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Alpha-2 Cleric gameplay in The Ruins of Thanalas.[2]

That was super easy. Either that or I'm just a literal god of a healer![3]Steven Sharif

Cleric4.PNG Cleric is an archetype in Ashes of Creation.[4]

In a world often fraught with peril, a Cleric is never wanting for friends. They can protect their allies in a number of ways, and when necessary, snuff the life out of others. As masters over the very essence of vitality, they can sense the broken and corrupted... The strands of this essence connect everything and everyone. Clerics find themselves particularly attuned to the threads that channel life and motive energy. By reinforcing these tendrils, they can heal and even resurrect those that have been wounded. By tearing them, they can steal energy from their foes, turning their enemies’ powers against them amid the frenzied heat of battle.[5]

  • In Ashes of Creation a Cleric's powers are not directly imbued by the gods. Instead, their powers are tied intrinsically to the use of manipulation of The Essence as a as a source of magic.[6]
One of the probably biggest delineations from your standard trope in MMORPGs is that the Cleric does not receive their powers from a divine source. At least not in the sense that is standard. It is still something that is tied intrinsically to the use of manipulation of the Essence as a source of magic. Now, the source of that Essence is up to question: There are some claims about it that might apply a divine interaction, but generally it's not as though you're being imbued by these powers from the gods and that the gods can take them away should you step out of line in your alignment.[6]Steven Sharif
Overhealing indicated by a blue temporary health bar overlay on a player's health bar.[7][8]
No one is going to fill the role of a primary healer other than the healer archetype; but there will be secondary class options that you can select, which will provide you with some level of sustainability under restoration, most of that will be centralized to yourself, especially in the case of a Paladin.[9]Steven Sharif
Q: Will AoE and action heals also heal raid and alliance members?
A: Depending on the type, if it's a templated AoE, yes it would heal any non-combatants essentially.[13]Steven Sharif
You cannot heal enemy mobs. There's just really not a a relevant use-case for that when it comes to the design mechanics of such a thing, other than its primary use, which would be to grief other players.[14]Steven Sharif
  • Certain healing abilities, such as Communal Restoration, can overheal. This is indicated by a blue temporary health bar overlay on top of a player's health bar.[7][8] If the temporary health points expire without being consumed they do not count as effective heals.[7]
Q: Do you plan to add any sort of counters for healing? For example, a debuff that applies a reduced healing effect or maybe even cause damage upon healing?
A: Ashes aims to be a more difficult leveling experience than perhaps we have been accustomed to over the past decade of MMO gameplay. And with that in mind, when it comes to balancing during Alpha-2 and thereafter, there is not going to be an overage of healing that's available. We will tune those things. We'll have an opportunity to balance those things... Some of the debuff options that the fighter class has within their class kit are debuffs that can reduce received healing on the target.[15]Steven Sharif

Cleric classes

Class Primary Secondary
Apostle Cleric Tank
High Priest Cleric Cleric
Oracle Cleric Mage
Protector Cleric Ranger
Scryer Cleric Bard
Shadow Disciple Cleric Rogue
Shaman Cleric Summoner
Templar Cleric Fighter


Restoration. Enhancement. Debilitation. Clerics keep their team in the fight by bolstering their combat abilities and cursing their enemies. Far from simply supporting their allies through healing, a Cleric is also capable of wielding destructive force in the face of danger.[5]

  • There will be a healthy combination of healing and offensive spells available to allow a Cleric to level and progress as a solo player. It's left to the player to decide whether they will spec into more solo or support-oriented group-focussed gameplay. Choice of a secondary archetype will enable further customization in this respect.[17][18]
There's going to be a significant amount of offensive capability for the Cleric because we don't want to create that dynamic where cleric as a support class is inoperable without a companion or a party to go with. We want that Cleric to still be able to survive on their own: to be able to level and progress as a solo player.[18]Steven Sharif

