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The Upcoming Artifact System

Learn more about the upcoming Artifact System and Items in our latest video!

July 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM by Enya

Final Beta will introduce an abundance of new features, including new Artifact equipment! Want to learn more about these new upcoming items? Join Community Manager Christoph Hombergs as he sits down with Game Designers Michael Schwahn and Matt Woodward to ask them all about the new Artifact System.

No time to watch the video? Here is a brief rundown of the Artifact system!

Why add Artifact Items?

First of all, we wanted to improve the current PvE content by adding more rare loot. Especially Bosses needed to be more rewarding

Secondly, this gives players who do not want to fame grind another option to get good equipment, either through PvE or by buying them off the Auction House. As Artifact Items don’t require you to unlock every mastery to become powerful, they are the perfect choice for those who can afford them.

What are Artifacts?

Artifacts are the remainders of weapons used in the horrible war that happened 1,300 years ago, leading to the destruction of Albion at its time. While the weapons and armor have been destroyed, several of their cores (“Artifacts”) can be found by beating the toughest creatures of each Faction.

These Artifacts can be brought to a skilled crafter, who can use it to re-create the powerful items they once were part of.

What are Artifact Fragments?

Some Artifacts did not withstand the test of time, resulting in them becoming mere Fragments. Several high tier mobs and bosses will drop these fragments, which you can then take to the Melding Building in the city to forge Artifacts.

What make Artifact Items special?

Not only do the weapons and armors have a distinctive look based on the various Albion factions, they are also very powerful and have unique spells and abilities (with the exception of off-hand items, which do not have spells).

Artifact items are available from Tier 4 up to Tier 8 and can enchanted as well.

How many Artifact Items are heading our way?

Every core Destiny Board item will get a corresponding Artifact Item, with the exception of off-hands which will get three corresponding Artifact Items. This means there will be a total of 81 new Artifact Items: 45 weapons, 9 off-hands and 9 armor sets (head, chest, shoes).

Not all Artifact Items will be present in game at the start of Final Beta, however more will be added throughout the Final Beta. Here are the ones you can already start crafting starting August 1:


Bloodletter (Morgana Dagger)

Carrioncaller (Morgana Halberd)

Black Monk Stave (Morgana Quarterstaff)

Clarent Blade (Morgana Broadsword)

Lifetouch Staff (Morgana Holy Staff)

Tombhammer (Undead Hammer)

Whispering Bow (Undead Longbow)

Weeping Repeater (Undead Crossbow)

Lifecurse Staff (Undead Cursed Staff)

Witchwork Staff (Undead Arcane Staff)


Eye of Secrets (Morgana Orb)

Sarcophagus (Undead Shield)

Armor Sets:

Graveguard Set (Undead Soldier Plate Armor Set)

Stalker Set (Morgana Mercenary Leather Armor Set)

Will you be getting your hands on an Artifact Item? Let us know in the comments below!


Reality August 17, 2016 15:54

Please tell me there's a cloth armor set in the works? :O READ MORE SHOW LESS

hopes1 August 4, 2016 21:08

cloth? looks awesome READ MORE SHOW LESS

Raithe August 3, 2016 16:05

Please tell me the magma sphere is coming back on an artifact weapon! I finally fell in love with a weapon and my slow and mighty staff is now fast and little. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Sunkhan July 24, 2016 06:22

I suggest you to upgrade the in-game menus font. But the other aspects of the game are awesome. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Azwrath July 22, 2016 19:16

Like umm like you could put it together like yh.... Like 😃. Nice one Matt! READ MORE SHOW LESS

Urbina July 21, 2016 20:58

Graveguard and Stalker have some dope aesthetics READ MORE SHOW LESS

Raczer July 21, 2016 19:53

I would look at what Komamura. I fully support what he says. Every place shoud get a questline that makes the place get a soul.

Like approaching a house or a graveyard and there's a something that happend there. You have to do the quest to get to the bottom of it.

That is entertaining and i as Komamura mention runescape does just that very well. I belive that has been very important for runescapes success. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Corvost July 21, 2016 17:26

ma perché la grafica di queste armi è cosi orribile??, migliorate un po la qualità... READ MORE SHOW LESS

Komamura July 21, 2016 15:31

I hope they also add some proper story line to this game, pure pvp and pve grinding is utterly boring. Even though this game is way better than Runescape has a a story line which doesn't make it boring after getting best endgame gear. If you guys want to keep this game alive on release, you guys must start planning a story line for people to explore, because without a Storyline an mmo turns boring half way. It is true for this game too. I stopped playing after I bored myself to death farming T7.3 plate armor set, after that I got so bored that I decided to wait till last beta to restart and try a different approach; though this was a good playthrough due to the fact I could explore all weapons I was interested in, (and now that twin swords are coming I am excited). Either way, if you guys are planning to make this game without a Storyline don't expect it to last long or even dream about this game replacing Runescape. True story. Also, don't screw up the Story line like world of warcraft with their constant release of rushed additions which are rushed and pointless.
Thanks for reading, and heed my warning. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Bajoli July 21, 2016 15:10


CorvusTheStrigoi July 21, 2016 14:36

This is exactly what this game needed. Great job! Can't wait to see the rest of the artifacts READ MORE SHOW LESS

Frostweaver July 21, 2016 11:56

Very nice job, can't wait for August 3rd. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Ult July 21, 2016 11:23

The last two armor sets look sick!

Infinite guild will be using a lot of artifacts to PvP with in the Outlands. Come and fight us! READ MORE SHOW LESS

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