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Gatherable mushrooms found in an underground cave.[1]

Gatherable resources (raw materials/harvestables) occur in locations where you would expect them to be organically.[2]

  • Some resources will be one-time gatherables that will randomly respawn at a different location once collected.[3][4]
  • Other resources will exist as a cluster (also called vein gatherables). These will last until the full resource is depleted.[3][4][2]
    Like a large mine that's present and has a vein of mithril ore in it, or a herd of some type of animal that you can collect fur or wool from.[4]Steven Sharif
    • There will be moving resources such as herds of animals that are constantly moving around the world.[5]
    • Once a resource is depleted from one location it may respawn in the same location or somewhere else, depending on the type of resource.[4][2][5]
    • Resources respawn on a cooldown basis.[2]
  • Resources won't be locked to the node system.[2]
  • Some unique resources may be monsters in disguise or have monsters defending them.[6]

We want our players to have a reason to explore the wilderness, to travel with purpose, and much of that will be driven by our resource system. Transporting these goods might just be more difficult than gathering them. Our regional market system allows players to participate in creating pocket economies that will reinforce the stability of goods in particular regions.[7]

We really want resources to be persistent and non-renewable. If there’s a mithril vein, that mithril vein will be there until it runs out. The server will manage these amounts on its own, and will repopulate things where and when it desires. You might find another mithril vein in that location sometime later, or somewhere nearby, or maybe never again![8]

Loot tables

Monsters drop hunting certificates, Items and crafting materials rather than gold.[10][11]

A wolf is not going to be carrying a sack of gold. It may instead drop "pelts" that can be traded for gold.[11]
  • Hunting certificates will also drop on a character's death.[10]
  • Hunting certificates can be traded with hunter NPCs within nodes.[10]
    • The level of the node and the distance of the node from the drop will determine the value of the certificate. Certificates redeemed from distant economic regions via the caravan system will provide higher returns (4 to 5 times greater in some cases) than certificates collected from the same region.[12][10]
    • The value of the certificates are also calculated (by the world manager algorithm) based on the volume of certificates being redeemed in each region.[12]
  • Hunting certificates can also be stored within node warehouses.[10]

Loot tables of world bosses or dungeon bosses have a small RNG chance of dropping gear (completed items).[13][14]

Loot tables are disabled for player controlled monsters.[19]

Experience debt decreases the drop rate percentages from monsters.[20]

Resource quality

Flanggler (Flower angler or Mimic flower).[21][22]

Resources will have differing levels of quality for the same resource type.[4] This is somewhat similar to Star Wars Galaxies.[23]

You will have an opportunity to proc certain qualities based on your progression in the Artisan tree. So if you are a gatherer; and as you advance in your gathering, you'll have a higher opportunity to collect better resources.[25]Steven Sharif

Gathering skills

Skill Icon Rank 1
Harvest harvest icon.png The harvest skill allows players to gather resources.[26]

Resource extractors

Resource extractors are potential constructions that can collect resources over time.[27]

List of resources


Gathering in the Alpha-1 early preview.[29]

Gathering is one of the artisan classes in Ashes of Creation.[1][30]

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.[33]Steven Sharif

Gathering professions

Seasonal resources

Seasons affect the crops (resources) available for planting as well as how crop rotation is managed.[34][35]

Underrealm resources

Resources will be different in the Underrealm.[36]

  • This will affect Farming and Animal husbandry professions.
  • Since players may only have one Freehold, they must choose their Artisan specializations accordingly if they wish to place it in the Underrealm.

Resource locations

Verra will not be randomly generated, but the starting resource points may be different on each server.[37]

Players will be able to move resources and set up shop in other areas to take advantage of the varied markets. With resources spawning dynamically, certain regions will naturally become important trading hubs for the transportation of goods throughout the world.[7]

World manager

The World manager is an algorithm in Ashes of Creation that controls dynamic world elements. It acts as both a throttle and an incentive system for various activities to ensure certain parameters are within acceptable thresholds.[39]

For example if you know iron is being used as a raw resource for a specific crafting path that might drive up the price of mithril or silver; and that will incentivize the market to course correct a little bit. The idea is to provide soft incentives that help to alleviate the demand and also to prop up the supply that might not be present from the economic systems.[12]Steven Sharif

Castle regions

Castles have direct power over the Nodes that belong to it, but also have soft power across the entire region it belongs to. All Nodes belonging to that region pay fealty to the Castle in the form of taxes paid directly to the Castle. The Monarch sets the rate, and can use those proceeds to upgrade defenses, maintain the Castle’s direct Nodes, or provide buffs and benefits to the citizens of that region, as the magnanimous ruler that you are.[40]

