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Alpha-2 Mage Chain Lightning arcing around an environmental obstacle.[1]

You saw there that I ice bolted to apply stacks of chill. I Then followed up with my Elemental Empowerment attacks that added additional chill stacks, which created the frozen condition on the target they couldn't move; and then before that frozen conditions subsided I used my Arc Lightning in order to cause the Shattered effect.[2]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 Melee Mage using a Greatsword weapon combo with class abilities.[3]

Different weapons have different synergies with class abilities, which just introduces that extra level of depth. It's like, how can I maximize the effect of this... I'm trading in this case my ranged potential for the ability to apply these status effects in a more AoE regard, which makes Greatsword a lot better for dealing with packs than the wand; and sometimes you'll even be able to use either one based on the situation. We allow players to swap their weapons based on what they are coming up against and it creates a lot of answers to different situations if you have the tools for it.[4]Tradd Thompson

Mage3.PNG Mage is an archetype in Ashes of Creation.[5][6]

  • Mages are able to combine skills from different elements, along with non-elemental spells and weapon attacks to produce powerful synergies and combos.[2]
    • Players can focus exclusively on a single element, but this will reduce their ability to benefit from synergies and combos between different elements.[7]
Passive essence is converted into useful forms and patterns under their direction, which can then take the shape of nearly anything imaginable! Mages can bend space, summon light, or set the very air ablaze – applying force in all its rawness, or in any shade of their elemental fury.[5]
  • Mages tend to have the most direct relationship with The Essence compared to others.[5]
Mages tend to have the most direct relationship with essence compared to others, and they manage that bond with a singular will... As a Mage’s connection to essence develops further, their power will continue to grow, unfold, and take shape.[5]

Mage classes

Class Primary Secondary
Acolyte Mage Cleric
Archwizard Mage Mage
Battle Mage Mage Fighter
Shadow Caster Mage Rogue
Sorcerer Mage Bard
Spellhunter Mage Ranger
Spellstone Mage Tank
Warlock Mage Summoner


