Directional attacks

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There will be directional attacks (back attacks, flanking attacks, frontal attacks) that deal additional damage depending on the positional context of the attack.[1]


Weapon attack cone in Alpha-1.[2]

As I attack I am hitting multiple numbers of these opponents; and that's important because all weapons, regardless of whether you are in reticle mode or tab-targeting mode will be able to have a action-based type weapon attack. Not active skill, but weapon attack.[2]Steven Sharif

All weapons have a forward attack cone, regardless of being in tab or action mode.[2]

Polearms for example will have a much wider arc and much further out. Daggers will have a more fine-tuned arc, so you have to be more precise in that regard.[2]Steven Sharif

This is described as a weapon attack not an active skill.[2]

Combat targeting

Ranger hybrid combat in Alpha-2.[4]

Part of what we're exploring with this approach of our hybrid combat is offering the player the functionality to utilize either tab targeting or a reticle-based action camera mode; and you know there are benefits to each; and both of them are providing the player what they feel most comfortable with playing. All of our attacks are going to be stat opposed unless they're a templated attack, in which case there will be certain bonuses and/or stronger applied chances for certain types of CC effects to be applied or potentially evasion and accuracy aspects of it. These are all things that we plan to to test throughout alpha two to see where the player base lives in those two options of the action or tab target based attack modes. The important part here is that this is still a work-in-progress. This is meant to give you a look at where our approach has now been living over the past several months when it comes to combat based off of what we learned in alpha one, what player feedback has been along the way and how we can create a compelling system of combat between these very different classes and weapon types.[5]Steven Sharif

Hybrid combat refers to the choice between tab and action combat in Ashes of Creation.[6][7][8][9] A toggle button (default Z, but can be re-bound to another key) allows the player to switch between action and tab combat modes.[10][11][2][12]

  • The action mode camera is tied to the to the player's reticle (crosshair).[13][14]
    • There will likely be a hotkey that when held down will allow free camera movement in action mode.[14]
    • In future the user will have the ability to choose from different reticle appearances.[15]
  • Targeted skills require either a soft or hard locked target.[13]
    • Soft locking is when the reticle moves over a valid target while in action mode. The targeting plate will appear slightly grayed out to indicate that this is a soft-lock target. If the reticle moves away from the target or the target moves away from the reticle, the target is lost.[13].
    • Hard locking is when the player uses right-mouse on a soft-locked target in action mode, or when the player selects a valid target in tab mode. The targeting plate will not be grayed-out to indicate that a hard-lock target is selected. Unlike soft locking, if the target moves out of the reticle, the target is not lost. Tab will still cycle between hard-locked targets in action mode based on proximity priority.[16][13]

Q: What the benefits are for tab versus action. I feel like a lot of people feel like tab is just easier so why would I use action?

A: If you're in a massive brawl, the ability to pick and choose targets that are far in the back line that might might be more advantageous towards tab target users because they're able to click, but the reaction time to acquire a target for a cursor versus acquiring a target for a reticle is much faster and less cumbersome because it doesn't require as many actions on behalf of the user.[19]Steven Sharif

Templated and targeted versions of skills will have different characteristics.[5][10][20][21][22]

Skill progressions, skill point allocation is determined by the player. The player will be able to choose either more tab-target oriented skills or more action-based skills and customize their playable experience to what accommodates their preference. From a balancing standpoint for us developers, we need to make sure that certain abilities house certain functions so that there's a balance between skill shots and tab-target abilities.[21]Steven Sharif
  • Targeted skills will be greyed out if the target is not within a valid range but templated skills will generally require the player to assess the correct range for the skill.[23]
info-orange.pngSome of the following information has not been recently confirmed by the developers and may not be on the current development roadmap.
  • It may not be possible to be able to fully spec into just action or tab targeted skills. There might be a 75% cap on choosing skills from any one type.[21]
  • For the purposes of balance, certain skill types will be either tab or action oriented skills.[25]
    • Hard CCs may be housed in action oriented skills because they are skill shots that are more difficult to land.[25][21]
    • Softer CC's would be housed in tab-targeted abilities.[25]
As an example: Let's say you're playing a ranged class. You could have an action-oriented power shot in your skill tree or you could have a single target power shot that ramps up and does more damage.[22]Steven Sharif