Cleric combat abilities

info-orange.pngQuesta sezione contiene informazioni dai test Alpha-1. Verrà aggiornato quando saranno rese disponibili nuove informazioni.
Skill Icon Base skill
Barrier Barrier.png Sacrifice 25% of your maximum health to place a health shield on target ally for 10 seconds. Does not stack.[19][20]
Bless Weapon Bless Weapon.png Imbues your target's weapon with radiant light, causing each of their weapon combo attacks to deal additional radiant damage and applies a mana regeneration buff to the caster. Each hit extends the duration of the mana regeneration buff, up to a maximum of 15 seconds. Has a 10% chance to proc bonus radiant damage and apply a stack of Burning to the target.[21][22]
Castigation CastigationIcon.jpg Lashes your target with holy energy whip, dealing direct damage and restoring health and mana to yourself over time.[23][24][25][26]
Chains of Restraint Chains of Restraint Icon2.png Call forth spectral chains in a target area that stagger enemies within or stun enemies already under the staggered effect, then leave behind an area that deals radiant damage each second over 8 seconds.[27][28]
Communal Restoration Communal Restoration Icon2.png Restore health to all party members in range instantly, plus additional healing over time. Allies under the HoT also receive +10% maximum health for its duration.[7][29] This can overheal.[7]
Condemn Condemn.png Stun target enemy for 3 seconds.[3][30]
Consecrating Wave Consecrating Wave.png Send forth a cone of radiance that deals radiant damage to all enemies while healing the ten nearest allies.[31][32]
Defiant Light Defiant Light.png Heal target ally for 50% of their maximum health over 10 seconds. If that target would receive fatal damage while under this effect, this effect is consumed and prevents that target's death, healing them for 25% of their maximum health instead.[33][34]
Deliverance Deliverance.png Held ability: Charges up healing energy that heals a target ally upon release, scaling in power the longer it is charged and the more % missing health of the target.[35][36]
Devotion DevotionIcon.jpg Launch an orb of energy into the air that will fall upon your target, healing them.[37][24][38][26]
Divine Censure DivineCensureIcon.jpg Hurls a radiant spear at the target, dealing damage.[39][24][40][26]
Divine Flare Divine Flare.png Place a targeted area heal on the ground that heals all targets within after several seconds. Total healing is split between all targets hit.[41][42]
Divine Infusion Divine Infusion.png Consume Divine Power to instantly complete the remaining cast time of any healing spell currently being cast. The amount of Divine Power consumed is proportional to the amount of cast time remaining upon activation.[43][44][45][46]
Divine Light DivineLightIcon.jpg Heals your target with a flash of light. Reduces the cooldown of Devotion and Radiant Burst.[47][24]
Divine form divine form icon.png If your focus is at 80%, use this skill to increase heals and damage of your skills by 25% for 8 seconds. Applies an AoE heal over time to friends and damage over time to enemies.[48] Pulse AoE heal and damage around the caster.[49]
Flash Cure Flash Cure.png Instantly heal target ally. This may be used during other ability activations.[50][51]
Healing Touch Healing Touch.png Heal target ally in melee range for a large amount of health.[52][53]
Judgment Judgment Icon2.png Cast a heal on target ally for a large amount of health. If this is cast on an enemy, it instead deals radiant damage to the target and applies 2 stacks of Burning.[54][55]
Mend Mend.png Instantly launch a healing projectile toward target ally. Each charge of this ability consumed after the first has no mana cost, and restores an increasing amount of mana to the caster based on the number of missing charges. Consecutive uses of the ability will gain bonus healing.[56][57]
Radiant Burst RadiantBurstIcon.jpg Heals allies around you in a wide area for a large amount.[58] Stacks up to 3 times.[24]
Regeneration RegenerationIcon.jpg Bathe your target with restorative energy that heals them over time.[59][24]
Resplendent Beam Resplendent Beam.png Held ability: Fire a beam of healing energy toward a target ally. Charging this spell allows the beam to bounce to up to 5 additional friendly targets closest to the original target, based on how long it was charged. The amount of healing is reduced for each subsequent target.[60][61]
Resurrection ResurrectionIcon.jpg Resurrects a dead ally with 25% health and 15% mana.[62][24][63][26]
Smite Smite.png Smite your target, dealing instant damage and applying a stack of Burning to target enemy. Has no cast time and deals increased damage if activated within melee range of the target. This attack always critically hits on targets under the effect of Condemn.[3][64]
Soothing Glow Soothing Glow.png Apply a healing over time effect to target ally. Reapplying this effect extends its duration on the target by its base duration value.[65][66]
Wings of Salvation Wings of Salvation.png Sprout phoenix-like wings and leap to target ally, then grant a small amount of temporary health to that target on arrival.[67][68] An ally is defined as any non-combatant player or non-mob NPC.[69]

Cleric passive abilities

info-orange.pngQuesta sezione contiene informazioni dai test Alpha-1. Verrà aggiornato quando saranno rese disponibili nuove informazioni.
Skill Icon Base skill
Cooldown Reduction Cooldown Reduction.png Reduce all ability cooldowns by 5%.[70]
Critical Hit Rate Critical Hit Rate.png Increase the chance for damage and healing abilities to critically hit by 5%.[70]
Defense Mitigation Defense Mitigation.png Increase defense mitigation by 4.[70]
Disable Defense Disable Defense.png Reduce chance of being disabled by crowd control effects by 10%.[71]
Health Regeneration Health Regeneration.png Generate an additional 1.5% of your maximum health per second.[70]
Increased Healing Increased Healing.png Increase healing done by 10%.[72]
Mana Regeneration Mana Regeneration.png Generate an additional 1% of your maximum mana per second.[70]
Maximum Health Maximum Health.png Increase maximum health by 75.[70]
Maximum Mana Maximum Mana.png Increase maximum mana by 100.[73]
Movement Speed Movement Speed.png Increase movement speed by 5%.[70]

