Do you wish to duel monsters in close combat or stay in quiet quarters practicing the art of leatherworking? There’s something for every taste in Ashen Empires. Whether you are drawn by the whiz of arrows or the thrill of discovering new alchemical compounds, you can choose from a variety of skills to craft a unique character.

Skill Menu
The skill window is accessed by the hotkey “K.”

Learning Skills
There is no limitation to learning skills in Ashen Empires, your character may learn any skill desired, but there may be limitations due to your orb distribution.

Check the Skill Guide for info on how to begin leveling skills.

As a new player on Valinor, speak to all of the tutors in the main hall. They will give you basic items for free to help you get started. 

Valinor Trainers

Leveling Skills
As you discover and use skills you will gain experience in them. Leveling a combat skill often translates to more damage dealt with that weapon (STR and DEX attribute determines chance to hit and to hit damage). Higher level tradeskills allow you to either craft more powerful and useful items, or have a better chance of crafting more high quality products.

For example, at lower levels, if you were smelting iron ore into iron ingots, your rate of failure is highly dependent on your intelligence. As your skill level increases, so does your base success chance, therefore lessening the dependence on intelligence in order to have a successful refinement. Body skill as another example can be mastered even as a warrior, but this does not give you the intelligence required to equip wands and staves that allow casting of the higher tier spells. Many skills can be raised through the use of experience pool (experience given from quest rewards) but there are also several skills that require manual effort to raise.

If you choose to take a break from manually learning skills, try and find quests around the land. Some quests may give you a large amount of experience towards a given skill.

Experience Pool (epool)
Experience Pool (aka epool) is something you can receive as a quest reward. You can spend it towards non-maxed Combat skills. The amount of epool you can spend is shown at the bottom of the Skill window.

Spending Epool

Press the [+] sign next to a non-maxed combat skill, which will bring up an entry box. Enter how much epool you want to apply towards that skill.

Task Masters
Task Masters give you crafting tasks for excellent experience! You must have a VIP membership and be level 10 in their tradeskill to work for a Task Master.

Task Master Lockbox

They will give you a box and ask you to fill it with items; as you create that item, it will be added to the box. When you are done, return the box to the Task Master. You may receive a task that is too difficult for your current crafting level; if so, double click to destroy the box and ask for a new task.

There aren’t Task Masters for every trade skill. Below is a list of Task Masters; the picture to the right shows where they can be found in Lotor’s Summer Palace.

1. Carpentry
2. Farming
3. Brewing
4. Tailoring
5. Blacksmithing
6. Leatherworking
7. Runecrafting
8. Jewelcrafting
9. Alchemy

Bonus to Skills
You can get bonuses to skills from equipment and from your Race. Your “bonus” levels will be shown in green to the right of the total skill level.

The Orc Mining Helm gives you 15 bonus levels to the Mining skill while it’s equipped!

Need Help?
Do not hesistate to ask a member of the community if you are stuck. There will always be people willing to help.

Also, pay attention to your chat window and cursor. When you click on a skill item it will often direct you on how to use it. For example, click a piece of raw snake meat. It will ask you which oven you’d like to use it on.

Read our Basic Guide to Skills for a list of all Skills and how to begin training them, as well as other useful information.