There are player and spell collision mechanics in Ashes of Creation.[27]

  • Inertia and momentum physics will help prevent blocking doorways/access points. This is based on a character's direction and movement speed, and can be used to push people out of the way.[28][27]


The developers are testing different approaches to accommodate varying hitboxes between the races.[29]

  • There may be a single unified hitbox with some exceptions or some special collision rules as opposed to having different sized hitboxes.[29]

More than likely we'll have some sort of unified or unified-ish hitbox. But again it's going to probably have a unified hitbox with some exceptions or some special sort of collision rules based on them as opposed to kind of just making it smaller for one and not the other.[29]Jeffrey Bard

There aren't separate types of hitbox categories in the Ashes of Creation MMORPG as there were in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[29]

We don't have separate types of hitbox categories, for example. There's no head hit box in the MMORPG like there was in APOC. So from a critical standpoint you're not going to see a greater risk of critting for a larger hitbox.[29]Steven Sharif


Alpha-2 work-in-progress combat animations and decals.[30]

The intensity of those weapon trailings; how they scale based on the type of weapon, the level of weapon, that you have; but not just the trailing on the weapon per-se but also the ground decals. Like for this heavy weapon, that first strike you see that decal in the ground is- I love that look- and even on the backswing when I hit the ground behind me, it's causing that decal.[30]Steven Sharif

We really wanted to build the combat system to- like i said earlier- be as physical as possible. So we have it very animation driven. Everything is handled based on a reference of animation as opposed to nebulous timings, which allows it to feel very impactful and very responsive.[31]Keenan Reimer
  • Races will not have unique combat animations, but will have unique non-combat animations.[32][33]
We're not going to be having I think unique combat animations. However we will have unique non-combat animations, such as your idle, your walk, your run cycle: things that the combat attacks do not have to blend back into.[32]Steven Sharif

Animation cancelling

Animation cancelling will not be a combat mechanic.[34][35]

Combat stances

The use of weapon stances in game is likely.[36]


In specific circumstances there will be telegraphs (tells) to communicate something that's happening.[37]

  • Animation tells.
  • Templates.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Livestream, March 26, 2021 (1:11:25).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Livestream, August 28, 2020 (1:15:39).
  3. class cleaving.png
  4. Video, September 30, 2022 (17:03).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Livestream, September 30, 2022 (41:06).
  6. steven-hybrid.png
  7. Livestream, August 27, 2021 (1:16:04).
  8. Livestream, June 25, 2021 (22:34).
  9. Livestream, November 16, 2017 (30:45).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Livestream, June 25, 2021 (27:43).
  11. steven-combat-revamp-update-2.png
  12. Livestream, April 30, 2020 (1:09:51).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Video, September 30, 2022 (17:00).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, March 26, 2021 (59:21).
  15. Livestream, June 25, 2021 (26:11).
  16. Livestream, September 30, 2022 (49:16).
  17. Livestream, September 30, 2022 (52:33).
  18. Livestream, September 30, 2022 (48:10).
  19. Livestream, September 30, 2022 (54:35).
  20. Newsletter, 2018-08-7
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (37:57).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Podcast, August 4, 2018 (1:07:59).
  23. Livestream, January 27, 2023 (1:11:07).
  24. Livestream, August 28, 2020 (1:12:50).
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 Podcast, August 4, 2018 (1:11:05).
  26. steven-action-tab-attack-range.png
  27. 27.0 27.1 collision.jpg
  28. Interview, March 27, 2020 (15:20).
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 Livestream, October 30, 2020 (1:15:59).
  30. 30.0 30.1 Video, June 30, 2022 (20:29).
  31. 31.0 31.1 Video, June 30, 2022 (21:19).
  32. 32.0 32.1 Livestream, June 30, 2022 (53:33).
  33. Livestream, December 22, 2020 (1:12:56).
  34. 34.0 34.1 Livestream, November 22, 2019 (1:09:37).
  35. Livestream, May 17, 2017 (1:05:11).
  36. Livestream, June 28, 2019 (1:19:00).
  37. Livestream, May 22, 2017 (49:38).