When Albion Online‘s final beta kicks off on August 1st, players are going to deal with Artifacts. They’re the most powerful items in the game, the sort of equipment that people tell stories about, and they’re explained in depth in a video just below. Each Artifact comes with important stats and spells embedded therein, making them major increases to the power of any character in the game. But you won’t find them by simply wandering the world and smacking things… at least, not only by doing that.

Artifacts are crafted using pieces of weapons and armor that have a great deal of power associated with them, so it’s not a matter of just killing a boar and looting a sword from it. The video explains that you’ll instead find a blade, which you can then bring back to a crafter, who can in turn make the blade into an Artifact. The final test will have 18 available Artifacts, but the plan for the launch game is to include 81 of these powerful items. Check out the full video for more details on the system.

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