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Tea transport PAX East 2018 exclusive cosmetic ship skin.[1]

Sailing will be pretty in-depth and it's going to be based on the size of the ship that you're using. So there will be components for seamanship that other players you will need to have on board if you want to operate a vessel to the best of it's abilities: Let's say in combat or traversing just the world.[2]Steven Sharif

Ship assets will likely be released leading in to Alpha-2.[3]

Ship classes

Ships are divided into classes of vessel, which relate to their size and capabilities in battle and in transportation.[5][6]

Size Type Usage.[6] Crew.[7]
Small "Solo" content 1-3
Medium Group content Group size (8)
Large Galleons.[8][9] Raid content Raid size (40)

Certain ship classes will have the ability to render Crowd control (CC) effects on other ships, such as a harpoon effects.[10]

Ships have their own class of vessel and the class that is related to the vessel has a certain purpose both in battle in PvE raids, in transportation.[5]Steven Sharif


Galleons are a class of ship in Ashes of Creation.[9]

Naval caravans

Alpha-1 Niküa naval caravan 3D render.[11]

Caravans are capable of transitioning from land to naval caravans. So if you start out as a land-based Caravan and you move to the coast and you want to move into the water there's gonna be a little transition period there; it's gonna be a little construction kind of site: You're not gonna have to do anything it's just gonna be a timer right so that you can't quickly move between land and water. It's gonna be probably in the matter of you know a minute to two minutes. There's a little bit of vulnerability in that regard.[12]Steven Sharif

Naval caravans (Trade ships) are part of Ashes of Creation naval content.[13] Naval caravans allow the transportation of trading goods.[14]


Fishing boats

There may be fishing boats in Ashes of Creation.[16]

Ferry services

Players can provide water-based transportation services (ferry services) but there won't be automated boats.[17]

Summoning ships

Ships (excluding Naval caravans) can only be summoned from a port or harbor.[15][18]

  • Ships may be able to be summoned in rivers (or other bodies of water) depending on the depth of the water.[19]
  • Naval caravans are initiated when a land-based caravan intersects with an ocean.[15]

You can summon your ships up but you'll need to summon them from land, which means that if something happens to your armada out at sea you won't have backups to just summon immediately in the middle of the fight... They'll have to do so from shore somewhere from some port or harbor.[18]Steven Sharif

Ship building

Ship building is a crafting profession that is able to construct ship components based on blueprints that unlock capabilities that scale with their progression within the ship building profession.[20][8][21]

  • Movement, Durability, Speed, Turn rate, Hit points, Defensive and Damage abilities.[20][8][21]
  • Aesthetic customization.[21]
  • Ship components can be sold to other players.[20]

A player does not need to be a ship builder to construct ships. Players utilize the ship components that are crafted by ship builders to upgrade their ships.[20][22]

  • Anyone with the right schematics, materials and an advanced enough node may construct a ship.[23]

You will not need to be a ship builder profession to construct ships. The shipbuilder profession particularly they have the ability to craft components of the ships which increases the ship's capabilities, defenses, speeds, turn rate, offense and defense, you know all those types of things and then they can sell those to other players.[20]Steven Sharif

Players can choose which "joints" get populated with either utility or weaponry spots on a ship.[25]

Ship repair

Ships may be repaired but it will be a lengthier process than in other games.[26]

  • Once repaired, ships can only be launched from land.[26]


Harbors appear along the coast as a result of a node being developed on or near to the coast.[20][22]

There will be harbors that boats can go inside of those will be present along the coast. Harbors can pop up as a result of a node being developed nearby, if it's near the coast or if a node itself is on the coast it can have a harbor component to it. There will likely be quests that are granted from this harbor, specifically with regards to the sea and sea content; and what you can do in this harbor will be a lot of different things including upgrades to the boats.[22]Steven Sharif

Naming ships

Ships and Buildings will be able to be named. The custom name will appear as floating text when it is targeted.[28]


Import of user-created image content (UCC) is being considered.[30] This was previously not under consideration.[31]

  • An active GM staff will be monitoring user-created content. Users who upload inappropriate content will place their accounts in jeopardy.[32]

I know previously we had spoken about not allowing custom user images in the game, however I think we're leaning more now in the direction of allowing for custom user images. Absolutely well what it will be is the fact that we're a subscription game and if you want to jeopardize your account by doing the wrong thing with regards to custom users [images] then by all means you may do so and we'll have stringent practices in place to prevent that from actually being an issue.[30]Steven Sharif

With regards to this UCC question, I think when you have an active an active GM team that you know you are you have directed to care take the product you're going to mitigate a lot of that functionality you don't want to see out of this custom image system. People who look to let's say meme the system are going to be met with the type of enforcement that they don't want to have on their account; and being a subscription-based product and being a risk versus reward and maybe a more old-school approach to character development and progression I think they're gonna take a significant risk in doing things that we don't want them to do, which will result in the jeopardy of their account. So I think that is not going to deter a hundred percent of things- I don't think you ever can deter a hundred percent of things unless we go away from custom images- but I think that we can achieve some parity of essentially enforcement versus infraction ratio that's going to be liveable for everybody.[32]Steven Sharif

The user interface will allow emblems, logos and symbols to be designed in-game.[31][33][34]