Skill Icon Description
Arcane Circle Arcane Circle Icon.png Place a powerful rune of magic upon the ground beneath you, grants Arcane Might while standing within. Lasts 10 seconds.[8]
Arcane Empowerment Mage Spell Shift 8.png Temporarily dramatically increased cast time while active. Consume all spell charges for increased duration per charge consumed. Spell charges are generated whenever you cast an offensive mage spell while not under the effects of Arcane Empowerment. Each cast generates 1 charge, up to a maximum of 10 charges.[9]
Arcane Eye Arcane Eye Icon.png Conjure a magical eye above you, that reveals any camouflaged enemies within a 20 meter radius to you and your party. Lasts 10 seconds.[10]
Arcane Volley Arcane Volley (Active).png Fires a volley of 7 arcane missiles at your target, dealing (35%🢆) arcane damage each.[11][12]
Ball Lightning Ball Lightning Icon.png Create a large ball of charged electricity that travels slowly forward, rapidly dealing (50%🢆) lightning damage and applying Volatile to enemies it overlaps with.[13][14][15]
Blink Blink.png Instantly teleport 20 meters in the direction you are moving.[16][17]
Blizzard Blizzard.png Channel a massive blizzard around you, raining a barrage of hail shards upon your enemies while channeling. Periodically pulses Chilled to targets within the area. Each shard impact deals (50%🢆) ice damage in a small area around it and applies Frozen to targets with Chilled.[18][19][13]
Chain Lightning Chain Lightning Icon clean.png Release a powerful streak of lightning that hits your primary target and then chains outward to up to 5 nearby enemies from that target, dealing (175%🢆) lightning damage to each and applies 20 stacks of Shocked to targets with Volatile.[20][21][22]
Combust Combust Icon.png Instantly combust your target, dealing (125%🢆) fire damage and applying Conflagrating if they are Burning.[23]
Cone of Cold Cone of Ice.png Blasts a vortex of freezing wind in a cone in front of you, dealing (125%🢆) ice damage and applying Frozen to targets with Chilled.[13][24][25]
Elemental Empowerment Elemental Empowerment (active).png Whenever you cast an elemental spell, your weapon combo finishers apply a stack of Burning, Chilled, or Volatile to targets hit, based on the current empowered element. Casting a spell of another element changes your current Elemental Empowerment to that element.[26]
Fireball Fireball (Active).png Hurl a ball of fire toward your target, dealing (100%🢆) fire damage and applying Burning for (75%🢆) fire damage. 3 charges.[27]
Firebolt Fireball (Active).png Hurl a bolt of fire toward your target, dealing (100%🢆) fire damage and applying Burning for (75%🢆) fire damage. 3 charges.[28]
Fissure Mage Spell 7.png Call forth a line of jagged earthen spikes in a line in front of you, dealing (175%🢆) pierce damage, applying Staggered, and launching each enemy hit.[29]
Frostbolt Frostbolt (Active).png Launch a bolt of frost towards your target, dealing (225%🢆) ice damage. Applies Frozen if the target is Chilled.[30][31]
Hoarfrost Hoarfrost.png Unleash a blast of icy wind at target location, dealing (125%🢆) ice damage and applying Chilled.[32]
Lightning Strike Lightning Strike (Active).png Held ability: Charge up a bolt of lightning to unleash upon your target, dealing (275%🢆) lightning damage based on how long it was charged. Also applies 20 stacks of Shocked to targets.[33][34]
Magma Field (Lavastorm).png Erupts the earth at target location, forming a boiling pool of lava that deals (30%🢆) fire damage and applies Burning at (50%🢆) fire damage power every 2 seconds to enemies within the area. Lasts 8.1 seconds.[35]
Meteor (Meteor Shower).png Conjures a massive flaming rock before sending it hurling toward target location. Upon impact, it deals (300%🢆) fire damage and applies Conflagrating to targets with Burning. [36]
Prismatic Beam Prismatic Beam Icons.gif Channel a powerful beam attack that periodically deals (30%🢆) Magical damage and has additional effects based on your Elemental Empowerment. [37]
  • Fire: 33% chance to apply Burning for (80%🢆) Fire damage.
  • Ice: 33% chance to apply Chilled.
  • Lightning: 33% chance to apply Volatile.
  • Arcane(no empowerment): Each hit drains 2 mana per target, and returns up to 8 mana to the caster. [37]
Quake Quake.png Held ability: Slam down, causing a powerful earthquake around your character that deals (200-500%🢆) bludgeon damage depending on how long it was charged. Additionally this ability applies Staggered to all enemies around the caster, unless fully charged, in which case it applies Tripped.[38]
Shell Shield.png Apply Shell to yourself.[39][40]
  • Shell: A protective magical shell surrounds you, absorbing (500%🢆) magical power in damage before breaking. Lasts 15 seconds.[41]
Slumber Slumber (Active).png Applies Incapacitated to targets in a small area around the primary target. Lasts 10 seconds. [42][43][44]

Skill upgrades

Skill upgrade Icon Primary Upgrade to Description
Aftershock Chain Lightning Icon clean.png Mage Chain Lightning Casting Chain Lightning on a primary target with Staggered causes the attack to trigger twice.[45]
Fuse Fuse IconAlpha.png Mage Your applied Burning statuses are 50% more powerful when applied to targets with Shocked.[46]
Pyromania Pyromania IconAlpha.png Mage Magma Field Upon cast completion, an additional Magma Field spawns under your character. But you also become afflicted by Burning at (500%🢆) fire damage power.[47]


There are elements (such as Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Electrical) in Ashes of Creation each with their own resistances.[48][49][49][50][51][52]

  • There may be ley lines and strong magical places in the world that change or alter the way spells work.[57]
We've discussed a little bit about how the seasons and biomes will react with different types of skills. Like if you have a fireball and it's summer it might be a little bit different. If it's winter and you have a frost ability it might be different.[56]Steven Sharif

Mage augments

Mages will offer four magical schools of augmentation, such as teleportation, fire, frost, and lightning (electrical).[50][58][52]

