sharif

Legendary items

There is a small RNG chance of looting rare and legendary items or crafting materials from mobs based on the level, status and type of mob. This also applies to harvesting resources with a gathering profession.[48]

At each stage from Gatherer to Processor to Crafter you are required to have certain prerequisites before those elite types of materials can be essentially gathered, processed, or crafted.[50]Steven Sharif

The amount of effort needed and interdependencies across the different types of players – between raiders and PvPers and crafters and even role players and the taverns and businesses: the processors and gatherers – all of those systems will likely have a component that lends toward creating or crafting that legendary item... We want to stay away from the highly RNGd system, and instead take our multiple progression paths that we are offering the players and put the construction components for achieving these legendary items within them so it encourages communities to work together because it's going to be difficult for just one person by themselves to gather everything. Not to say that they couldn't in an economic sense, by buying those components, that's possible. But achieving them from a time investment standpoint we want it to be considerably less RNG focussed.[51]Steven Sharif

Discovery of legendary items will unlock further chapters of the Lore.[53]

There are absolutely legendary items and they're not items that are attained easily nor are they granted out in a volume. There might even be items that are single items that will exist on the server at any given time.[54]

A legendary weapon is easily distinguished by its visual appearance.[51]

It will be a very ornate and detailed weapon, more so than any other weapon or piece of equipment in the game. It will also include some awesome looking effects that won't too gaudy, you know they won't be too bright and shiny so that it doesn't look good, but they will be subtle and people will notice it and know wow that guy has this weapon.[51]Steven Sharif

Legendary items are not intended to be temporary.[55]

The fact there is only one of them... or very very few of them depending on what it is. I think that in and of itself is a balance component right and you need to make sure that the players who are striving for those legendary things and who are devoting the time energy, resources in order to achieve them are accurately rewarded... We do not intend on having legendary items that are temporary.[55]Steven Sharif


Artisan classes are scheduled for release in Alpha-1.[57]

See also

Community guides


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  18. Livestream, 2020-04-30 (53:11).
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  25. Livestream, 2018-08-17 (15:14).
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  27. Livestream, 2020-01-30 (1:38:26).
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  29. Livestream, 2017-05-24 (17:08).
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  41. Livestream, 2020-07-26 (1:09:46).
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