Emblem editor functionality is tentatively planned for Alpha-2.[34]

Mariner classes

Mariner classes (also referred to as boatsmanship classes, boatsman skills or seamanship) contain different skill trees arranged in a similar manner to Artisan classes. As a player gains experience in these different skills they become more adept at using them.[37]

You can spec into and kind of create your own class based on what things you're doing on the boat... It's gonna be very similar to in structure to like the artisanship trees, so you'll you'll have your mariner class: You'll have different trees in that class.[37]Jeffrey Bard

Ship navigation

The prevailing thought among the developers is that ship navigation may be through the use of a spyglass that gives direction and skims the horizon, as opposed to "radar" navigation.[38]

Naval combat

Naval combat involves different types of Ships with varying capabilities, armaments and roles to play out on the high seas. There will be a balance and counterbalance between ships from PvP and PvE perspectives.[6]

Battles at sea will be epic. They will have some supreme rewards and/or losses if the battle succeeds or fails.[7]Steven Sharif

Guns and gunpowder

Gunpowder (black powder) weapons will not be present in Ashes of Creation.[39]

Weaponry such as Potion launchers, Siege weapons and weapons used in Naval combat are based on the arcane arts.[40]

As we said in the past, were not really about that black powder life. Instead it's really going to be focused on the arcane arts: The elements; the use of radiance and darkness; and then those being employed in larger weaponry, such as the type of siege weaponry between ship battles as well as those and sieges. A potion launcher is an example of the arcane energies that can be mastered in order to facilitate these highly destructive alchemical blends that can be created.[40]Steven Sharif

Hijacking ships

Certain ships can be hijacked. Naval caravans can not be hijacked. The cargo on a trade ship will be similar to caravans in that the ship must be destroyed in order to capture the loot from its wreckage.[41]

Ship physics

Ship physics may be simulated to avoid performance issues.[42]

Ship destructibility

Dynamic destructibility of ships is under consideration.[43]

I mean traditionally if we did not use dynamic destruction, that what we would use is decals to simulate damage on the ship based on an overall hit point value. At certain hit point values we would swap out the mesh to show a more destructive state potentially; and that and you know at that point for a user in regards to immersion you know both are very similar from the immersion factor right?[43]Steven Sharif


Waves on a beach by Michael Bacon.[44]

There won't be tidal patterns in the ocean, but the ocean will not be static content all the time. Unique content will be represented at certain times with regards to certain climates.[45]

Naval content

Naval content refers to content above and below the sea.[42]

Naval content was unlocked as part of the $1,500,000 Kickstarter stretch goal.[48]

Naval content might be included in Alpha-1.[49]

Ship skins

Ship skins apply to certain ship types.[9]

See also


  1. Ashes of Creation Store: Tea transport.
  2. Livestream, 2018-10-31 (54:21).
  3. Livestream, 2018-09-27 (54:02).
  4. Livestream, 2020-09-30 (40:45).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Interview, 2018-05-11 (11:51).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Livestream, 2017-07-28 (47:53).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Livestream, 2019-06-28 (1:12:08).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Interview, 2020-07-19 (48:05).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Cygnus.png
  10. shipclasses.png
  11. Livestream, 2020-04-30 (56:58).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Livestream, 2020-04-30 (58:05).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Livestream, 2017-08-23 (28:22).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (15:46).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Livestream, 2020-05-29 (1:28:38).
  16. Livestream, 2017-05-24 (30:09).
  17. steven-ferries.png
  18. 18.0 18.1 Podcast, 2018-05-11 (11:51).
  19. boats-rivers.png
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.8 Livestream, 2020-07-25 (1:59:09).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Livestream, 2017-05-19 (50:45).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Livestream, 2018-07-09 (30:35).
  23. steven-ships-1.png
  24. steven-ships-2.png
  25. Interview, 2018-08-17 (36:29).
  26. 26.0 26.1 Livestream, 2019-07-26 (1:13:00).
  27. Livestream, 2018-08-17 (58:53).
  28. Livestream, 2018-10-31 (46:18).
  29. Blog: 10 facts about castle sieges in the MMORPG.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Livestream, 2019-07-26 (1:05:28).
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 Livestream, 2017-05-17 (55:40).
  32. 32.0 32.1 Interview, 2020-07-08 (48:30).
  33. 33.0 33.1 guild emblem.jpg
  34. 34.0 34.1 Livestream, 2018-10-31 (47:44).
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Interview, 2018-10-20 (3:35:54).
  36. Livestream, 2020-09-30 (41:13).
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 Livestream, 2018-07-09 (36:05).
  38. spyglass.png
  39. Livestream, 2017-06-16 (43:01).
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Interview, 2018-08-17 (17:57).
  41. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (1:20:03).
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 42.6 Livestream, 2017-05-17 (30:53).
  43. 43.0 43.1 Livestream, 2019-07-26 (1:07:22).
  44. Livestream, 2019-06-28 (42:55).
  45. Livestream, 2019-07-26 (1:02:49).
  46. Livestream, 2020-09-30 (40:52).
  47. Video, 2017-11-09 (0:01).
  48. Kickstarter - We Just Broke $1,500,000!
  49. steven-naval.png