Cleric augments

Classi with Cleric as a secondary archetype are able to choose between life or death augments.[11][12]

Any class that's going to choose Cleric as a secondary class will have the ability to pick from those augments to influence their skills to affect the life of others around you.[11]Steven Sharif

Cleric timeline

The Cleric archetype is expected to be present at the start of Alpha-2.[77]


Archetype list

Icon Archetype Type.[80] Role.[81]
Bard2.PNG Bard Arcane Support
Cleric4.PNG Cleric Arcane Support
Fighter2.PNG Fighter Martial Damage
Mage3.PNG Mage Arcane Damage
Ranger3.PNG Ranger Martial Damage
Rogue2a.PNG Rogue Martial Damage
Summoner3a.PNG Summoner Arcane -
Tank1.PNG Tank Martial Tank

See also


  1. Video, 2023-07-28 (46:13).
  2. Video, 2023-07-28 (43:10).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Video, 2023-07-28 (29:23).
  4. Archetype breakdown.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blog: The Gift of Life - Cleric Alpha One Preview.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2023-07-28 (1:21:33).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Video, 2023-07-28 (16:02).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Video, 2023-07-28 (33:49).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Trasmissione in diretta, 2022-12-02 (1:02:54).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2020-07-25 (58:38).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Colloquio, 2018-05-11 (51:11).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2018-10-31 (47:18).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2023-07-28 (59:33).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2022-12-02 (1:01:15).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Colloquio, 2023-09-10 (9:52).
  16. Trasmissione in diretta, 2017-05-26 (19:03).
  17. Trasmissione in diretta, 2023-07-28 (1:24:11).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2023-07-28 (1:07:30).
  19. Video, 2023-07-28 (19:50).
  20. Barrier Info Panel.png
  21. Video, 2023-07-28 (14:03).
  22. Bless Weapon Info Panel.png
  23. a1castigation.png
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 toast-keybinds-skills.png
  25. Video, 2020-11-01 (0:33).
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 alpha-1-cleric-spells.png
  27. Video, 2023-07-28 (20:50).
  28. Chains of Restraint Info Panel.png
  29. Communal Restoration Info Panel.png
  30. Condemn Info Panel.png
  31. Video, 2023-07-28 (17:32).
  32. Consecrating Wave Info Panel.png
  33. Video, 2023-07-28 (22:12).
  34. Defiant Light Info Panel.png
  35. Video, 2023-07-28 (7:34).
  36. Deliverance Info Panel.png
  37. a1devotion.png
  38. Video, 2020-11-01 (1:09).
  39. a1divinecensure.png
  40. Video, 2020-11-01 (0:51).
  41. Video, 2023-07-28 (18:26).
  42. Divine Flare Info Panel.png
  43. Video, 2023-07-28 (25:36).
  44. Divine Infusion Info Panel.png
  45. Video, 2023-05-31 (16:58).
  46. Divine Power Buff Description.png
  47. a1divinelight.png
  48. PAX West 2017 Cleric poster.
  49. Trasmissione in diretta, 2017-10-16 (34:26).
  50. Video, 2023-07-28 (10:03).
  51. Flash Cure Info Panel.png
  52. Video, 2023-07-28 (23:28).
  53. Healing Touch Info Panel.png
  54. Video, 2023-07-28 (15:15).
  55. Judgment Info Panel.png
  56. Video, 2023-07-28 (5:16).
  57. Mend Info Panel.png
  58. a1radiantburst.png
  59. a1regeneration.png
  60. Video, 2023-07-28 (12:04).
  61. Resplendent Beam Info Panel.png
  62. a1resurrection.png
  63. Video, 2020-11-01 (0:55).
  64. Smite Info Panel.png
  65. Video, 2023-07-28 (9:22).
  66. Soothing Glow Info Panel.png
  67. Video, 2023-07-28 (24:03).
  68. Wings of Salvation Info Panel.png
  69. Video, 2023-07-28 (24:16).
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 70.3 70.4 70.5 70.6 Trasmissione in diretta, 2021-06-25 (23:08).
  71. Alpha-1 screenshot.
  72. Alpha-1 screenshot.
  73. Alpha-1 screenshot.
  74. steven-cleric-augments.png
  75. 75.0 75.1 Trasmissione in diretta, 2020-07-25 (1:41:46).
  76. Trasmissione in diretta, 2018-04-8 (PM) (11:27).
  77. Colloquio, 2023-07-09 (1:11:29).
  78. Colloquio, 2020-10-17 (53:50).
  79. Newsletter, 2018-08-7
  80. Colloquio, 2020-07-29 (49:53).
  81. Group dynamics blog.