Artisan mastery

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A character may only ever master one of the three parent artisan paths (Gathering, Processing or Crafting).[1][2][3][4]

  • A character will be able to achieve up to tier 3 or tier 4 proficiency in professions that are not mastered.[2][5]
Players will have the opportunity to dabble in all of the professions at a very beginners level and then that gives them an understanding of what that profession feels like and then allows them to pinpoint the direction that they want to go in to master particular professions.[5]Steven Sharif
  • Based on testing, it may be decided to limit profession mastery certificates to a capped value.[6][7]
Becoming a master Crafter or a master Processor or a master Gatherer should be a significant time investment and resource investment; and because of that it should also be something that when you achieve that status it's like people on the server know who you are.[8]Steven Sharif
  • Masteries aren’t just about making an item. They grant many things, including titles, access to items, bargains, and quests. [9]
  • Previously it was stated that with considerable effort a player can master all professions within a mastered parent artisan class.[10][11] This was later changed to a player being able to master some but not all professions within a mastered parent artisan class.[12][13] This was changed to being able to master up to two or three professions within a mastered parent artisan class (subject to testing).[2] The current stance is being able to master up to two professions.[1]
Q: What would be the daily activities for someone at level 50 with a maxed out artisan tree?
A: The daily activity might be something along the lines of, depending on what type of profession or processor you are, of interacting with fellow artisanship individuals to wheel and deal on supply and demand chains; orchestrating and participating and caravan roads that move materials across the world so that you can satisfy buy orders and/or commission requests. Participating in unique trades and/or dungeon experiences that have the opportunity to acquire unique crafting materials so that you can create the dragon's legendary sword and sell that potentially. Finding unique harvestable materials in remote parts of the world or engaging in treasure map finding for again unique materials and/or processing things. There's a whole host of different intents that are loops for the players to participate in that again are situationally relevant based on the world state.[14]Steven Sharif

Artisan progression

Progression within the artisan tree occurs based on experience (repetition of tasks) as well as achievements of certain benchmarks within each branch (Gathering, Processing and Crafting).[15]

  • Choosing a specific path in the skill tree allows the player an opportunity to specialize in a certain area. This encourages player inter-dependency, enhancing the artisan experience.[16]
When we reference not being masters of all that doesn't mean you're not a master within your own one of the three artisan types, which is crafter or gatherer, processor. You will be a master of one of those, you will not be master of the other two.[3]Steven Sharif
Q: In regards to character level and artisan level. We know that currently there are two separate things. That being said, what prevents a player from staying level one and partying up with a level 50 player to then gather level 50 resources in the high zones? That way, anyone who wants to take those resources will have to kill the gatherer who is level one and get a large amount of corruption for killing a level one as a level 50.
A: Gathering higher level resources requires significant advancement within a particular profession for that gatherable resource. So, if I'm a Miner and I want to access the highest possible mineral, I need to be a master miner; and in order to achieve the master minor status I am going to be gaining adventuring level experience through that process, because many of those quest lines, many of those achievements are facilitated through quest lines. Some of those quest lines interface with adventuring difficulties that are out in the wild at certain levels. So that's going to predicate me- that's going to be a predicate for me to achieve a certain level in order to complete some of these quest lines and achieve that master status. So you will you will likely not see the ability of a level one alt character having the access to high level mineral mining, or any other type of gatherable out there.[19]Steven Sharif

Gathering tools

Gathering Halcyonite using a mining pick gathering tool.[22]

Each gathering profession will have three tools. The tools come online as you progress through the profession; and the different resource types for each one of the professions may require different tools. So, you basically want to carry around the right tool for the job. And tools along with artisanship gear will have stats on it, so you can itemize towards how you want to gather, how fast you want to gather.[22]Kory Rice

Gathering tools (also referred to as harvesting tools and artisan tools) enable the gathering of resources in Ashes of Creation.[22][23][24][25]

  • Tools will have durability and lifespans.[29][30]
    • The amount of usages of a gathering tool increases as the gatherer becomes more proficient in the gathering artisan tree.[29]
    • Tools may become non-repairable, requiring re crafting.[30]
  • Artisans will not need to rely on other trees in order to make their tools.[24]
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.[25]Steven Sharif
  • The developers are considering the introduction of gathering tools that require two players, such as two-person saws that can fell larger trees.[27]
Your progression within the profession will take account what tools you can use. There might even be some opportunity to do some gathering with other players that . Typically in other games that I play you usually do the gathering alone. You're venturing around alone; and we wanted to take a look at maybe having a friend to help you with a two person saw on a larger tree. Maybe there's some panning that you could do as opposed to just hitting with the pickaxe. So, we'll have other tools that are part of that progression path and other activities that players can do if they would like to gather together.[25]Kory Rice

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.[31]

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.[33]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.[34]Steven Sharif

Certain legendary items may be limited to one per server at any given time.[37][38]

  • If the player character leaves the server then the item will become available for acquisition through whatever means it was acquired previously.[37]

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.[38]

A legendary weapon is easily distinguished by its visual appearance.[34]

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, 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.[34]Steven Sharif

Legendary items are not intended to be temporary.[39]

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.[39]Steven Sharif

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Discovery of legendary items will unlock further chapters of the Lore.[41]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 steven-mastery-cap.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Livestream, April 29, 2022 (1:13:00).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Livestream, July 26, 2019 (1:09:46).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Livestream, May 24, 2017 (32:07).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Interview, March 27, 2020 (5:25).
  6. artisan mastery5.png
  7. artisan mastery3.png
  8. Interview, July 20, 2020 (18:47).
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  10. artisan mastery1.png
  11. steven-profession-mastery-all.png
  12. steven-profession-mastery.png
  13. artisan skill tree.png
  14. Interview, July 9, 2023 (42:51).
  15. Interview, February 7, 2021 (36:38).
  16. Livestream, May 10, 2017 (6:12).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Development Update with Freehold Preview.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Livestream, June 30, 2023 (50:07).
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Livestream, April 7, 2023 (1:00:55).
  20. Livestream, October 28, 2022 (1:32:38).
  21. Livestream, July 31, 2020 (1:31:11).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Video, June 30, 2023 (3:14).
  23. Livestream, October 14, 2022 (32:38).
  24. 24.0 24.1 Interview, March 27, 2020 (9:00).
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Interview, May 11, 2018 (38:25).
  26. 26.0 26.1 Video, October 28, 2022 (26:14).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Video, October 28, 2022 (25:11).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Livestream, April 30, 2020 (53:11).
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Livestream, July 31, 2020 (1:05:58).
  30. 30.0 30.1 crafting tools.jpg
  31. Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:00:15).
  32. Interview, July 19, 2020 (8:43).
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 Interview, July 20, 2020 (21:57).
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (55:49).
  35. Livestream, July 25, 2020 (46:08).
  36. Livestream, March 26, 2021 (1:02:06).
  37. 37.0 37.1 Livestream, March 31, 2022 (1:15:02).
  38. 38.0 38.1 Livestream, May 15, 2017 (38:08).
  39. 39.0 39.1 Livestream, July 9, 2018 (25:34).
  40. Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (51:49).
  41. Livestream, May 19, 2017 (44:18).