Say for instance, I am a Ranger that has a Charge bolt ability as my primary active skill and I've chosen Mage as my secondary and applied the elemental to it. I now have a Frost charge bolt, and if I fire that frostbolt and hit a target, they may be freezing for a period of time as a debuff and that might slow their speed. If a wizard applies a nuke on a target and that nuke is a frost-based nuke, those two stacking elements might then either further snare (slow the target) or paralyze and freeze the target. So, there are combination out effects that build up: A primary, secondary and some ancillary effect occurs when those are combined.[52]Steven Sharif
There's going to be four schools of augmentation for each archetype. One of the schools for the mage is the teleport school. You can take that teleport augment, apply it to your charge skill: now instead of charging x distance over time you're going to immediately teleport to the target dealing x damage and a condition modifier. If you were to apply the elemental school to your class ability you would then instead you would charge x distance; upon reaching target you would set the target ablaze if it's fire or you would electrocute them and deal with damage over time.[50]Steven Sharif

Mage timeline

The Mage archetype is expected to be present at the start of Alpha-2.[59]


Archetype list

Icon Archetype Type.[63] Role.[64] Resource.[65][66]
Bard2.PNG Bard Arcane Support -
Cleric4.PNG Cleric Arcane Support Divine Power
Fighter2.PNG Fighter Martial Damage Combat Momentum
Mage3.PNG Mage Arcane Damage -
Ranger3.PNG Ranger Martial Damage -
Rogue2a.PNG Rogue Martial Damage -
Summoner3a.PNG Summoner Arcane - -
Tank1.PNG Tank Martial Tank Courage

See also


  1. Video, April 28, 2023 (20:57).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Livestream, April 28, 2023 (57:01).
  3. Video, April 28, 2023 (34:21).
  4. Video, April 28, 2023 (35:45).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Blog: Blazing the way - Mage Alpha One Preview.
  6. Archetype breakdown.
  7. Livestream, April 28, 2023 (1:01:25).
  8. Arcane Circle Description05312024.png
  9. Arcane Empowerment Description.png
  10. Arcane Eye Description05312024.png
  11. Arcane Volley Description04302024.png
  12. Video, April 28, 2023 (22:13).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Video, September 29, 2023 (11:29).
  14. Ball Lightning Description05312024.png
  15. Video, April 28, 2023 (7:15).
  16. Video, April 28, 2023 (4:40).
  17. Video, April 28, 2023 (9:22).
  18. Blizzard Description04302024.png
  19. Chain Lightning Description05312024.png
  20. Video, May 31, 2023 (12:12).
  21. Video, April 28, 2023 (17:50).
  22. Combust Description.png
  23. Cone of Cold Description05312024.png
  24. Video, April 28, 2023 (11:22).
  25. Elemental Empowerment Description04302024.png
  26. Fireball Description04302024.png
  27. Firebolt Description05312024.png
  28. Fissure Description04302024.png
  29. Frostbolt Description04302024.png
  30. Video, April 28, 2023 (15:35).
  31. Hoarfrost Description.png
  32. Lightning Strike Description04302024.png
  33. Video, April 28, 2023 (13:40).
  34. Magma Field Description05312024.png
  35. Meteor Description05312024.png
  36. 37.0 37.1 Prismatic Beam Description.png
  37. Quake Description04302024.png
  38. Shell Description05312024.png
  39. Video, April 28, 2023 (6:15).
  40. Shell Buff Description05312024.png
  41. Video, April 28, 2023 (17:22).
  42. Slumber Description05312024.png
  43. Video, September 29, 2023 (11:23).
  44. Aftershock effect Description.png
  45. Fuse Skill Tree Description.png
  46. Pyromania Skill Tree Description.png
  47. Fissure Description.png
  48. 49.0 49.1 Livestream, April 7, 2023 (1:11:14).
  49. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 Interview, July 18, 2020 (1:05:04).
  50. Livestream, May 24, 2017 (27:47).
  51. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (26:19).
  52. Video, September 30, 2022 (15:28).
  53. Livestream, February 29, 2024 (55:34).
  54. Livestream, September 30, 2020 (1:04:56).
  55. 56.0 56.1 Livestream, June 1, 2017 (20:23).
  56. Livestream, June 26, 2020 (1:32:16).
  57. Interview, July 19, 2020 (58:18).
  58. Interview, July 9, 2023 (1:11:29).
  59. Interview, October 17, 2020 (53:50).
  60. Newsletter, 2018-08-7
  61. steven-mage-rogue.png
  62. Interview, July 29, 2020 (49:53).
  63. Group dynamics blog.
  64. Livestream, April 28, 2023 (1:02:04).
  65. steven-class-resources.png