Guild castles influence a castle region around them.[41]

Guild castles impose a tax on all revenue for the nodes within its region.[46]


Furnace that can be placed on a freehold.[53]

Processing is one of the artisan classes in Ashes of Creation.[53]

Processing requires blueprints for the construction of buildings that are needed to process resources.[31]


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Materials (processed goods) are obtained in the following ways:

The quality of crafting materials will influence the quality of the crafted item.[56]

High-level materials

Materials for crafting high-level items are obtained from world bosses and through the deconstruction of other high-level items.[55]

Many end level items with crafting will require mats from world bosses etc. we want those systems intertwined. However. There may be opportunities to deconstruct high level items and replace those needed materials as well. We will be testing the crafting trees in alpha and beta.[55]Steven Sharif


Alpha-1 Forge concept art.[57]

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.[7]

Crafting is one of the artisan classes in Ashes of Creation. It is a driving force for the game economy.[58]

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.[62]Jeffrey Bard

There will not be a labor or energy system in Ashes of Creation.[63]

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.[63]Steven Sharif


Crafting in Ashes of Creation is recipe based, not RNG based.[64][65]

  • Within a crafting recipe, there are dials (based on artisan specialization) that are used customize crafted items, such as:[66]
    • Increasing one stat at the expense of another.[54]
    • Making an item more magical versus more physical.[54]

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.[67]Jeffrey Bard

Crafted items

Crafted items will be on par with best in slot items.[68]

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.[7]

Crafting and World Bosses will be the main way to obtain high-level gear. There are some exceptions to this in the form of Legendary items (single server drops or discoveries), and other equipment that may drop wholesale, but we want Artisans and top tier raiding to produce the lion’s share of high level, high effectiveness equipment.[14]Sarah Flanagan

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Livestream, 3 September 2017 (10:48).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (54:26).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Livestream, 31 July 2020 (1:05:58).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Livestream, 25 July 2020 (1:04:50).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Livestream, 17 December 2019 (1:14:42).
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 About Ashes of Creation.
  8. Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World, 13 April 2017.
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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Interview, 18 July 2020 (27:11).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Livestream, 24 May 2017 (44:14).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Interview, 19 July 2020 (1:08:22).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Interview, 19 July 2020 (8:43).
  14. 14.0 14.1 February 8, 2019 - Questions and Answers.
  15. Interview, 20 July 2020 (21:57).
  16. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (55:49).
  17. Interview, 18 July 2020 (1:00:15).
  18. Livestream, 25 July 2020 (46:08).
  19. Livestream, 3 May 2017 (35:25).
  20. Ashes of Creation Forums - Former Lineage 2 PvP'er wanting to discuss PvP loopholes.
  21. flanggler.png
  22. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (53:28).
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  24. Livestream, 30 April 2020 (53:11).
  25. 25.0 25.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:13).
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Video, 2 September 2017 (0:21).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Livestream, 30 May 2017 (10:24).
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  29. Livestream, 28 March 2020 (48:31).
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  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Interview, 27 March 2020 (9:00).
  32. Interview, 11 May 2018 (38:25).
  33. 33.0 33.1 Podcast, 11 May 2018 (1:00:07).
  34. Livestream, 8 May 2017 (20:27).
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  36. Livestream, 1 June 2017 (24:30).
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  38. mine-shaft-leak.png
  39. Interview, 19 July 2020 (1:10:55).
  40. Blog: 10 facts about castle sieges in the MMORPG.
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  43. 43.0 43.1 castle-region.png
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  45. castle-metro.png
  46. castle-taxes.png
  47. Livestream, 28 August 2020 (1:39:02).
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  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 53.4 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (34:15).
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (8:22).
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 55.3 end level mats.png
  56. Interview, 20 October 2018 (17:31).
  57. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (15:14).
  58. CraftingImportance.png
  59. Livestream, 30 January 2020 (1:38:26).
  60. Livestream, 12 May 2017 (1:00:18).
  61. Interview, 19 July 2020 (6:38).
  62. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (17:08).
  63. 63.0 63.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:31:39).
  64. Livestream, 5 May 2017 (20:41).
  65. Rng crafting.jpg
  66. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (5:25).
  67. Livestream, 4 June 2018 (35:11).
  68. 68.0 68.1 Livestream, 5 May 2017 (14:45).
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  70. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (24:19).
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